The holidays are a time for family, friends, and (most importantly) cookies. This year, why not try something new and make some of these 25 delicious Christmas cookie recipes?
From gingerbread cookies to sugar cookies to red velvet cake mix cookies, there’s something for everyone in this roundup. So get your ovens ready and start baking!
1) Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
Sugar cookies are a classic treat that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re decorating for a holiday or just want a tasty snack, these cookies are sure to satisfy you and your family at Christmas.
It’s important to have a good foolproof sugar cookie recipe because many Christmas cookie recipes use one as a base.
Well, with this easy recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen, you’ll be able to bake up perfect sugar cookies every time – no chilled dough required! Get the recipe.
2) Butter Cookies
Crisp, buttery cookies with melt-in-your-mouth interiors, these butter cookies by Sugar Spun Run are super simple with just 6 ingredients and no chilling required!
Just like sugar cookies, it’s great to have a go-to recipe for butter cookies in your collection of Christmas cookie recipes. You only need a few basic ingredients to make them: butter, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract, and a large egg yolk.
I like to follow this recipe without substitutions for the best results so be sure to use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in the recipe.
The dough comes together quickly and doesn’t need to be chilled before baking, so these cookies are perfect for when you’re short on time. Trust me, these butter cookies will be a hit! Get the recipe.
3) Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
These Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies by The Recipe Rebel are the perfect holiday treat! They’re soft and buttery pecan cookies topped with a brown sugar frosting and more pecans.
They’re perfect for Christmas baking or any day of the year. And they’re so easy to make, you’ll be able to bake up a batch in no time.
So if you’re looking for delicious and festive Christmas cookie recipes to add to your holiday baking list, look no further than these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies! Get the recipe.
4) Candy Cane Cookies
What’s not to love about Christmas cookie recipes featuring candy cane cookies? They’re festive, fun to make, and most importantly, delicious!
The perfect Christmas cookie recipe, these treats by Simply Recipes combine two classic flavors – peppermint and cookie dough. And what could be more festive than red and white twists of cookie dough?
If you’re looking for a show-stopping holiday dessert, look no further than candy cane cookies! Get the recipe.
5) White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
If you love candy canes but looking for a more traditional cookie shape, then these cookies by Just So Tasty are the perfect holiday treat They’re soft, chewy, and full of Christmas cheer.
Made with melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes, they’re as delicious as they are beautiful. Best of all, they’re super easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl, roll the dough into balls, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday cookie recipe or a festive treat to share with friends and family, these white chocolate candy cane cookies are sure to impress.
So go ahead and give these Christmas cookie recipes a try – you’ll be glad you did! Get the recipe.
6) Double-Dutch Chocolate Holiday Cookies
The key to these cookies by The Taste of Home is in the chocolate. A good quality dutch-processed cocoa will give them a rich, decadent flavor that is balanced by the sweetness of the M&M’s.
These cookies are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk in your favorite chair next to the Christmas tree :). Are you loving these Christmas cookie recipes yet? If you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe, let us know in the comments! Get the recipe.
- USDA Certified Organic Culinary Grade Cocoa Powder – Batch Tested Gluten Free
- Anthony’s Organic Dutch Processed Cocoa is dark and rich in color with a high fat content of 20-22%
- Product of Latin America, Packed in California
- Use for baking, chocolate-making, no-bake recipes, and even spice rubs for meat!
- Great for plant based, raw, gluten free, paleo, vegan, and organic recipes!
7) Christmas Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Christmas sugar cookies with royal icing are a festive and delicious holiday treat. The golden brown, crisp cookies are soft and tender on the inside, and they are decorated with meringue-based royal icing to make the perfect gourmet Christmas cookies.
Royal icing is made from meringue powder, confectioners sugar, water, and vanilla extract, and it is often used to decorate cakes and cookies. It dries hard and shiny, making it the perfect topping for these festive cookies.
These Christmas sugar cookies with royal icing by Ahead of Thyme are the perfect addition to any holiday party or celebration. Don’t pass up these Christmas cookie recipes, they are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Get the recipe.
8) Hot Chocolate Cookies
One of my favorite things to do during the winter months is to make and enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa. So, when I saw Christmas cookie recipes by Love From The Oven where you have to add the hot cocoa mix to a cookie, I knew I had to give it a try.
I’m so glad I did because these Hot Chocolate Cookies are delicious! They are perfect for Christmas cookies and cookie exchanges.
The key to making these cookies is to use good quality hot cocoa mix. I like to use Ghirardelli brand hot cocoa mix, but you can use any brand that you like.
