50+ Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes


Between both cookbooks and my blog, I have over 800 goodies shared with the world. When I stop and think about it, it’s crazy and wonderful at the same time. Today, I’m showcasing over 50 of them. Mostly Christmas cookies and a few holiday candy recipes, with plenty of butter, sugar, chocolate, and sprinkles to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth. All favorites with my family, with my friends, treats I grew up with, recipes passed down to me, cookbook-worthy recipes, you get the picture. Oh how I wish we could bake them together. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

We’ll start with the classics. Gingerbread cookies are an obvious must.


And so are Christmas sugar cookies. (My favorite trick for easy and fun decorating, plus the icing recipe included!)

Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Royal Icing Recipe-2

Classics with a twist like toasted pecan snowball cookies, toasted hazelnut slice ‘n’ bakes with milk chocolate, and these sup soft white chocolate chip molasses cookies.

classic christmas cookies

Also: these classic mint chocolate brownies. Kevin LOVES these.

Classic Mint Chocolate Brownies Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-2

And raspberry almond shortbread cookies and snickerdoodles, of course.


For the coffee lover, try my mocha cheesecake brownies, peppermint mocha cookies, or these mocha mint chocolate chunk cookies.


Peanut Butter Blossoms— a total Christmas classic, right?

Also from Sally’s Candy Addiction and pictured in the 1st photo of this post: birthday cake fudge (the cover recipe) made with red and green sprinkles! I brought it along to my Houston book signing. Gone in an hour.

If peanut butter is your thing, try my classic peanut butter cookies, peanut butter swirl cookies, or these soft monster cookies. You can make the monster cookies with red and green M&Ms.

Peanut Butter Cookies

For the chocolate chip cookie aficionado, here are my chewy chocolate chunk cookies, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, and my current obsession Biscoff chocolate chip cookies.

chocolate chip cookie recipes

And let’s not forget salted caramel dark chocolate cookies and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies. Stuffing Rolos inside chocolate chip cookies since 2013.


Also: Nutella swirl chocolate chip cookies!

If you’re eating gluten free OR someone you know is, try my 5 ingredient mint chocolate bark. No fuss and comes together like that. (snaps fingers)

Easy Mint Chocolate Bark (gluten free!) sallysbakingaddiction.com

More festive gluten free flourless treats: almond butter chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint bark (make sure those candy canes are made in a GF facility), and mint chocolate energy bites (festive AND healthy).


Here’s a favorite no-bake treat. You KNOW how obsessed I am with homemade toffee! This is my dark chocolate almond toffee.


Chewy oatmeal cookies totally steal my heart and I have a few favorites you can add to your holiday baking list: classic oatmeal raisin cookies, Biscoff white chocolate oatmeal cookies, and dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies (no raisins in sight!).

favorite oatmeal cookies

Also loved: super chewy oatmeal M&M cookies.

Holiday Oatmeal M&M Cookies

Let’s discuss chocolate. Try my chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies (a Quinn family recipe!), double chocolate crinkle cookies, and HOMEMADE OREOS. Love.

chocolate cookies for christmas

Do you like magic bars? Like, the 7 layer bars with butterscotch, coconut, pecans, and chocolate? Here is my ultimate version with an extra thick graham cracker cookie crust!

Ultimate Magic Cookie Bars with butterscotch, chocolate, and coconut! Get the recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

And my red velvet version. Can’t get enough.

Red Velvet Seven Layer Bars

Speaking of red velvet, have you tried my other red velvet treats yet? Like these red velvet chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies, and white chocolate dipped red velvet cookies.


Also: red velvet chocolate layer cake and red velvet cupcakes. √

You can’t beat classic coconut macaroon cookies. They’re SO easy.

Coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate

White chocolate and holiday cookies go hand in hand. Here are my white chocolate cranberry pistachio biscotti, cherry almond shortbread cookies, and super soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies. I also encourage you to try my white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, too.

white chocolate christmas cookies

If you want sweet, salty, and super buttery favorites… let me introduce you to my butter pecan cookies, salted vanilla toffee cookies, and these super chunky white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. OMG.

butter pecan cookies, salted vanilla toffee cookies, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

And finally, let’s talk sprinkles. The most festive cookies of them all! We have the ever so popular and widely loved cake batter chocolate chip cookies, my soft-baked funfetti cookies, and my funfetti cookies supreme decorated with frosting.

christmas sprinkle cookies

Oh, I can’t forget the queen of all holiday cookies: candy cane kiss cookies!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

See even more (dozens more!) Christmas recipes.

