Christmas Cookie Recipes

Don't stress over finding the perfect recipe for the countless cookie exchanges, school parties and family get-togethers you'll be attending this holiday season. We've gathered our favorite Christmas cookie recipes that will keep your cookie jar looking festive and your sweet tooth satisfied.
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Frosty's Melting Cookies

With his pretzel arms, candied buttons and fruit-leather scarf, Frosty is the perfect cookie for creative kiddos!

Frosty's Melting Cookies

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Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise

What’s better than a chocolate cookie? A chocolate cookie stuffed with a peppermint patty!

Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise

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Red Velvet Crinkles

Bake up these bite sized beauties—the red hue just screams Christmas. 

red velvet crinkles

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No-Bake Tiramisu Balls

You don’t even need to turn on the oven to join in on the holiday cookie fun!

No-Bake Tiramisu Balls

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Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Jackson Pollock fans, this one's for you!

spiced gingerbread cookies

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Plaid Gingerbread Bars

These bars are a breeze to bake.

Plaid Gingerbread Bars

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Soft Sugar Cookies with Edible Paint

Edible paint is a Christmas cookie game-changer. Kids will loves this—the adults will, too! 

soft sugar cookies with edible paint

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Spice Cake Cutouts

Spice up your life! Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom are the special ingredients that give these cookies an extra kick. 

Spice Cake Cutouts

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Chocolate Peppermint Bites

Jazz up the traditional chocolate cookie by dipping them in more chocolate, and then by sprinkling them with broken up candy canes. 

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Glazed Molasses Cookies

Molasses adds the perfect amount of sweetness to these sophisticated cookies.

glazed molasses cookies

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Christmas Tree Shortbreads

Oh, Christmas Tree! These festive shortbread cookies are the perfect family baking project.

christmas tree shortbreads

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Buttery Holiday Cookies

Decorate these delicious treats with homemade icing—all you need is confectioner's sugar, butter and milk.

Buttery Holiday Cookies

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Gingerdeer Cookies

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, and Vixen, on Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!

gingerdeer cookies

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Sparkly Lemon Sandwich Cookies

These sparkly treats are perfect for your next cookie swap.

sparkly lemon sandwich cookies

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Snowflake Sandwiches

These cocoa cookies are stuffed with a buttery-vanilla frosting!

Snowflake Sandwiches

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Fruitcake Biscotti

You've never had fruitcake like this before!

Fruitcake Biscotti

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Crispy Canes

Classic Rice Krispie Treats get a fun and festive makeover.

crispy canes

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Big Dippers

Buy some festive sprinkles and voila! A little goes a long way when you're dipping pre-maid cookies! 

Big Dippers

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No-Roll Linzer Cookies

Give your rolling pin a rest—simply pat this cookie dough into a baking sheet. 

No-Roll Linzer Cookies

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Minty Chocolate-Covered Slice-and-Bakes

Impress your guests with this French-like butter cookie. Tres magnifique! 

Minty Chocolate-Covered Slice-and-Bakes

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Chewy Lots-of-Ginger Cookies

Who says your ginger cookie needs to be shaped like a man? 

Chewy Lots-of-Ginger Cookies

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Buttery Sugar Cookies

Finish these off with some homemade royal icing!

Buttery Sugar Cookies

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Fennel-Citrus Greek Tea Cookies

Getting powdered sugar all over your outfit is inevitable, but worth it. Let it snow!

Fennel-Citrus Greek Tea Cookies

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Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

Great for gifting and—most importantly—eating!

Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

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Sesame Crescents

Now this cookie has crunch- the sesame seeds add texture to the traditional crescent. 

sesame crescents

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Minty Cookie Canes

Not only do these cookies look like candy canes—they taste like them too! 

minty cookie canes

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Almond Lemon Cookies

Garnish lemon cookies with an almond! It's both a nutty crunch and a decorative detail.

