Baking Christmas cookies is a time-honored tradition that many families love to participate in. Check out this terrific variety of Christmas cookie recipes that I know you’ll love!

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What is it about the holidays that makes us want to bake? Whatever it is, I love it!

Baking can be such a sweet family activity when the cool weather comes and the tradition of making Christmas cookies and dipping them into homemade hot chocolate is one I adore.

I am always on the look-out for a new fun recipe to try, and this year I’ve found a lot of new ones I’m excited to try!


25 Christmas Cookie Recipes You’ll Love

This collection contains the best Christmas cookies out there, and there are only 25 recipes so it’s not overwhelming. In this list, you’ll find every holiday flavor you have come to love and expect.

Happy baking!

Stained Glass Cookies 

stained glass cookies

These look like real stained glass! All you need is your favorite sugar cookie recipe and jolly ranchers to create this easy-to-make, but complicated-looking cookie.

You Have To Try These Stained Glass Christmas Cookies!
Wow your guests with unique Stained Glass Christmas Cookies this season! Making stained glass cookies for Christmas is fun for kids of all ages!
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White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

white chocolate-dipped ginger cookies

Combining classic ginger cookie with white chocolate? Yes, please! These are soft and chewy and totally festive- and one of the best Christmas cookies around!

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
These are the best ginger cookies around! The white chocolate just takes them to a whole new level of delicious! They are indeed a perfect holiday cookie.
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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

candy cane kiss cookies

Yummy red and green cookies with a peppermint Hershey kiss to top it off. Aren’t they so festive and colorful?

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
An easy recipe for candy cane kiss cookies, both in vanilla and chocolate flavors!
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candy cane kiss cookies

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

Meringue Christmas cookie recipes

I can’t get over just how much these look just like Christmas trees! They may look like trees, but they taste incredible.

Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Cookies, fun and festive meringue cookies that are light as air and melt in your mouth!
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Grinch Cookies

Grinch cookies in a dish

Who doesn’t love The Grinch? These adorable green cookies with a red heart in the middle are so fun.

The Original Grinch Cookies
Made and loved by thousands every year! These Cake Mix Grinch Cookies are so easy and festive they will be sure to put you in the holiday mood.
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Best Marbled Christmas Cookie Recipe

Red and green marbled Christmas cookies

Why choose red OR green when you can pick both! Mix two batches of sugar cookies together for this fun combo.

Marble Sugar Cookies
These colorful Marble Sugar Cookies are a unique take on a traditional Sugar Cookie and the technique can be used in color combination you can dream up!
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Snowy Pinecone Cookies

Snowy pinecone cookies on a plate

These look just like pinecones! They look so realistic that no one will believe their eyes and think they are actually edible.

Quick and Easy Snowy Chocolate Pinecones Recipe
These snowy chocolate pinecones made from Nutella and cereal are a yummy snack and a fun craft for kids. No baking required!
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Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted snowman Christmas cookie recipe with cookies on a cooling rack

Aww, these are some of the best Christmas cookies – and so adorable! They look just like tiny melted snowmen and make a fun conversation piece.

Melted Snowmen Cookies
These cookies are just amazing - and so fun to look at!
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Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls

Santa hat Oreo cookie balls on a plate

These cookie balls are soooo good. The fun Oreo surprise in this fun-looking Santa hat Christmas cookie recipe is the best!

Santa Hat OREO Cookie Balls
These Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls are super easy to make, and could not possibly be cuter. Such a fun and easy Christmas treat!
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Christmas Cookie Bars

Red and green M&M cookie bars stacked

Indulge in those fun Christmas-y colors! Bright red and green and overflowing with M&Ms – these bars are totally easy.

Christmas Cookies Bars Recipe
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Fruitcake Christmas Cookie Recipe

Fruitcake cookies on a plate

Love fruitcake but hate to make it? These easy drop cookies will give you everything you love about fruitcake but eliminate the hassle.

Easy and Festive Holiday Fruitcake Cookies
An easy drop cookie recipe, these fruitcake cookies are a delicious and festive treat perfect for the holidays.
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Christmas Wreath Cookies

Decorated wreath Christmas cookies

Aren’t those so sweet? I love a good Christmas wreath. Follow this great tutorial to make your own wreath Christmas cookies. They’re perfect for cookie tins or holiday dessert spreads.

Christmas Wreath Cookies
Christmas wreath cookies are sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. They are simple to make that the kids can get in on the fun. They make great gifts.
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Slice & Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

Slice and bake Christmas cookies on a plate with a glass of milk.

