My 10 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes ~ from tried and true classics to unique originals, these are my absolute favorite holiday cookie recipes to fill out your cookie box, or win you the next cookie swap!
These gorgeous gingerbread cookies bake up nice and soft, and happen to be my most popular cookie this season. The beautiful designs are made with cookie stamps. I love cookie stamps so much that I made a chocolate gingerbread stamped cookie this year ~ check it out! The recipe is from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook, Sweet. If you don’t have it, get it!
These classic cookies (you might know them as snowball cookies) are bite sized and made extra delicious with toasted almonds. It’s a good thing these guys are small, because they’re hard to resist.
These spiced Nordic cookies are similar to gingerbread cookies, but without the molasses. They have a lighter color and flavor that is just different enough to bring some interest to your cookie repertoire without straying too far from the classic flavors of the season. Don’t be afraid of decorating cut-out cookies, I’ll inspire you with super simple designs anybody can master.
I love these festive frosting-topped cookies ~ they’re comforting, a little retro, (my mom made them in the 70s) and are synonymous with the holidays for me. I have lots of other variations on the blog, too, so check out my Clementine Melting Moments, and of course the original Melting Moments!
If you need to spice up your holiday baking this year, these cinnamon-y, sugar-y shortbread cookies are just the thing. With all the flavors of a fresh churro dipped in a dark chocolate sauce (who doesn’t love that?) these unique cookies will earn you brownie points for originality at the holiday party.
Holiday baking should, above all, be fun. That’s why I love cookies like these, with a simple dough, and decoration that doesn’t require any artistic skill. These cookies will make you feel better about hoarding all those sprinkles.
If you’re a traditionalist, these German Christmas cookies are a great choice. The Old World spices are perfect and I swear these cookies get better with age!
Everyone needs a classic, go-to gingerbread recipe, and this is mine. It’s got a dark, deeply spiced flavor with plenty of molasses, and the dough is easy to handle and roll out, so it works great for cut-out cookies. Try these once and you’ll be making them every year, I promise.
No one can resist these sweet, homey oatmeal cookies with that perfectly crackly icing, I think it brings us all back to our childhood. A quick dunk in a maple glaze transforms a chewy oatmeal cookie into a holiday worthy treat.
These sparkly cookies are proof that sometimes simple is best. A simple shortbread cookie, flavored with vanilla bean, is iced with an equally simple peppermint glaze, and topped with sparkling sugar to mimic the look of freshly fallen snow. What could be more perfect?
Spritz cookies were new to me this year, and I am in love! Making the shapes using a cookie press is super fun and easy, if you’ve never done it before. Unearth grandma’s cookie press or grab one on Amazon Prime, there’s still plenty of time! (I’ve just ordered the Christmas disk set for my next batch.)