40+ BEST Christmas Cookies

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    40+ of the most delicious and festive Christmas cookies for your holiday baking! Lots of easy and delicious homemade  ideas to make your next party or cookie exchange a success!

    Baking is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I like to try new recipes each year, but also always stick with the classics like soft sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and molasses cookies. It definitely doesn’t feel like the holidays without these.

    best christmas cookies

    One of my favorite things about the holidays is coming up with new cookie recipes to share with family and friends. I have so many wonderful memories of baking over the years, and love when I find yummy recipes to add to my list.

    Looking to host a cookie exchange this year? Check out this post for some helpful guidelines, and don’t forget to print out my FREE cookie exchange printables to help make preparing a little easier.

    Now get to baking!!

    Easy Christmas cookie recipes

    Things get so busy during the holidays, so I’m always looking for easy recipes to quickly whip up. These recipes below are fun, festive, and super simple to make. I especially love the peppermint candy cane cookies. They look fancy, but are so easy to throw together. Plus the flavor is delicious.

    stack of christmas M&M cookie bars My family loves these M&M cookie bars. The drizzled glaze really puts them over the top!

    A close up of a twisted candy cane cookie These Peppermint Candy Canes are so fun! Twisting the white and red dough together to make candy canes is so creative!

    a half eaten peppermint chocolate chip cookie The peppermint included in these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies helps to make these perfect for the holidays!

    stack of chocolate chip pudding cookies
    If you’ve never tried pudding cookies, you have to give this double chocolate chip version a try! So moist & delicious. You could add in colored chocolate chips, too!
    white chocolate covered peppermint oreos
    These Peppermint Oreos are a holiday favorite. The flavor combination is out of this world!
    green grinch cake mix cookie with a red candy heart on top
    Another version of cake mix cookies turned green! These Grinch Cake Mix Cookies are so easy and are topped with a heart to look like the Grinch!

    Christmas Sugar Cookies

    Whenever I bake for the holidays, I always make sure to include the classic Christmas sugar cookies. A cookie plate isn’t complete without some sort of sugar cookie…they are so fun to decorate, and taste amazing. I love all the recipes included below, however the sugar cookie truffles are my favorite. They take only 4 ingredients and don’t require any baking. My kind of cookie!

    christmas sugar cookie truffles cut in half These Sugar Cookie Truffles are the easiest Christmas treat! They don’t require any baking, and are made with just 4 ingredients!

    red and white cookies in a basket These Red and White Cookies are so festive and simple to make!

    red and white christmas swirl cookies
    How fun are these Christmas Swirls?! They will leave your guests raving about how cute they are!
    stack of heart sugar cookies
    If you’re looking for the perfect sugar cookie recipe, this is it! These Super soft sugar cookies are a tried and true recipe of mine that I’ve made hundreds of times!
    stack of rainbow jello cookies on a cake stand
    My kids absolutely love these jello cookies. During the holidays, we make lots of red & green desserts. They are so easy & yummy!

    christmas reindeer sugar cookies Aren’t these Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies just the cutest?! So simple yet so adorable!

    hand holding an angel sugar cookieSoft and chewy vanilla Angel Cookies with a delicious sugar glaze that looks just like glistening snow!

    close up of stacked cinnamon roll sugar cookies

    Cinnamon rolls + cookies = genius, right? Check out these Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies that are topped with an amazing cream cheese frosting!

    Traditional recipes

    There’s nothing like traditional Christmas cookies. Whether it’s snickerdoodles, butter cookies, shortbread cookies, and more, you can’t go wrong with a traditional cookie recipe! My personal favorites are snickerdoodles because I’m a sucker for the cinnamon sugar coating. And above all, they are so soft and fluffy. Yum!

    a close up of a snickerdoodle with a bite taken out Nothing beats a classic Snickerdoodle. They are soft, fluffy and rolled in a delicious cinnamon sugar coating.

    cranberry orange shortbread cookies on a red plate

    These Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies have the best combination of flavors! Perfect to share with friends and family this holiday season!

    A close up of a candy candy blossom cookie We always made Candy Cane Blossoms growing up. I love the red and green colored sugar, and the festive Hershey’s kisses, too!

    red velvet gooey butter cookies with a bite taken out
    I love a good butter cookie! These Red velvet butter cookies are gooey, cakey and have the best red velvet flavor!
    pistachio cherry meltaway cookies on a plate
    If you’re a pistachio lover, you’ll love these Pistachio cherry melt aways. They are soft and have great flavor. Plus the diced cherries add the perfect sweetness!
    A close up of an eggnog cookie with icing drizzled on top
    Eggnog is a holiday staple. These Eggnog cookies are one of the best recipes and are so soft and delicious!
    a shortbread cookie with a frosted christmas tree on top I love the Christmas tree decorations on these Christmas Shortbread. Don’t they look like they came from a bakery?!
    peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookie drizzled with vanilla glaze We make these Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints every year! One of our favorites!
    two oatmeal cream pie cookies stacked on top of each other These chewy Oatmeal Cream Pies are filled with a fluffy marshmallow cream frosting….yum!

