35 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

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    Christmas Cookies

    chocolate chip icebox cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Christmas cookies are a holiday tradition for many families. Festive cookies make wonderful gifts, and cookie baking and decorating is a great way to get the kids involved in the festivities.

    Most baked cookies can be frozen decorated or undecorated, or you can freeze your cookie dough now for baking and decorating just before the holidays. See these cookie baking tips for more decorating and gift-giving ideas.

    Here are dozens of our favorite cookie recipes, including basic shortbread and sugar cookies, butter cookies, fancy bars, and traditional Christmas cookie recipes including these Chocolate Chip Icebox Cookies pictured above!

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    Classic Snickerdoodles

    Diana Rattray

    These Classic Snickerdoodles are a holiday tradition. The cinnamon-sugar coated cookies make the whole house smell of sugar and spice!

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    Red Velvet Crinkles

    red velvet crinkle cookies
    Diana Rattray

    The vibrant red color makes these Red Velvet Crinkles the perfect treat for Christmas and Valentine's Day.

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    Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

    classic sugar cookies filled
    Diana Rattray

    Bake these Filled or Decorated Sugar Cookies in shapes to fit the occasion and then decorate them with icing or sprinkles. Or fill them with jam, dulce de leche, or chocolate ganache.


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    Best Ever Blondies With Shortbread Crust

    best blonies
    Diana Rattray

    The shortbread crust gives these extra-special chewy, gooey Best Ever Blondies With Shortbread Crust some crunchy texture. Use mini chocolate chips or regular semisweet chocolate chips in these bars.

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    Perfect Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

    Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These Perfect Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are surprisingly easy to prepare, and the flavor is out-of-this-world. These awesome cookies are made with only four ingredients.


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    Jam-Filled Kolache Cookies

    Kolache Cookies with Apricot Filling
    Diana Rattray

    A cream cheese dough makes these classic Jam-Filled Kolache Cookies soft and delicious. Use your favorite preserves or jam in the filling for the cookies.

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    Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries

    ribbon cookies with cherries and pecans
    Diana Rattray

    The three portions of dough are layered in a pan to form a loaf. The Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries are then sliced and baked.

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    Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie

    snickerdoodle skillet cookie
    Diana Rattray

    This scrumptious Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie is perfect for a holiday party! Serve it in thin wedges with caramel sauce or a scoop of ice cream.


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    Maple Flake Shortbread Cookies

    maple flake shortbread cookies
    Diana Rattray

    If you love maple-flavored treats, these Maple Flake Shortbread Cookies are for you! Maple flakes are the secret to the fabulous maple flavor. If you can't find maple flakes locally,  buy 1-pound bags from Amazon. They are incredible in cookies, on cereal, or sprinkled over ice cream.

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    Mocha Butterball Cookies

    mocha butterball cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Cocoa powder and espresso (or coffee) powder flavor these fantastic Mocha Butterball Cookies. Make extra cookies and freeze them for later.

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    Brown Sugar Shortbread

    brown sugar shortbread cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These buttery Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies are classic. Sprinkle them with some vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar just before you put them in the oven.

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    Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

    Three ingredient macaroons on a dessert plate
    The Spruce

    These simple Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons can be dressed up for the holidays with chopped red and green candied cherries.

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    Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

    lemon cream cheese cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Make these Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies for your friends and family and watch them disappear! A flavorful lemon icing is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing

    soft pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing
    Diana Rattray

    These Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing will be a big hit with everyone! The brown butter icing adds flavor to these easy soft spiced cookies.

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    Date Pinwheel Cookies

    pinwheel cookies and more
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    These traditional holiday Date Pinwheel Cookies boast a date and nut filling. 

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    Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing

    pumpkin cookies with caramel icing
    Diana Rattray

    A simple caramel icing tops these soft Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing​​.

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    Meltaway Butter Cookies

    meltaway butter cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These melt-in-your-mouth Meltaway Butter Cookies are a snap to fix and bake.

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    Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

    old fashioned sugar cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies are always a hit. Add a dash of ground nutmeg for seasonal flavor.

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    Classic Forgotten Cookies With Variations

    forgotten cookies with chocolate chips
    Diana Rattray

    The name Forgotten Cookies  comes from "forgetting" about the cookies and leaving them in the oven overnight or for several hours (after turning the oven off). 

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    Soft Molasses Drop Cookies

    Soft Molasses Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    There's no chilling or rolling required for these Soft Molasses Drop Cookies. Dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle with vanilla icing.

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    Molasses Crinkles Recipe

    molasses crinkles
    Diana Rattray

    Use regular granulated sugar or larger grained decorating sugar on these fabulous Molasses Crinkles Recipe.


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    Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies

    Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Sour cream gives these soft Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies great flavor and texture. Feel free to add chopped nuts to the batter before baking.


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    Chocolate Butterball Christmas Cookies

    chocolate butterball cookies
    Diana Rattray

    Melted bittersweet or semisweet chocolate is added to the cookie dough to make these fabulous Chocolate Butterball Christmas Cookies. Finely chopped pecans add texture.

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    Basic Butter Shortbread

    classic butter shortbread
    Diana Rattray

    These easy vanilla Basic Butter Shortbread need only five ingredients. You don't even need an electric mixer.

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    Classic Magic Cookie Bars

    magic cookie bars
    Diana Rattray

    Layers of graham cracker crust, coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk make these little Magic Cookie Bars magical.

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    Crispy Sand Tart Cookies with Cinnamon

    sand tart cookies with cinnamon
    Diana Rattray

    A cinnamon-sugar topping makes these Crispy Sand Tart Cookies with Cinnamon extra-special.

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    Peanut Butter Shortbread Cut-Outs

    Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    These Peanut Butter Shortbread Cut-Outs are not only easy to prepare — they're egg-free. Drizzle melted chocolate over these shortbread cookies for the holidays. 

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    Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    chocolate coconut blondies
    Diana Rattray

    These fabulous Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies are brimming with flavor. The blondies include coconut, chocolate chunks, and a melted chocolate drizzle.

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    Mom's Date Drop Cookies

    Mom's Date Drop Cookies
    Diana Rattray

    A dab of batter partially covers the date filling in these soft Date Drop Cookies.

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    Date Squares with Oat Crust

    Date Bars
    Diana Rattray

    Make this your go-to recipe for Date Squares with Oat Crust. These delicious date bars boast a crumbly oat crust and a generous date filling. 

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    Old-Fashioned Jumbles Cookies With Raisins

    Jumbles Cookies With Raisins
    Diana Rattray

    If you like old-fashioned favorites, these Old-Fashioned Jumbles Cookies With Raisins are for you! Use dried cranberries instead of raisins for a festive look.

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    Soft Sugar Cookies With Sour Cream

    soft sugar cookies with sour cream
    Diana Rattray

    Ice these Soft Sugar Cookies With Sour Cream with the included quick icing and sprinkle them with decorating sugars.

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    Favorite Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies with Chopped Nuts

    jam thumbprints
    Diana Rattray

    Use your favorite jam or preserves to fill these delightful Thumbprint Cookies

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    Lemon Butter Cookies

    lemon butter cookies, snowballs
    Diana Rattray

    These delicious little Lemon Butter Cookies are brimming with fresh and vibrant lemon flavor. Roll the cookies in powdered sugar after they've cooled.