These cookies are always a hit with family and friends, so be sure to give them a try! Get the recipe.
- Deep flavor of Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa
- Simply add hot water for a delicious, foolproof cup of hot cocoa
- We hand-select the world’s finest cocoa beans to create our proprietary bean blend and roast them to perfection then we slow-blend in the purest ingredients, to achieve our award-winning distinctively intense chocolate
- Makes a great gift for any chocolate lover
- Made in USA
9) Best Ever Fruitcake Cookies
Looking for easy and delicious Christmas cookie recipes? Look no further than these Best Ever Fruitcake Cookies by Noshing With The Nolands!
Made with red and green cherries, raisins, and Brazil nuts, these cookies are packed with flavor. And because there’s no rum or bourbon like you’d find in a traditional fruit cake, everyone can enjoy them!
They’re perfect for holiday parties or as a special treat for Santa. So what are you waiting for? Get baking! Get the recipe.
10) Gingerbread Cookies
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without gingerbread cookies. Whether they’re used to decorate a gingerbread house or simply enjoyed on their own, these sweet treats are always a hit.
But if you’re bored with the usual bland gingerbread men Christmas cookie recipes, then this recipe by Once Upon a Chef is for you. Flavored with ginger, molasses, and warm spices, these cookies are sure to please. And thanks to their crispy-chewy texture, they’re also a joy to eat.
So if you’re looking for a new holiday tradition, bake up a batch of these delicious gingerbread cookies. Your family and friends will be glad you did. Get the recipe.
11) Gumdrop Cookies
Though they may look like they belong in a child’s lunchbox, Gumdrop Cookies are a delightful treat for any age.
The key to their great taste is in the perfect ratio of sugar cookies to spice drops. And this updated recipe by Betty Crocker has been kitchen-tested to ensure that you get that perfect ratio every time.
So whether you’re introducing Gumdrop Cookies to your family for the first time or rediscovering them as an adult, this recipe is sure to please.
Preheat your oven, dust off your Christmas cookie recipes, and get ready for a batch of cookies that are as fun to eat as they are to make. Get the recipe.
12) Holiday Monster Cookies
Holiday Monster Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday occasion. Prepare to be wowed by these massive cookies, chock-full of your favorite holiday flavors like candy, peppermint, pretzels, and white chocolate chips.
They are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you’re hosting a cookie swap, looking for Christmas Day dessert ideas, or want to surprise Santa with something special, these Christmas cookie recipes by the chefs at the Food Network Kitchen are perfect!
Holiday Monster Cookies are the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer. Get the recipe.
13) Hot Cocoa Cookie Cups
What’s better than a steaming cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day? A hot cocoa cookie cup, of course!
These cute little cookies by Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons not only have all the flavors of a classic hot chocolate, but they also look like a miniature version of the real thing.
Made with a simple Maravillas Cookie and topped with a Jet-Puffed Marshmellow decorated to look like a mug of hot cocoa, they are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Best of all, they are easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients.
So why not give these Christmas cookie recipes a try the next time you’re in the mood for something sweet? Get the recipe.
- The Gamesa Emperador Vanilla Cookies are a timeless treat
- Country Of Origin: Mexico
- Item Package Dimension: 9.4″ L x 8.2″ W x 2.2″ H
- Item Package Weight: 1.24 lb
14) Jeweled Coconut Drops
I am always on the lookout for new Christmas cookie recipes to try, and this Jeweled Coconut Drops recipe from Taste of Home definitely caught my eye.
I love anything with coconut, and the addition of red raspberry preserves sounded like a delicious twist. I was not disappointed! The cookies were relatively easy to make, and they turned out beautifully.
The raspberry preserves added just the right amount of sweetness, and the coconut gave them a lovely texture. They were a hit with my family, and I’m sure your family will love them as well. Get the recipe.
15) M&M Christmas Cookies
Christmas is a time for traditions, and one of my family’s favorite traditions is baking cookies. This year, we decided to try something new and make M&M Christmas Cookies. The recipe by Celebrating Sweets is simple and the results are delicious.
The cookies are soft and chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness. The red and green M&M’s add a festive touch, and the sprinkles make them even more fun.
They were so good, we’re already planning to add them to our personal collection of Christmas cookie recipes and make these again next year! Get the recipe.
16) Nutella Cookies
Are you looking for easy, no-mess Christmas cookie recipes? Look no further than Nutella cookies! These five-ingredient cookies by The Pioneer Woman are rich and chocolatey, without the fuss.
Mix together Nutella, eggs, flour, sugar, and baking powder, and you’re ready to bake. The result is a soft, chewy cookie that’s bursting with flavor. If you’re a chocolate lover, these cookies are definitely for you.
