50+ Fun and Festive Christmas Cookies!

overhead image of a variety of Christmas cookies

While yesterday was the last recipe in the 2016 cookie palooza, today is the official last day (sad!!). But it’s all good because we have so much cookie baking ahead of us these next 2 weeks. Today I’ve gathered 50 more Christmas cookie recipes for you, both from around the web and some of my own favorites.

Let’s gather in the kitchen with our loved ones and spend time creating delicious sugary creations from scratch. Here are plenty of cookie ideas to inspire you from festive and simple to ooey gooey and melt-in-your-mouth irresistibility.

Super Festive Christmas Cookies

  1. Chewy Christmas sprinkle cookies on Namely Marly
  2. Red velvet sugar cookies on Wine and Glue
  3. Maple cinnamon stars (oh the flavor!)
  4. Brown butter sugar cookies (I repeat, oh the flavor!)
  5. Slice ‘n’ bake Christmas tree cookies on Mom Loves Baking
  6. Spritz cookies on Rasa Malaysia (love these!)
  7. Cranberry orange linzer cookies on Jessica Gavin
  8. Candy cane kiss cookies
  9. Gingerbread Cookies
  10. Stained Glass Window Cookies
  11. Soft-baked white chocolate chip cranberry cookies
  12. Peppermint snowball cookies on Mom on Timeout
  13. Magic 5 cookies aka white chocolate, cranberries, coconut!
  14. Hot chocolate cookies (!!!) on Love From The Oven

Chocolate to the Max

  1. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  2. Nutella stuffed deep dish gingerbread cookie on Cafe Delites
  3. Chocolate cherry blossom cookies
  4. Chocolate toffee cranberry cookies on Taste and Tell
  5. Mexican hot chocolate snowball cookies on Love & Olive Oil
  6. Butterscotch toffee chocolate fudge cookies
  7. Chocolate gooey butter cake cookies on Dessert for Two (the real deal from my St. Louis living friend!)
  8. Chocolate dipped almond biscotti
  9. Flourless (GF) dark chocolate almond butter cookies
  10. Chewy chocolate chip cookies
  11. Salted caramel dark chocolate cookies
  12. Salted chocolate pistachio shortbread

Minty Goodness

  1. Oreo peppermint crunch cookies on Inside BruCrew Life
  2. Peppermint white chocolate cookies
  3. Soft peppermint sugar cookies on Chelsea’s Messy Apron
  4. Homemade thin mint cookies
  5. Oreo stuffed peppermint cookies on I Am Baker
  6. Andes mint chocolate chunk cookies
  7. Peppermint candy cane Christmas cookies on Number 2 Pencil
  8. Peppermint meltaway cookies on Cooking Classy
  9. Mocha mint chocolate chunk cookies

Totally Easy Christmas Cookies

  1. No-bake chocolate peanut butter and oatmeal cookies on Brown Eyed Baker
  2. Red velvet whoopie pies (surprisingly simple and quick!)
  3. Classic peanut butter blossoms
  4. Butter almond meltaways on Back for Seconds
  5. Pumpkin spice thumbprints on Pass The Sushi
  6. Crisp molasses cookies
  7. Coconut macaroons (also gluten free!)
  8. Old-fashioned sugar cookies on The Domestic Rebel
  9. Soft & chewy chocolate chip cookie bars – easier than baking cookies and you can use red and green M&Ms instead of chocolate chips! on SBA
  10. Rugelach – love this stuff and I promise it’s so simple!

Iced & Frosted

  1. Slice and bake vanilla bean cookies with whipped buttercream on Half Baked Harvest
  2. Frosted chai spice snickerdoodles (I LOVE THESE.)
  3. Cream cheese sugar cookies (cream cheese in dough changes everything!)
  4. Soft frosted eggnog cookies on Life Made Sweeter
  5. Perfect sugar cookies on Happy Food, Healthy Life

Don’t forget the dogs!

  1. Soft peanut butter carrot dog treats 

Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions about my cookie recipes.


  1. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    So many cookies to try, but so little time! Maybe I can live off of cookies the rest of December?

  2. Yay! Where do I even start? Thanks for the round up.

  3. This is a great list of cookies, Thanks for compiling the list for the rest of us!

  4. Thank you so much for this great list, Sally!!! 

  5. Thank god it’s finally the weekend and I have the time to try out multiple cookie recipes! Still deciding which recipes to make… I’ll let you know how they turn out! 🙂

  6. Sara @ Last Night's Feast says:

    I loved seeing all your cookie recipes! Thanks for the list of new ones too =)

  7. Natalie Munroe says:

    Ugh! I spent over an hour the other night deciding this year’s cookie round up. Now that I’m seeing even more options presented in such a handy list, I’m not as sure if I made the right choices. Meanwhile, my husband told me yesterday that he heard a commercial about people who suffer from FOBO (fear of better options) and said he thinks I have that affliction. I was all, “What? Meeeee???” But now I’m just cracking up because, well, yeah… But COOKIES.

