By: Vickie | Updated: 25th September 2023
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These Christmas cookie recipes are the perfect excuse to bake with your loved ones this holiday season! From classic favorites to new twists, these 50+ recipes are guaranteed to spread holiday cheer.
Christmas Cookies You’ll Want to Make Every Year
One of the best parts of the holiday season is enjoying delicious Christmas cookies! This list contains over 50 recipes for some of the most mouth-watering Christmas cookies you will ever taste.
From classic gingerbread cookies to fun and festive snowman cookies, you are sure to find the perfect cookie recipe for your holiday party.
With these amazing cookie recipes, you’ll surely find the perfect holiday cookie recipe your friends and family will love! They make a great addition to any holiday party or cookie platter, plus wonderful edible gifts, and are perfect for cookie exchanges!
All of these delicious cookies for Christmas are super simple to make! They’re festive and fun, so what are you waiting for?
Christmas Ornament sugar cookies – These Christmas Ornament sugar cookies look like they could hang right on your tree. Plus, they’re delicious and easy to make.
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting – These delicious but easy sour cream sugar cookies are light, fluffy, and perfect for cutting into fun, festive shapes with cookie cutters!
Topped with a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting, these cookies are the ideal choice for making and decorating with your children to serve at your holiday party or to give to neighbors while you go caroling!
Gluten-Free + Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies – Sugar Cookies that taste exactly like the sweet, buttery, tender delights from your favorite childhood recipe!
With simple sugar-free and natural-colored icing, these top-8 allergy-free treats are perfect for any holiday, party, or celebration! Easy to make and fun to decorate!
Best Old Fashion Sugar Cookies – This is an old-fashioned recipe, so it is important to follow the steps, and you’ll have delicious sugar cookies that are simply amazing!
Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies – These soft, chewy, and slightly fluffy gluten-free vegan sugar cookies are covered in a rich, creamy cashew frosting. A pretty and colorful sweet treat for the festive season!
Holiday Stars Shortbread Cookies – Delicious holiday stars shortbread cookies have a rich, buttery taste and look amazing! Package them for a gorgeous DIY holiday gift.
Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies – Bring the flavor of Peppermint into your home this holiday season. These Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies are made with real candy canes and will delight anyone who tries them.
Keto Shortbread Cookies – Easy to make cookies for a yummy keto-friendly, grain-free, and gluten-free treat.
Gluten-Free Whipped Shortbread Cookies – Melt-in-your-mouth gluten-free shortbread cookies that are light, buttery, and oh-so-pretty. A few simple ingredients create an amazing holiday favorite.
Gingerbread Holly Cookies – They are easy to make and loaded with tasty ginger.
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting – A soft and perfectly spiced gluten-free gingerbread cookie topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting.
Classic Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies – These classic gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free gingerbread men (and friends) are a fun, sweet treat for all this Christmas. Food allergies don’t have to get in the way with this dessert recipe!
Snowball Cookies – These dreamy snowball cookies are rich and buttery, filled with toasted pecans, and covered in powdered sugar. They only require six ingredients and are super easy to make.
Easy Snowball Cookies – These Easy Snowball Cookies are buttery, shortbread cookies with pecans that are baked and then dipped in powdered sugar. A Holiday favorite addition to your Christmas cookie list!
Christmas Cookies for Chocolate Lovers
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies – The warmth of a cup of hot chocolate. The zing of a little peppermint. All in a cookie. That PS is gluten-free and vegan.
This cookie puts it together with all of the flavors but none of the sugar crash. Eat it. Dunk it. Take it to a cookie exchange. Leave it out for Santa. Just don’t call it ordinary.
Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate Cookies – These delicious gluten-free hot chocolate cookies are the perfect cookie recipe for any holiday gathering. They’re filled with chocolate and include an added twist — salted caramel.
Gluten-Free Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – These Gluten-Free Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are super easy to make, chewy and fudgy, and seriously indulgent yet secretly healthy!
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies – Soft, decadent, and full of peppermint flavor. You’ll want to make this recipe for the family, and it’s also perfect to take to a holiday cookie exchange!
Salted Millionaire’s Shortbread – Buttery Shortbread Crust, topped with Salted Caramel, finished with chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, this Salted Millionaire’s Shortbread Recipe is the Best! Perfect for an edible gift, bake sale, or your next party!
Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies – Combine the flavors of chocolate and coffee in a decadent cookie for the holiday season. When deep, rich chocolate cookie dough is flavored with espresso, studded with mini chocolate chips, and rolled in festive holiday sprinkles. Every bite is an indulgence!
Peppermint-White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies – These scrumptious “chickpea” cookies magically replace most of the butter in “typical” cookie recipes to slash the fat while adding loads of nutritious protein and fiber!