Make your own cookie rolls just like you buy at the store! Couldn’t be easier and they’re perfect for gifting to your family, friends, and neighbors.

Slice u2018nu2019 Bake Christmas Tree Cookies
Slice u2018nu2019 Bake Christmas Tree Cookies are soft, sweet and buttery sugar cookies with a bright green Christmas tree in the middle.
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Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

If you’ve struggled with making the perfect gingerbread cookie, check out this amazing tutorial to help you get it right.

Gingerbread Cookies That Wonu2019t Spread Recipe
This recipe for gingerbread cookies wonu2019t spread during baking, so you can have perfect gingerbread cookies for the holidays!
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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot chocolate cookies

It’s a cookie-hot-chocolate hybrid! It’s one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. A melding of two of my favorite things…yep, total yum.

Hot Cocoa Cookies
These delicious Hot Cocoa Cookies are chewy, chocolaty and oh so cute! Theyu2019re perfect for a cookie exchange, or just for a yummy treat!
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Reindeer Cookies

Artistic reindeer cookies

I am not remotely an artist, so at first glance, these look way out of my league. However, you won’t believe how much easier these are to make than they appear.

Whimsical Reindeer Cookies with Cookies with Character
Time to meld delicious recipes and art together for this Christmas cookie recipe that’s almost too good to eat!
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Christmas Tree Cookie Recipe

Use green meringue to make these adorable miniature Christmas tree cookies. They look almost too good to eat!

Christmas Tree Cookie Tutorial
Aren’t these Christmas tree cookies amazing? Grab the tutorial and make your own!
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Pastel Christmas tree cookies

Stuffed Present Cookies

Presents are predominant during the holidays, and these cookies, while no exception, are unique! Open these cookies up to find a Christmas surprise.

Crafty Holiday Cookies for Kids 3D Present Cookies
Get creative & make some Crafty Holiday Cookies for Kids 3D Present Cookies. These 3D Sugar Cookie Presents are adorable & a blast to make!
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Pecan Pie Cookies

pecan pie cookies

Why make a whole pie when you can have pecan cookies? Pies take so much work, unlike these cookies. Enjoy all the things you love best about pecan pie in cookie form.

Pecan Pie Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies start with a premade pie crust cookie topped w/ caramel-y pecans & a drizzle of chocolate! If you like Pecan Pie Bars, you’ll love these!
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Whoville Cookies

Whooville cookies

Full of Christmas spirit, try these fun and delicious Whoville cookies. They’re perfect for a Grinch themed party or get together!

Whoville Cookies – Christmas Pinwheel Cookie
These Whoville cookies are a great take on a yummy sugar cookie. They are just two different colored sugar dough rolled up with fun sprinkles.
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Eggnog Cookies

eggnog cookies

Love holiday eggnog? Don’t just drink your eggnog, make cookies. Now you can enjoy one of your favorite holiday flavors in a new way!

Eggnog Cookies {Melt-in-Your-Mouth}
These Eggnog Cookies are a staple holiday recipe! Once you try them youu2019ll want to make them at least once every Christmas season.
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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

eggnog snickerdoodle cookies

One more eggnog cookie you’ll love! The prominent eggnog flavor in these soft and chewy cookie is really festive for the holiday season and won’t last long!

Eggnog Snickerdoodles
Chewy snickerdoodles flavored with lots of festive eggnog. Covered in spiced sugar & positively irresistible—they’re sure to be a big hit!
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Christmas Peppermint Patties

Peppermint patty cookies

These homemade peppermint patties are super easy to make, so delicious and totally festive. A hit with everyone who tries them. These holiday treats are the perfect addition to cookie trays!

Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties
Youu2019re going to love this Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties recipe! These holiday treats are the perfect addition to cookie trays and make great gifts!
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Peppermint Meltaways

Peppermint meltaway cookies on a plate

Another peppermint cookie you will love. I love the crushed peppermint candy pieces on top.

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
Oh. My. Goodness. These are TOO good to not share – trust me, they won’t last.
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Star Cookies

Star Cookies on a plate

Gorgeous star cookies to celebrate the beautiful north star. How about those edible pearls – aren’t they gorgeous and very chic?

Christmas Cookie Recipe: Star Cookies
We hope you enjoy this Christmas cookie recipe! Star cookies are beautiful and delicious.
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I hope you love this huge variety of Christmas cookie recipes! Covering everything from eggnog to fruitcake, merengue, sugar cookies and more, these recipes deliver all the holiday flavors you love and expect.

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