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12 Best Christmas Cookies for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, there’s an undeniable magic in the air that can only mean one thing – it’s time for Christmas cookies! As a passionate food lover with a sweet tooth, I’ve been on a mission to gather the most delightful, festive, and downright delicious Christmas cookie recipes to share with all of you. I found 12 best Christmas cookies for the holidays.

What is it about Christmas cookies that makes them so irresistible? 

Perhaps it’s the nostalgic aroma wafting through the kitchen as you bake. Maybe it’s the joy of decorating each sweet treat for a festive flair. For me, it’s the way these little bites of sweetness bring people together, fostering warmth and connection during the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas cookies aren’t just about satisfying a sweet tooth. They’re about creating memories, sharing traditions, and indulging in a bit of culinary creativity. After some searching on Pinterest, I found the best Christmas cookie recipes. 

Whether it’s a cozy night by the fireplace, a cookie exchange with friends, or a treat left out for Santa on Christmas Eve, these delightful bites play a starring role in our holiday celebrations.

Why I Searched for Christmas Cookie Recipes

I have three reasons to look for awesome Christmas cookie recipes. This coming week I have two events where I’ve volunteered to bring a sweet. 

  • First is our annual neighborhood Christmas party. There will be between 30 – 50 people attending. Savory dishes and desserts are the main offerings. I volunteered to bring cookies.
  • Then next week, a group of ladies (We call ourselves the Happy Hour group.) will be gathering for a Christmas celebration. I volunteered to bake cookies.
  • My 12-year-old granddaughter loves to experiment in the kitchen, especially with baking. Her mom suggested I give her a cookbook for Christmas. I have the perfect one for her. I also thought a collection of cookie recipes would be a wonderful gift from Cici to Annabelle. Now, I have collection of the 12 best Christmas cookies to give her.

The cookbook I plan to give her is Sweet Chic. I’ve had this sweet little book for 13 years. It is a great baking cookbook for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and sweet treats. 

Sweet Chic baking cookbook

Favorite Cookie Ingredients

Now, let’s talk about ingredients and flavors that make Christmas cookies truly special. 

Think velvety swirls of rich chocolate, the comforting aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the pop of citrus zest to brighten up the festivities. 

From classic sugar cookies adorned with festive icing to gingerbread men that beg to be decorated, the options are as endless as the smiles they bring.

Here’s a sneak peek into some of my favorite Christmas cookie ingredients and flavors:

  1. Vanilla: A timeless classic that adds warmth and sweetness to any cookie.
  2. Peppermint: Crushed candy canes or peppermint extract for a cool and refreshing twist.
  3. Cranberries: Dried or fresh, these tart berries add a burst of holiday color and flavor.
  4. Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves – the aromatic blend that defines the season.
  5. Chocolate: Dark, milk, or white – chocolate chips, chunks, or drizzles, because who can resist chocolate during the holidays?
  6. Powdered sugar: a dusting of powdered sugar always adds a festive look to Christmas cookies.
  7. Marshmallows: a warm marshmallow atop a cookie is always a welcomed addition.
  8. Hersey’s Kisses: would you turn down a cookie that has a Hersey’s kiss in it?
  9. Raspberry, strawberry or cherry: These fruit flavors add a natural swetness to Christmas cookies. Plus their color is perfect for the holidays.
  10. Red food coloring: not a flavor, but red food coloring adds the most iconic color of Christmas to baked goods.

So, as the snow begins to fall and the lights twinkle, let’s take a culinary journey together.

I’m sharing a delightful array of 12 best Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to bring joy to your kitchen and smiles to the faces of your loved ones.

Get ready to preheat those ovens and embrace the sweet fun of holiday baking.

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I’ve picked one of these cookie recipes to bake and take to my two events. Can you guess which one? I’ll tell you at the end of the post.

Admittedly, I prefer chewy cookies rather than crisp ones. I look for Christmas cookie reacipes that are easy to bake, have well-written instructions, and have lots of great flavor.

Cookies have to be pretty and appealing. You want a cookie that will make people swoon over them and want to eat them up.

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Enjoy them all.

French toast christmas cookies

French Toast Cookies

Who doesn’t love French toast? Amy of Accidental Happy Baker takes the flavor of this iconic breakfast dish and uses it in these chewy and flavorful cookies.

hot chocolate christmas cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Amy of Celebrating Sweets takes a favorite winter drink and transforms it into this delicious chocolate cookie – with marshmallows on top!

Red velvet christmas cookies

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

Red Velvet Cakes is Sweet Shark’s favorite cake. When I saw this sweet little bite-size cookie from Dragana of Sweet Spicy Kitchen, I had to share it.

Cinnamon roll christmas cookies

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

Jamielyn of I Heart Naptime took the breakfast favorite cinnamon roll and used the flavor in this soft cookie. Easy and delicious version. Yes, you can eat them for breakfast.

Cranberry Shortbread christmas cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Sue of The View from Great Island combines the color of cranberries and the flavor of oranges in this pretty log shortbread cookie.

Chocolate crinkle best christmas cookies

Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Nora of Savory Nothings creates this chewy chocolate cookie with crinkles and makes it extra pretty with a dusting of powdered sugar.

red velvet christmas cookies

Red Velvet Oreos

I couldn’t resist another red velvet cooking. Jaclyn of Cooking Classy uses the iconic oreo as inspiration for this pretty sandwich cookie.

candy cane white chocolate christmas cookies

White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

We know white chocolate isn’t really chocolate, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a yummy flavor. Fiona of Just So Tasty makes this easy cookie with big chunks of tasty chocolate.

Pinwheel christmas cookies

Pinwheel Cookies

I kept seeing mentions of pinwheel cookies. Then I found this cute cooking from Amy of House of Nash Eats and had to take a look. This is a fun cookie to make.

snowball christmas cookies

Sweetened Condensed Milk Snowballs

This snowball cookie looks light and airy – just like a real snowball. Bryon of Lord Byron’s Kitchen developed this sweet little bite.

linzer Christmas cookies with Chrismtas tree cutout

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are a traditional Austrian cookie. Pina Bresciani uses a raspberry filling for flavor and color. Isn’t the traditional cutout using a Christmas tree is the cutest.

Hot Chocolate christmas cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Here’s another version of the hot chocolate cookie from Christi of Love from the Oven. It’s a simple cookie with great flavor.

Shop this baking equipment and ingredients

Be sure to check out my Pinterest Christmas Dessert Board for a stocking full of delicious desserts.

I hope you PIN this post, visit each selection, and PIN each one.

For more delicious Christmas desserts and holiday help, visit and Pin these posts:

BIG REVEAL: I chose the Cinnamon Roll cookies from I Heart Naps. I loved the unique flavor profile, the easy recipe and how pretty it is.

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.

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I’ll be browsing away between writing posts, listening to podcasts, reading, doing various blogging tasks, playing tennis, and walking Nola.

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