75+ Christmas Cookies + Free Ingredient List Printable

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

assortment of Christmas cookies including sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, thumbprints, oatmeal cookies, coconut macaroons, and spritz cookies

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

After years of baking cookiesโ€“ and writing a cookie cookbookโ€” 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. I recommend starting with my beloved Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies— also a reader favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

cake batter christmas chocolate chip cookies

My Cookie Success Guides

Room Temperature Butter

Most cookie recipes call for room temperature butter. There’s legitimate science behind this, so don’t overlook it. Room temperature butter is cooler than you think, so review my Room Temperature Butter page. And here’s my trick for softening butter quickly.

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Classic Christmas Cookies

1) Spritz Cookies and Butter Cookies
2)ย Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
3)ย 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 or try my Gingerbread House
11)ย Decorated Sugar Cookies
12)ย 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)ย Christmas Sugar Cookies (with the easiest icing!)
19) Red Velvet Kiss Cookies
20) Snowmen Sugar Cookies
21) Chocolate Swirled Meringue Cookies
22) Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
23) Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
24) Stained Glass Window Cookies

No Chill/Quick Christmas Cookies

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

Allergy-Friendly Christmas Cookies

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

*Here are all of my egg free baking recipes.

Chocolate Lovers Christmas Cookies

45) Peppermint Mocha Cookies
46) Chocolate Turtle Cookies
47) Brownie Cookies (quick dough chilling)
48) Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscottiย (no dough chilling)
49) Butter Cookies with Orange & Chocolate Ganache
50) Mint Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies
51) Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies
52) Caramel Stuffed Nutella Cookies
53) Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies
54) Chocolate Sugar Cookies
55) Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
56) Chocolate Chip Cookies
57) Inside Out 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 Cookiesย (dipped in white chocolate!)
62) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
63) White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscottiย (no dough chilling)
64) Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookiesย (with white chocolate drizzle!)
65) Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies
66)ย White Chocolate Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
67)ย Ginger Molasses Cookies from I Heart Naptime (dipped in white chocolate!)

Shortbread/Slice & Bake

68) Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
69) Pecan 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)ย 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, scotcheroos, 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 (pictured below) or mini M&M cookies. Continue decorating cookies from #1 as these cookies bake, if needed.

Butter spritz cookies made with a cookie press

Free Printable

One of my assistants, Hilari, made an ingredient chart for her holiday baking to make shopping easier. We all loved this idea!

We knew readers would find ingredients charts helpful, so my team designed one for you. This chart fits 6 recipes– You can list the recipes at the top, then write in the amounts so you can see how many cups, bottles, teaspoons, etc that you need for each ingredient. You can add extras at the bottom too like candy canes, Hershey Kisses, molasses, etc.

(This chart doesn’t include basics like salt, baking soda, and baking powder.)

Free Baking Ingredients Chart PDF: Sally’s Baking Addiction Ingredients Chart

Click the link above to print. Here’s a photo preview:

baking ingredient chart

Final Cookie Baking Success Tips

  1. Chill the cookie dough.ย If the cookie dough is particularly sticky, wet, or greasyโ€“ chilling is in its best interest. Chilling cookie dough helps prevent spreading.
  2. Ditch the specified baking time.ย I never look at recipe times when I bake cookies. I look at the cookies themselves.ย 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 timesย through the baking process to encourage even browning.

Q: Which Christmas cookies are you making this year? You might also enjoy making a masterpiece yule log, too!


  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.

    1. Hi Deb! I’m not. I don’t have much experience baking with sugar substitutes. Sorry!

    2. SWERVE works very well and for those who are diabetic, it does not raise blood sugar. The final product always comes out great and most people canโ€™t even tell the difference. Measures 1:1 so easy to use.

  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!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  3. Hi, Sally Thank you for posting all that you post. My question: Where do I purchase your cookbooks?

    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.

  4. Hi Day

    Are you working on your 3rd cookbook? I have both of your other books and love them

    Thanks. Karen

    1. Hi Karen! Yes, I published my 3rd cookbook in 2017. Sally’s Cookie Addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow I missed that. I will look for it!

    Thanks. Karen

  6. Hi Sally,
    Can you freeze the stained glass cookies after they are baked? Thanks!

  7. Thank you!!!! I can see lots more cookies in my future

    The chart is a super idea, too!! I may adapt this into a spreadsheet to help me with my math.

    1. Happy cookie baking, Betty!

  8. This is an amazing post, Sally!!! It covers pretty much everything related to Christmas cookies…..or any cookies! I’ve already made some of your Christmas Cookies in a Jar to gift to others (and made the cookies myself too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and your Snickerdoodles and I’m hoping to make your Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies (LOVE these……I always eat way too many when I make them!), Lace Cookies, and definitely more that I haven’t decided on yet ๐Ÿ˜€ So many to choose from on your blog!

