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 completely ABSURD 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. Life wouldn’t be complete without any of ’em. Oh how I wish we could bake them together. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

Let’s get this show on the road!

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 suuuuuuper 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!


  1. I made your Nutella swirl chocolate chip cookies for a holiday party this weekend, then made more on Sunday to bring to work!  I had never made them before but they were a hit.  They also saved me after a cheesecake failure, thanks to the no chilling and ingredients I always have on hand.  Thank you Sally!  Your recipes are always spot on 🙂

    1. Happy you made and love those nutella swirl cookies! A personal favorite of course. I should add it to this Christmas cookie post!

  2. So much baking planned I can’t wait! I’m making rice Krispy treats, your gingerbread men, red and green m&m cookies, peppermint blossom cookies, your gingerbread cupcakes, your chewy chocolate chunk cookies, and a chocolate chip cookie cake before Christmas!

    1. So many sweets, I love it. Have fun baking Molly!

  3. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says:

    i did a bunch of truffles (white chocolate matcha, nutella, peppermint) today, and i have a batch of your peppermint mocha cookie dough in the fridge! will report back once i bake them off (:

    1. white chocolate mocha truffles sounds amazing.

  4. These recipes get me so excited!!!
    I’m making your gingerbread cupcakes on Saturday, the Chewy white chocolate molasses cookies on Monday, Funfetti Soft baked on Wednesday, Overnight Cinnamon rolls on Thurday (so they’re ready for christmas morning 😉 and your red velvet layer cake on Christmas Day 🙂 
    Might throw in some kind of bark as well 😉

    1. So many of my recipes. I LOVE IT. Have fun Tal!!

  5. A lovely post, I’m in chocolate mint mode, so the brownies and bark look really appealing today. 🙂 You should do a holiday baking cookbook!!

  6. Nurfatma Perveen says:

    Whoa Sally! 800 recipes?!? How do you think of so many recipes? I really could learn a thing or two from you, I swear. 

    I am making your chewy chocolate chunk cookies tomorrow with my girlfriend at my house. And we are both also gonna be making your no bake Oreo truffles as well! Cannot wait for tomorrow already! 

    Happy holidays Sally! 

    1. Two classic and favorite recipes for sure. Have fun!

  7. There’s so many flavours and so many choices! Thank you for sharing this compilation of recipes, I’ll definitely be baking some of these over the christmas period 🙂


  8. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    There is so much cookie love right here. YUM! I can’t wait to try some of these, Sally. The chai spice snickerdoodles look awesome. 

  9. Laura @ The Bluenose Baker says:

    Thanks for the baking inspiration! Now I know what I’m doing with the some of the Christmas-y ingredients bought on a whim at the bulk food store.
    I’ve already made your peppermint bark (a mash-up of the recipes on the blog and in the book), cookie dough truffles and a failed batch of shortbreads. Next on the list: almond bark, homemade icy squares, and some cookies (your peppermint mocha to use up the crushed candy canes, chewy chocolate chip made with christmas chips, and another attempt at shortbread!)

    1. Have fun baking!

  10. I just made the mint bark from here and the toffee pretzel bark from your cookbook last night. Tomorrow night is cookies and creme fudge and  Friday night is buckeye balls from your book.

  11. Leah @ Grain Changer says:

    SO MUCH DELICIOUSNESS in one little post! Reaaaally tempted to take a “sick” day right now (cough, cough) where the only cure is a day full of baking 😉

  12. 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. 

  13. Ok, I surrender. Grocery list is updated, I’m making the peppermint mocha cookies. Nevermind the fact that I also need a double batch of gingerbread cupcakes, some truffles, chex mix, and saltine toffee by next Monday, those cookies are happening. Every time I load your page they’re there, taunting me!

  14. 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 🙂 

    1. Sounds like a total sugar rush in your kitchen Hayley! Love it.

  15. Shannon from Houston says:

    I made the peppermint mocha cookies and your funfetti cookie bars and tossed in a bunch of mini candy canes to give to our neighbors! Since I only made two kinds of treats, they got large portions of each. My husband says they turned out well, and I’ll have to believe him, since I’m too congested to taste anything right now 🙁

    1. Feel better Shannon!

  16. The coconut macaroons sound amazing! I really want to make those. I’ve never worked with coconut so it would definitely be trying something new. I’m glad you shared that recipe today… hopefully I’ll get a chance to make them soon! Holiday baking? 😉

    1. Let me know how you like them!

  17. I’m going to make so many of your treats! Everything I tried for Thanksgiving was a hit. ..plus it made me feel like a real chef! So far I’ve made Chicago style pizza (best friend said it was better than what she had in Chicago! ), red velvet cake (addicted to cake flour now

    1. Oh my gosh I love that chicago style pizza recipe.

  18. Katherine @ Kate's Sweets says:

    I want to make your toasted pecan snowballs and the Hazelnut slice-n-bake cookies you posted recently. I’m also going to make gingerbread men (a must) and possibly sugar cookies. And I might try your chai spice frosted snickerdoodles. Let’s be honest, I want to make them all!

