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30+ BEST Christmas Cookies

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

I love to host a cookie exchange around Christmas time each year. It’s one of my favorite ways to celebrate the holidays with loved ones AND enjoy all of the delicious Christmas cookies. Talk about a win-win!

collage of Christmas cookies

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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 collection.

On this list, you’ll find the top Christmas cookies to make this season. Whether you’re looking for traditional recipes, chocolate cookies, ones with decorations or easy recipes that still taste delicious – you’re bound to find all of your favorites here!

Traditional recipes

There’s nothing like traditional Christmas cookies. Whether it’s snickerdoodles, butter cookies, sugar cookies and more, you can’t go wrong with any of these. 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!

stack of snickerdoodles on a cooling rack
Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
This super soft snickerdoodle cookie recipe will instantly win you over! It truly is the best. It's a classic recipe that makes soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies with lots of flavor every time.
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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Christmas Sugar Cookies
Ring in the holiday season with these easy Christmas sugar cookies! Perfectly soft and fluffy with amazing flavor. The best recipe to use when decorating sugar cookies for Christmas! 
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
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peanut butter kiss cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Soft sugar coated peanut butter blossoms topped with a chocolate Hershey's kiss. An amazing classic cookie recipe that is perfect for any occasion!
Total Time: 18 minutes
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gingerbread man cookies
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Soft and chewy gingerbread man cookies full of ginger spice flavor. This classic Christmas treat is the perfect cookie to decorate with your family this season! 
Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
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stacked M&M Christmas cookies
M&M Christmas Cookies
Thick and chewy M&M Christmas cookies with crispy edges, a soft center and bursting with chocolate flavor. These are the ultimate cookie recipe to make this holiday season! 
Total Time: 40 minutes
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mexican wedding cookie with a bite taken
Mexican Wedding Cookies
These Mexican wedding cookies are so simple and take only 5 ingredients to make! The perfect bite-sized cookie recipe that will literally melt in your mouth. 
Total Time: 28 minutes
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oatmeal cookie recipe
Oatmeal Cookies
These are the BEST oatmeal cookies! Crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the center. So easy to make and even easier to eat!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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cranberry orange shortbread cookies on a red plate
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
These cranberry orange shortbread cookies are so rich and buttery, with the most delicious combination of flavors. They're the perfect cookie to share with friends and family this holiday season!
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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white chocolate cranberry cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
White chocolate cranberry cookies are soft, chewy, and chunky loaded with white chocolate and dried cranberries. A delicious festive cookie perfect for the holidays!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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christmas spritz cookies on plate
Spritz Cookies
These spritz cookies are a melt in your mouth holiday classic! All you need is a hand full of ingredients, a cookie press, and your favorite sprinkles to make these festive cookies in under an hour!
Total Time: 46 minutes
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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…a few 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.

stack of chocolate crinkle cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy on the inside with a crisp outside edge! So rich and decadent and adored by any and all chocolate lovers. 
Total Time: 38 minutes
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chocolate peppermint cookie dipped in white chocolate with crushed peppermint
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe
A fudgy chocolate cookie filled with fresh peppermint flavor. The perfect holiday cookie recipe to add to your baking list this season! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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half eaten chocolate peanut butter stuffed cookie
Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookie Recipe
A rich and flavorful chocolate cookie filled with a delicious soft peanut butter center. These decadent stuffed cookies are an absolute dream!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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oreo truffles
Oreo Balls
These OREO balls are made with just 3 simple ingredients and are such an easy dessert recipe to make. Drizzle with chocolate or top with your favorite colored sprinkles for the perfect decorative treat!
Total Time: 35 minutes
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A close up of a hot chocolate marshmallow cookie
Hot Chocolate Cookies
These hot chocolate cookies have all the flavors you love in a mug of hot chocolate, rolled up into one delicious baked good. Add these to your baking list this season—just don't forget the melty, gooey, roasted marshmallow topping. It's my favorite part!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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M&M chocolate mint cake mix cookies on a cooling rack
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Soft and fudgy chocolate mint cookies made with cake mix. So easy to whip up and have the perfect touch of mint!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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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!

