50+ Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

assortment of Christmas cookies

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.

decorated gingerbread cookies

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

cut out christmas tree, candy cane, and snowflake sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles

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.

collage of 3 images of pecan snowball cookies, toasted hazelnut slice and bake cookies with half of each dipped in milk chocolate, and soft white chocolate chip molasses cookies

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

mint chocolate brownies on a white serving tray

And raspberry almond shortbread cookies and snickerdoodles, of course.

collage of raspberry almond shortbread cookie and snickerdoodle cookie images

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

collage of 3 images of mocha cheesecake brownies, peppermint mocha cookies, and mocha mint chocolate chunk cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms— a total Christmas classic, right?

overhead image of peanut butter blossoms on a white plate

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.

collage of 3 images of classic peanut butter cookies, peanut butter swirl cookies, and soft monster 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.

collage of 3 images of chocolate chip cookies, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, and Biscoff chocolate chip cookies

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

collage of 2 images of salted caramel dark chocolate cookies and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies

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)

stack of pieces of mint chocolate swirl bark

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).

collage of 3 images of almond butter chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint bark, and mint chocolate energy bites

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

stack of salted dark chocolate almond toffee with christmas sprinkles

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!).

collage of 3 images of oatmeal raisin cookies, Biscoff white chocolate oatmeal cookies, and dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies

Also loved: super chewy oatmeal M&M cookies.

oatmeal cookies with red and green M&Ms on a white plate

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

collage of 3 images of chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, and homemade Oreo cookies

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!

stack of ultimate magic cookie bars on a white plate

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.

collage of 3 images of 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.

collage of 3 images of white chocolate cranberry pistachio biscotti, cherry almond shortbread cookies, and white chocolate cranberry pistachio 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.

collage of 3 images of 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.

collage of 3 images of cake batter chocolate chip cookies with Christmas sprinkles, funfetti cookies with Christmas sprinkles, and frosted funfetti sprinkles with Christmas sprinkles

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

sugar cookies with christmas sprinkles with a candy cane Hershey's kiss on top

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!

11 Comments

  1. This post made me so happy! I made the Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies last weekend and am making another double batch tonight for my kids’ class parties this week. Then I will make sugar cookie dough later this week to have ready for cutting and baking on Saturday! Fun! Love your recipes so much. 

  2. I’ve baked so many of your recipes since I found your blog Sally! And they’ve all always worked out and disappeared quickly from their containers! I have a LOT of baking to get to this weekend and the next! Christmas is 10 days away :/ from your blog, I’m baking chocolate chip cookies as a present for my brother and his girlfriend, strawberry swirl cheesecake bars for Christmas Eve, gingersnaps from your cookbook for Christmas Eve, peppermint bark for my mom (it’s her favourite candy) and pecan snowballs for Christmas Day. In addition to about 6 other recipes! I’m going to be busy in the days before Christmas, thanks for all your help 🙂 

  3. Your cookies have been such a hit at work I need to keep making more XD I did up a “variety pack” including your salted vanilla toffee cookies, brown butter chocolate chip & red velvet & they are almost all gone from the freezer! :O You’ve gotten more followers on your blog the past week because my co workers asked for the recipes. I have many ginger bread men & sugar cookies to frost over the weekend but I’m sure none will go to waste… every evening now I usually take 3-4 cookies out from the freezer & bake them (just for me, obviously) ..yolo at its finest lol

  4. Just baked a batch of your gingerbread men recipe and they are so good! Also loved decorating them with your easy icing. I love your recipes – the cake batter cookie was a hit and I have about 60 frozen for this Christmas! Thank you for your recipes and Merry Christmas!

  5. Sally, I want to thank you so much for everything!! All of your advice has been such an awesome help for me. I have learned so much from you! This is the first time in years that I made so many varieties of cookies for the holidays! And it was a pleasure again to bake! I really enjoyed myself, it wasn’t a chore. Last year, I was so frustrated making cut out sugar cookies!! I actually threw all my cookie cutters in the trash!! I swore I would never try them again. After buying new ones, I did everything you said and they turned out so beautifully!! I was so proud!! I didn’t think I had it in me, but with your step by step guidance anything is possible! You really care and it shows! I am so grateful for you!! So happy I found you!!
    I wish you a happy and healthy new year!!

  6. I usually only make gingerbread cookies for Christmas but you’ve given me lots of christmas cookie inspiration! 

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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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