Making favorite Christmas cookies together is one of the best things about the holidays. Not only is it great fun making homemade Christmas cookie recipes with kids, but sharing cookies with friends and relatives is a gift to yourself as well.
Christmas Cookie Ideas
One of our family’s annual Christmas traditions is trying new Christmas cookie recipes, along with the old favorites and then handing out small plates filled with the Christmas cookie goodness to our neighbors.
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The kids love to help make Christmas cookies and they are already planning on the types of holiday cookies they want to make this year!
FAvorite Homemade Christmas Cookie Recipes
As we have been going through options, we have compiled this giant list of Christmas cookies that we love, to share with you and your family!
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Chocolate Christmas Cookie REcipes We Love
I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate, especially when it’s a part of a Christmas cookie recipe?! Here are a few recipes to satisfy the chocoholics in your life! Chocolate lovers will be delighted with these recipes! It will be so hard not to eat the cookie dough.
1. Chocolate Walnut Cookies Recipe
(Flourless) Fudgy Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, also from Food & Wine, are so good, that you’ll probably polish them off while transferring them from the cookie sheet to the platter! (Not speaking from experience, or anything…)
2. Chocolate Chip Pie Cookies Recipe
These Chocolate Chip Cookie (or Pie?) deep dish treats, from Chocolate Covered Katie, are delish!
3. Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe
You can’t go wrong with The Kitchen Is My Playground‘s gooey Turtle Cookies!
4. Double Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Life Love & Sugar‘s Double Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are sure to be Santa’s favorite this year.
Quick and Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
Can you ever have enough chocolate cookie recipes? I’m going with, “nope.” So here are some more yummy choco-riffic Christmas cookie recipes that are a breeze to make and fast to the table or gift bag.
5. Shortbread Cookies with a Chocolate Secret Recipe
My Nourished Home‘s Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Ganache are to die for!
6. Chocolate S’Mores Cookies Recipe
The Real Housemoms‘ Chocolate S’Mores Cookies are he best of both worlds–chocolate and toasted marshmallows!
7. Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
These tollhouse chocolate chip cookies from Homemaking For God are quick and easy to make and are classically delicious. It’s one of my favorite classic cookie recipes.
8. Chocolate and Cream Cookies Recipe
Dessert Now Dinner Later‘s Dark Chocolate and Cream dreamy cookies were inspired by the Hershey’s bar, and they won’t disappoint!
9. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cookies Recipe
These Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies, from Javacupcake, would be yummy with a cup of hot cocoa! This is a delicious chocolatey fruity cookie with simple ingredients, love it.
10. Italian Biscotti Cookies Recipe
I’m so excited to make a batch of My Nourished Home‘s Italian Biscotti Recipe! Perfect for dunking in coffee on Christmas morning!
11. No-Bake Mint Bar Cookies Recipe
Are you making tons of cookies for Christmas and running out of oven space? These No-Bake Mint Bars, from Real Housemoms, are tasty and do not need to be baked.
Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes with a Twist
You can treasure holiday classics while still making room for contemporary additions to your favorite Christmas cookie recipes!
12. Dipped Gingerbread Recipe
Get in the holiday spirit with these fun soft molasses cookies. Well, sorta, they have molasses in them… and ginger… and chocolate? Tauni & Co.‘s new spin on a classic recipe, Dipped Gingerbread, tastes even better when dipped in white or dark chocolate! A fun twist on gingerbread men.
13. German Chocolate Cake Cookies Recipe
If you’re a sucker for an ooey-gooey topping, like I am, you’ll have to try A Dash of Sanity‘s German Chocolate Cake Cookies!
14. All The Flavors Together Cookies Recipe
Flour De Lis ties some of the best Christmas flavors together in one cookie, with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies! Try not eat the cookie dough.
15. Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
These Ganache-Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies, from HGTV, are a fun twist on a classic! More delicious chocolate chip cookies…but with extra chocolate!?
16. Leftover Cookie Butter Recipe
Use leftover cookies or cake crumbs to make a yummy Cookie Butter! No discipline is needed to avoid eating the cookie dough with this recipe, but still perfect for the holiday season!
