Best Christmas Cookies – 40+ of the most delicious and festive Christmas cookies for your holiday baking! Lots of easy and delicious homemade Christmas cookie ideas to make your next party or cookie exchange a success!
Baking Christmas cookies 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 delicious traditional Christmas cookies!
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 Christmas cookies over the years, and love when I find yummy recipes to add to my list.
Today I’m excited to share some of the best Christmas cookies for your holiday baking! They all look so festive and delicious. Whether you’re looking for easy Christmas cookies, traditional Christmas cookies, decorated Christmas cookies, and more, you’ll find lots of amazing recipes to try from the list below.
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 for your next cookie swap a little easier.
So there you have it…an amazing list of the best Christmas cookies for holiday baking. Lots of easy, traditional, and decorated cookies to choose from. Hope you enjoyed all of these wonderful Christmas cookies. Now get to baking!!
Video for Best Christmas Cookies
Check out this video tutorial of 3 of my favorite recipes for Christmas cookies! I never go a holiday season without making these gingerdoodles, chocolate chip pudding cookies and soft sugar cookies. Seriously the best Christmas cookies ever!
Easy Christmas Cookies
Things get so busy during the holidays, so I’m always looking for easy recipes to quickly whip up. These easy Christmas cookies below are fun, festive, and super simple to make. I especially love the peppermint candy cane Christmas cookies. They look fancy, but are so easy to throw together. Plus the flavor is delicious. If you’re a fan of simple recipes, you’ll certainly love this list of easy Christmas cookies!
My family loves these M&M cookie bars. The drizzled glaze really puts these Christmas cookies over the top!
These Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies are so fun! Twisting the white and red dough together to make candy canes is so creative!
The peppermint included in these Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies helps to make these Christmas cookies perfect for the holidays!
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Whenever I bake cookies 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 Christmas sugar cookies 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! Hope you enjoy the delicious Christmas sugar cookies below!
These Sugar Cookie Truffles are the easiest Christmas sugar cookies! They don’t require any baking, and are made with just 4 ingredients!
These Red and White Cookies are so festive and simple to make!
Aren’t these Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies just the cutest?! So simple yet so adorable!
Soft and chewy vanilla Angel Cookies with a delicious sugar glaze that looks just like glistening snow!
Cinnamon rolls + cookies = genius, right? Check out these Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies that are topped with an amazing cream cheese frosting!
Traditional Christmas Cookies
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! Check out these amazing traditional Christmas cookies below.
Nothing beats a classic Snickerdoodle. The traditional Christmas cookies are soft, fluffy and rolled in a delicious cinnamon sugar coating.
These Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies have the best combination of flavors! Perfect to share with friends and family this holiday season!
We always made Candy Cane Blossoms growing up. I love the red and green colored sugar, and the festive Hershey’s kisses, too!
Decorated Christmas Cookies
My favorite part about making Christmas cookies 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 Christmas cookies will be a hit!
I make these White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Molasses Cookies every year! Everyone always raves about how delicious and festive they are! These are my favorite decorated Christmas cookies to make!
My kids love these Ginger Melted Snowman Cookies! Such a fun treat!
Chocolate Christmas 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 chocolate cookie 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. Certainly give some of these recipes for chocolate Christmas cookies a try…you won’t be disappointed!
How adorable are these Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Snowflakes?! So fun and festive!
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?!
If you’ve never made Homemade Oreos, you are missing out! These cookies are so easy and completely addicting!
Baking Staples for Christmas Cookies
Below are a few of my favorite kitchen staples that I always use when baking Christmas cookies.
Appliances for Christmas Cookies
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer (5-quart)
- Edge Beater for KitchenAid
- Dough Hook for KitchenAid
- Glass Bowl for KitchenAid
- Hand Mixer