    P.S. The shopping list is so cute, but so practical as well – thank you! Hilari did a great job ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your cookie choices, Gemma!!

  9. So many new, delicious looking cookies this year!! I always start planning and baking Christmas cookies in november, but I already know I’ll bake some of your new recipes next year!
    This year, I’m baking:
    – chewy oatmeal m&m cookies with red and green m&m’s and festive sprinkles
    – decorated gingerbread cookies
    – meringue cookies with green food coloring, shaped like wreaths and christmas trees
    – cinnamon sugar sprinkled pie crust cutouts (from your buttery flaky pie crust!)
    – death by chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, but I swapped the pb chips for green mint chips!
    – maple walnut slice ‘n bake cookies from Sally’s Cookie Addiction
    – raspberry jam thumbprints

    Thank you for all of your recipes and freezing instructions as well. They make the process so much easier!!

    1. Your list of cookies sounds incredible!! Thanks for including my recipes in your holiday celebrations ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I have already made three separate batches of your Seriously Soft Molasses Cookies! To die for!

    1. One of my all time faves! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The ingredients chart is so great! I’m always doing something similar when I plan my cookies. And the plan for maximizing time is genius. Thanks Hilari and Sally ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, I’m baking
    – your toasted hazelnut slice and bake cookies
    – cut-out sugar cookies from my mother’s recipe
    – something called “kransekagestaenger” – a danish cookie with lemon and cardamom, vanilla flavoured crescent cookies (“Vanillekipferl”)
    – macaroons with coconut and lime
    – triple ginger cookies (there’s fresh, candied and ground ginger inside – a true ginger lover’s cookie!)
    – and, of course, the holiday edition of your magic 5 cookies.
    I definitely need a plan to pull this off ๐Ÿ˜‰ so thanks for helping me with that. Also, I have my kids to help me – they finally are of an age that they’re actually helping when joining me in the kitchen.
    Happy baking, everyone!

    1. What a delicious list of cookies! So happy you loved the printable- happy cookie baking, Sina ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thank you for putting all of this together. The categories are helpful and the printable shopping list is fantastic! I saw one on the FB group page and wanted to make one, but now your team has taken the work out of it for me.
    I really enjoyed cookie palooza.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    1. So sweet, thank you Susan! Happy cookie baking ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What a fabulous list!!!!! Thank you so much for all your time and effort to make your blog so easy and accessible….Your are in my top two favorite bloggers….I also love your savory dishes, but my holiday baking recipes are all yours!!!! I just discovered your ultimate 7 layer cookies…..you are killing me. Anyway, thank you for the list and for the handy ingredient shopping guide. FYI your sweet and spicy honey chex mix was a gift request from my son this year…..Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season! Thank you again…(I am attempting star bread soon too! My daughter makes it a lot. She has challenged me.)

    1. I absolutely loved reading your comment, Karen! Thank you for your readership and for baking and trusting so many of my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy baking!!

  14. Great list, Sally! Everything on it looks delicious. And good job to Hilari on the chart. So far this season, I have made your homemade thin mint cookies (with a minty filling), your Holiday Edition Magic 5 Cookies (by far a new favorite!!!), and your peppermint chocolate thumbprints. I’m planning to make at least some of these cookie recipes during the holidays:

    -butter cookies
    -sugar cookie sparkles
    -chocolate swirled meringue cookies
    -Christmasy funfetti slice and bakes
    -gingerbread house

    Honestly, it’s impossible to really choose just a few recipes, because there are so many amazing ones I just want to make them all! But we already have three varieties of cookies in our house, as well as a plate of Spritz cookies from our neighbours, and I’m baking again today for a little get together with friends. I guess I’ll have plenty to share with friends at church tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. What a delicious variety of cookies you have planned! Happy cookie baking, Erin ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Love the chart! I had planned to make something similar, but it never happened, maybe because I’m still working on my list of what I’m going to make. For 20+ years I put all of my time and energy into chocolates at Christmas, but last year I cut that back and made some cookies as well. I loved your favorite gingerbread men so they are definitely happening this year. Hopefully I’ll get a few more done, maybe the cherry shortbread and the chocolate swirl meringues (love that this gluten free recipe uses regular ingredients I have on hand).

    1. Thank you so much, Yvonne! Happy baking ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Diana Dsouza Udani says:

    Hello Sally,
    This post is so wonderful. It contains all aspects for Christmas baking and so much more. The efforts you put in to explain the details, the tips and everything else relating to baking is so very helpful to us.
    Very grateful.

    Wishing you & your family Wonderful Christmas.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Diana ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful holiday ahead!