Sure to WOW Christmas Cookie Recipes
Looking for a guaranteed way to please Santa and your holiday guests? These Christmas cookie recipes are sure to do the trick!
17. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe
Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, from HGTV, look terrific on a Christmas Cookie platter, and they are easy to make! Grab your cocoa powder and start baking this perfect holiday cookie! Don’t forget to dust it a little bit as well!
18. Christmas Swirl Cookies Recipe
The Nerd’s Wife‘s Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies will look so pretty on your cookie platter! Everyone loves traditional Christmas sugar cookies!
19. Candy Cookie Pops Recipe
Looking for a cute and functional centerpiece for Christmas dinner, or your dessert table? Try making a bouquet of Simplistically Living‘s Holiday Candy Cookie Pops!
20. Fruit S’Mores Cookies Recipe
Want more delicious recipes? Well, you’re in luck we have more fun easy Christmas cookie recipes. Pineapple Upside Down S’mores are a lot of work to make, but 100% worth it, because delicious!
21. Chocolate Pinwheels Recipe
Cook Eat Delicious‘s Chocolate Pinwheels are SO pretty, and perfect for your holiday table!
22. Peppermint & Chocolate Cookies Recipe
Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies, from If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen, are very festive and yummy. The whole family will love these!
23. Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
Simplistically Living‘s Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies are yummy and adorable!
24. Coconut Macaroons Recipe
Momofukufor2‘s Coconut Macaroons are one of our family’s Christmas staples!
Nut Butter Christmas Cookie Recipes
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without peanut butter cookies! The good news about these Christmas cookie recipes is that if you have a peanut allergy, you can substitute the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter!
25. Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies Recipes
If your kids are half the Nutella fans that mine are, these Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwich Cookies, from Buns In My Oven will disappear quickly!
26. Inside Out Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Covered Katie‘s Inside Out Peanut Butter Cookies are so creamy they’ll melt in your mouth.
27. Almond Butter Cookies Recipe
With coconut, these Almond Butter Cookies, from Beauty Through Imperfection, are a delicate companion to a cup of tea.
28. PB & J Cookies Recipe
Here’s another one for peanut butter fans: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies, also from Buns In My Oven.
29. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies Recipe
These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites, from Chocolate Covered Katie, are protein-packed cookies. Perfect for an after-school treat!
30. Easy Bar Cookies with Peanut Butter Recipe
Easy Bar Cookies With Peanut Butter Cups, from Inspired Taste, are a yummy treat everyone will love! You can use peanut butter cups (or really, any similar type of candy) in this bar cookie snack.
31. Chocolate Snickerdoodles Recipe
Rachel Schultz On Homemaking has come up with one of my family’s favorites: Chocolate Filled Snickerdoodles! I mean, DROOL! Stuff a Rolo inside to liven up the traditional Snickerdoodle!
32. Peanut Butter Chai Cookies recipe
Combine your cookie with your latte with yummy Peanut Butter Chai Cookies, from Real Housemoms! I love how the spice adds a bit of zing to these cookies.
33. Peanut Butter Cookie Frosting Recipe
Peanut Butter Frosting, from Sprinkle Some Sunshine, is a totally unexpected way to bring your A-game to your peanut butter cookies this season, and beyond!
34. Penguin and Polar Bear Cookies Recipe
How adorable are The Nerd’s Wife‘s Penguin and Polar Bear Nutter Butter Cookies?! I can’t wait to try making them!
Classic Christmas Cookie Recipe Recipes
These classic Christmas cookies are just as big a part of the big day as Santa and Rudolph! Many of these recipes bring back memories of snowy days, spent cozy in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother, making our family favorites, and trying out new Christmas cookie recipes!
35. Pecan Cake Balls Recipe
Pip & Ebby‘s Pecan Cake Balls are quite literally amazeballs!
36. Mint Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Christmas isn’t Christmas without Betty Crocker! Mint Thumb Prints are the perfect addition to Santa’s plate of cookies!
37. Christmas Fudge Recipe
The Girl Who Ate Everything‘s Phat Cow Fudge is so good that you’ll wind up with soap in your mouth for yelling, “Ohhhh, fuuuuuudddddge!”
38. German Cookies Recipe
Landolakes‘ Light and Lovely Linzer Cookies are a traditional German Christmas cookie recipe that everyone will love!
