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!

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. I recommend starting with my beloved Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies, all dressed up for Santa. 🙂

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. 🙂

Classic Christmas Cookies

1) Spritz Cookies and Butter 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) Chocolate Swirled Meringue 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) Caramel Stuffed Nutella Cookies
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 Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
67) 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) 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 ingredients chart pdf


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. 🙂

73 Comments

  1. Thank you for the way you formatted this amazing cookie list by title and hyperlink instead of scrolling through each recipe individually as other sites do. It made it much easier to access the recipes I wanted though all of them sound delicious!

  2. All the cookie recipes look so yummy but of course I wouldn’t have time now to bake each & every recipe for Christmas this year so I appreciate that you’ve listed the cookies to select the desired recipe rather than offering recipe after recipe! It definitely will be difficult to select just a few! Thank you for always being so generous!
    PS My family & I think your recipe for Minestrone Soup is the best!

  3. Amazing! What a list! I’m saving your newsletter so I can use it all year long to bake delicious cookies any ole time. Thank you. MzAnna

  4. Wow wow wow…soooooooo many to choose from!!!! I might need to enlist the help of my family to help me choose….and bake!!! 😉 Thank you so much for this list Sally!

  5. Sally just made 4 of your new recipes last night with the stuffed brownie one yet to do. I could bake them all !! I hope you have the best Christmas with your family, love and blessings to you all!!

  6. The lace cookies were so easy, and they will be a perfect dessert for dinner party guests tomorrow. We look forward to making several other recipes over the holidays. Your tutorials and hints are excellent. Thank you!

  7. I started with your chocolate crinkles. We are building gingerbread houses next weekend, and I’ll finish up with sugar cookie cutouts and gingerbread men. I spend January baking all the cookies that wouldn’t fit in my December line up:)

    Thanks Sally!

  8. Oh Sally, what would I do without you? I woke up thinking about what one other Christmas cookie I wanted to add to my repertoire this year and I find your post in my inbox answering my question. What timing! Thanks for your wonderful list!

  9. We are making your ginger pistachio cookies from your cookbook, the new sprinkle drop sugar cookies off your website, and chocolate peppermint thumbprints from Cook’s Illustrated cookie book. Yay for Christmas baking!

  10. So thankful for your recipes and blog, Sally! I look forward to reading through new recipes or blog posts each week. When I follow your recipes, my treats always turn out just right!

    For the holidays, I’m planning to make white chocolate peppermint cookies (my favorite from last year), snickerdoodles topped with Christmas sprinkles, a savory rugelach, and neopolitan cookies!

  11. Thanks so much for the list! I will look it over and see which ones I want to make…and then make sure I can get the ingredients!

  12. So far I’ve made chocolate cut-out cookies and cranberry 7-layer cookies, plus some vegan fudge that did not set up 🙁 I’m also thinking about cranberry ginger shortbread, pecan pie bars, cappuccino brownies or fruitcake.

  13. I’ve made Southern tea cakes and your molasses ginger white chocolate chip cookies so far. Planning on fruitcake cookies and your peppermint mocha cookies this coming week, plus pretzels dipped in chocolate. We have a bathroom being remodeled, so I have a construction crew to share with…which is great, so we don’t eat them all! 🙂

  14. Hi Sally, I just made the neapolitan cookies: Delicious and Beautiful! I dipped the ends in chocolate and then sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles.

  15. I’ve made your Neapolitan cookies and the sugar funfetti ones with Christmas sprinkles today! So good! I also made a delicious soft ginger molasses cookie for a work cookie swap this week. I’ll finish my cookie baking next week with my sisters… I want to try the mocha peppermint and spritz cookies you posted!

  16. Wowww!!! Tons of cookie recipe i love cookies. Gonna try to make the brownie walnut chocolate chunk cookies. This is soooo amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this recipes sally

  17. I’m making loads of different cookies and things for christmas gifts this year, the 23rd and 24th of December will be full of baking! Peppermint creams in the shapes of polar bears, snickerdoodles, soft gingerbread, sugar cookies shaped as christmas trees and dipped in chocolate with some crushed candy canes, cheese puff pastry stars, cheese scones, reindeer chocolate bark, pain au chocolat, white chocolate and nutella pinwheels and meringue snowmen, i’m going to be a busy bee!

  18. I made the spritz cookies, gingerbread cookies, decorated sugar cookies iced oatmeal cookies, and chocolate cupcakes. The first three are in my annual list because they are so good and turn out perfectly every time! The last two are new but will be added to the list!

    I love how your site is designed, with the “Jump to Recipe” button (for easy reference on future visits to the recipe) and the “Print Recipe” button. It is so well-thought out!

    I truly appreciate all your tips and instructions. I’ve never had a fail!

    Happy holidays!

  19. Hi Sally, I’m getting ready to head home for the holidays… One of our favorite traditions is making cookies and other baked treats as a family. This year, we have the added fun of my niece being old enough to start helping – she’s a year and a half!

    Do you have any recommendations? I’m particularly looking for cookies with simple, hands on steps that would be good for tiny hands, and be more than just dumping in the ingredients. I already know she can help with sugar cookies (pressing down the cookie cutter, sprinkles on top of icing…), but are there others that would be equally fun for her?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Kristen! This question is so special for me because my daughter is only a few months younger than your niece. So sweet! Here are my suggestions:

      – She may enjoy pressing the doughs into the loaf pan when making neapolitan cookies
      – Rolling the dough into balls and pressing the peanut butter cup on top of my peanut butter cup cookies
      – Same thing with these peanut butter blossoms!
      – These mini M&M cookies are ‘just her size” 🙂
      – These chocolate coconut snowballs are fun to shape and there’s no baking involved.
      – She may enjoy pressing the shortbread cookies cookie dough into the cake pans or even helping dunking the cookies in chocolate
      – My last suggestion– she can help roll the cookie dough from these sprinkle slice and bake cookies into logs. Or help dip the baked cookies in white chocolate and definitely help decorate with sprinkles on top. 🙂

  20. Hi Sally! Can made ahead cookie dough be stored in little disks wrapped in plastic wrap? I’m just trying to think of an easier solution rather than having a million bowls in my fridge. Thanks!

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