Christmas Cookie Recipes

Find the best Santa-worthy Christmas cookies and be the talk of the cookie exchange. From gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies to shortbread and gluten free versions, we have more than 650 recipes to choose from.

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Soft Christmas Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 1627
Soft cut out sugar cookie that I have used for years. I sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or you could also try icing them when cool.
By Georgie Bowers

Sugar Cookie Icing

Rating: 4.5 stars 3772
This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 1479
Spiced gingerbread cookies cut in any shape are the perfect holiday treat!

Butter Snow Flakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 497
A wonderful Spritz cookie with cinnamon in it. These freeze very well.
By Linda

Peanut Blossoms II

Rating: 4.5 stars 695
I make these every year for our annual cookie open house. We make about 15 to 20 different kinds of cookies and have a 4 hour open house with friends. We then prepare cookie trays to take to shut ins and freeze the rest to enjoy all year long. My husband helps with this four day project! He's retired ... and I'm partially retired. It has been a long standing tradition that we enjoy every year!
By Rosemarie Magee

Hedgehog Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Rating: 5 stars 1775
The red and green make a great Christmas cookie. Have used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe.
By Gerry Meyer

Perfect Thumbprint Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 73
Follow Chef John's tips for these pretty cookies.

Royal Icing II

Rating: 4.5 stars 193
This recipe is the 'glue' that holds gingerbread houses together, and makes it still edible.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 356
This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, one of the best cooks I know...and given that we're from south Louisiana, that's saying something. With the chopped up dried cranberries, these are as pretty as they are tasty.

Inspiration and Ideas

25 Fancy Christmas Cookies That Are Gifts All by Themselves
There are cookies, and then there are Christmas cookies — decked out for the holidays with bright colors and festive embellishments.
Tips For The Best Gingerbread Cookies
If gingerbread's your holiday happy place, here are 10 quick tips to help you bake and decorate the most delightful gingerbread cookies.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Rating: 4.5 stars 18532

Crisp edges, chewy middles, and so, so easy to make. Try this wildly-popular chocolate chip cookie recipe for yourself.