39. White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies Recipe
Happy Hooligans‘ White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies are the best winter cookie, and a fun way to switch up regular chocolate chip cookies if you’re getting sick of them!
40. Macaroons Recipe
This Macaron Recipe, from Giver’s Log, is an elegant way to dress up any holiday dessert table.
Mix and Match Christmas Cookie Recipes Perfect for Giving
41. Red Velvet Cookies Recipe
A Helicopter Mom‘s Easy Red Velvet Cookies are just that, easy! You just need a box of Velvet Cake mix.
42. Cookie Brownie Mashup Recipe
Gooey Joe-Joe’s Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bars, from Family Fresh Meals, mixes the best of the brownie and cookie worlds.
43. Oreo Stuffed Cookies Recipe
Family Fresh Meals‘ Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best of both worlds. I can’t wait to dunk these in some milk!
44. Gingersnoodle Cookies Recipe
Budding Baketress‘ Gingersnoodle is a perfect cookie mashable recipe–part gingerbread cookie, part snickerdoodle!
45. Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Surprise your guests with this interesting (and delicious!) combination, The Nerd’s Wife‘s Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars.
46. Grinch Crinkle Cookies Recipe
Simplistically Living‘s Grinch Crinkle Cookies are the greenest, meanest cookies around that also taste oh, so good!
47. Mint Wafers Recipe
What’s Cooking America‘s Chocolate Mint Wafer Cookies are a yummy way to make cutouts that pop!
Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes That Taste Good
You don’t have to miss out on yummy holiday snacks just because you’re watching your diet! With a little imagination, there are plenty of options for healthy Christmas cookie recipes!
48. No-Bake Orange Cookies Recipe
Growing up, my great-grandmother regaled us with tales of her Christmas mornings as a child. In her stocking, she always found a tangerine or orange. Even as a child it struck me, how different my Christmas mornings were to hers, and it inspired me to savor simple pleasures… like these No-Bake Orange Cookies, from The Nerd’s Wife!
49. Apple Cookies Recipes
Healthy Apple Cookies are a healthy way to get your Christmas Cutout cookie fix, minus the guilt! Just use cookie cutter to shape slices of apple, and top them them with peanut butter, raisins, and nuts. Yum!
50. No-Sugar Cookies Recipes
2-Ingredient No-Sugar Cookies are a great breakfast option!
51. Oatmeal Cookies Recipes
My Nourished Home‘s Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are another yummy and healthy option for Christmas morning.
52. Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Bunch of Other Ingredients Recipes
I can’t think of a better way to start my morning, than with Mavis Butterfield’s 100 Dollars A Month‘s Chocolate Chip Cookies With Almonds, Cranberries, and Coconut! So yummy with a cup of coffee!
53. Nutty Cookie Balls Recipes
Nutty Cookie Balls are my go-to Christmas cookie recipe when I am trying to limit sugar intake. They can easily be made gluten-free, as well, if you use gluten-free granola!
Gluten-Free (and Some Nut-Free and Sugar-Free) Christmas Cookie Recipes
Food allergies don’t have to come between you and your favorite holiday sweets! You just have to get creative and substitute certain ingredients in your Christmas cookie recipes! Here are some delicious gluten-free cookie recipes to get you started. Some of these are nut-free cookie recipes, and sugar-free cookie recipes, too!)
54. Christmas Kiss Cookies Recipe
Does one of your family members have a peanut allergy? If so, these Christmas Kiss Blossoms (without peanut butter) from Welcome to the Family Table® are a wonderful substitute!
55. Amaretti Cookies Recipe
These Chocolate Amaretti Cookies, from Food & Wine, are tasty AND gluten-free!
56. Fruit Pizza Recipe
Fruit Pizza-by-the-Slice, from fashionedible.com, has wonderful plate presentation. I just love all the colors! Plus it’s healthier and gluten-free!
57. Bean Cookies recipe
Don’t knock Bean Cookies and Beet Icing from Super Healthy Kids until you try them! These cookies taste yummy, are all-natural, and dye-free (perfect for your guests with food-dye allergies). They are also good for you!