ginger molasses cookie half dipped in white chocolate with a holly berry sprinkle
Ginger Molasses Cookies
Molasses cookies that are soft and chewy on the inside and crisp around the edges. Full of delicious ginger flavor and taste just like Christmas! Drizzle or dip in white chocolate for the ultimate holiday cookie!
Total Time: 33 minutes
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Melted Ginger Snowman Cookies - with a marshmallow belly, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup hat and chocolate chips for the eyes. Such a creative and kid-friendly dessert for the holidays!
Melting Snowman Cookie Recipe
Ginger melted snowman cookies with a marshmallow belly, peanut butter cup hat and chocolate chips for the eyes. Such a creative and kid-friendly dessert for the holidays!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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christmas sugar cookie truffles cut in half
Sugar Cookie Truffles
No-bake sugar cookie truffles made with only 4 ingredients! An easy and delicious treat for the holidays that is super easy to make. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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snowman oreo balls with oreo hat
Snowman Oreo Balls
Adorable snowman Oreo balls are a fun, festive, and delicious DIY activity for the kids! Made with Oreo cookies, cream cheese and melted chocolate, these super easy snowmen are always a hit!
Total Time: 45 minutes
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The Grinch Cake Mix Cookies... cake mix cookies are a delicious treat but turn them green and add a heart for The Grinch and they're even better!
The Grinch Cake Mix Cookies
Perfect for Christmas time. A great holiday cake mix cookie! So good!
Total Time: 18 minutes
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A close up of a christmas chocolate dipped oreo with a bite taken out
Chocolate covered oreos
These chocolate dipped Oreo snowflakes are adorable and easy treats the whole family can help make! Only takes 2 ingredients to make. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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stacked cinnamon roll cookies on counter
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
This recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies is simple to make and will have you looking like a total baking rock star. You won't believe how delicious these cookies are! 
Total Time: 50 minutes
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The Grinch Cake Mix Cookies... cake mix cookies are a delicious treat but turn them green and add a heart for The Grinch and they're even better!
The Grinch Cake Mix Cookies
Perfect for Christmas time. A great holiday cake mix cookie! So good!
Total Time: 18 minutes
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Easy

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. No one would guess how easy these are based on how amazing they taste!

spider cookie on parchment paper
Spider Cookies
These peanut butter spider cookies are the perfect Halloween cookie! They're made with only 6 ingredients and are topped with a REESE'S peanut butter cup.
Total Time: 19 minutes
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stacked spice cookies
Spice Cake Mix Cookies
Easy spice cake mix cookies made with 3 main ingredients in just 20 minutes. These delicious cookies have crisp edges, a soft inside and are filled with the perfect spice flavor. 
Total Time: 20 minutes
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stacked pistachio cookies
Pistachio Cookie Recipe
I love meltaway cookies and thought that a pistachio version would not only taste amazing but would have the Christmas green color that I wanted! 
Total Time: 1 hour
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m&m cookie bars
M&M Cookie Bars Recipe1
Christmas M&M Cookie Bars - Gooey, soft and fluffy cookie bars loaded with M&M's and chocolate chips. Only 30 minutes to make and less than 10 ingredients. Perfect treat for a cookie exchange or holiday party! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookie drizzled with vanilla glaze
Peanut butter and jelly cookie recipe
Peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies – the most delicious peanut butter cookie topped with strawberry jam and a vanilla glaze. These will soon become your new favorite cookie!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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A close up of an eggnog cookie drizzled with icing
Eggnog Cookie Recipe
All the flavor of the classic holiday drink staple in a delicious cookie! These eggnog cookies are the perfect treat to bring to holiday parties this year.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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stacked oatmeal pie cookies
Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies - Chewy oatmeal cookies filled with a fluffy marshmallow cream frosting. A nostalgic childhood treat that you can easily make at home!
Total Time: 1 hour
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A close up of a frosted ricotta cookie with holly berry sprinkles
Ricotta Cookies
These frosted ricotta cheese cookies are easy to make, delicious and will definitely impress your guests! They are similar to a sugar cookie, (huge, puffy and soft) but have a hint of tartness.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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red velvet gooey butter cookies with a bite taken out
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Soft and cakey red velvet gooey butter cookies covered in powdered sugar. This will become one of your favorite holiday cookie recipes to make each season! 
Total Time: 25 minutes
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snickerdoodle cake mix cookies stacked
Snickerdoodle Cake Mix Cookies
Snickerdoodle cookies with cake mix are the same thick, soft, and chewy cookies they've always been but with half the ingredients and made in a fraction of the time! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Favorite baking staples

Below are some of my favorite baking staples that I can’t live without! These make my holiday baking each year so much easier and enjoyable. Being prepared in the kitchen is key!

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