Holiday/ Recipe Roundup

25 Best Christmas Cookies

December 8, 2022
best christmas cookies

Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time for all things cookies! Baking cookies for friends and family, holiday parties, and of course, leaving cookies out for Santa.

Today I’m sharing with you my 25 favorite Christmas cookie recipes. This was no easy task, because what makes a cookie perfect for Christmas anyway? The truth is, I think ANY cookie can be a Christmas cookie. But this list is my 25 favorites that go perfectly with the season. They’re rich, indulgent, and sure to bring you some holiday cheer.

Are you planning to mail holiday cookies this year? Check out my article on how to ship cookies for the holidays. I’ve provided tips and tricks on how to package cookies so they don’t break, as well as a list of cookies less prone to breakage that will survive shipment.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Buttery cinnamon roll sugar cookies that look and taste just like cinnamon rolls!

What’s Christmas without cinnamon rolls? These cookies provide the taste and cheer of homemade cinnamon rolls in cookie form. Drizzled with sugar glaze and filled with rich cinnamon filling, they’re the perfect holiday cookie.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

soft pumpkin cookies

These soft, cake-like pumpkin cookies are made with pumpkin puree and warm spices like ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. They’re drizzled with gooey maple glaze for an amazing Christmas treat.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty brown butter adds rich, caramel flavor to these soft and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy one with a cold glass of milk or a mug of hot chocolate!

Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

maple brown sugar cookies

You’ve never tasted cookies quite like these! They’re made with dark brown sugar, real maple syrup, toasty pecans, and topped with the most delicious maple glaze. Even Santa will be coming back for seconds!

Soft Sugar Cookies

How to make the best soft sugar cookie recipe

If you like your sugar cookies soft and thick, this is the recipe for you. These super soft sugar cookies have a delicate vanilla flavor and melt in your mouth as soon as you take a bite.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

If there’s any time to indulge in desserts, it’s the Christmas season. Spoil your friends and family (and yourself, of course) with these giant chocolate chip cookies. Crispy on the edges and soft and chewy on the inside, they’re absolutely delicious.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and chewy red velvet chocolate chip cookies. Use dark or white chocolate, both taste amazing!

These beautiful red velvet chocolate chip cookies are made with a hint of cocoa powder for a slightly chocolate cookie and are loaded with dark or white chocolate chips. They’re melty and gooey, and you could even add some green sprinkles to make them extra Christmasy!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Toasty macadamia nuts and melty white chocolate chunks pair perfectly in these decadent cookies. Slightly underbake them for an ultra soft and gooey treat.

Linzer Cookies


This classic Christmas cookie is made with fruity jam sandwiched between two melt-in-your-mouth, buttery shortbread cookies. Cut them into your favorite shapes and dust them with powdered sugar for a gorgeous display.

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Cranberry orange biscotti cookies with white chocolate are a delicious treat especially during the holidays!

Crunchy, twice-baked biscotti made with dried cranberries and fresh orange zest are drizzled with melted white chocolate for a heavenly treat.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

AMAZING Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Ultra chocolatey and fudgy, these double chocolate fudge cookies are rich, decadent, and amazing.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you can’t decide between chocolate chip cookies or a cookie with more holiday flair, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the best of both worlds. Made with pumpkin puree, ground spices, and lots of chocolate chips, these cookies will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Hazelnut Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Hazelnut Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Who doesn’t love the rich, chocolatey-hazelnut goodness of Nutella? These babies are made with hazelnut shortbread cookies and creamy, delicious Nutella sandwiched between.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

chewy peanut butter cookies

Thick and chewy bakery-style peanut butter cookies are made with creamy peanut butter and lots of Reese’s peanut butter chips.

Gingerbread Man Cookies

gingerbread cookies

These fun and festive gingerbread man cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie. Slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these cookies are full of warm flavors like molasses and ginger and are perfect for decorating.

Chocolate Cookies With White Chocolate Chips

Dark Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips or Chunks

Thick and fudgy dark chocolate cookies with lots of white chocolate chunks are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. These cookies are great for shipping or for bringing to a holiday party (or keeping for yourself, let’s be honest).

Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

Super soft and chewy spiced molasses cookies. They make a delicious snack especially during the holidays!

These gooey, lightly spiced molasses cookies go great with a mug of hot mulled apple cider! Enjoy a batch while sitting by the fire place singing Christmas carols.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I love how chewy these cookies are as well as their amazing texture and flavor brought on by rolled oats and creamy peanut butter. The chocolate chips are just a bonus!

Coconut Cookies

Coconut Cookies

These coconut cookies are slightly crunchy on the outside yet soft on the inside. Made with toasted coconut flakes, they’re bursting with coconut flavor.

Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Chewy Gooey Chocolate Ginger Cookies |

Super soft and chewy chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and fresh ginger are the perfect cookie for chocoholics looking for a hint of Christmas flavor.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

chocolate crinkle cookies

These cookies just scream Christmas! They’re dusted with powdered sugar which of course, reminds me of snow. These nutty chocolate cookies are crunchy on the outside and fudgy on the inside. They’re a chocolate lovers’ dream!

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Ultimate cut-out sugar cookies that taste so good! |

What’s Christmas-time without sugar cookies? This recipe makes tender, buttery cookies that are perfect for cutting out shapes with cookie cutters. Decorate with sprinkles and royal icing to add some serious festivity.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies (Sparkle Cookies)

Super Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cookies

I call these amazing, fudge-like cookies sparkle cookies because they’re rolled in granulated sugar before baking, giving them a beautiful, sparkly appearance.


These classic Snickerdoodles are soft, chewy, and coated in cinnamon and sugar in every bite. They’re the perfect Christmas cookie!

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Buttery shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate are a beautiful, gorgeous treat that everyone will love. You can mix it up and dip them in white or milk chocolate, too.

Are you planning on making Christmas cookies this year? Let me know your favorites in the comments below!

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