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31+ of the best Christmas cookie recipes for cookie exchanges, cookie platters, and Christmas parties.
It’s my favorite time of year… Christmas cookie season!
I like to spend the days leading up to Christmas in the kitchen getting all my favorite Christmas cookies baked and ready for sharing with family on the big day. Because who doesn’t love Christmas cookies?!
Read on for a collection of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
The very best Christmas cookies, from classic cookie recipes to new recipes and twists on the traditional. These delicious Christmas cookie recipes are sure to be a hit this holiday season!
Make festive sugar cookies the easy way with this sprinkle sugar cookie recipe--no rolling, cookie cutters, icing, or fancy decorating required. You are sure to fall in love with these soft sugar cookies.
The ultimate snickerdoodles! These bakery-style snickerdoodles are super soft on the inside with a slight crisp and crunch on the outside from the cinnamon sugar, they are absolutely amazing. Even though they are shareable size, you will want one all to yourself!
My thumbprint cookies recipe takes classic Christmas cookies up a notch with a secret ingredient in the cookie dough–vanilla pudding! The result is the most flavorful and soft thumbprint jam cookies ever. They literally melt in your mouth!
These easy Christmas shortbread cookies have the heavenly melt in your mouth buttery flavor you crave in a shortbread cookie with a subtle vanilla flavor. They are perfect for rolling out and cutting with your favorite cookie cutters.
Christmas tree meringues are light, airy, and festive cookies that the whole family will love. Give the recipe a try and I am sure that the beautiful, easy cookies, will be the star of your Christmas dessert spread.
These classic Italian cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. Nutty almond flour comes together with eggs, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract to produce a decadent sandy cookie full of flavor. Rolled in powder sugar and topped with sliced almonds, you can’t go wrong!
These frosted Christmas sugar cookie bars with sprinkles are all the tasty fun of classic sugar cookies without the mess. The thick and chewy bars are packed with sprinkles and/or holiday chips and topped with a generous layer of buttercream frosting; perfect for your Christmas cookie exchange or holiday party.
Pecan snowballs aka Mexican wedding cakes, are the perfect make-ahead treat for your holiday tins. The classic Christmas cookies are easy, quick to make, and packed with buttery, nutty flavor. Plus, they look like cute little snowballs!
Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies are a fun twist on classic thumbprints, pairing chocolate cookies with a rich chocolate ganache and a sweet maraschino cherry. The easy Christmas cookies will look great in your holiday cookie tin!
Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate and mint?! Made with rich and refreshing Andes Mints, this grasshopper cookies recipe puts all other grasshopper cookies to shame! Plus, their green color makes them a perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter this year.
No list of the best Christmas cookie recipes would be complete without a recipe for classic Italian Christmas Cookies! These Italian cookies are topped with a sweet 3-ingredient icing and rainbow or holiday sprinkles.
If no-bake cookies and rice krispie treats had a baby, it would be these rich and chewy crockpot avalanche cookies! Gooey marshmallows and crispy rice cereal are coated in luscious peanut butter and white chocolate to make these easy slow cooker cookies.
Another cookie that is perfect for your Christmas cookie exchange are these delicious incredible Rolo stuffed cookies. These soft and chewy chocolate cookies have an irresistible ooey gooey Rolo center. Yum!
Made with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, these gingersnaps pack a whole lot of holiday flavor. To finish them off, the chewy gingerbread cookies are dipped in white chocolate and topped with crystallized ginger.
Although not technically a cookie, these salty-sweet treats are really perfect for Christmas celebrations and cookie exchanges. And you will love how quick and easy they are to make with just 3 ingredients!
Why not try something a bit different this year? Shape your sugar cookies into little cups, bake, and then fill with pudding. The combination of sugar cookies and creamy pudding is absolutely delicious! Plus, the kids just love these!
Fresh cranberries give these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies a twist that makes them perfect for Christmas parties. This recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free so it can be enjoyed by even those with special diets.