Christmas Cookie Recipes
Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies
Break out the waffle iron to make these cute chocolate and peppermint cookies. They're finished with a rich chocolate glaze and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. Like many Christmas cookie recipes, these can be made and frozen up to 3 months in advance—but wait to glaze and decorate them until you're ready to serve them.
Basic Thumbprint Cookies
If you’re looking for Christmas cookie recipes that are simple enough for children to help make, give these classics a try. Involve younger chefs by using their thumbprints in the sugar cookie dough. Or, ask them to choose their favorite jam and sprinkles for the topping.
Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Some Christmas cookie recipes are so opulent, they can double as dessert! That’s the case with these stunning little bites. Put the cookie pies on the sweets table at any holiday gathering, and watch everyone go wild for them.
Bell-Shape Reindeer Cookies
These Rudolph-inspired treats are a sweet addition to any reindeer games. Bell-shape cookies are decorated with chocolate frosting, candy coated antlers, and a bright red jelly bean. With the ability to easily customize each reindeer from Donner to Dancer, you'll be the one shouting out with glee!
Santa (and everyone else!) will love these chocolate mint cookies. Use cocoa and mint extract to infuse cookie dough that you twist together, then slice and bake. It yields 60 traditional Christmas cookies—more than enough for you and Santa (and everyone else!) to share.
Holiday Snowmen Cookies
When you’re putting together a tray of traditional Christmas cookies, a snowman cutout is a must! Here, store-bought cookie dough makes the recipe extra-easy. Frost the cookies with royal icing, then decorate with candies of your choice. P.S: In true Frosty fashion, these cuties can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Bake a chipper batch of these itty-bitty Christmas tree cookies in just four easy steps using homemade dough, food coloring, and pecan halves.
French Pistachio Creamwiches
Leave it to the French to inspire one of our chicest Christmas cookie recipes ever. These mini party-perfect pistachio cookies are filled with brandy-flavored buttercream and rolled in the nuts for a sweet-salty crunch and a festive hint of green.
White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread
In one of our all-time-favorite Christmas cookie recipes ever, shortbread gets all glammed up for the occasion. It’s easier than it looks—we simply added maraschino cherries and white chocolate to the dough. Then, to decorate, we dipped them in melted white chocolate, and sprinkled them with edible glitter and white nonpareils.
3-D Gingerbread Trees
Transform gingerbread cookies into a winter wonderland of dazzling Christmas trees. Royal icing is the “glue” the holds the 3-D trees together. Use pastel candies to decorate each in your own sweet style.
If you’re looking for Christmas cookie recipes that take on the shapes of the season—without cookie cutters—you’ll love this recipe. Here, you simply roll your way to these big-bellied Santa cookies. Use chocolate-dots for the coat buttons, pipe snow frosting for his fluffy white beard, and add a cinnamon candy for his cherry-red nose.
Round Snowflake Cookies
No tricky cookie cutters needed here—a circle will do! These Frosty-approved snowflakes start with plain sugar cookies—store-bought or homemade—and finish with toothpick-swirled icing designs.
Salted Chocolate-Caramel Rounds
These caramel-coated confections boast a sweet surprise when you bite into them: more chocolate-covered caramel! A sprinkling of coarse salt offsets the sweet layering of chocolate and candy for a holiday treat that everyone will indulge in.
Spritz Christmas Cookie Wreath
Spritz is one of those traditional Christmas cookies everyone yearns for this time of year. We show you how to color the cookies green and use them to make a beautiful wreath for cute party presentation.
Hanging Stocking Sugar Cookies
Add a little Christmas magic to your cookie platter by serving these gravity-defying sweets. Classic sugar cookies never looked quite so cute.
With brisk, minty flavor and dashing good looks, these penguin cookies will get all the attention at a holiday potluck or exchange. For gift-giving, package them in clear cellophane bags to elicit instant smiles.
Cranberry-Almond Shortbread Cookies
Some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes feature ingredients that are popular come holiday time. Here, cranberries bring the seasonal appeal we seek. The white-chocolate coating is reminiscent of a dusting of snow.
Brown Sugar Shortbreads
Be spontaneous! Take a look in your fridge, pantry, and spice rack. Chances are, you already have all the ingredients you need to make these buttery brown sugar cookies. P.S.: If you don’t have a cookie stamp, you can use a juice glass, wine glass, or other vessel with a festive design on the bottom.
Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
Our Extra-Festive White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting becomes a lavish filling for these ultra-decadent chocolate and peppermint cookies. They may look like a lot of work, but at their heart, they’re just an easy drop cookie in delicious disguise.
Roll and pack homemade dough into snowball-like cookie trees. String them with sweet vanilla icing, then add fun pops of color using decorative candies for lights.
