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A festive collection of my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes! From the classics to creative twists, these cookies are perfect for gifting and sharing. Plus, easy time-saving tips and other helpful hints for making the best holiday cookies.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Helpful Cookie Baking Tips
- Decorating Your Christmas Cookies
- 36 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes to Try
- Classic Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Classic Spritz Cookies
- Classic Butter Cookies
- Gingerbread Men Cookies
- Anise Cookies
- Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
- Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies
- Snowball Cookies
- Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
- Brown Sugar Cookies
- Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- Melted Snowman Cookies
- Perfect Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
- Soft Molasses Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Andes Mint Cookies
- Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- Easy Christmas Oreos
- Chocolate Dipped Espresso Shortbread Cookies
- Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies
- Seven Layer Bars
- Soft and Chewy Almond Cookies
- Classic Cream Cheese Cookies
- Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookies
- Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Coconut Krispie Date Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
- Chocolate Truffle Dessert Recipe
- 4-Ingredient Peanut Clusters
- Chocolate Rum Balls
- Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies
- Classic Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- How to Store and Freeze Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies are one of my favorite holiday traditions. We always decorated sugar cookies when we were kids and it’s still one of my favorite things to do today with my own family.
Lately, I’ve been going through my grandmother’s old Christmas recipes. It’s like visiting a culinary thrift store! I’m finding so many gems and throwback treasures. Many are staple cookie recipes that I remember from my childhood, that everyone always loved.
I’ve taken to sharing some of grandmother’s other recipes that always made an appearance at the holidays, like her Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. Today’s focus is solely on Christmas cookies! It’s the be-all, end-all list of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Some are classics adapted from her recipes, and some are fun creative twists.
The cookie recipes below are perfect for cookie exchanges, Christmas Charcuterie Boards, or as gifts for family, neighbors, friends, or clients. Even better, you just may find a new favorite Christmas cookie recipe that becomes a tradition in your family!
Before we kickstart this ultimate holiday baking list, here are some helpful hints and tips that I’ve picked up throughout my many, many hours spent baking Christmas cookies!
- Prepare the dough in advance. Many cookie dough recipes can be made ahead of time, especially sugar cookies. This can really save time if you have a bunch of cookies to bake.
- Don’t skip chilling the dough. If you have recipes that call for chilling the dough, prepare them ahead so that the dough can chill while you move on to other tasks. Don’t skip chilling because you’re short on time!
- No-bake recipes are your friend. Consider adding no-bake cookies or candy recipes to the mix. These are a great way to maximize the time while your other cookies are baking, or while the dough is chilling.
- Review the baking temperatures. Cookies with similar temperatures can go into the oven together! And if a recipe requires a lower baking temperature, bake that one first.
- Avoid overloading the oven. Cookies bake more evenly in an uncrowded oven. Stick to 1-2 trays at a time, and on the top rack only, depending on the size of your oven. Try to have your next tray ready to go when the first batch is ready!
- Freeze cookies in advance. Many of these recipes can be prepared in advance and frozen for easy thawing later on! See the sections further down for easy cookie storing and freezing tips.
Many of the cookie recipes below are great for decorating. I have easy recipes for Perfect Vanilla Buttercream (Check out How to Color Buttercream to dye it festive colors!) or this Cookie Icing Recipe that I always use.
If you’re looking for fun ideas for decorating and frosting your homemade Christmas cookies, check out my post on How to Decorate Cookies with Frosting for pointers!
From the classic to the creative, let’s dive into a comprehensive list of the cookies you absolutely MUST try this holiday season. You’ll find sugar cookie recipes, spicy gingerbread cookies, festive thumbprint cookies, easy peppermint cookie bars, plus recipes for homemade truffles, and loads more.
Whether you’re making them ahead or storing leftovers, storing your homemade Christmas cookies is easy enough.
- Storing Cookies: Most cookie recipes are fine to store airtight at room temperature for a few days. Of course, always refer to the storage instructions for individual recipes to be sure! If you’ve frosted your cookies, for example, certain frostings may need to be kept refrigerated.
- Freezing Cookies: To freeze cookies for a later day, store them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag. Defrost the cookies on the counter at room temperature, outside of the bag or container, before serving.