Whether you want to stick with the classics or get creative and try something new, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these 60+ Best Christmas Cookie Recipes! From classics like chocolate chip cookies and gingerbread men to snowballs and Italian lemon drops, this list of Christmas cookie recipes covered it all. There’s even a few fun no bake cookie options!
‘Tis the seasoning for baking! As the weather cools and the holidays roll around, ovens turn on and recipes come out of the cupboard.
Each year, I’m always on the hunt for new Christmas cookie recipes. I love baking around the holidays (what a surprise!) and though I have my favorites, I always look forward to trying out new ones. I begin way before Christmas, test-testing new recipes and freezing favorites for later. I’d say I’ve probably tried hundreds of cookie recipes over the years!
I’ve gathered up all of my favorites on this list. Whether you’re a casual baker just looking for a classic recipe to try or a bake-a-holic like me, I’m sure you’ll find the cookie you love.
How to Store Cookies
Most cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If there’s frosting or chocolate on the outside, you may want to add parchment paper between each layer. Cookies typically stay fresh at room temperature for 3 or 4 days, when stored correctly.
There are a handful of cookies that should be stored in the fridge, so be sure to always double-check the individual recipe for exact instructions.
Can These Christmas Cookie Recipes Be Frozen?
If you’re planning to make dozens of Christmas cookies or put together a bunch of cookie platters, you may want to get a head start. Most cookies can be made ahead of time and then frozen. This is true for chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, and more. Freezing cookies before frosting them is usually best.
Sometimes you can even freeze the dough in advance, so you can still serve freshly baked cookies. I like to do this with sugar cookies.
To freeze your Christmas cookies, allow them to cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container or ziploc bag. Freeze for up to a month. Thaw on the counter overnight, then enjoy.
As with storing cookies, there are exceptions to freezing them so always read the instructions with the individual recipe as well.
If you're looking for the best sugar cookie recipe to make cut out cookies, look no further! This easy recipe is made with just a handful of ingredients and results in the absolute best sugar cookies you can imagine.
Made with fresh cranberries, oats, white chocolate chips, and pecans, these Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are an explosion of flavor and textures. Simple to make and a hit on every Christmas cookie platter!
These White Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies are festive in both appearance and flavor. Soft, chewy cookies are topped with a white chocolate and peppermint kiss for a cookie everyone will have trouble resisting.
A twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies, these Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies are full of holiday cheer. They're loaded with both semi-sweet and white chocolate chips and plenty of red and green sprinkles.
These Triple Chocolate Turtle Cookies put your basic cookies to shame. The chocolate cookies are rolled in chocolate chips and pecans, then filled with a silky caramel and drizzled with even more chocolate. Divine!
Whether you know them as lemon drop cookies, iced Italian cookies, or anginetti, one thing is for sure – these Italian Lemon Drop Cookies are a welcome addition to any holiday dessert table or cookie tray.
Even those with no decorating skills can make these adorable Christmas Lights Cookies. Decorated with royal icing and mini M&Ms, these festive cookies are always a happy addition to a cookie tray. Not to mention easy to make!
Made with cake mix, these Grinch Cookies are super easy to make. The green cookies with a heart in the center are loved by all and make a great addition to all Christmas cookie trays. Or just enjoy while rewatching The Grinch movie.
WIth a rich caramel, coconut and pecan frosting over soft, chewy chocolate cookies, these German Chocolate Cake Cookies are a twist on the classic cake recipe. They won't last long on any dessert table!
These White Chocolate Strawberry Shortbread cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips and dried strawberries. They're easy to make and the berries give a festive color that's perfect for the holidays.
Thick, soft, and chewy, Santa's Favorite Peanut Butter M&M Cookies have everything Santa (and his helpers!) could possibly want in a cookie. These bakery-style cookies are filled with peanut butter, chocolate chips, AND M&Ms!
Topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, these Red Velvet Frosted Cookies are soft, chewy, and oh-so-good! The tangy cream cheese frosting is a nice compliment to the sweet, chocolate-y red velvet cookie.
For a no bake dessert no one will be able to refuse, try these No Bake Reese's Cookies. Made with Reese's peanut butter cups, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies, they're perfect for those who love the chocolate-peanut butter flavor combo.
These Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints feature a tender shortbread cookie packed with raspberry jam and topped with an irresistible almond icing. Though simple to make, their elegant appearance makes them perfect for holiday cookie trays.
Made with pudding, mint extract, and chocolate chips, these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for lovers of mint chocolate ice cream. Not to mention that the green color is perfect for Christmas.
Made with sugar cookie dough dyed red and green, then rolled in sprinkles, these Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are a fun, festive treat. They're perfect for a Grinch-watching party or any holiday dessert table.
These beautiful Christmas cookies may be easier to make than you think! Though they look fancy, Stained Glass Cookies are surprisingly easy to make, with sugar cookie dough and Jolly Ranchers to make the stained glass effect.
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30 comments on “60+ of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes”
Thank you so much for all of these great recipes – they all look fabulous and I cannot wait to try them. Might have to do Christmas in August.
These look so pretty and fun to make. They look delicious. Will be a wonderful addition to my planned Christmas get together!
These look amazing. I have saved the pin and can’t wait to try a few. Keep trying to get my family to do a cookie exchange. Maybe this year.
Can you freeze the BEST sugar cookie recipe
Looking forward to make some of these for Christmas.
You only talk about your Son’s. Where is the Dad at.
That’s not anybody’s business!
Soft sugar cookies
Can’t wait to give some of these a try! Thank you for sharing!
how can I get a copy of these cookie recipes
They all look so good, it will be hard to decide which recipes to try first.