    1. SOOOO much baking! I love it.

  19. I love this. It is just what I was looking for! I will be making the chocolate crinkles, saltine toffee, raspberry almond shortbread cookies, plus a funfetti cake for my son this week (he’s turning 3 on friday). And I have to make cinnamon rolls! It’s expected of me, I can’t let anyone down! I will see you in San Diego in February, can’t wait!

    1. Happy bday to the big boy! Can’t wait to meet you, Stacey 🙂

  20. Hi Sally! Love this cookie post! In the past two weeks I have made cake batter chocolate chip cookies with Christmas sprinkles, double chocolate crinkles, the wonderful no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and next on the list is M&M slice and bakes for this weekend! It’s safe to say our apartment smells wonderful and my tummy is always full! LOVE cookie palooza time!

    1. So happy you’re making the M&M slice ‘n’ bakes! I need to actually post those on the blog instead of just at the end of my other recipe. Have fun!

  21. It just kept on getting better and better as I went down the list! 🙂 I will definitely be making the iced sugar cookies and the gingerbread men. All your pictures look gorgeous, as usual!

    1. Have fun, Ruhma!

  22. So my thanksgiving was a bust. Grandma was sick so it just wasn’t the same. For Christmas my mom is doing the whole dinner over. I will be bringing your green bean casserole and your sweet potatoes (yay for nuts!!). For dessert I’m making your apple crumble pie (huge fan) and your pumpkin pie. Then as gifts and cookie tray I’m making your chocolate peppermint mocha cookies, potato chip toffee chocolate chip cookies, and pb cup stuffed monster cookies(my fav). Whew I’m winded just thinking about it. Thanks for all your great recipes. Can you tell I’m a fan??

    1. Celeste, you’re the best ever. Sorry to hear about your Grandmother!

  23. Hi Sally thanks for all the recipes and dog-love and using the word Christmas!

  24. I’m going to devour your red velvet cake, butter pecan cookies, your mint brownies, and your gingersnap cookies. I’m soooo excited.

    1. Nice picks!

  25. I will be making your soft baked ginger molasses cookies (not sure how they compare to your mom’s gingersnaps, but they have become a family favorite and the only ginger cookie in our house) and peppermint bark to give to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher as part of her holiday gift.  I’m sure there will be more, but those are my definite bakes, so far!  Merry Christmas! 🙂

    1. My soft baked ginger molasses cookies are pretty similar to my mom’s! I just made peppermint bark today, actually. Always a must!

  26. Thus far I have made the gingerbread, although mine are not little men, they are a particular Mouse that lives in Florida!  I also busted out an oldie but AMAZING chewy Butterfinger cookies.  And then I ate the whole patch, OPS!!!  So I will make more of those for the holiday.  This weekend I am making your Orange Cranberry Bread, the Doggie treats and……???  SO MANY CHOICES!!!  I love it!!  And I am so glad the holidays are coming, this many goodies in my house and even my yoga pants are kinda scared!  You ROCK Sally!  Thank you for all the amazing you do!  

    1. HAHAHAHA your you pants are scared. I love that phrase and will be using it from now on when referring to holiday baking marathons. Dawn, you rock for that reason AND many more!


  27. mmmm…. love these recipes! Last weekend I made the raspberry almond shortbreads (although I think I got the recipe from a different website), rum balls (a family favorite), raspberry bars (also from a different site – sorry!) and chocolate peppermint press cookies. This coming weekend is cut-outs, cinnamon swirls and chocolate crinkle cookies!

    1. Rum balls are the BEST! I have a recipe for them in my new cookbook and just made them two weeks ago!

  28. Hi, Sally! I have tried many of the recipes you mentioned above, and each of them is so amazing! My favourite brownies – and one of my favourite desserts – are your classic mint brownies! They are so simple, but so delicious. These brownies were square-shaped pieces of heaven. 🙂 Also, those salted caramel dark chocolate cookies and dark chocolate crinkle cookies were fantastic and very delicious! 🙂 All of your recipes are amazing; when I’m trying out a new one, I am NEVER disappointed. 🙂 

    1. Happy you can depend on my recipes, Hope!

  29. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    Yayyyyyy! Oh my gosh, this list is getting me so pumped for my upcoming baking extravaganza. Your raspberry thumbprint cookies are my favorite thumbprint recipe of all time, by the way! So lush 🙂 

  30. Such a great list, thanks Sally!! There’s so much I want to bake and so little time!!  So far, the game plan this week; your apple cider donut holes (my boss requests these on the regular, she loves them!), gingerbread, chocolate peppermint crinkles, your peppermint bark & pumpkin spice truffles (another repeat request from Thanksgiving), and rosemary pecans and sweet/savory spiced nuts.  I also have smitten kitchen’s pull apart rugelach on the list if I can find a spare hour.  And I still haven’t decided what to make for Christmas Eve/Day yet.  It’s so hard to choose when there are so many good recipes out there.  

    1. It all sounds fantastic but those rosemary pecans?!??! OMG they sound heavenly. I’d inhale them.

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