  8. I’m sad your cookie palooza has ended, but I now have more recipes bookmarked than I can get around to making this Christmas!  Thank you Sally!  I made your Peppermint Mocha Cookies with a mixture of white and dark chocolate chips, then sandwiched marshmallows between them as in your Peeps sandwich cookie recipe.  They turned out SO BOMB!  

  9. A brunch question Sally- what protein brunch dish would you suggest to go along with your amazing French Toast with blueberries? Thanks, Lesley

  10. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    You have totally inspired me this year Sally! Tomorrow I was hoping to start baking right at 6am, however, now I’m showing my house (as you know we’re moving to Raystown Lake) to a family for the 2nd time so I can’t even begin my flour explosion until they leave! The good news is I’m so excited because I’ve narrowed down my cookies to 10 recipes….4 of which are yours! This is my SBA round up for Christmas 2016: Maple Cinnamon Stars, Toasted Hazlenut Slice n’ Bake w/Milk Chocolate, Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms and your Brown Butter Sugar Cookies. Please tell me your new book will have a ‘Chapter’ dedicated to your Cookie Palooza? Once I’m done that I begin my candy…something that’s my trademark to family and friends for over a decade. This year I’m adding in your salted Caramels. I can’t wait to get started! Thanks, as always Sally, for your inspiration to try new recipes each Christmas!

  11. Blogtastic Food says:

    wooowwww so many awesome cookiiess. They all look fantastic. I love the mint ones (:

  12. Thanks Sally for these and all your other recipes. Definitely will be making some of them during the next two weeks. There goes the diet!

  13. I love your cookiepalooza! It inspires me so much to bake and share 🙂 thank you so much for including my Linzer cookies, you are the sweetest! Sending lots of love and a BIG hug! Xoxo

  14. Loved your picks and they are super helpful. I shared them on my socials! www.themoderndaygirlfriend.com

  15. Laura | Tutti Dolci says:

    This is such a great round-up of cookies – obviously, I want to try them all!

  16. So many great looking cookies!

  17. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says:

    SO many amazing cookies Sally!! I seriously wish I could try every one of them… Especially those rugelach ones of yours! (And then I wouldn’t eat until 2017…

    1. Hahaha! Thanks Amy 😉

  18. Yummy. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Oh my! I can’t wait to try out a good few of these!!


  20. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    I look forward to your cookipalooza every year! Loved this year’s lineup and all of these yummy cookies too! Sharing on FB! Thank you so much for including my eggnog cookies! You’re the best! XO

    1. Thanks Kelly! And your cookies look and sound incredible. 🙂

  21. Wow, these all look so incredible! I don’t know which to make first!

  22. These all look yummy! Was trying to figure out which recipe is the one that looks like a slice and bake/shortbread type with sprinkles and dipped in white chocolate (?) from the photo? Thanks so much 🙂

      1. Thank you Sally! I have some Christmas sprinkles that would be perfect in those. Happy holidays 🙂

  23. Carolin Eichholz says:

    What a wealth of cookie recipes to try! Thank you for this compilation. I was just looking for something cute to make for the cookie sale at my little one’s playschool and I will def go for the Funfetti cookies. Who does not love sprinkles?!

  24. Oh boy ! What a collection ! Keeper for several seasons 🙂

  25. Deborah Mitchell says:

    I really need this recipe. I cannot ask my Mother-in-Law as she is 104 and no longer remembers such things. I am still looking for my recipe (I lost the card) that my Mother-in-Law gave me that she got from her father for Swedish tarts. They are small, made in a small cookie (tart-style) tin. They have both brown and white sugar, lots of butter, and just a couple of other ingredients in them. You roll them into a ball, stick your thumb or something else into the center, then add jam, or nuts, or chocolate, or any number of other center ingredients pressed into the center, and they only bake for a very short time, maybe 11 minutes. I wish I could find that recipe as I made them every year but lost the card about 4 years ago and cannot remember all the ingredients or how to make the cookies exactly. Does anyone have any idea or the recipe? They were called Swedish Tarts, as far as I know, since my Father-in-Law came from Sweden, specifically Lapland. I cannot remember and am looking for help.

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