The BEST Christmas cookies recipe collection, updated for 2021! Over 85 favorite recipes with more added regularly!
The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
Cookies and Christmas go together like, well, cookies and Christmas!!
If you’re looking for something new to share at the holiday parties this year, you’ve come to the right place! I put out the call among my food blogger friends for their BEST Christmas cookies and they did not disappoint!
I’ve divided this best Christmas cookies collection into categories for easier navigating. Some cookies might fit in more than one category, but I kept each recipe to what I thought was the best fit to avoid confusion.
PS- Be sure to bookmark this list because I’ll be adding to it as I discover new incredible recipes!
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Great Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread men are a classic holiday treat, and these Christmas cookie recipes put a unique twist on the classics!
Oreo Gingerbread Truffles (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — A fun no-bake recipe made with gingerbread Oreos. Every bite will melt in your mouth!
Standing Gingerbread Men Cookies (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) — A definite stand-out on the holiday party table…the gingerbread men stand up for an awesome 3D cookie!
Gingerbread Man Oreos (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) — Kids will love to make funny gingerbread men and gingerbread woman faces!
Gingerbread Man Cookie Mug Tag (recipe on Extremely Good Parenting) — Keep your holiday drinks in order and enjoy a sweet holiday treat when you’re done!
Old-Fashioned Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies (recipe on The Seasoned Mom) — A time-honored recipe from the historical town of Williamsburg, VA.
Gingerbread Holly Cookies (recipe on The Flying Couponer)
Gingerbread Cookie Tree Decorations (recipe on Snotty-Noses) — An edible decoration that may or may not make it to the tree!
Iced Gingerbread Cookies — These delicious Iced Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect mix of sugar and spice!
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies — Soft, moist gingerbread cookies, packed with chocolate chips and spices. Simple to make and perfect for cookie exchanges!
Perfect Peppermint Cookies
From white chocolate and peppermint to my personal favorite Christmas flavor combo: chocolate peppermint, these minty cookies are a must during the holiday season!
Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — A festive twist on the classic Hershey Kiss cookie!
Andes Mint Cookies — Chewy chocolate cookies with a layer of creamy mint chocolate frosting — these Andes Mint Cookies are a delicious and decadent treat that can be made in minutes with a cake mix!
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — We call these “Candy Cane Cookies” – sugar cookies dipped in rich white chocolate and finished with a dusting of crunchy candy cane pieces.
Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) – Chocolate peppermint is my favorite Christmas flavor combination, and these do not disappoint when it comes to delivering delicious taste!
Holiday Peanut Butter Blossoms with Peppermint (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) – A new flavor combo for a classic Christmas cookie!
Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (recipe at Beauty Through Imperfection) — Chewy and chocolatey, made with egg yolks for a richer flavor.
Easy Peppermint Cookies (recipe on Natural Beach Living) — Chocolate cookies dipped in white chocolate and peppermint crumbles.
Christmas Candy Cane Cookies (recipe on Home Cooking Memories) — An easy dough, twisted to look just like a candy cane! This is a gorgeous cookie!
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (recipe on Mama Miss) — Thick chocolate cookies stuffed with peppermint M&Ms.
Red Velvet Peppermint Button Cake Cookies (recipe on The Search for Imperfection) — You’ve just got to see them!
Candy Cane Hershey’s Kiss Cookies (recipe on Crayons & Cravings) — Simple and delicious!
Chocoholics Best Christmas Cookies
It doesn’t get any better than pure chocolate! If you’re looking for a decadent melt in your mouth Christmas cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place!
Hot Chocolate Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — Just like a cup of hot cocoa…in cookie form! Chewy chocolate cookies with a melty marshmallow center. This might just be my personal best Christmas cookie recipe!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies — Made with cake mix! Only 4 ingredients!
Nutella Blossom Cookies (recipe on Three Different Directions) — Swap Nutella for PB in classic peanut butter blossom cookies and you’ve got a crave-worthy Christmas cookie!
Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies with Fudge Icing (Granny’s in the Kitchen)— A decadent cookie that tastes like a chocolate covered cherry!
Nutella Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) – Nutella + rich red velvet…need we say more?
Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cookies (recipe on Three Different Directions) — The flavors of yummy walnut brownies in a cookie, and decorated with Christmas sprinkles.
Andes Mint Cookies (recipe on Artsy Fartsy Mama) — Rich chocolate cookies, smooth mint filling, and topped with more chocolate!
Chocolate Coconut Truffles (recipe on Homegrown Friends) — Creamy coconut wrapped in dark chocolate.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (recipe on Homegrown Friends) — A to-die-for chocolate peanut butter truffle!
Forgotten Cookies (recipe on Mama Miss) — A mysterious name for a cookie you really won’t forget!
Low Carb Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies (recipe on Wholesome Yum) — A healthy cookie that’s easy to make too!
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (recipe on Penny Pincher Jenny) — A classic for a reason!
German Chocolate Cake Cookies (recipe on The Jenny Evolution) — Tastes just like the cake…in cookie form!
Twix Cookies — Just like the candy bar, but better!
Christmas Chocolate Chunk Cookies (recipe on April Go Lightly) — Forget regular old chocolate chips…it’s all about big chunks of rich chocolate!
Wintery White Chocolate Cookies
Creamy white chocolate is perfect for the winter and holiday season! Great for decorating and dipping!
White Chocolate Snowmen Oreos (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) — An easy white chocolate dipped cookies that kids can help make.
White Chocolate & Ginger Chip Cookies (recipe on Home Cooking Memories) — Smooth white chocolate with bursts of spicy ginger makes this an exciting flavor combo!
