Our Top 20 Most Cherished Christmas Cookies

meringues with green and red sprinkles
Photo: Amy

Deck the halls with Christmas cookies! As we enter the peak season for cookie baking, we want to honor the top 20 holiday cookies that you, our Allrecipes community, have told us you love to bake and share again and again. Some are simple, some are fancy — and all of them are baked with a lot of heart. Check them out and maybe you'll find new favorites to add to your holiday cookie trays.

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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Holiday season or not, these top-rated cookies are always at the top of any list of favorite cookies. Use real, pure vanilla extract when you can — the flavor is worth it.

"Amazing, amazing, amazing cookies! I made a batch for the first time last night and shared them with the neighbors. The whole batch was devoured in no time and everyone raved about them. Fabulous!" —SAREMCA

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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

rolled sugar cookies shaped like snowmen
Valerie aka DollyDomestic

"Thanks for sharing the recipe for the very best thick, tender, tasty, and dependable rolled sugar cookies I have made in my nearly 40 years of baking experience." —DARLENE1

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Easy Sugar Cookies

plain sugar cookies with crackled tops on a wire cooling rack
Natalie M

"Yummy! I rolled these in sugar to give them a little color when I put them in Christmas cookie gifts. Everyone loved these! I made the dough about two weeks early and froze it before making them and the cookies came out just fine." —Brandie Leann

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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Two cinnamon-dusted sugar cookies on a white plate, one with a bite taken out of it

Don't skip the cream of tarter in the recipe. It's what helps give snickerdoodles their distinctive flavor and chew.

"If I were you I'd be in the kitchen right now making these absolutely wonderful cookies! Oh, they are so delicious right out of the oven!" —Pam

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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

These cookies get their warm and spicy flavor from ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses.

"I made these cookies for a cookie exchange. They were a big hit and people wouldn't stop eating them. My husband probably ate three dozen by himself." —SKITTEN

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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

oatmeal raisin cookies with a pink background

"Without a doubt this is the best oatmeal cookie I have made. I have been baking and cooking for 50 years and no other recipe comes close to being as good and this one." —Mary Ann Benzon

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Linzer Tarts

Linzer tarts with powdered sugar

"I never made Linzer tarts before, but I've eaten plenty of them. These were exquisite. They are buttery and nutty and delicious. " —TRISHICAT

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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

thumbprints with raspberry filling and icing drizzle

"These are the BEST holiday cookie I have ever tasted. Easy to make and a joy to share. Many have asked for the recipe." —DXCST

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Chocolate Crinkles

chocolate crinkle cookies with powdered sugar

A touch of almond extract enhances the flavor and aroma of these popular Christmas cookies.

"These are fantastic and are now a standard Christmas recipe in my box. I had to make an extra batch because my daughter and I kept eating them and there weren't enough left for my gift boxes and platters." —happycamper26

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

pieces of Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti lined up
Rob Tanner

"This recipe is every bit as good as it sounds. I made them for the holidays and not only did they look beautiful on my cookie trays, but they were a hit with everyone who tried them." —BONOZ3612

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Gingerbread Cookies

decorated gingerbread men

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and molasses make these cookies taste like the best of Christmas baking.

"Very good! I made a gingerbread house out of this recipe (tripled), and it's the first year the kids ate the house instead of just the candy that was decorating it!" —JESSICA

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Coconut Macaroons

close up of Coconut Macaroons

"These are easy and very good. For Christmas, I add red and green candied cherries." —Bernice Dray

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Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes I sprinkled with powdered sugar
Philly Ry

"I made these to include in cookie gift tins that I'm making and am sorry that I didn't double the recipe so that I could have more for myself!" —FOODGU1

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies on a white plate
Kimberly Kahmann Harvey

"These cookies were amazing! They were very quick and easy to prepare and turned out beautifully. I did a cookie exchange with these cookies and they were GONE before any other cookie." —Emily C.

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Shortbread Cookies

shortbread cookies with Christmas tree sprinkles

"This is THE BEST shortbread cookie recipe ever! I made it with raspberry preserves in a thumbprint cookie and for Christmas, I rolled balls in red and green sugar. They were very pretty and easy for a nice spot of color on a cookie tray." —KADYKEL

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chocolate covered buckeye balls on a white plate
My Hot Southern Mess

"These are really wonderful. My fiancé can't get enough of these! I drizzle white chocolate on top to make them pretty for dessert trays during the holidays. Great recipe!" —JAMIESGIRL

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Peppermint Meringues

meringues with green and red sprinkles

Several reviewers added a drop or two of pure peppermint extract to the mix to enhance the peppermint flavor. Don't add more than that, though, or else the meringue might fall flat. "Everyone absolutely LOVED these cookies! I gave them to friends as pre-Christmas gifts with other cookies and these were by far the faves." —1TEXASLIZARD

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Peanut Blossoms

peanut blossoms on a white plate

"Best recipe for one of our traditional Christmas favorites. This one actually stays moist and tender for days." —SEWEZ

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Chocolate Rum Balls

Chocolate Rum Balls with powdered sugar

"This has become a traditional Christmas recipe. I have people requesting these. I made a ton of them for a party I catered last week, and they were a hit. Always better the third or fourth day!" —AmyK

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Raspberry and Apricot Rugelach on a baking rack

"Absolutely the best rugelach recipe I have tried. Grew up buying all my cakes, etc. in Jewish bakeries, and this recipe makes the best I have ever tasted." —Katherine Lento

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