Happy holiday season AKA christmas cookies season! We’ve rounded up each and every one of our favorite christmas cookie recipes so that you can find every festive cookie you’ll need in one place! Happy baking!
The Ultimate Christmas Cookies Guide
Christmas is in less than one week, which can only mean one thing: it’s cookie time babiez! Crinkle cookies, sandwich cookies, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, truffles, s’mores cookies, cookie bars…we’re officially declaring ourselves cookie monsters until 2020 rolls around.
We rounded up our favorite holiday cookies. Every single one of these showstopping recipes is a guaranteed winner of any and all cookie exchanges.
What makes the perfect Christmas cookie recipe?
The beautiful thing about holiday cookies is that you can make pretty much any cookie recipe into a Christmas cookie. Add some festive sprinkles, candy canes, drizzled chocolate, and a bow and your everyday cookie is immediately elevated to holiday cookie status. For me there are three necessary characteristics all Christmas cookie recipes must have:
- Indulgent: The holiday season is all about treating yourself! Now is the time to go all out on buttery shortbread bars, fudgy brownie cookies, and decadent chocolate chip cookies.
- Dependable and Easy to Make: During the holiday season the last thing I want to do is work with a finicky recipe. There’s no time for a bad batch of Christmas cookies. Rest assured, that each and every one of these recipes has been tested countless times so you’ll get perfect holiday cookies every darn time!
- Festive Flavors: Now this isn’t a must, but a cookie recipe certainly gets points for including any of the following flavors: chocolate-peppermint, caramel, candy cane, s’mores, turtle, pecan praline, cinnamon, red + green themed (not a flavor, but you know what I mean!), ginger, oatmeal, molasses…basically anything that gives you a bit of nostalgia for the holidays is a perfect candidate for a Christmas cookie.
- Easy to share: And obviously the best part about holiday baking is sharing with friends and family! All of these cookies will hold up well in a tin to ship or a foil wrapped plate to drop off at a neighbors! So go ahead and make a double batch!
So without further ado let’s get into the best Christmas Cookie Recipes Round Up of all time.:
Am I the only one obsessed with sandwich cookies? Like two cookies in one?! PLUS frosting?! These bite sized chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies with the most amazing brownie-y texture are seriously addicting. Consider yourself warned.
Put a fun and festive spin on traditional crinkle cookies with an extra dash of red food coloring. These red velvet crinkle cookies are crunchy on the outside with a chewy, fudgy center and SO easy to make.
Sugar cookies are my FAVORITE cookie of all time. I could eat so many of them. The limit does not exist. Cut out sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays and so fun to decorate as a fun activity with family or friends!
Okay so they’re not quite cookies, but they’re easy, festive, so cheap to make, and an instant crowd pleaser. We’ve made these Peppermint Oreo Truffles at least 3 times already and we’re not planning on stopping any time soon.
These ginger oatmeal molasses cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie. They’re crunchy, flavorful, perfectly spiced and travel super well! Whip up a batch and ship them out to surprise someone you’re not spending the holidays with!
These pillowy soft peppermint meringues swirled with dark chocolate are the perfect Christmas cookie. Enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate peppermint meringues all holiday season long!
These toasty s’mores cookies are made with a browned butter cookie dough and loaded with pieces of graham crackers and chocolate chips with a gooey marshmallow center. So basically they’re the best thing ever.
Double chocolate + peppermint is the most quintessential holiday flavor in my opinion. Chewy, fudgy, and loaded with chocolate chips, these Christmas cookies are finished off with a dunk in white chocolate and topped with crushed up peppermint candies. What are you waiting for? Grab that recipe!
There are few things better than a classic oatmeal cookie. Give them a little upgrade with bourbon soaked raisins, chocolate chips, and a tender, buttery cookie base. Served up with a glass of milk, these Christmas cookies are Santa approved!
Snickerdoodles and gingersnaps had a baby. And they are so so so so so good. Crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle with that perfect crackly top!
One of the most popular cookie recipes on the blog, these Copycat Chocolate Chip Levain Bakery Cookies are sure to make you grandma’s favorite this year!
These gingerbread linzers are definitely a show-stopper. The sweet dulce de leche combined with spicy ginger is just TOO good. Not to mention that they pretty enough to serve at afternoon tea.
I love oatmeal raisin cookies. AND snickerdoodles. So I thought to myself, why not make a cookie baby? And thus, Oatmeal Raisin Snickerdoodle Cookies were born.
There’s something about the combination of sweet white chocolate, buttery macadamia, and tart cranberries that gets me every time. Every time we make these white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies I eat like 12. hehe
These slice and bake cookies are buttery, delicious, and perfect for a crowd. Plus, slicing cookies is just super satisfying, ya know?
White chocolate and ginger is such an underrated flavor combo–the silky, sweet white chocolate perfectly complements the zingy gingery. Add in some toasty, buttery oats into the mix and you’ve got yourself a Santa approved cookie.
Have you ever seen a more quintessentially Christmas cookie? These candy cane chocolate chip cookies are loaded with crushed up canes and pools of dark chocolate enveloped in a perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookie with just the right amount of crunch. You’ll love these peppermint chocolate chip cookies all year long!
What’s better than a soft molasses cookies? One stuffed with a whole gooey marshmallow in the middle. This Christmas cookie is super easy to make, holds up for days and is packed full of festive flavor.
Every Christmas cookie box needs a buttery shortbread. Specifically a tender shortbread bar drizzled with caramel and chocolate. It’s decadent, salty-sweet, chocolatey and perfect for sharing with friends and family this holiday season!
Happy holiday baking my loves! Bookmark all of these Christmas cookie recipes for all your baking needs for years to come! We’ll continue to update it with all our festive favorites so you can find all your holiday cookies in one place.
Sarah + Sofi