They’re chewy and satisfying (just like a “normal” cookie) but so much healthier! A guilt-free indulgence with a peppermint-white chocolate flavor combo that’s perfect for the holidays!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect winter treat for your next party or bake sale! Whether you bake them for Christmas or give them as a gift, everyone will love the chocolatey goodness!
Salted Caramel Cookies – As a thumbprint cookies recipe goes, these salted caramel cookies are beyond amazing! With caramel in the middle and a chocolate drizzle, they’re perfect for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any other occasion!
Chocolate Truffle Cookies – The perfect cookie recipe for those who love chocolate and more chocolate. These delightfully decadent truffle cookies feature a light topping of walnuts (or not) to add nuttiness to all of that chocolate.
Traditional Christmas Cookies
Vanillekipferl – Vanillekipferl are vanilla crescent cookies filled with nuts and dusted in a generous coating of vanilla sugar. A popular European treat, these delicate cookies are perfect for holiday cookie trays.
Soft Molasses Cookies – Soft Molasses Cookies are chewy drop cookies that are lightly spiced and rolled in sugar. These soft molasses drop cookies are popular for the holidays and are filled with seasonal flavors like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
Zimtsterne – ‘Cinnamon Stars’ – Zimtsterne are a traditional German Christmas cookie. They’re sweet, chewy, nutty, naturally gluten-free, and baked in the most unusual way.
Peppermint Snickerdoodles – This homemade recipe is very simple and easy! The BEST Christmas Cookie for Holiday Dinners or Cookie Swaps.
Cake Mix Christmas Crinkle Cookies – Cake Mix Christmas Crinkle Cookies are easy and delicious cookies to make for the holidays. These simple cookies make the perfect edible gift for those on your Christmas list, including good ole Saint Nick!
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms – This gluten-free take on a classic Christmas cookie is packed with peanut butter flavor and topped with a chocolate Kiss. And that combination of peanut butter and chocolate is just what you need this holiday season!
German Christmas Cookies: Lebkuchen – Authentic recipe of the most popular German cookies: spicy, soft, and incredibly flavorful. Give them as gifts to your family and friends!
Chewy German Hazelnut Macaroons: Nussmakronen – Chewy and sweet hazelnut macaroons, or Nussmakronen, are typical German cookies made with only four ingredients.
Thumbprint Cookies – Jam-filled Thumbprint Cookies are a family favorite, especially for Christmas! These classic cookies are soft yet firm and oh-so-popular.
More Christmas Cookies
Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies – Super simple and fun to make; these Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies are made using a gingerbread man cookie cutter. They taste amazing, too! Don’t forget to add Rudolph’s red nose!
Grinch Christmas Cookies – Add these Grinch Christmas Cookies to your list this year! These sparkly green cookies have a kiss “Santa hat” in the middle, making them look just like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!
Lemon Cardamom Kransekake Cookies – Combining the fresh tang of lemon, the floral whiff of cardamom, and the sweetness of almonds, Scandinavian kransekake cookies are a unique and delicious little bite (gluten-free, too)
Red Velvet Cake Cookies – These red velvet cake cookies are loaded with white chocolate and are perfect for holiday gifts and cookie exchanges! These cake-mix cookies are so easy to make!
Christmas M&M Cookies – Chewy centers, crispy edges – are everything you want in a cookie, and more! I bet you can’t eat just one!
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sweet Patties – These yummy vegan pumpkin desserts can also work as post-workout snacks! Feel free to substitute the pumpkin with sweet potato or some apple puree!
Cannoli Cookies – An easy recipe with ricotta, chocolate chips, and pistachios! Fun Italian Christmas cookies inspired by Italian cannolis that will make a great addition to your Christmas cookie baskets and gifts this year!
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies – These Eggnog Gooey Butter cookies will make your heart sing Christmas songs! Haha! Soft and amazingly buttery, these cookies infused with eggnog will, without a doubt, please your whole family.
Big And Soft Ginger Cookies – Are gingersnap cookies breaking your teeth? They don’t have to be made like concrete wafers. Try these soft and fluffy ginger treats.
Italian Rainbow Cookies – Nothing says Christmas more than these traditional Italian Rainbow cookies. 7 layers of amazing cake, jam, and chocolate in one amazing bite.
Tapioca Spritz Cookies – Dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free spritz cookies that melt on every bite.
Vegan Oatmeal Cookies – These gluten-free & vegan oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips are so easy and healthy! Chewy and crumbly with a hint of peanut butter, no sugar or oil needed.
These Christmas Cookies are sure to please all your guests and everyone on your gift list this holiday season. Share what you think of these delightful Christmas Cookies in the comments below. Did we miss any of your favorites?