In this collection of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes, you’ll find so many holiday cookies that you’ll want to bake this year and every year! The best classic Christmas cookies will help remind you of the cookies you like to bake during the holiday season. Our favorite Christmas cookie recipes will soon become your favorites too! Classic Christmas cookies with a twist will give you some new and unique ideas. And then there are some festive holiday recipes included here that are not quite Christmas cookies at all, but they are too good not to include!
Best Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes
Here’s a collection of the best classic Christmas cookies. These are recipes that have been around for many years. You’ll likely spot some familiar Christmas cookie favorites that you’ve made before. And hopefully you’ll discover a few new ones too. Click on the recipe titles below to go to the printable recipe.
- Pecan Sandies
- Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
- Holiday Nuggets
- Red Currant Thumbprint Cookies
- Rum Balls
- Spritz Cookies
- Linzer Pinwheel Cookies
- Jelly Twinkles
- Holly Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Butter Dream Cookies
- Swedish Butter Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Eggnog Cookies
- Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Best Gingerbread Cookies (BONUS recipe included at the end of this post)
Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes
Everyone has their favorite Christmas cookie recipes, and we’re prepared to share all of our favorites with you. These are cookie recipes that are on repeat at our house year after year. We like them so much that we often bake some of them in the off-season too! Click on the recipe titles below to go to the printable recipe.
- Butter Brickle and Pecan Cookies
- Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
- Lemon Gumdrop Cookies
- Italian Cookies
- Chocolate Mint Wafers
- Almond Dream Cookies
- Christmas Monster Cookies
- Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies
- Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies
- Chocolate-Drizzled Toffee Chip Cookies
- Cinnamon Sugar Stars
- Chocolate Peppermint Stars
- Hazelnut Peppermint Brownie Cookies
- Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls
- Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies
- Easy Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Peppermint Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies
- White Christmas Crinkles
- Cinnamon Bun Cookies
- Gingerbread Biscotti
- Soft-Baked Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
- Swirled Mint Cookies
- Peppermint Puffs
- Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
- Holiday Biscotti
- Chocolate Mint Filled Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Kiss Cookies
- Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies
Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes with a Twist:
The classics are great, and of course we make those often. But it’s also fun to bake classic Christmas cookies with a little bit of a twist to them. This section includes different kinds of Christmas kiss cookies, variations on sugar cookies, crinkles, gingersnaps, thumbprints and shortbread. Some of these recipes are a little surprising and all are simply delicious! Click on the recipe titles below to go to the printable recipe.
- Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps
- Blackberry Sage Thumbprints
- Dark Chocolate Peppermint Crackles
- Almond Crinkle Cookies
- Strawberry Sandwich Cookies
- Lemon Kiss Cookies
- Crunchy Nutmeg Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Mint Kiss Crinkles
- Chocolate Turtle Cookies
- Hot and Spicy Gingersnaps
- Chocolate Mint Thumbprints
- Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
- Milk Chocolate Gingersnaps
- Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Not Quite Christmas Cookies:
Baking Christmas cookies is definitely the way to go when assembling holiday dessert platters. But there are some non-cookie Christmas sweet recipes that shouldn’t be overlooked. I’ve included a few recipes for bars, barks and candies that are the perfect holiday treats but are not quite Christmas cookies in the traditional sense. Click on the recipe titles below to go to the printable recipe.
- Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle
- White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- Almond Roca
- Quick Peanut Butter Cups
- Peanut Brittle
- Peppermint Oreo Truffles
- Five Minute Fudge Wreath
- Christmas Fudge
- Peppermint Brownies
- Kahlua Cashew Pralines
- Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
- Layered Peppermint Crunch Bark
- Fantasy Fudge
Best Gingerbread Cookies
- 2¾ cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- Royal Icing (see recipe on RecipeGIrl)
- red hot cinnamon candies
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, and then the molasses. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Divide the dough into 2 halves. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. On a well-floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut shapes with assorted-sized gingerbread cookie cutters; transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Re-roll the scraps and cut more cookies. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 13 minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely. Decorate with Royal Icing and cinnamon candies.
- *If you wish to decorate the men as pictured, you've got to have a bit of a steady hand. Scoop the icing into a pastry bag (or zip bag) and use a small round tip. Pipe carefully, all the way around the edges. Pipe three little smudges in the middle & drop the cinnamon candies on top.
- *Let these sit at room temperature until the icing has hardened (overnight is good).
- *Nutritional information does not include decorations on top. 30 cookies is an estimate- number will vary based on the size of the cutters that are used.
- *These freeze just fine- layer them between sheets of waxed paper and store in airtight container.