With classic sugar cookies, salted caramel-filled macarons, spritz, shortbread, and more, these gorgeous and delicious Christmas cookies are sure to impress your friends and family. Bonus: Every Christmas cookie recipe here is a snap to make -- they'll only think you spent hours baking.
Fill your cookie plates with these gorgeous, delicious holiday cookies. We have 40+ recipes to pick from!
This is no ordinary spritz cookie. Flavored with lemon and clementine zest and topped with a tangy citrus icing, these cookies are sure to stand out from the rest this year.
These peppermint cookies are perfect for the season. Full of holiday flavor, these snowballs are great for swapping and sharing with friends.
Remind your friends and family of days spent toasting marshmallows around a fire with these yummy spritz cookies. Just like a classic s'more, these cute cookie sandwiches have a filling of marshmallow creme and are topped with mini Kisses milk chocolates.
Wrap up this holiday favorite with some easy frosting. Make your own almond shortbread cookies at home, or buy store-bought shortbread squares for even easier decorating!
These adorable cookies are inspired by everyone's favorite reindeer. Everyone will want to try these super cute chocolate cookies this holiday season.
If you love Neapolitan ice cream, then these cookies are for you! Flavored with strawberry gelatin and bittersweet chocolate, these cookies look and taste like the favorite ice cream treat.
Inspired by a traditional Christmas classic, these jelly-topped cookies are perfect for swapping. The recipe yields about 72 cookies, so you can try out a variety of jellies on top. Just don't forget the powdered sugar icing!
Looks like Frosty got a little overheated! See how to use homemade frosting, peanut butter cups, and candies to add cute snowman toppers to chewy chocolate cookies.
Spritz cookies are great for sharing, and these delicious chocolate-espresso cookies are no exception. With a yield of about 140 cookies, there will be plenty to go around.
You've never seen a Christmas cookie recipe like this before! Customize these cute sugar cookie cups with a variety of yummy fillings -- our favorites are lemon fluff, chocolate-peppermint mousse, and caramel-cashew.
These chocolate cookies are ready to party! Be sure to give these cookies a shake in a bag of powdered sugar to give them their signature white coating before you take them to the cookie swap.
Straight out of It's a Wonderful Life, these angel wing cookies have a yummy cream cheese filling that's sure to make them popular among friends and family. Be sure to add a dusting of powdered sugar on top!
The smell of cinnamon will fill your home with this essential sandwich cookie. The homemade cinnamon frosting uses vanilla and apple cider for a by-the-hearth taste, while sprinkled edges allow for extra festivity.
Basic ingredients come together perfectly to create a batch of 48 tasty cherry-walnut cookies. The red edible glitter is optional, but we love its pretty finish. Find edible glitter in the baking section at hobby stores.
Ready to win the Christmas cookie exchange? Just bring a platter of these sweet snowmen. Rich from cream cheese, bright from orange zest, and delightfully cute any way you decorate them (we give three adorable options!), these frosty fellas will steal the show.
With just 35 minutes of prep time, these snickerdoodles mix crushed graham crackers, cinnamon chips, and white baking pieces. This crowd-pleasing cookie is sweet and flavorful -- definitely one you'll want to keep on the nice list year-round!
We're baking in a winter wonderland! Create gorgeous snowflake cookies from easy-to-whip-up almond cookie dough and a few simple decorations. Ice and stack them, or bedeck them with chocolate curls and candy pearls -- your choice!
Meet Santa's new favorite cookie. Sun-kissed citrus brightens the frosty-white batter, while candied ginger packs a rich holiday punch. Don't forget the milk for dunking!
You don't have to tell anyone that the base of this cherry-topped sweet treat is a store-bought cookie. Enhance the flavor with cherry preserves mixed with chocolate frosting and optional cherry-flavor brandy.
Have a heart -- make an adorable Rudolph cookie to share at your cookie exchange. Royal icing provides his fur and antler coloring, and chocolate-coated candy pieces work great for his eager eyes and famous nose.
Why settle for gingerbread when you can make these classy contributions to the cookie platter? A generous smear of caramel and quick sprinkle of sea salt take these festive French confections over the top.
Salty-sweet, nutty, and rich with vanilla flavor (we double it up with extract and a scraped vanilla bean), these special-occasion cookies outshine any shortbread bought in stores. Sprinkle brightly colored pistachios over the cookies' still-wet white chocolate coating for edible holiday greenery.
Anything but ho-hum, these ho-ho-hilarious cookies feature Santa's famous red suit and black accessories. The base is a sugar cookie cut into a star shape.
Lemon drops? Yes, please! The old-fashioned candy coats these refreshing no-bake cookies made with buttery shortbread and toasty almonds.
Six whimsical snowmen are better than one! With a snowflake-shape cookie cutter, you can make quick work of sugar cookies that celebrate your love for the season's frosty fellows.
If you're a fan of traditional crescent-shape Christmas cookies, you'll love this decadent twist. Lightly spiced browned butter frosting and creamy macadamia nuts make these quarter-moon cookies irresistible.
A sprinkling of powdered sugar tops these simple-to-make chocolate cookies. Prep takes just 30 minutes, and each batch bakes for just 8 minutes.
Lightly sweetened cookies make a nice break from all the frosting. These gems are finished with a clove-spiced honey glaze.
Dry-roasted cashews add a salty spin to classic butterscotch chip cookies. Savor the cookies all season long by stashing some in the freezer for up to 3 months.