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.

Staff Picks

Perfect Thumbprint Cookies

Rating: 4.52 stars
Follow Chef John's tips for these pretty cookies.

Hedgehog Cookies

Rating: 4.36 stars
I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match.

Royal Icing II

Rating: 4.67 stars
This recipe is the 'glue' that holds gingerbread houses together, and makes it still edible.

Russian Tea Cakes I

Rating: 4.68 stars
This is a family recipe that's been made at Christmas time by at least 4 generations. This year will be the first for number 5!!! 'Bubba' brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Rating: 4.81 stars
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.

Chocolate Pecan Sandies

Rating: 4.38 stars
The best way to convince Santa that you've been very, very good.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.55 stars
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.

Crescent Butter Biscuits

Rating: 3 stars
These delicious almond-enriched Christmas biscuits are perfect anytime of the year. Enjoy with a big mug of tea.

Chocolate Crinkles II

Rating: 4.69 stars
Chocolate cookies coated in confectioners' sugar...very good!

Butter Snow Flakes

Rating: 4.53 stars
A wonderful Spritz cookie with cinnamon in it. These freeze very well.

Peanut Blossoms II

Rating: 4.74 stars
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!

Sugar Cookie Icing

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

Inspiration and Ideas

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.

Banana Oatmeal Cookie

Rating: 4.34 stars

This recipe has been handed down in my family for generations. It's a good way to use overripe bananas. It's also a moist cookie that travels well either in the mail or car. This is usually the first cookie to disappear at my house.