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

Craving more? Here are 50+ Christmas Cookies with recipes from around the web included!

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  1. Beautiful cookies!  Wish I could bake like I used to…I’ve lost my baking mojo…the Linzer cookies are gorgeous!

  2. Thank you for all the recipe choices! Your pictures are beautiful. I’m with you regarding the cookie board, cookies are the BEST!

  3. Thank you so much for gf recipes! Merry Christmas!

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

  5. Thank you✌ for this list. Now all i have to do is pick which one to bake for christmas

  6. Inspiring, for sure!  We’re snowed in here in Atlanta, so cookie baking & decorating begins today!

  7. Thank you for this post, Sally!

  8. This is somewhat ironic—a couple of days ago I was looking on Pinterest to find some pictures of cookie boards! From one of your posts I ordered the champagne bottle oven mitts for myself and daughters in laws from Anthropologie. I like your taste. I’m making the soft ginger snickerdoodles and cranberry orange loaves this season.

  9. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    Cookie Boards > than cheese boards for sure!  I also saw this yesterday about building the ultimate Sundae Board, https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/national/holiday-dessert-ideas-jenis-ice-cream

  10. I would so rather see a cookie board than a cheese board.

  11. Hi Sally! I love all these cookie choices! I do a chocolate cookie every year, and for the past two years,  I’ve done your Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (they are absolutely fantastic!). I’m wondering if I should do your Brownie Walnut Chunk Cookies instead this year. I know it’s a personal decision, but I just can’t make up my mind and I only do one completely chocolate cookie and do six batches of other cookies. This year, I’m also doing your Christmas Cookie Sparkles, Mini M&M Cookies, Brown Sugar Shortbread, one of your white chocolate cookies, and two other recipes of my own that are tried and true (a chocolate chip biscotti and a peppermint marshmallow cornflakechocolate chip cookie ). 

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

  13. Your slice-and-bakes are so gorgeous!!❤️

  14. My vote for your next cookbook is Sally’s CHRISTMAS Addiction!

    1. Oh my oh my! That’s a fun idea 🙂

  15. So many yummy cookies and so little time! In glancing through all the cookie names on your lists, I do not see a recipe for Springerle, the German anise cookies that use a special rolling pin. It was such a favorite when we were growing up, but hard to find. (Did find a bakery in Indiana that will accept online orders during the Holidays.) Perhaps, you have a recipe to share? Thanks for all the cookie inspirations!

    1. Hi Barbara! I’m so sorry, I don’t have a recipe for springerle– and, in fact, I’ve never tasted it before! I bet it’s wonderful.

  16. I can’t wait! My Cookie Baking Rampage™ is this upcoming weekend, and I certainly plan to utilize more than a few of these!

  17. 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!

  18. Sylvie the French says:

    Thanks Sally for these delicious recipes. I made the sugar cookies (with orange and cinamon). It’s delicious. But I’m not very talented with the royal icing… my cookies was not very beautiful (sylchanco on instagram).
    I will try other recipes. With your recipes and your advice, the pastry is easier.

  19. This is so handy, definitely will try some of these out! 🙂

  20. 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!! 🙂

      1. Thank you so much Sally!

  21. 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.

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

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

      1. Thank you!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. Not sure how allergy friendly is a cookie recipe that involves peanuts or almonds. Title is misleading.

    1. Hi Michelle! The allergens the cookies are free from are listed after the cookie recipe such as gluten or nuts or both. It’s a list of different types of allergy free cookies. Thank you!

  27. 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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