Our Best Christmas Cookie Ideas

Cherry Surprise Crinkles
Whether it's bars, sandwich cookies, or biscotti, amaze family and friends with these show stopping Christmas cookies.

Christmas Cookie Gift Box

Filled with classic holiday flavors, colors, and shapes, this Christmas cookie collection provides impressive sweets to show off this season. We've included a great mix of rich chocolate cookies, minty meringues, cherry-filled macaroons, and other gorgeous holiday favorites. Together they make a fun gift box, but separately they'll still steal the show. Continue on to find individual cookie recipes from the collection.

Lemony Star Sandwiches

Lemon curd and mascarpone cheese come together in these star-shape sandwich cookies. The cookies are soft in the center with golden brown crunch on the edges.

Holiday 7-Layer Bars

These festive bars celebrate the colors and flavors of the season with dried fruits and nuts. Cut them into 24 generous bars for a holiday dessert or office-party snack.

Roly-Poly Santas

Create Santas, trees, and other holiday-shape cookies with our simple five-ingredient cookie dough. Turn the dough balls into works of art using food coloring, our quick icing recipe, and mini chocolate chips for embellishments.

Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro with our secrets to making your own cookie icing. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert makes royal icing from scratch, sharing her tips for mixing and tinting the icing for the prettiest -- and tastiest -- decorated cookies.

How to Make Icing for Cookies

Make your own icing for your most gorgeous Christmas cookies ever!

Mint Meringue Kisses

Chocolate-and-mint fans will rejoice over this minty meringue cookie. Get perfect meringue peaks with a pastry bag and a star tip. Melted chocolate holds the mini meringue stars together

Filled Cherry Macaroons

These cheery Christmas macaroons are bursting with cherry buttercream filling. Holiday guests will love the flavors of the sweet almond cookies and maraschino cherry pieces.

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies

A scalloped cookie cutter gives this dark-chocolate-and-cinnamon sandwich cookie a picturesque shape, while a small center cutout reveals the sweet dulce de leche cream inside.

One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do I know when my cookies are done?" We help solve this baking conundrum with our secrets to testing your chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and other favorite cookie recipes during the baking process.

How to Check a Cookie for Doneness

Simple tips on how to test a cookie for doneness.

Star Anise Crescents

Vanilla bean, Chinese five-spice powder, and ground almonds flavor these delicate crescent-shape cookies. A dusting of powdered sugar completes the snowy look.

Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

This tender and cakelike biscotti gains holiday spirit from red dried cranberries and green pistachios. The colorful cookie recipe makes enough to share with friends and coworkers.

Cherry Surprise Crinkles

Maraschino cherry chunks dot this sweet chocolate-filled cookie. For cherry lovers, use cherry cordial kisses instead of dark chocolate kisses.

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