    Decorated cookies

    My favorite part about the whole process is decorating them! There are tons of cute designs and toppings to include…it’s so fun to be creative! Decorated Christmas cookies are perfect for entertaining, and are always a big crowd pleaser. Your guests will rave about how fun and impressive they are. Whether you dip in chocolate, cover with sprinkles or create a fun design, these decorated treats will be a hit!

    a close up of a ginger molasses cookie half dipped in white chocolate

    I make these White Chocolate Dipped Gingerdoodles every year! Everyone always raves about how delicious and festive they are!

    candy cane sugar cookies on a plate
    These Candy Cane Cookies would be so fun to decorate with the kids!
    oreo snowman cookie wrapped in cellophane
    If you’re looking for an adorable homemade Christmas gift idea, these Oreo Snowmen are perfect!
    christmas swirl oreo cookies on a stick
    These Christmas Oreos would be a great party favor for a holiday get-together!
    decorated christmas cookies on the counter
    These Snow Globes look professional and taste amazing!
    decorated christmas cookies on a red tray
    If you’re looking for a red and green decorated cookie, these Cupcake and Candy Cane Cookies are perfect! They are so adorable!
    round sugar cookies decorated as santa bellies
    These festive Santa Bellies are always loved by everyone! Aren’t they so cute?!
    melted snowman cookies on wax paper
    I love these Melted Snowmen! They are so clever and fun to decorate with your family!
    christmas light sugar cookies on a plate I can’t get enough of these Christmas Lights Cookies! They always stand out and look amazing on a cookie tray!

    close up of a melted snowman cookie My kids love these Ginger Melted Snowman Cookies! Such a fun treat!

    Chocolate cookies

    Are you a chocolate lover like me? I love all things chocolate, and especially love chocolate Christmas cookies! In other words, the more chocolate…the better. :) There are lots of delicious recipes below…many of which include peppermint. If you’ve never had the chocolate and peppermint combination, you are missing out! The pair is a match made in heaven.

    A close up of a stack of M&M chocolate mint cake mix cookies
    These Chocolate mint cake mix cookies are soft, chocolately and have the perfect touch of mint.
    container of peppermint oreos with a red ribbon
    My favorite thing about these Easy homemade peppermint oreos are the crushed peppermints that are on top of the frosting. So festive!
    A close up of a peppermint oreo brownie drizzled in white chocolate
    These Candy cane OREO brownie cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream! You can’t beat oreos dipped in brownie batter!
    a stack of M&M chocolate mint cookies
    These Chocolate mint M&M cookies are chewy, fudgy and topped with peppermint candies.
    chocolate chunk peppermint pudding cookies on a wooden table
    There’s something about chunky chocolate chips that make desserts so much better. These Chunky chocolate peppermint cookies are loaded with chocolate chunks and are the ultimate treat!
    stack of chocolate fudge cookie sandwiches with peppermint buttercream
    My favorite part about this Chocolate fudge cookie recipe is the candy cane butter cream! It is seriously addicting!
    A close up of a reindeer cookie on a stick
    These Reindeer cookies are the perfect holiday treat for kids! So fun!
    Chocolate christmas cookie fudge
    I’m a fudge lover and always make a batch during the holidays. I love the idea of making this Cookie Cutter Fudge into your favorite Christmas shapes!
    a close up of a hot chocolate marshmallow cookie
    These Hot Chocolate Cookies are my kind of cookie! They are super soft with a delicious hot cocoa flavor and a roasted marshmallow on top.
    A close up of a chocolate cookie dipped in white chocolate and crushed peppermint Aren’t these Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies so pretty?! I love the contrast of the dark cookie dipped in the white chocolate!
    a close up of a half eaten oreo ball
    These delicious Oreo Balls are made with just 3 ingredients and taste amazing! Top with your favorite colored sprinkles for a festive treat!

    plate full of christmas decorated chocolate dipped oreos How adorable are these Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Snowflakes?! So fun and festive!

    chocolate peanut butter stuffed cookie torn in half If you’re a peanut butter lover, you will love these Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies! Isn’t peanut butter and chocolate the best combo?!

    stack of homemade oreos If you’ve never made Homemade Oreos, you are missing out! They are so easy and completely addicting!

     

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