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40 Christmas Cookie Recipes You’ll LOVE

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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November 30th, 2020

Celebrate the season with 40 Christmas Cookie Recipes You’ll LOVE from your favorite trusted bloggers. From sugar cookies to gingerbread and peppermint, there’s something for everyone! Click here to download my top 10 Favorite Christmas Cookies in a free printable guide!

The Christmas countdown is ON and if you haven’t made multiple batches of Christmas cookies yet, what are you waiting for?!

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Icing features a simple dough that's fun to work with so you can make any festive shaped and decorated cookies you want!

I’ve compiled some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes from the Handle the Heat archives and from my favorite trusted bloggers all below. I’ve organized the cookies by flavor or ingredient themes to make it easy to find just what you’re craving. We’ve got classic sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, chocolate cookies, easy Christmas cookies, festive cookies, peppermint cookies, and even healthy & allergy-friendly cookies. I’ve also included some helpful tips for you so that holiday baking is a breeze this year!

So whether you’re finding a recipe to bring to a potluck or party, a new family favorite, or making cookies for Santa, you’ll definitely find a new staple from this list of best Christmas cookies!

For even more Christmas recipes, be sure to visit my Christmas Headquarters here.

Which cookie recipe will YOU make first?

My Best Cookie Baking Tips:

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe - they hold their shape and the dough is a dream to work with!

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Icing from Handle the Heat

Chai Sugar Cookies from Handle the Heat

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies from Baking a Moment

Stained Glass Cookies from Cooking Classy

Sugar Cookie Turtle Pudding Bites from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Gingerbread Cookies

My Go-To Gingerbread Cookie Recipe from Handle the Heat

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies from Handle the Heat

Frosted Gingerbread Cookies from Baker by Nature

Gingerbread Linzer Cookies from Broma Bakery

Chocolate Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies from Handle the Heat

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies  from Handle the Heat

Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat

German Chocolate Cookies from Handle the Heat

Soft Batch Double Chocolate Cookies from Handle the Heat

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies from Handle the Heat

Slice n’ Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies from Half Baked Harvest

Chocolate Espresso Thumbprint Cookies from Half Baked Harvest

Easy Christmas Cookies

No Bake Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies from Live Well Bake Often

Easy Slice n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Cookies from Half Baked Harvest

Crispy gingersnaps on a cooling rack

Festive Christmas Cookies

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies from Handle the Heat

Gingerdoodle Cookies from Handle the Heat

Crispy Gingersnaps from Handle the Heat

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Handle the Heat

Cookie Cutter Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Handle the Heat

Butter Pecan Cookies from Baker by Nature

Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies from Baker by Nature

Snowball Cookies from Live Well Bake Often

Peppermint Cookies

Homemade Milano Cookies from Handle the Heat

Peppermint Mocha Cookies from Baker by Nature

Peppermint Crinkle Cookies from Broma Bakery

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies from Cooking Classy

Soft Peppermint Sugar Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Healthy & Allergen Friendly Christmas Cookies

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy free) from Handle the Heat

Peppermint Mocha Crinkles (Gluten Free & Vegan) from Heather Christo

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from Ambitious Kitchen

Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies from Baker by Nature

Healthy Christmas Sugar Cookies from Fit Foodie Finds

How to Put Together a Christmas Cookie Gift Box:

1. Get your boxes.

Hobby Lobby or Michael’s typically have a great selection of gift boxes, both specifically for baked goods and others you can get creative with, such as pretty photo boxes. I usually like to buy smaller boxes or cut up cardboard to make dividers to separate various cookies inside.

2. Choose your recipes.

I usually like to do 1 cut out / cookie cutter recipe (such as sugar cookies or gingerbread), 1 colorful recipe (such as jam thumbprints or red velvet cookies), 1 chocolate chip recipe, and then 1 candy recipe to add some variety. Usually chocolate truffles or marshmallows.

3. Get baking!

I will make any drop-style cookie dough ahead of time and freeze, then bake as needed (directions for freezing here). Cut out cookies can be made ahead and frozen, un-iced. Most candy can be made weeks ahead of time. Then anything else I’ll make day of.

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Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Sabrina — December 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    a very helpful set of categories, thank you, peppermint gets it’s own, and tips too, much appreciated plus even allergen friendly

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    Nancy — November 21, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Delicious cookies…

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      Handle the Heat — November 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy!

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