These festive Christmas cookie recipes and ideas will be the perfect way to spread your holiday cheer.
If you love a good Christmas cookie, we bet you'll be filling decorative cookie tins, boxes, and jars with one of each of these Christmas cookie recipes as gifts throughout the holidays. These recipes are mouthwatering takes on the holiday cookie, one of our favorite holiday desserts, creating new ways to partner cool milk and warm delight in a tasty treat. You’ll love holiday classic recipes like our Gingerbread Men Cookies, or just enjoy the taste of ginger in our Triple Gingersnappers. For a Christmas cookie that is as beautiful as it is delicious, bake a batch of the Linzer Cookies, or savor the sweetness of the season in Peppermint Divinity Bars, the Chocolate-Mint Cookies, or the Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies. For a Southern holiday cookie, serve the Praline Rugelach, or try the Gritscotti–our fantastic spin on grits plus biscotti. Any way your cookie cutter cuts them, you can’t beat the taste of Christmas cookie ideas for the holiday season.
5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
Recipe: 5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
When glazing, use a shallow bowl that will accommodate the entire cookie.
Red Velvet Thumbprints
Recipe: Red Velvet Thumbprints
There's no need to use a pastry bag to fill cookies. Just transfer the frosting to a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and snip the corner.
Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies
For the best "crackle" effect, reroll balls in powdered sugar just before baking to cover any exposed dough.
Chewy Ginger Cookies
Recipe: Chewy Ginger Cookies
Fresh ginger and black pepper bring a kick to this classic cookie. Prep tip: Swirl a liquid measuring cup with a thin coat of vegetable oil before measuring molasses for the most accurate (and least sticky) result.
Belgian Spice Cookies
Recipe: Belgian Spice Cookies
To create a lacy design on these cookies (also known as Speculoos), place a stencil or doily over the cooled cookies before dusting with powdered sugar.
Christmas Cookie Puzzles
Choose cutters with simple shapes; they're easier to handle and less likely to break. If you want to make small puzzles, cut dough into 4-inch squares, and use a single cookie cutter to punch out the center of each square while still hot from the oven. Working quickly, cut lines from edges of square to form puzzle pieces. Store icing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Recipe: Christmas Cookie Puzzles
Hidden Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Hidden Kiss Cookies
We love using mint kisses and candy cane kisses for the holidays.
Cookie Press Sandwiches
Recipe: Cookie Press Sandwiches
Pick your favorite filling for this classic sandwich cookie: We tested with peppermint, orange, and lemon extracts and used food coloring to match each flavor.
Pecan Linzer Cookies
Recipe: Pecan Linzer Cookies
Use your favorite jams to vary the flavor and color of these beauties.
Peppermint Meringue Cookies
Recipe: Peppermint Meringue Cookies
Use food coloring gel in a squeeze bottle or a food-safe paintbrush to make lines in the piping bag. Once meringues are cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe: Triple Gingersnappers
You can chill the dough for these gingersnappers up to three days before baking.
Festive Christmas Cookies
There's nothing like spreading a little holiday cheer with a delicious batch of Christmas cookies. Nestle them in a pretty tin for a thoughtful gift or have them on hand for unexpected holiday guests. One thing is for sure, these Christmas cookie recipes are sure to be the hit of the season!
This trio of Christmas cookie recipes will be your go-to for crowd-pleasing treats. Make a few extra batches to keep on hand for unexpected holiday visitors.
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
As if the combination of milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies wasn't perfect enough, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark.
Slice-and-Bake Shortbread Cookies
Stock your freezer with this simple dough and be ready to slice and bake in minutes.
Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars
This is a classic recipe updated with a sprinkle of kosher salt.
- Recipe: Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars
Recipe: Blackberry Thumbprints
“Be sure the zip-top plastic bag you use to pipe preserves into the cookies is a freezer bag and not a regular storage bag or you may experience a blowout. Ask me how I know.”
-Norman King, Test Kitchen Professional
Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
These peanut butter-chocolate cookies taste and look divine! No need to worry about the flour—they're perfect as they are.
Recipe developer Vanessa McNeil Rocchio says, "My grandfather was a great cook and inspired me. These cookies, made with fresh Texas pecans, were always in his cookie jar. You can't stop with just one cookie."
- Recipe: Pecan Sandies
This festive cookie recipe was borrowed from a favorite spice store, Penzeys.
- Recipe: Snickerdoodles
Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies
Recipe: Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies
The chai gives this cookie a kick while the eggnog topping shows a sweet side.
Rudolph's Christmas Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chunk-Mocha Cookies
Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Linzer Cookies are great for the holidays and look just as good as they taste. A dough scraper, which can be purchased inexpensively at kitchen stores, makes transferring these star cutouts onto baking sheets a breeze.
Recipe: Linzer Cookies
Give these soft, chewy macaroons a different look by garnishing with candied fruit like orange peels or green cherries.
- Recipe: Ambrosia Macaroons
Peppermint Divinity Bars
Make this recipe all the way through without stopping, spreading the warm divinity onto a still-warm cookie base. If the divinity is too cool, it will tear the cookie base as you spread it.
- Recipe: Peppermint Divinity Bars
Grits + biscotti=Gritscotti. After baking the logs, gently cut them with a serrated knife for even slices. If you break a few slices, bake them anyway and sprinkle the bits over yogurt at breakfast.
- Recipe: Gritscotti
Filled with orange apricot preserves, these decorative cookies are the perfect holiday treat for the table.
- Recipe: Apricot-Almond Thumbprints
Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies
Pecan Bourbon Balls
Think a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball? Think again. Try coating them in spiced toasted pecans for a sweet-salty variation and you'll be a convert for life.
- Recipe: Pecan Bourbon Balls
Espresso Shortbread Cookies
Espresso beans and buttery shortbread are a perfect match.
- Recipe: Espresso Shortbread Cookies