50 Best Christmas Cookies of All Time!

frosted cookies with sprinkles on a cooling rack

Don’t waste your precious time flipping through cookbooks or endlessly scrolling Pinterest ~ here are the 50 best Christmas cookie recipes of all time, right at your fingertips!

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When it comes to Christmas cookies, our motto is: bake the best and forget the rest. This is the ultimate holiday cookie collection.

Finding the right Christmas cookie recipes can be even more trouble than making them, am I right? I get that, and that’s why I’ve corralled all my best cookies right here, in one convenient spot. After 10 years of recipe development I know a thing or two about what makes a great holiday cookie, and here’s the proof. These tried and true recipes are all you need to get through the holiday season, year after year ~ so let’s get baking!


Favorite Chewy Ginger Cookies

a stack of chewy molasses cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

a stack of cranberry orange shortbread cookies

Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies

a stack of soft glazed gingerbread cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

frosted Christmas cookies with sprinkles

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

gingerbread cookies

Cardamom Spritz Cookies

spritz cookies decorated with colored sugar and sprinkles

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies

Honey Spice Hazelnut Cookies on parchment paper

Holiday Sugar Cookies and DIY Colored Sugar

Sugar cookies are the classic holiday treat --- decorate them with your own homemade colored sugars!


Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

peanut butter cookies on parchment paper

Best Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

filling a chocolate ganache thumbprint cookie

Pfeffernusse (German Spice Cookies)

pfeffernusse cookies in a small glass bowl

Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies on a marble surface

Chocolate Dipped Churro Shortbread Cookies

churro shortbread cookies

Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Hands holding a stack of sprinkle sugar cookies.

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies on cooling rack

Italian Christmas Cookies

Reader's Recipes: italian Anicse Cookies with frosting and sprinkles

Easy Cocoa Meringues

cocoa meringue cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

lemon snowball cookies in a dish

Perfect Pecan Sandies

a stack of pecan sandies

Traditional Swedish Pepparkakor Recipe

pepparkakor cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Cranbery and pistachio biscotti

Copy Cat Harry and David Fruit Galettes

Fruit Galettes in a gift tin

Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints

no bake white chocolate thin mints

How to Make Meringue Mushrooms

meringue mushroom cookies in a basket with twine

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

a stack of peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Fruitcake Shortbread Cookies

Fruitcake shortbread cookies in mini foil loaf pans

Starry Night Gingerbread Cookies

star gingerbread cookies with sprinkles

Melting Moments


Jam Thumbprint Cookies

jam thumbprint cookies on a white surface

Glazed Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

glazed spritz cookies with ribbon

Maple Walnut Shortbread Cookies

maple walnut cookie dough, sliced

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

old fashioned oatmeal cranberry cookies stacked in a mason jar

New Fallen Snow Shortbread Cookies

new fallen snow cookies

Pecan Praline Cookies

pecan praline cookies

Cardamom Walnut Crescent Cookies

cardamom walnut crescent cookies on a cookie sheet

Swedish Sugar Cookies

Sedish Sugar Cookies rolled in sugar and ready to bake

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes

Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes in a mug

Acorn Meringue Cookies!

acorn meringue cookies in a wooden bowl

Chocolate Gingerbread Stamped Cookies

stamping gingerbread cookies with snowflake cookie stamps

Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

chocolate chunk shortbread cookies

Embossed Gingerbread Cookies

embossed gingerbread cookies on parchment paper

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

a stack of easy brownie cookies

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

flourless pecan chocolate chip cookies

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Nutella sandwich cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

a stack of chocolate peppermint dipped cookies

Douglas Fir Shortbread Cookies

A stack of shortbread cookies made with fir needles

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Reader's Recipes Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookie

Turkish Coffee Shortbread Cookies

Photo of turkish coffee shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate laying on a piece of parchment paper.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies in foil

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

double dark chocolate chip shortbread cookies

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  • Reply
    Ailsa
    December 10, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Thanks so much for all the cookie recipes. Look yummy.

  • Reply
    gayle
    December 10, 2021 at 9:34 am

    But wait! You didn’t include my mom’s 100 year old recipes!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Send them along, I’d love to try!!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    December 10, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Thank you so very much for these. This does look like the best collection of cookies that I have seen. My children and I are so excited to try some of these! Thank you for happy baking memory making!

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    [email protected]
    December 10, 2021 at 7:18 am

    So many fabulous cookies. I have bookmarked a few to try this year. Thank you for HARING YOUR COOKIES AND YOUR STUNNING PHOTOS.

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    Ellen Easton
    December 10, 2021 at 6:03 am

    Sue Moran, you are an outstanding food photographer. Each photo entices one to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing your generous compendium of cookies. I have some spectacular family recipes of my own but would be happy to “adopt” you into my family! Ellen Easton

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 10, 2021 at 6:40 am

      🙂 awwww thanks Ellen!

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