58. Cashew Cookies Recipe
No-Bake Cashew Cookies, from Super Healthy Kids, are a great healthy alternative for families who have sugar-free and gluten-free diets.
59. Hot Fudge Larabars Recipes
Chocolate Covered Katie‘s Hot Fudge Larabars technically aren’t cookies, but they taste as just good, and they’re better for you!
60. Chia Power Balls Recipe
Chia Power Balls, from The Honour System, are a sweet treat that perfectly transcends from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day! These are great on the go, and so healthy!
After-School Christmas Cookie Recipes
These Christmas cookie recipes are a fun after-school snack/ lunchbox surprise for your little ones all month long, as they eagerly await Santa’s visit!
61. Brown Sugar Bars Recipes
Brown Sugar Bars, from Real Housemoms, are easy to make! Double the cinnamon for extra spice.
62. PB & J Sandwich Cookies Recipes
Buns in my Ovens‘ Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies are amazing! You can make sandwich cookies with anything, including cream cheese, peanut butter, and/or jelly.
63. Whole Grain Ginger Cookies Recipes
Sweetened with Molasses, Super Healthy Kids‘ Whole Grain Ginger Cookies are the best whole grain soft ginger cookie out there.
Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes Never Go Out Of Style!
Along with the occasional designer bag or shoes, you would be smart to invest in some of these classic Christmas cookie recipes. They will always be on-trend on Christmas morning! These are the best Christmas cookie recipes for a Christmas cookie swap or exchange!
64. 2x Chocolate chip Cookies Recipes
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, from fashionedible.com, are a classic comfort food! You can even swap out the chocolate chips for red and green M&M’s to make them more festive!
65. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Recipes
Hostess With the Mostess has a recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies that is delicious, served with tea!
66. Lemon Cookies Recipes
Lemonade Cookies are a fun twist on the Christmas Classic, lemon bars. They keep help keep summer alive during the holidays!
67. Rainbow Cookies Recipes
Unicorn Poop Cookies are perfect for any Christmas cookie platter, because Rudolph is so magical that he has to have a unicorn cousin somewhere!
68. Giant Oatmeal Cookies Recipes
Jornie.com‘s Giant Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best, because we’ve all taken a bite out of what we thought was an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, but it was really oatmeal raisin. Been there. Done that. These are better!
69. Funfetti Cookies Recipes
Funfetti Cookies, from Your Modern Family, are the best cookie to make for the school holiday party! Just about every kid loves frosting, and you can tailor the frosting and sprinkle colors to go along with any holiday. Plus, there are only three ingredients needed, so these are quick and easy to make when you’re in a hurry!
70. Italian Anisette Cookies Recipes
Italian Anisette Cookies, from Amanda’s Cookin‘, are one of those Christmas cookies that takes me straight back to my childhood Christmases! For those of you who aren’t huge fans of anise, this recipe has an almond variation. My mom used to make these Italian Christmas cookies, such a treat.
Amazing Homemade Christmas Cookie Recipes
These recipes are so good that your family and friends will secretly be wondering if you transferred the cookies from a bakery box onto one of your own plates right before the party!
71. Red Velvet Cookies Recipes
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, from Foodie Fun, are easy to make, and they look stunning! Everyone loves a soft cookie! Use cookie cutters to cut the in different shape!
72. Pudding Cookies Recipes
The secret to making Kraft Recipe‘s Easy Pudding Cookies so soft is the pudding. (Shhh!) What a delicious Christmas cookie recipe!
73. Chocolate Cookies Recipes
Eat Well 101‘s Chocolate Cookies look like they have been dusted with fresh snow!
74. Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars Recipes
My grandmother has made these Chocolate-Chip-And-Pecan Bars, from delish.com, for family gatherings as far back as I can remember. They are SO GOOD!
75. Easy Applesauce Cookies Recipes
Our favorite applesauce cookies are easy to make and has a spicy favorite flavor that makes it a beloved family recipe.
76. Mrs Fields Cookies Recipes
Make the legendary Mrs Fields cookie recipe to eat and give to friends and family!
77. Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipes
Oh how all the holiday flavors have collided into one amazing cookie! We love hot cocoa cookies and the recipe is easy to make!
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What is your favorite Christmas cookies recipes?