Almond Lemon Cookies

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Vanilla Bean Snowmen

These little snowmen make the perfect stocking stuffers — after they get decked out in sugar, that is!

Vanilla Bean Snowmen

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Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

With a cream-cheese center, these cookies will melt in your mouth.

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Who needs a mug? One bite of these Hot Cocoa Cookies will warm you right up. For a decadent soft chocolate center and molten marshmallow topping, serve these treats fresh from the oven.

hot cocoa cookies

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Black & Tan Pinwheels

Best for those who want the fixins, these pinwheels are a holiday staple. Tip: Use a bench scraper to loosen cookie dough from your work surface and to scoop up the chopped nuts.

Black & Tan Pinwheels

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Nutty Coconut Drops

Macadamia nuts add crunch to these snow-white holiday cookies.

Nutty Coconut Drops

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Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Cookies

Mix together mint and chocolate cookie doughs for one heavenly cookie. To create the tree, use a shaped mold and decorate with sprinkle ornaments!

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Cookies

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Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles

With ginger's natural healthy benefits, and dark-chocolate's natural antioxidants, it's natural to have more than one! Tip: Cool these cookies on brown paper grocery bags instead of racks.

Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles

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Cherry Shortbread Cookies

If baking isn't your thing, here's a fail-proof recipe you've gotta try this season.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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Choco-Coconut Cookie Sandwiches

These sandwiched cookies get points for being the easiest treats, ever -- no baking required. Just whip up the tasty cream, spread, then sandwich together and roll sides in choco chips. Delish.

Choco-Coconut Cookie Sandwiches

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Coconut Snowball Crisps

Crispy coconut cereal covered in a sweet sugary glaze makes the perfect Christmas treat! Tip: Separate eggs when they're cold, but wait until they're at room temperature for most volume when whipping.

Coconut Snowball Crisps

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Spiced Thins

This classic recipe is the essence of Christmas time!

Spiced Thins

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Peppermint Meringue Kisses

These little pops of peppermint work perfectly as holiday party snacks.

peppermint meringue kisses

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Coconut Snowflakes

Use a cooker cutter to give these holiday cookies their shape. Then sprinkle them with sugar for a snow-like shimmer!

coconut snowflakes

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PB&B Cloud Cookies

Beat together a fluffy frosting from banana, sugar and lemon juice. Then, sprinkle chopped peanuts on top to give these cookies the nutty taste. Tip: Sandwich the frosting between two cookies and coat the sides with the nuts.

pb&b cloud cookies

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Apricot Cheesecake Pockets

These sassy, sparkly turnovers are stuffed with an ooey-gooey combo of rich cream cheese and tangy apricot preserves.

apricot cheesecake pockets

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Vanilla Meringues with Sour Cherry Centers

Crunch through the sweet, crisp meringue to discover the sour cherry surprise inside. The chewy red jewels and snowy white shells make for an especially festive finale.

vanilla meringues with sour cherry centers

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy all of the chewy goodness of a chocolate chip cookie -- supersized.

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cornmeal Linzer Hearts

Cornmeal adds to this classic, and the shape will melt your heart with each bite! Tip: Cut the center hearts into half of the cookies before baking, dust with confectioners' sugar, and then assemble.

Cornmeal Linzer Hearts

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Cinnamon Cornmeal Wafers

These easy refrigerator cookies pack a satisfying crunch. Tip: Sprinkle colored decorating sugar onto the cookies just before baking!

cinnamon cornmeal wafers

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Black and Blue Berry Rugelach

Roll blueberries, cinnamon and walnuts into a flaky cookie crust for a cookie your guests won't be able to pass up.

Black and Blue Berry Rugelach

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How to Shape Rugelach

It's easier than it looks! Watch our how-to video to learn how to shape this classic holiday cookie.

More Sweets

Whip up one of these perfect-for-after-dinner delicacies for your next holiday gathering.

ready-to-bake pear-almond tart

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