So, give Nutella cookies a try next time you’re in the mood to bake a quick and easy dessert for Christmas. If you love Nutella, don’t miss these Nutella stuffed pancakes, you won’t be disappointed! Get the recipe.
17) Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms
These Peanut Butter Blossoms by Sally’s Baking Recipes are the perfect holiday treat! They’re soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss in the center. They’re easy to make, and they’re always a hit with family and friends.
So if you’re looking for festive and delicious Christmas cookie recipes to add to your holiday baking list, look no further than these Peanut Butter Blossoms! Get the recipe.
18) Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies
I’ve been so excited about posting this raspberry almond shortbread cookies recipe by Dear Crissy because it’s hands-down my favorite recipe of the year. It’s so very simple but so amazingly good.
Shortbread is one of those classic Christmas cookie recipes that everyone seems to love, and I’m no exception. I love the buttery, crumbly texture and the way it melts in your mouth.
And when you add a hint of almond extract and the seedless red raspberry jam this recipe asks for, it takes these cookies to the next level.
If you’re looking for show-stopping Christmas cookie recipes that will have everyone begging for more, look no further! These raspberry almond shortbread cookies are sure to become a new holiday favorite. Get the recipe.
19) Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
These vibrant cookies by Southern Living start with a box of red velvet cake mix (Yes, you read that right!) and are given an extra boost of flavor with pops of white chocolate.
They have the perfect crisp and tender texture of a cookie while tasting like red velvet cake. They also keep exceptionally well for a few days because of their high oil content.
So if you’re looking for fun and easy Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to impress, give these red velvet cake mix cookies a try. You won’t be disappointed! Get the recipe.
20) 3-Ingredient Marbled Holiday Sugar Cookies
Celebrate the holidays with these delicious marbled sugar cookies by Pillsbury! They’re easy to make and only require three ingredients, so they’re perfect for little chefs in the kitchen.
Simply bake your sugar cookies, then dip them in melted chocolate. To create the marbled effect, swirl the chocolate around before it sets.
You can also add candy sprinkles or colored decorating sugars to dipped cookies for an extra festive touch. Get the recipe.
21) Easy Christmas Tree Brownies
These Christmas Tree Brownies by One Little Project are the perfect holiday dessert! They’re rich and fudgy brownies that are decorated to look like a Christmas tree and as far as Christmas cookie recipes go, it doesn’t get easier than this!
The recipe uses a boxed brownie mix and store-bought vanilla icing but the results are stunning! Cut out the brownies, then decorate them with green frosting and sprinkles, then finish it off with a candy cane tree trunk.
These brownies are so cute and are sure to be a hit with your family and friends! Get the recipe.
22) Ugly Sweater Cookies
Ugly Sweater Cookies are the perfect way to show off your holiday spirit – and your sense of humor. These delicious cookies are easy to make, and even more fun to decorate.
Simply bake a batch of gingerbread cookies, then let your imagination run wild with the icing. You can pipe on sweaters, add buttons and sequins, or write a cheesy holiday message. However you decorate them, these cookies are sure to be a hit at any holiday party.
So put on your best ugly sweater and get baking your favorite Christmas cookie recipes! Get the recipe.
23) Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Broma Bakery are a festive and easy-to-make holiday treat! I love them because they are soft, chewy, and full of rich chocolate flavor!
So if you’re looking for fun and festive Christmas cookie recipes to add to your holiday baking list, give these Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies a try. You won’t be disappointed! Get the recipe.
24) Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies by Live Well Bake Often are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray! They are soft, chewy, and full of white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
The dough is also incredibly easy to make and the end result is a cookie that looks great and tastes just as good. These cookies are sure to be a hit with your friends and family! Get the recipe.
25) Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cookies
There are so many amazing Christmas cookie recipes on this list but I knew I was missing one that contains a classic Christmas spice, cinnamon! One of my personal favorites is cinnamon cream cheese cookies.
These cookies by This Silly Girl’s Kitchen are so easy to make and they’re always a hit with family and friends. The dough comes together quickly, and the cookies bake up tender and delicious.
They’re coated in a generous amount of cinnamon sugar, which gives them a delightful flavor and makes them look extra festive.
Whether you make them for Christmas or any other occasion, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do! Get the recipe.
I hope you enjoyed these Christmas cookie recipes!
Hot chocolate cookies, Nutella cookies, and red velvet cake mix cookies are all excellent choices for Christmas. They are easy to make, taste great, and will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. So why not give them a try this year? You won’t be disappointed!
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