Let our jam-packed cherry pinwheels sweep you off your feet. We bake these buttery cookies with a scoop of sour cream to create their supersoft texture. Unwrap them for a luscious, cherry-licious surprise.
Star Mint Meringues
These peppermint cookies are cool and sweet, melt-in-your-mouth treats. Yet because they’re also light and airy, they’ll provide a good contrast to the more rich and indulgent Christmas cookie recipes on your shortlist. Check out our clever secret to adding the festive red color to these traditional Christmas cookies—all it takes is some well-placed stripes of food coloring inside your piping bag.
Piped Reindeer Cookies
Add fashion-forward style to your Christmas cookie decorating. Cut out a reindeer, then pipe frosting from darkest to lightest to create an ombre-inspired design. We used five shades to make our craveworthy cookie. Use our basic sugar cookie cutout recipe cut into reindeers and decorate as described.
Brown Sugar and Spice Wedges
Here's a golden cookie idea: Pair brown sugar with pumpkin pie spice. These two holiday essentials mingle perfectly in light and crisp cookie wedges. Smear with caramel topping for sweet bakery appeal.
Brown Sugar S'more Drops
Chocolate, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallows—the classic ingredients of a favorite campfire treat—get stirred into a luscious brown sugar cookie. Tote these to a cookie exchange, and you’ll get kudos for bringing one of the best Christmas cookie recipes to the table.
These aren’t just eggnog cookies, they’re spiked eggnog cookies! A wee bit of rum (or rum extract, if you prefer) in the filling makes them a very merry take on the thumbprint indeed.
Chocolate-Dipped Trail Bites
With most Christmas cookie recipes, you can vary the decorations from simple to fancy. Case in point: No one will complain if you serve these cranberry shortbread cookies simply as they are. But for added appeal, dip each in lush melted chocolate; then, sprinkle with sea salt or top with a candied orange slice. Better yet, go all out and do both!
Browned Butter Pecan Sandies
Presentation counts, and this tasty Christmas cookie recipe looks gorgeous when finished with coarse sugar and a molasses drizzle. A pecan half hints at what's inside.
Mint-Chocolate and Vanilla Wreaths
Share some holiday cheer by sending snazzy wreaths to your friends' and family's front doors. In our Christmas cookie version, we alternate vanilla and peppermint-chocolate doughs for a minty-sweet treat.
Christmas Thyme Cookies
While butter cookies always score a spot on our list of best Christmas cookie recipes, we thought it was time to refresh the classic. Here, a more modern angle comes by way of tart lemon and fragrant thyme. Dust these updated cookies with glittery green sugar before popping them in the oven.
Almond Breton Biscuits
Ooh la la! We adore these scrumptious French cookies. After all, they're made with smooth butter and rich ground almonds. Roll the dough in red and white sprinkles before slicing and baking to add holiday sophistication.
This recipe melds two traditional Christmas cookies—buttery spritz cookies and eggnog cookies—into one hard-to-beat favorite. For a lovely gift idea, present the cookies with a package of holiday tea, coffee, or cocoa mix and a pretty mug.
Toasty Coconut Wedges
Make a play on pie with coconut-crusted cookie wedges. Coarse green sugar provides an elegant edge.
Mint Meringue Kisses
Get out your piping bag and green food coloring—things are about to get festive! Here, semisweet chocolate gets sandwiched between two crisp mint meringues for a light and delicate take on chocolate mint cookies.
Chocolate Puffs with Mascarpone Cream
Just try to resist this chocolate Christmas cookie: Chocolaty cream puffs sandwich a rose syrup-infused mascarpone filling. For serving to a crowd, skip the chocolate drizzle, or provide some bittersweet chocolate and melting instructions in a cute container to make the ultimate food gift.
A hint of hazelnut takes these rolled-dough palmiers beyond typical chocolate cookies. The distinctive look comes from shaping the flattened dough into spirals.
Tangerine Butter Cookies
A distinctive X in the center of these cookies makes them stand apart from basic butter cookies—and so does the finely shredded tangerine peel, which adds a refreshing citrus bite to these sugar-topped treats.
Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Any year’s roster of Christmas cookie recipes has to include at least one variation of the thumbprint. With hazelnut, caramel, and two kinds of chocolate (rich Dutch-process cocoa and semisweet chocolate pieces), this ooey-gooey take on the traditional Christmas cookies might just trump them all.
You know you have to include a chocolate cookie on your list of Christmas cookie recipes, so why not go all in, with layer upon layer of chocolate decadence? Bonus: Brown sugar enriches the flavor of these beauties, so if you love brown sugar cookies, take a look!