It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Christmas desserts! Everyone loves cookies which is why it’s so popular around this time of the year. I plan to do a lot of baking this holiday season so while I was looking up Christmas cookie recipes on the web, I came across so many delectable cookie ideas that it was hard to choose just a few.
It’s a tradition in our house to bake cookies and hold contests amongst family and friends. This year, things are a little different due to the pandemic, but we still plan to do a ton of baking and hold contests via Zoom. I might even mail cookies as gifts after all of this is done, LOL. Anyways, I need more Christmas cookie ideas more than ever now, so below is the same list I created of the best Christmas cookie recipes that are creative, easy to bake and look oh so good.
What Is The Most Popular Christmas Cookie in America?
According to General Mills, the most popular Christmas cookie recipes vary from state to state. Peanut butter blossoms, a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss in the center, is the most popular cookie in seven states. Spritz cookies are a hit in many states, including Colorado, Illinois, and Washington.
People love all kinds of variations on sugar cookies, including sugar cookie cutouts and cookies in the shape of snowmen. Lots of people love the nutty flavor of Russian tea cakes, and peanut butter cookie cups are another crowd pleaser. From chocolate-flavored cookies to cookies topped with sprinkles, people appreciate a wide variety of cookies.
With that said, some cookies that are strongly associated with the holiday season are less popular than you would think. For many, gingerbread cookies are synonymous with the holiday season, but Hawaii is the only state that named a gingerbread cookie recipe as a favorite. When you’re making cookies for the holidays, you shouldn’t be afraid to think outside the box.
Christmas Cookie Recipes
The holidays are a season of giving. While it can be a lot of fun to pick out presents for everyone on your shopping list, you can also get into the giving spirit by sharing holiday cookies. Whether you’re making cookies with your family or preparing a big batch of cookies for a party, you’re sure to love these cookie recipes.
Check out this amazing list of Christmas cookie recipes. Then share with me below which Christmas cookie recipe you would like to try.
1. Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies
For all you extreme chocolate lovers out there, you’ll love this recipe! The cookie uses three kinds of premium decadent chocolate to take this chocolate cookie to the next level! One bite and you’ll get a taste of the melted chocolate in the middle. Yum! // find recipe at Plowing Through Life
2. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
My popular candy cane kiss cookies are perfect for the holidays. These little morsels are so addicting and they’re the perfect little bit of peppermint and chocolate that melts in your mouth. You’ll enjoy every bite! // find recipe at Hot Beauty Health
3. Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies
These white chocolate dipped Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges, gift ideas, or if your kids want to leave cookies for Santa. Made with just 3 ingredients! // find recipe at Hot Beauty Health
4. Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Linzer Cookies
Not too often I come across Christmas sandwich cookies and boy do these look scrumptious. A festive yet unique Christmas cookies recipe that is sure to please family and friends. I bet these festive cookies actually taste like hot chocolate with melted marshmallow. // find recipe at Freutcake
5. Soft Gingerbread Cookies
When I think of traditional Christmas cookies, gingerbread men always comes to mind. A holiday classic, these soft chewy cookies will have your kitchen smelling heavenly. Decorating these with royal icing and candies can be a fun tradition for the whole family to enjoy. // find recipe at Food Folks and Fun
6. Holiday Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
These festive shortbread cookies have a rich and warm chocolate taste. The dark color immediately caught my attention and looks amazing with just simple decorations. It also has crispy edges and chewiness in the middle which I love. Make sure you let these cool completely before decorating. // find recipe at Hungry Girl In Queens
7. Healthier Snowball Cookies
It’s the perfect holiday treat and a healthier alternative that still taste fantastic. They are made completely vegan. Ingredients include whole wheat flour, powdered sugar, salt, pure vanilla extract, unsalted butter, almond extract, and ground walnuts.
8. Easy Shortbread Cookies
This recipe calls for just three ingredients. Yup, that is all you need to make these shortbread cookies. They’re crumbly, buttery and just melts in your mouth with each bite. It’s one of those cookies you’ll crave year round.
