50 Christmas Cookie Recipes

variety of Christmas cookies

Everyone is always chatting about cheese boards for entertaining, but I’m over here like… what about COOKIE boards? They’d be much more popular. 😉

Today I have a list for you to (1) build the ultimate cookie platter for your holiday entertaining (2) find Christmas cookie recipes to bake and (3) find Christmas cookie recipes to EAT.

variety of Christmas cookies

You’ve got your baking cut out for you for the next few weeks!

Classic Christmas Cookies

1) Linzer Cookies
2) Peanut Butter Blossoms
3) Rugelach
4) Snowballs
5) Gingerbread Men
6) Soft Molasses Cookies
7) Crisp Molasses Cookies
8) Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
9) Decorated Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
10) Snickerdoodles (no dough chilling)
11) Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Super Festive Christmas Cookies

12) Snowmen Sugar Cookies
13) Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies
14) Brown Butter Sugar Cookies
15) Stained Glass Window Cookies
16) Cinnamon Roll Cookies
17) Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
18) Christmas Cookie Sparkles (short dough chilling)
19) Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

No Chill/Quick Christmas Cookies

20) Mini M&M Cookies
21) Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Monster Cookies
22) Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
23) Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches (like Nutter Butters!)
24) Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies (use festive sprinkles!)

Allergy-Friendly Christmas Cookies

25) No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (nut free + GF, but make sure oats are certified GF)
26) Maple Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
27) Coconut Macaroons (nut free + GF)
28) Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies (make sure oats are certified GF)
29) Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (make sure oats are certified GF)

Chocolate Lovers Christmas Cookies

30) Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies
31) Striped Fudge Cookie Sandwiches
32) Peppermint Mocha Cookies
33) Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti (no dough chilling)
34) Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti (no dough chilling)
35) Chocolate Turtle Cookies
36) Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

White Chocolate Lovers Christmas Cookies

37) White Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles
38) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
39) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti (no dough chilling)
40) Maple Cinnamon Stars (dipped in white chocolate!)
41) Holiday Style Magic 5 Cookies!
42) Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
43) Biscoff White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (no dough chilling)

Shortbread / Slice & Bake

44) Brown Sugar Shortbread
45) Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
46) Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies
47) Salted Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread (no dough chilling)
48) Dark Chocolate Orange Slice & Bake Cookies
49) Toasted Hazelnut Slice & Bake Cookies with Milk Chocolate
50) Funfetti Slice & Bake Cookies

funfetti slice and bake cookies with half of each cookie dipped into white chocolate and topped with sprinkles

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  1. I just want to make everything on this list!! I can’t wait to try the seriously soft molasses cookies. Gorgeous pics as always 🙂

  2. Yummy! SO excited to get baking! Thank you, Sally! 🙂 

  3. Sally, I`m in the middle of a baking bonanza, all inspired by you and your wonderful recipes. You make it so easy for us to knock it out of the park and bring sugar joy to others for the holidays. I tried your oatmeal chocolate chip from your new cookie cookbook, and it turned ME into an oatmeal cookie fan! They are delicious! I`ve baked your red velvet cream cheese stuffed cookie and it is getting raves. I live your cut out sugar cookie recipe, always a hit, and just finished with my spin on decorations. Your molasses ginger cookies which I love are out of the oven, and I even stuffed some with the same as your red velvet, and they are quite tasty. I`ve also done a chai spice snickerdoodle which just tastes like the holidays. Thank you for another palooza and all the encouragement, fun, and inspiration. Simply the best!

  4. Hi Sally, I love a cookie board even more then a cheese board. I’m deciding what cookies to bake for gifts, so many wonderful choices, how to choose? What are your top five favorites? 

    1. Hey Amy! Here are my top 5:

      Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
      Magic 5 Cookies with white chocolate, cranberries, pecans, and coconut
      Peppermint Mocha Cookies
      Gingerbread Men/People
      Soft Molasses Cookies

      Happy baking!! 🙂

  5. These cookies look absolutely delicious and very easy to follow. I do not bake like I used to but my granddaughter has come of age to teach, she is 5 and tends to be interested so of course Grandma will oblige. I taught my son how to cook at the age of 8 and up and he turned out to be an accomplished chef. I have got to say that out of all the bakers on the net I tend to keep going to you. I think you are one of the best. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

    1. Thank you so much Deb, I really appreciate this comment! I think it’s important to start kids in the kitchen at a young age so they enjoy different foods and the process of cooking together.

      1. Hi Sally!!! I can’t wait to try these recipes even for the Christmas season. When I get of age and finish school guess what I will be doing….. I will be owning my own bakery. Can’t tell you the name yet because I don’t have one yet but it will be awesome. Hope you’ll come and I’ll keep you updated. I’m going to be making your ginger breads cookies and Funedii slice & Bake cookies!!!! SOUNDS SO GOOD AND YUMMY!!!

  6. Fantastic list, thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to get started on some of these 🙂

  7. Which recipe is that delicious-looking chocolate/white chocolate/green-and-red-something one at the top of the second photo?

  8. Hi sally! Love all your recipes. I’m making the peppermint mocha cookies and the white chocolate peppermint cookies today. They taste delish but for some reason these two recipes the cookies did not spread at all. They came out of the oven looking basically like the balls that they went in as. Any tips or ideas on where I went wrong?? Thanks! 

    1. Hi Mary! Are you spooning and leveling the flour? Make sure you’re not over-measuring it.

  9. Made these for my children’s teachers for Christmas. My husband has stolen quite a few! He LOVES them…and he is hard to please!

  10. I’ve never commented prior but I just love alllllllll of your recipes. I make your gingerbread & chocolate crinkle cut cookies every year (past 3 years) for friends and family as a Christmas gift! I am so excited to try out a couple more, in addition this year. You are my favorite blogger! May God bless you.

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