75+ Christmas Cookies

In this ultimate guide to Christmas cookies, I’m sharing my best cookie success tips, recommended tools, and top-rated cookie recipes from my website. If you need cookie help or inspiration, this page is for you!

75 Christmas cookie recipes

Welcome to my complete Christmas cookie guide. There’s enough sugar to last us an entire year!

After years of baking Christmas cookies– and writing a cookie cookbook— I know what works and what doesn’t. Let me help you avoid a failed batch of cookies with my highest rated recipes and no-fail success tips.

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Let’s talk recipes. Here are 75 Christmas cookies including classic Christmas cookies, decorated Christmas cookies, allergy-friendly cookies, chocolate, white chocolate, Christmas shortbread cookies, and a category for QUICK cookies!

I’m confident you’ll find a cookie to love this holiday season. 🙂

Classic Christmas Cookies

1) Spritz Cookies
2) Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
3) Peanut Butter Blossoms and Peanut Butter Cookies
4) Soft Molasses Cookies
5) Crisp Molasses Cookies
6) Iced Oatmeal Cookies
7) Raspberry Pistachio Linzer Cookies
8) Snowballs
9) Rugelach
10) Gingerbread Cookies
11) Decorated Sugar Cookies
12) Snickerdoodles (no dough chilling)
13) Jam Thumbprints from Sally’s Cookie Addiction

Super Festive Christmas Cookies

14) Homemade Gingerbread House
15) Drop Style Christmas Cookies
16) Christmas Cookie Sparkles
17) Brown Butter Sugar Cookies
18) Christmas Sugar Cookies (with the easiest icing!)
19) Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies
20) Snowmen Sugar Cookies
21) Cinnamon Roll Cookies
22) Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
23) Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
24) Stained Glass Cookies from Cooking Classy
25) Candy Cane Cookies from The Kitchn

No Chill/Quick Christmas Cookies

26) Christmas Cookies in a Jar
27) Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
28) Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches (like Nutter Butters!)
29) Mini M&M Cookies
30) Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
31) Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies (use festive sprinkles!)
32) Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Monster Cookies
33) Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
34) Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
35) Apple Cinnamon Spice Whoopie Pies
36) Magic Cookie Bars

Allergy-Friendly Christmas Cookies

37) Lace Cookies (GF and no dough chilling)
38) No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Snowballs (nut free + GF, but make sure oats are certified GF)
39) Coconut Macaroons (nut free + GF)
40) Maple Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (GF)
41) No-Bake Cookies (make sure oats are certified GF)
42) Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (make sure oats are certified GF)
43) Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons (GF)
44) Rice Krispie Treats (GF)
45) Chocolate Truffles (GF)

Chocolate Lovers Christmas Cookies

46) Peppermint Mocha Cookies
47) Chocolate Turtle Cookies
48) Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti (no dough chilling)
49) Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti (no dough chilling)
50) Butter Cookies with Orange & Chocolate Ganache
51) Brownie Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
52) Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies
53) Striped Fudge Cookie Sandwiches
54) Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies
55) Chocolate Sugar Cookies
56) Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
57) Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Lovers Christmas Cookies

58) Peppermint Bark Cookies
59) Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
60) Holiday Magic 5 Cookies
61) Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies (dipped in white chocolate!)
62) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
63) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti (no dough chilling)
64) Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies (with white chocolate drizzle!)
65) Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies
66) White Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles from Two Peas & Their Pod
67) Ginger Molasses Cookies from I Heart Naptime (dipped in white chocolate!)

Shortbread/Slice & Bake

68) Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
69) Brown Sugar Shortbread
70) Salted Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread (no dough chilling)
71) Toasted Hazelnut Slice & Bake Cookies
72) Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
73) Neapolitan Cookies
74) Salted Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Slice & Bake Cookies
75) Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies
76) Pistachio Cookies

Need Several Batches? How to Maximize Your Time

If you’re anything like me, you want to bake at least 5 different kinds of Christmas cookies at once. In fact, I have a dedicated Christmas Cookie Baking Day every single year. After a few stressful experiences trying to cram a bunch of inconvenient recipes into 1 day, I found the perfect combination of cookies that maximizes my time.

So happy to share my schedule and recipe suggestions with you:

  1. Make 1 type of decorated cookie. I prefer my gingerbread cookies or Christmas sugar cookies. Make the dough the night before, then bake the cookies first thing in the morning so they are ready to decorate.
  2. Make a super festive cookie. I suggest my peppermint mocha cookies or Santa’s whiskers cookies. Either dough must chill, so make the dough the night before.
  3. Make a bar cookie and bake them as you prepare the next cookie. I suggest my ultimate magic cookie bars or peanut butter blondies. (Use festive colored M&Ms instead of Reese’s Pieces if desired.)
  4. Make a no-bake recipe as the bar cookies bake. I suggest my chocolate coconut snowballs or no bake cookies.
  5. Bake the cookies from #2. Decorate the cookies from #1 as #2 bakes.
  6. Finally, make a no-chill cookie recipe such as spritz cookies or mini M&M cookies. Continue decorating cookies from #1 as these cookies bake, if needed.

Butter spritz cookies made with a cookie press

Final Cookie Baking Success Tips

  1. Chill the cookie dough. If the cookie dough is particularly sticky, wet, or greasy– chilling is in its best interest. Chilling cookie dough helps prevent spreading.
  2. Ditch the specified baking time. I never look at recipe times when I bake cookies. I look at the cookies themselves. The cookies are done when the edges are set and lightly browned.
  3. One batch at a time. You get the best possible results when the oven only concentrates on that 1 batch. If you need to bake more than one batch at a time, rotate the baking sheets from the top rack to bottom rack a couple times through the baking process to encourage even browning.

Q: Please tell me which Christmas cookies you’re making this year. 🙂

39 Comments

  1. Sally – I’m trying to figure out if you are the blogger I ‘spoke’ to a bit ago. Although you don’t look old enough, did you make sugar free cookies for a granddaughter? Maybe her 2nd birthday? If yes, we ‘spoke’ about what to use for a sugar substitute in your regular recipe and you said originally you had used ‘XXX’, but if you were doing them now, you would use ‘XXX’. Was the new thing BOCASWEET sugar? Mine finally arrived and I am dying to try it….but trying to find out who told me about it. I can’t find the granddaughter post to look at your previous comment.

  2. Hi Sally! My granddaughter was the gingerbread man in her kindergarten play, so I made your gingerbread cookie recipe. Every one loved it and they literally said “this is the best gingerbread cookie I’ve ever eaten”.
    Lastly, are you taking a well deserved break from blogging during the holidays? I miss you!

    1. So sweet!! 🙂 I love the gingerbread cookie recipe too.

      I’ve actually posted several new posts since this one! Are you signed up for my email updates? Every time I publish an article or recipe, you’ll get an instant alert. It’s free!

    1. Hi Sylvia, You can purchase my cookbooks in any of your local bookstores where cookbooks are sold, or online! There is a link for each book at the bottom of my homepage (https://sallysbakingaddiction.com) with details on where to purchase.

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