200 of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes For You To Try

The current chill in the air has me thinking about one thing and one thing only – the holidays! 

We still have a bit of time before Christmas is here, but I’m 100% one of those people who views the entire months of November and December as a giant precursor to the big day (December 25). I absolutely love anything and everything having to do with the holidays, much to my husband’s chagrin as he has to deal with the 24/7 Christmas carols, making ornaments, gift wrapping, and overall holly jolliness.

However, there’s one part of my holiday fanaticism that he doesn’t mind one bit – baking! 

I don’t do a ton of baking around the year (although with the pandemic last spring, I spent much more time experimenting with new recipes in my kitchen). 

Christmas is go-time for baking for me, though. I used to stick to just one or two favorite cookie recipes but now that I have a stand mixer (I love my KitchenAid!), I spend a lot of time playing around with different recipes for cookies and other baked goods around the holidays. 

If you’re pressed for time and looking for a short (but undeniably sweet!) roundup of the best Christmas cookie recipes, never fear – you’ve come to the right place. Here are 200 of my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipes that you’ve got to try out ASAP.

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200 All Time Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

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1. Classic Sugar Cookie – Delish

Say no more – Christmas is all about the sugar cookie. 

2. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie – Delish

Another essential on Santa’s cookie tray.

3. Ugly Sweater Cookies – Taste of Home

4. Peanut Butter Balls – Delish

Some people call them candy, some people think they’re cookies – either way, peanut butter balls (also known as peanut butter snowballs) need to make an appearance at your holiday party.

5. Buttery Spritz Cookies – Add a Pinch

6. Gingerbread Cookies – Delish

I’ve still yet to master the art of the gingerbread man, but this recipe is a great place to start. 

7. Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls – MasterCook

8. Crescent Mini Chip Cookies – A Pinch of Joy

9. Peanut Butter Blossoms – Delish

My dad has a not-so-PG name for these cookies (I won’t share, but use your imagination). Nevertheless, they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser in your household, too.

10. Hazelnut Yule Logs – Taste of Home

11. Hungarian Walnut Cookies  – Recipe Land

12. Easy Icebox Cookies – Delish

Don’t feel like you have to do all of your baking in one day. Here’s the solution.

13. Chocolate Strawberry Pretzel Cookies – Taste of Home

14. Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies – Taste of Home

15. Christmas Pinwheels – Delish

Colorful and tasty? Check and check. 

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16. Chai Latte Sandwich Cookies – Broma Bakery

17. Holiday Cutout Cookies – Once Upon a Chef

18. Almond Bonbon Cookies – Taste of Home

19. Thumbprint Cookies – Delish

Another classic.

20. Chocolate Reindeer Cookies – Fireflies and Mud Pies

21. Tiny Tim Sandwich Cookies – Taste of Home

22. Gooey Caramel-Topped Gingersnaps – MasterCook

23. Creme Brulee Sugar Cookies – Delish

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to master the art of creme brulee, but these creme brulee sugar cookies REALLY make me want to try (or at least serve as a good substitution in the meantime, albeit much less fancy). 

24. Cranberry Port Cookies – Taste of Home

25. Reese’s Chip Cookies – Delish

Reese’s are my favorite kind of candy, so it makes sense that these cookies make my list of the top performers, too.

26. Meringue Candy Canes – Betty Crocker

27. Santa’s Trash Cookies – Delish

Although they look a bit hectic, these cookies are actually quite scrumptious and easy to make.

28. Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – Marsha’s Baking Addiction

29. Raspberry Ribbons – Midwest Living

30. Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies – Taste of Home

31. Shortbread Cookies – Delish

Nothing like a batch of shortbread to liven up the holidays, am I right?

32. Pecan Roll-Ups – Taste of Home

33. Cookie Sticks – Just a Taste

34. Sugar Cookie Trees – Delish

You’ll have to spend a bit more time with the piping bag on this one, but trust me – it’s well worth the effort. 

35. Pumpkin Sage Beurre Noisette Cookies – Taste of Home

36. Butterscotch Eggnog Stars – Taste of Home

37. Walnut Filled Pillows – Taste of Home

38. Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies – Epicurious

39. Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies – Delish

My mom is a huge fan of York peppermint patties, so I’ll have to make sure I add these to my Christmas cookie list this year.

40. Fruit and Spice Rounds – Taste of Home

41. Silver Bells – Taste of Home

You can use edible shimmer dust to make these cookies really shine. 