Phew! Did you make it all the way down here? Do your fingers hurt from scrolling? Are your pants tighter? Whoops. I hope you find something to bake for all the holidays festivities in the next 10 days. Christmas is already next week. HOW did that happen! Thank you so much for making my recipes part of your holiday.

Serious Q: What are you baking these next two weeks? I want to know it all!

50+ Christmas Cookie Recipes including chocolate crinkle cookies, decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread men, slice 'n' bake cookies, mint chocolate brownies, thumbprint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, toffee, no-bake cookies, and more!
50+ Christmas Cookie Recipes including chocolate crinkle cookies, decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread men, slice 'n' bake cookies, mint chocolate brownies, thumbprint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, toffee, no-bake cookies, and more!


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  1. I have made almond shortbread cookies using half all purpose flour and half almond flour…will that work for your recipe?

    1. I’ve never personally tried it so I can’t be sure. But it’s worth a shot! I can see it working just fine.

  2. Thank you, thank you!!  It is ridiculously – and unseasonably – warm here, and hard to think about holiday baking.  But it will sneak up on me!  Thanks for the reminder and so much inspiration!

    1. You are welcome, Leslie! Yes, the holidays will be here before we know it!

  3. Peanut butter blossoms will definitely be in the mix, as well as gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and my favorite–pecan snowballs. The rest will be new stuff, hopefully some of these! Mom’s gingersnaps look good, and so do the oatmeal M&M cookies, maybe those!

    1. Will you share the Pecan Snow Ball cookies?

  4. I’d sure love having your cook oops under my tree for Christmas..It all looks so yummy you just want to bake it all n and try all desserts…thanks from my family they’ll be glad I found your shares m blog…

  5. Mom’s Gingersnaps looked good. It’s too bad the recipe was not included here.

    1. They’re included in this round-up! You can get the recipe in my book 🙂 Thank you!

  6. I’m so glad I found your Pin.  I’ve have been in a Christmas rut for the past few years raising teenagers, managing a house and going through nursing school and starting a new career.  This year my husband of 21 years and I decided we were really going to get into the Christmas spirit.  In addition to decorating our home to the hilt, I’m for the first time making more than my signature fudge.  Your cookies look amazing and I can’t wait to try them. In addition many are “nut allergy” friendly, that way my almost adult babies can indulge their sweet tooth.  Thanks again for all the detail you provide, you have brought me into the baking future.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Melanie! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Tracy Menetre says:

    I just wanted you to know I made your Gingerbread cookies this year and got rav reviews. My son even thought they were store bought! I will definitely keep this one in my holiday cookie rotation.
    Thank you.

  8. Jenny from www.jennyisbaking.com says:

    Oh, I didn’t know you have a homemade oreo recipe, I am so happy right now!!!

  9. Margaret Hoon says:

    I just bought a copy of your cookie addiction cookbook for myself and as a shower gift. Whenever I bake I love to tell people about your blog. Love to receive your emails with new recipes. Keep them coming.

  10. Kirsten Fischer says:

    Every year I bake cookies for my 75 staff and I love that I can keep coming back to your site to find new ideas. I live at an elevation of 8400 feet, and none of your recipes have ever failed me. Even my 13 year old son and 8 year old daughter have become independent (almost for the 8 yo) bakers.
    Thanks for the Christmas inspiration and spirit!!! I soooooo love baking!

    1. YAY! I am so happy you can look here for your cookie inspiration! I’ve never baked at high elevation so I am thrilled to hear the recipes still work. And what a fun tradition to have your kids do some holiday baking 🙂

  11. I have 13 of my 15 Christmas cookie/candy recipes planned, but I’m waiting on cookie week to finalize my plans. Having read your post about freezing dough, I’m going to start prepping next weekend!

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