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe on Creative Clever & Classy) — Sweet and crunchy, these sugar cookies filled with white chocolate chips and smooth macadamia nuts are always a favorite!
White Chocolate Christmas Tree Oreos (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — Creamy dipped peppermint Oreos decorated with festive Christmas trees.
Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe on The Seasoned Mom) — They’ll literally melt in your mouth!
Kids Christmas Cookies
If you are looking for a fun holiday treat to make with the kids, we have lots of fun options!
Grinch Snowball Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — A classic snowball cookie recipe updated in homage to the holiday movie favorite!
Polar Bear Cookies (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) — Super cute chocolate dipped Oreos that looks like cuddly bears!
Christmas Mitten Sugar Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — Almost too cute to eat! Brightly colored mitten cookies decorated with sparkling snowflakes.
Chocolate Covered Reindeer Cookies (recipe on Natural Beach Living)
Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies (recipe on Thrifty Jinxy) — Chewy peanut butter cookies decorated to look like everyone’s favorite reindeer.
Stained Glass Cookies (recipe on Homegrown Friends) — Pretty enough to hang on a tree!
Frosted Holiday Cookie Cups (recipe on Sunny Day Family) — Little bowls of chocolate chip cookie goodness, filled with fluffy frosting.
Melting Snowman Cookies (recipe on Thrifty Jinxy) — Cute & chocolatey!
Mickey Mouse Reindeer Cookies (recipe on Everyday Best) — Chocolate iced cookies with mouse ears make a pretty party spread!
Christmas Jumper Biscuits (recipe on Here Come the Girls) — These look just like festive holiday sweaters!
Olaf Cookies (recipe on For Modern Kids) — Frosted Nutter Butter cookies look just like that lovable snowman.
Cornflake Wreath Treats (recipe on Wunder-Mom) — Made to look just like a holiday wreath!
Reindeer Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe on Sugar Spice and Glitter) — A classic chocolate chip cookie made to look like a reindeer.
Penguin Nutter Butter Cookies (recipe on In The Kids Kitchen) — A fun cookie for holiday and winter kids parties.
Chocolate Mint Penguin Stained Glass Cookies (recipe on Eats Amazing) — Cutie pie penguin cookies with a minty “glass” center.
Iced Snowman Cookies (recipe on Crystal & Co.) — Cute and easy for even little hands to help with.
Show-stopping Spritz Cookies
One of my personal favorite Christmas cookies!
Christmas Spritz Cookies (recipe on Mostly Homemade) — Just like Grandma used to make!
Poinsettia Spritz Cookies (recipe on Arts & Crackers) — Beautiful festive flower shaped cookies.
Cheesecake Spritz Cookies (recipe on Encouraging Moms at Home) — Break out the cookie press for this rich Christmas tree-shaped classic!
Family Favorites & Classic Christmas Cookies
The recipes that are passed down through generations — they’re classics for a reason!
Amish Sugar Cookies — Soft and buttery and easy to make! No rolling or cutting needed!
Oatmeal Lace Cookies (Granny’s in the Kitchen) — Crispy and chewy and buttery, they melt in your mouth like rich toffee!
Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — These are a new addition to our family spread, but were an immediate favorite! Bonus: they’re gluten free too!
Kentucky Bourbon Balls Cookies (recipe on The Soccer Mom Blog) — A classic for a reason!
Granny’s Surprise Cookies (Granny’s in the Kitchen) — A classic Russian Tea Cake cookie with a chocolate center!
Chewy Molasses Cookies (recipe on My Mundane & Miraculous Life) — Kid approved!
Eggnog Snickerdoodles (recipe on The Chaos & The Clutter) — If you love eggnog, then these are the cookies for you! The delicious smell fills the house as you bake them!
Christmas Icebox Cookies (recipe on The Chaos & The Clutter) — An easy make-ahead dough recipe full of decadent candied cherries and pistachios.
Red & Green Christmas Pinwheel Cookies (recipe on Growing Up Gabel) — It doesn’t get any more festive than these colorful cookies!
Vanilla Kipferl (recipe on Red Ted Art) — An Austrian Christmas classic.
Snowflake Butter Cookies with Jam Filling (recipe on Homegrown Friends) — Absolutely gorgeous! Shaped like a star, with a stained-glass effect.
“Secret Ingredient” Shortbread Cookies (recipe on Arts & Crackers) — You’ll never guess the secret that makes these shortbread cookies so special!
Maraschino Cherry Cookies (recipe on Thrifty Jinxy) — Fruity and festive!
Cardamom Walnut Cookies (recipe on Home Cooking Memories) — Warm and aromatic!
Cherry Delights (recipe on Sunshine Whispers) — Moist, buttery, and of course fruity!
Snowballs (recipe on Sunshine Whispers) — Just about every family has their own version of this holiday classic!
Italian Christmas Biscuits (recipe on Here Come the Girls) — Sweet and anise combine for a unique treat.
Low Carb Cream Cheese Keto Cookies (recipe on Wholesome Yum) — A healthier version of a classic cookie.
Cookies & Cream Cookies (recipe on Three Different Directions)
Sour Cream Nut Horns (recipe on Mom Explores Southwest Florida)
Grandmother’s Bourbon Balls (recipe on The Seasoned Mom) — Spiked with just the right amount of something to warm you up!
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies (recipe on the Flying Couponer) — The name alone is enough to make your mouth start watering!
Sneak-a-Peek Cookies with Spiced Jam (recipe on The Jenny Evolution) — A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, a whole lot of festive goodness!
Simple Coconut Macaron (recipe on The Jenny Evolution)
Eggnog Cookies — You only need about 15 minutes to make these cookies, and you likely have most of the ingredients on hand!
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