9. M&M Christmas Cookies
M&M cookies will always be a favorite in my household. I enjoy eating these at room temperature with a glass of oat milk. This Christmas version looks just as good as the ones I make at home. I like that they also mixed in chocolate chips too! One of the many tasty Christmas cookie recipes to make this year. // find recipe at I Heart Naptime
10. Keto Christmas Cookies
Here’s a keto-friendly christmas cookie recipe for any keto dieters out there. It’s dipped in sugar-free chocolate, crushed candy canes and a hint of peppermint flavor. // find recipe at The Foodie Affair
11. Gluten Free Christmas Cookies
This Christmas sugar cookie recipe is gluten-free with an easy recipe to follow and topped with red and green sprinkles to make it more festive. Perfect for cookie platters, gifts and more! // find recipe at Meaningful Eats
12. Chai Sugar Cookies
This chai sugar cookie recipe is warming with spices which is perfect for the cold weather season. I plan to make this on Christmas Eve and I’m excited. They are soft, flavorful and the star shaped cutout puts a festive spin to it. Definitely one of the Christmas sugar cookie recipes I want to try on this list. // find recipe at The Healthy Toast
13. Chocolate Covered Almond Cookies
These chocolate covered Almond Cookies are sweet and festive and making them perfect for the holidays. These thumbprint cookies has a raspberry jam filling too for extra sweetness. Plus they’re vegan and gluten-free!
14. Candy Cane Cookies
This candy cane cookies recipe is so easy to make. With its iconic shape and hint of peppermint flavor, you might like these more than actual candy canes.
15. No Bake Reindeer Cookies
How genius is this No Bake Reindeer Cookie recipe? There so adorable and a holiday baking idea that is so simple to make. One of my favorite easy Christmas cookie recipes with few ingredients on this list! // find recipe at The Rebel Chick
16. Belgian Spice Cookies (Speculoos)
These Belgian Spice Cookies are amazingly crispy, crunchy and delicious. I love crunchy cookies. I can see myself making these to give away as gifts to friends and loved ones.
17. Red Velvet Cookies
If you love chocolate crinkle cookies, then you’ll love this red velvet version. Not only are these cookies delicious, but the deep red color is perfect for the holiday season. The chewy texture and signature crinkles will keep people coming back for more. They have a mild chocolate flavor that most people will love. The prep and bake time is only 10 minutes each so you can whip these up in 20 minutes!
18. Russian Tea Cake Cookies
These sugar-dusted cookies are known by a number of names, including Mexican wedding cookies, snowballs and pecan dreams. The sweet, nutty flavor is hard to resist. Every time you bite into one of these cookies, you’ll feel them melt in your mouth.You can whip these up in under 30 minutes!
19. Eggnog Cookies
With this recipe, you’ll be able to make classic cutout cookies with a unique twist. Because eggnog is used in both the cookie batter and the frosting, these cookies have a rich, creamy flavor with soft centers that’s perfect for the holidays. Don’t forget to add some red and green sprinkles on top! I so want to make this at my next holiday cookie swap.
20. Easy Sugar Cookies
Making Christmas cookies doesn’t have to be complicated. With this basic recipe, you can make delicious cookies even if you don’t have a lot of basic experience. Since these cookies are made to be decorated, this is the perfect recipe to tackle with your kids. The prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 10 minutes and the chill time is 1 hour so the total time is 1 hour and 25 minutes. Also, they can freeze well up to 3 months. Make sure you have festive cookie cutters available!
21. Italian Lemon Drop Christmas Cookies
This traditional Italian cookie recipe is popular all over the world, and with good reason. The tart lemon flavor helps keep these sugary treats from being too sweet. You can frost these Italian Christmas cookies before you serve them or add a pinch of confectioner’s sugar.
22. Chocolate Spritz Cookies
If you’re addicted to chocolate, you’ll love this simple and flavorful German cookie. It’s also a great option if you want to make cookies you can share with others. You’ll be able to make a whole bunch of cookies in just one batch.
23. Ginger Snickerdoodle Cookies
These sandwich-style cookies are a tasty twist on the classic snickerdoodle cookie. The cookies on the outside are absolutely delicious, and the cinnamon buttercream filling is the stuff dreams are made of. While some ginger cookies are on the hard side, these cookies are chewy and soft.
24. Bourbon Cookie Shooters
If you’re making cookies for an adult Christmas party, you may want to try making these little cookie shot glasses! They’re a sweet treat for anyone that loves holiday cookies, but they also have a nice kick to them. Best of all, you can use your favorite bourbon in the recipe! Since there’s not that much bourbon in the cookies, you can even enjoy some drinks during the party.
25. Peanut Butter Blossoms
This peanut butter cookie recipe is a classic for a reason! The combination of peanut butter cookies and Hershey’s Kisses is incredibly delicious. Even though this is a simple, beginner-friendly recipe, the finished cookies look good enough to show off. It’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular Christmas cookie recipes.
I hope you enjoyed this list of Christmas cookie recipes! Remember to store them in an airtight container so they last a long time or put them in the freezer so they can last for a few months.
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