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!
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. 🙂
My Cookie Success Guides
- Cookie help? Here are 5 Tips to Improve Your Cookies
- Which tools are best? Here are my 10 Best Cookie Baking Tools
- Mailing cookies? Here is the Best Way to Ship Cookies
- Planning ahead? Here is How to Freeze Cookie Dough
- Cookie spreading? Here are 10 Guaranteed Tips to Prevent Cookie Spreading
- Sugar cookie decorating help? Here’s How to Decorate Sugar Cookies
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Make a no-bake recipe as the bar cookies bake. I suggest my chocolate coconut snowballs, scotcheroos, or no bake cookies.
- Bake the cookies from #2. Decorate the cookies from #1 as #2 bakes.
- 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.
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:
Final Cookie Baking Success Tips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 🙂