42. Citrus Gingerbread Cookies – Taste of Home

43. Pignoli Cookies – Delish

44. Molasses Cookies – Sally’s Baking Addiction

45. Cherry Almond Snowdrops – Taste of Home

46. Chocolate Linzer Cookies – Sweet and Savory Meals

47. White Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Logs – Broma Bakery

48. Gingerbread Teddy Bears – Taste of Home

49. Holiday Cornflake Cookies – Taste of Home

50. Jeweled Cookies – Taste of Home

51. Salted Caramel Cinnamon Macarons – Sally’s Baking Addiction

52. Chocolate Walnut Crescents – Taste of Home

53. Grandma’s Raspberry Rugelach – Taste of Home

54. Frozen Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies – Taste of Home

55. Cowboy Cookies – Delish

Yeehaw – and all that.

56. Italian Honey Clusters – Taste of Home

57. Kourabiedes – Cooking for Keeps

58. Marzipan Cups with Currant Jelly – Taste of Home 

59. Brookies – Delish

Brownies + cookies = yes please.

60. Peanut Butter Spritz Fingers – Taste of Home

61. Holly Berry Cookies – Just a Pinch

62. Red and Green Pinwheels – Taste of Home

63. Easy Mint Thins – Taste of Home

Just like the Girl Scout ones! 

64. Lemon Butter Cookies – Delish

So many people think that lemon has to be saved for the spring, but I disagree. Make these cookies a fixture on your holiday cookie plate.

65. Elf Cookies – Favorite Family Recipes

66. Beth’s Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Allrecipes

67. Salted Caramel Cookie Cups – Sugar Salt Magic

68. Shortbread Bites – Delish

69. Ginger Cookies – Allrecipes

70. Chocolate Caramel Kiss Cookies – Taste of Home

71. Chocolate Shortbread – Cookies & Cups

72. Flourless Fudge Cookies – Delish

Out of flour? No problem. These cookies don’t need it.

73. Ginger Cookies with Vanilla Frosting – The Spruce Eats

My husband’s favorite! 

74. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti – Allrecipes

These slices of heaven will look great on your favorite Christmas cookie tray

75. Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies – Taste of Home

76. Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints – Allrecipes

77. Fruitcake Cookies – Noshing With the Nolands

78. Lemon Snowdrops – Food and Wine Magazine

79. Cranberry Pecan Tassies – Better Homes and Gardens

80. French Macarons – Delish

81. Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Sugar and Charm

82. Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies – She Loves Biscotti

83. Cranberry Orange Cookies – Allrecipes

84. Peppermint Meringues – Allrecipes

Add an extra drop of pure peppermint extract to enhance the flavor.

85. Pistachio Buttons – Taste of Home

86. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies – Delish

87. Oreo Cookie Balls – Baking a Moment

88. Coconut Macaroons – Allrecipes

89. Holiday Wreath Cookies – Dinner at the Zoo

90. Russian Tea Cakes – Allrecipes

91. Buckeye Balls – Allrecipes

92. Berry-Almond Sandwich Cookies  – Taste of Home

93. Andes Chip Cookies – Delish

Andes – they aren’t just for the hotel pillow anymore.

94. Santa Claus Sugar Cookies – Pillsbury 

95.  Kerstkransjes (Dutch Christmas Cookies) – Cakies

96. Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies – Land O’Lakes

97. Classic Linzer  Cookie – Delish

98. Chocolate Cutout Cookies – House of Nash Eats

99. Peppermint Biscotti – The Daily Meal

100. Vanilla Wafer Cookies – Delish

101. Cherry Snowballs – Redpath Sugar

102. The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe – Kitchen Magpie

Cherries. Salted butter. Sugar. Everything you could possibly want. 

103. Toffee Pecan Christmas Cookies – Eazy Peazy Mealz

104. Peppermint Meringue Kisses – the Kitchen Whisperer

105. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups – Delish

106. Gingerbread EggNog Christmas Cookie – Paper and Stitch 

107. Oatmeal Cranberry Christmas Cookies – Super Healthy Kids

108. M&M Cookies – Cafe Delites

109. Snickerdoodles – Modern Honey

110. Danish Brunkager – International Desserts Blog

111. Spritz Cookies – Rasa Malaysia

112. French Christmas Cookies –Taste of Home

113. Folded Hazelnut Cookies – Taste of Home

114. Peppermint Christmas Cookies –

Don’t forget the food coloring for this one – makes it ten times more fun!

115. Chocolate Rum Balls – Allrecipes

116. Healthier Gingerbread Cookies – A Couple Cookies

With almond butter, wheat flour, applesauce, and brown sugar, these savory cookies are much healthier than the old fashioned classic.

117. Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies – Allrecipes

118. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars – the Country Cook

119. Christmas Sables Cookies Recipe – Chocolate & Zucchini

120. Italian Christmas Cookies – Cakescottage

121. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti – Allrecipes

122. Snickerdoodles – Dreena Burton

Vegan? You’ll love these vegan snickerdoodles!