  17. Austria Azaceta says:

    Hi Sally !!
    Thanks so much for this great round up! I’ve already made so many of your cookie recipes. Neapolitan, chocolate peppermint thumbprints, pistachio drop cookies, Linzer style gingerbread cookies, butter cookies, black & white cookies, & my newest obsession your lace cookies. I also have the dough logs of your pecan shortbread cookies ready to go but havenโ€™t baked those up yet. So many cookies!!! I love this time of year!

    1. You are so welcome! Thrilled you enjoyed this post, Austria ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. If you chill dough overnight, how long should it sit out before baking?

    We do our own big cookie bake, but with everyoneโ€™s schedule itโ€™s hard to do it all in one day!

    1. It depends on how hard the cookie dough has become– usually 15-25 minutes.

  19. Sonia Lightsey says:

    Sally you have been sooooo helpful for a newbie baker such as I. Unfortunately due to lack of time, I will only be doing five different recipes. I plan to start way earlier next year since the majority of your recipes can be frozen up to 3 months. Have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Sonia ๐Ÿ™‚ Five recipes is incredible!! Happy baking and wishing you a wonderful holiday ahead!

  20. Great post. Ditto on the comments on the helpfulness of the printable shopping list.

  21. Are you considering a Slice and Bake Cookie Cookbook? I have purchased your 3 other cookbooks and love them.

    1. Hi Van! I’m not, but you’ll notice a few slice & bake cookie recipes in Sally’s Cookie Addiction. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Synlover Too says:

    Hello from a very COLD Alberta, Canada (4*C @ 12:10am MST) I ended up coming to your site yesterday afternoon via a link from another page. Better late than never, right?
    And that was SIX hours ago!
    I ‘ve been absolutely drooling over all the scrumptious recipes & surely would have gone thru a large portion of a ream of paper printing them off – except the printer is down. So – I’ve been emailing them to myself.
    Along the way I found a few long lost faves – so can’t wait to get into the kitchen. And the flour bin. After some sleep. And a LOT of coffee!
    Thanks so much for these great recipes! Stay safe.

  23. Hi Sally! If I need to double a cookie recipe, do I just double all the ingredients and mix it all together? Or do I need to make two separate batches? I’m thinking ahead to Christmas and I have a lot of neighbors I’d like to bake for this year! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Heather, While we caution against doubling most cake and cupcake recipes, usually cookie recipes are ok to double! Just check the recipe notes for each recipe before you begin and see if it says not to double. If you have a question about a specific recipe you can always comment on that recipe or email us at [email protected] ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Dr.Anitha Yokesh says:

    Hi Sally, I just tried your Gingerbread cookies, Christmas sparkle cookies and the Nutella chocolate chip cookies for Christmas….everyone loved it at home n especially my kids….Thanks a ton for sharing such amazing recipes…..Love from Bangalore, India

  25. I have tried twice to make the almond raspberry thumbprint cookies. I followed the recipe exactly and made sure the dough. Both time the cookies spread and turned out flat. I thought maybe they weren’t cold enough the first time since it took me a bit to assemble, so I made sure they were still cold (even put in the fridge after assembled) the second time. Same result. They taste amazing, but are too ugly to share in this state. Can you help me?

    1. Hi Stacy, I’m just seeing your comment/question now so my apologies for the delay responding to you. I wonder if your butter is simply too warm during that creaming step. This sounds crazy, but may work– try using cold butter right from the refrigerator. Cut it into smaller pieces, then cream that with the sugar (may take a little longer than the recipe states since the butter is so cold). Having cold cookie dough even before chilling should help. Adding another 1-2 Tablespoons of flour should be helpful too.

  26. Hi there, not sure if I missed this somewhere but when you add the sprinkles to the top of the chocolate chip cookies- at what point do you sprinkle them on? So they donโ€™t melt and mush in. Thanks!

    1. Hi Meg! Those extra sprinkles on top of the cookies are just for looks for the photo, but you can dip the cookie dough balls in sprinkles before baking if you’d like. (There’s also sprinkles in the cookie dough, too.)

  27. Many thanks for sharing your great cookie recipes. The gingerbread cookies are great and the snowballs are melt aways! Love them!

  28. Sally,
    Can you provide a “map” for the photo with your Christmas cookies? I’d like to add some from the photo to my cookie boxes for next year.

    Your blog is wonderfully helpful; keep up the good work.

  29. The coolest recipe ever. Which surprised our whole family. How do you guys make such a recipe? Every recipe is wonderful for you. The taste of every recipe is real. The biggest thing is easy to make.

  30. I’m going in on this list today! Snow day, stay at home orders in place, I already have 4 of your recipes frozen ready to bake… I’m going to see how many others from this list I can make today! CHRISTMAS COOKIE CHALLENGE! This is the best post ever, I love to reference it at this time of year. Happy Holidays!

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