Classic Christmas Cookies

Need a go-to Christmas cookie recipe? Chocolate chip, peanut butter, gingerbread, sugar cookie cutouts -- all the classic cookies are here. No hard-to-find ingredients; just pure, unaltered, classic cookie recipes like the ones handed down by Grandma.

Vanilla Spritz

A cookie press gives these butter cookies their traditional shape. In a pinch, a heavy-duty pastry bag tightly fitted with a larger tip makes a decent substitute; be sure the dough is slightly softened for easier piping.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

The dynamic duo of chocolate and peanut butter will forever keep this cookie recipe on the favorite-cookies list. Whether your family tops them with chocolate kisses or chocolate stars is up to you -- we promise both options are delicious.

The Best Sugar Cookies

If you can make only one cookie recipe this holiday season, this best-loved sugar cookie should be it. Rolling, shaping, baking, and decorating Christmas cookies is a tradition that gets the entire family involved generation after generation.

Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies

No collection of classic cookies would be complete without the quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe. With melty morsels of semisweet chocolate nestled in buttery cookie dough, this cookie is hard for anyone to resist.

We've got the best-ever chocolate chip cookie recipe for you! Get our tips for the kinds of fat you can bake with (butter, oil, and shortening) so your chocolate chip cookies end up chewy or crispy --whichever you prefer.

Crispy or Chewy? The Choice Is Yours!

Put yourself in full control of whether your cookies turn out soft or crispy by picking the right fat option. Which will you choose?


The simple snickerdoodle is all about balancing the right amount of dough to the cinnamon-sugar coating. The sizes and amounts here will produce the classic cookie you know and love.

Crinkle Cookies

Get a head start on holiday baking by chilling this crinkle cookie dough for up to 24 hours. You can also store baked cookies in the freezer for up to three months to pull out when guests come knocking.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Chilling this sweet and salty dough before shaping it into balls prevents the cookies from spreading and makes them easier to handle. To speed up the process, cover the dough and place it in the freezer for one-third of the chilling time.

Gingerbread Cutouts

The aroma of these spiced cookies wafting through the house will have everyone running as fast as they can to gobble up a gingerbread man.


Delicate pecan flavor makes these powdered-sugar-coated cookies hard to resist. Maybe that's why this sandies recipe is a classic.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

Sometimes basic is best, as these oh-so-tender sugar cookies prove. Using both butter and shortening ensures flavorful and supersoft cookies everyone will rave about.

Chocolate Palmiers

These pretty pinwheels, sometimes known as "elephant ears," are often made with puff pastry dough. For a holiday twist on the classic, substitute a peppermint filling.

Raspberry Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

The Christmas cookie platter wouldn't be complete without charming Linzer cookies. We've sandwiched sweet raspberry preserves between powdered sugar-sifted cookies for a sweet treat both kids and adults will love.

Brown Sugar and Hazelnut Spirals

Spiral dough is just one easy option for simple slice-and-bake Christmas cookies. This version uses a swirl of brown sugar, ground filberts, and chocolate-hazelnut spread for holiday cookies that taste as good as they look.

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

You can make these chewy cookies in a variety of sizes -- one or two bites, or a giant grown-up cookie. Each oatmeal cookie is packed with spiced raisins and sweet cinnamon oats.

Bumpy Road Fudge

Our no-bake fudge studded with marshmallows and pecans is the ultimate holiday treat. Guests won't want to wait to sink their teeth into the wonderfully soft texture of this classic fudge recipe.

Peppermint-Stripe Meringues

Meringue cookies are a light and low-calorie classic thanks to their combination of whipped egg whites and sugar. Pipe them into your desired shape, and decorate with festive food coloring.

Giant Ginger Cookies

Chewy and delicious, these Christmas cookies are giant in size and ginger flavor. Dark molasses lends the most intense flavor, while light molasses makes a milder cookie.

Linzer Pinwheels

For pretty, Austrian-inspired cookies, slather buttery cookie dough with raspberry preserves, and then slice into spirals and bake. Make and share them all year long!

Top your cookies with beautiful decorative icing, ensuring your cookie plate always stands out in a crowd. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert demonstrates two easy icing techniques: how to swirl the icing, and how to create hearts on your decorative cookies.

Decorate Cookies with Icing!

Kick cookie decorating up a notch with our Test Kitchen secrets to success. Learn both marbled and filigree icing effects to make a dazzling decorating impression on your holiday guests.

Classic Whoopie Pies

These soft and scrumptious cookie sandwiches hold timeless childhood appeal. Transform them for any occasion by switching up the creamy filling or adding holiday-specific flavor combinations.

Fat Molasses Cookies

Sprinkled with coarse sugar or crystallized ginger, these big, soft cookies look like they came straight from the bakery. Cinnamon and ground ginger add nice holiday spice.

Monster Chocolate-Toffee Cookies

We love a good monster cookie -- with their crunchy toffee pieces, toasty pecans, and gooey chocolate, it's hard not to. This season, use red and green chocolate candies for added holiday cheer.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Thanks to the soft, cakey texture and generous slathering of velvety frosting, this pumpkin-and-spice cookie recipe is a hands-down favorite.

Almond Icebox Rounds

Homemade icebox cookies have long kept Christmas cookie prep breezy. Ditch the cookie cutters and try these deliciously rich and buttery almond cookies for your next holiday party.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Every holiday host loves a no-bake dessert because it frees up the oven for more holiday goodies. These no-bake candies have a glossy chocolate exterior, but inside waits a pleasant nutty crunch.

Hazelnut Biscotti

Double-baking these nutty biscotti gives them their crunchy texture, making them perfect for dunking into a mug of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.

Madeleine Cookies

Crisp, buttery French madeleines are easy to make but quick to disappear. Smear with vanilla bean buttercream icing and crushed peppermint for perfectly festive cookies.

Coconut Macaroons

Lemon peel and juice add bright citrus undertones to these classic macaroon cookies. A crispy outside and chewy inside showcase the perfect texture of sweet coconut.


Flour, sugar, and butter are the only three ingredients in this crisp holiday cookie favorite. Given their simplicity, these cookies are surprisingly addictive.

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