123. Maroon Cookies – Entertaining with Beth 

124. Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints – The Domestic Rebel

125. Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies – Gonna Want Seconds

A great way to use up all of those pasture raised eggs in your fridge, am I right?

126. Raspberry Almond Kiss Cookies – Allrecipes

127. Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe – the Cookie Rookie

128. Chewy Strawberry Sugar Cookies – Allrecipes

129. Snowball Cookies – Platter Talk

130. Whoopie Pies – Allrecipes

These are my dad’s all-time favorite cookies.

131. Mint Christmas Cookies – Family Cookie Recipes

132. Whole Wheat Ginger Snaps – Allrecipes

133. Peanut Butter Christmas Mice – Land O’Lakes

134. Snowball Keto Christmas Cookies – The Endless Meal

Following the keto diet? You can enjoy the best of holiday baking, too.

135. Buttermilk Cookies – Jen’s Favorite Cookies

136. Coconut Cranberry Yummies – Taste of Home

137. Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies – Bless This Mess Please

138. No Bake Christmas Wreath Treats – Taste of Home

139. Rugelach – Allrecipes

140. Neapolitan Cookies – Hummingbird High

141. Funfetti Christmas Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

142. Pecan Meltaways – Homemade Hooplah

143. Chocolate-Dipped Cranberry Cookies – Cooking Classy

144. Cake Mix Christmas Cookies – Six Sisters’ Stuff

145. Roly Poly Santas – Better Homes and Gardens

146. Chocolate Christmas Crinkle Cookies – Erren’s Kitchen

147. Grandma’s Star Cookies – Taste of Home

You’ll need a star cookie cutter for this one.

148. Triple Chocolate Peppermint Treats – Taste of Home

149. Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies – Southern Living

150. Kipplens – Taste of Home

151. Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti – Allrecipes

152. Fully Loaded CHristmas Cookies – Boulder Locavore

Best yet, these are gluten free!

153. Chocolate Ganache Cookie Cups – Modern Honey

154. Almond Raspberry Stars – Farm and Dairy

155. Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies – Kim’s Cravings

156. Fruit-Filled Spritz Cookies – Taste of Home

157. Rolo Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies – Living Locurto

158. Gingerbread Sandwich Trees – Taste of Home

159. Chocolate Nut Pinwheel Cookies – Taste of Home

160. Slice and Bake Christmas Cookies – Walking on Sunshine Recipes

The perfect recipe for the home baker in a serious hurry.

161. Candied Fruit Cookies – Taste of Home

162. Butter Snowflake Cookies – Allrecipes

163. Hidden Mint Morsels – MasterCook

164. Spring Lime Tea Cookies – Allrecipes

165. Snow Angel Cookies – Taste of Home

166. Cashew Cookies – Taste of Home

167. Easy Almond Butter Cookies – Allrecipes

168. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – Allrecipes

169. Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing – Taste of Home

170. Spritz Orange Crisps – Allrecipes

Use a cookie press to make more intricate designs!

171. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – Sally’s Baking Addiction

172. Peppermint Twist Kisses – Taste of Home

173. White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams – Allrecipes

174. Mincemeat Cookies – Allrecipes

175. Coconut Icebox Cookies – Salad in a Jar

176. Candy Cane Snowball Cookies – Allrecipes

177. Oatmeal Icebox Cookies – Allrecipes

178. White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies – Allrecipes

179. Cherry Almond Icebox Cookies – Hy-Vee


180. Cream Cheese Snow Cookies – Allrecipes

181. Christmas Lights Cookies – Dessert for Two

182. Orange Date Pinwheel Cookies – Allrecipes

183. Eggnog Biscotti – Home Cooking Memories

184. Zebra Cookies – Allrecipes 

185. Chewy White Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies – JoyFoodSunshine

186. Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze – Bed and Breakfast Inns

187. Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies – Taste of Home

188. Tea Tassies – My Adventures in the Country

189. Jam Filled Butter Cookies – Allrecipes

190. Reindeer Track Cookies – My San Francisco Kitchen 

191. Benne Wafers – Simply Recipes

192. Walnut Tassies – Taste of Home

193. Eggnog Thumbprints – Allrecipes 

194. Lemon Crinkle Cookies – Lauren’s Latest

195. Chocolate Lebkuchen – A Dash of Ginger

196. Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons – Dinner, Then Dessert

197. Black and White Cookies – Epicurious

198. Lemon Curd Tassies – Better Homes and Gardens

199. Swedish Cream Wafers – Yummy Tummy

200. Macadamia Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies – Akron Ohio Moms

What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Be sure to share in the comments! I’m always looking for fresh ideas.

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Author: Rebekah PierceI'm a writer and small farm owner, and lover of everything outdoors. I'm hoping to share my passion for farming, gardening, and homesteading with you on my blogging journey.

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