Christmas Cookie Recipes

35 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes To Rock Your Holiday Cookie Exchange


What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the best Christmas cookie recipes! You will surely find the perfect cookie to take to your next holiday party or cookie exchange.

Holiday Cookies also make great gifts as well and everyone always loves to receive anything homemade!

(By the way, if you’re making cookies to give as gifts, these Christmas cookie boxes are adorable! Plus, they come with gift tags as well!)

Here are some easy Christmas cookie recipes from some amazing bloggers. Be sure to check out their cookie recipes as well as all their other great recipes as well!

Below you will find some insanely yummy holiday cookie recipes, and have fun baking!  Comment below and tell me which one you’ll leave out for Santa!

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

1. Holiday Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot chocolate Christmas cookies with a toasted marshmallow on top and crushed peppermint candy on a dark blue background

GET RECIPE from Savvy Honey

My peppermint hot cocoa cookie recipe tastes just like a mug of decadent hot chocolate in cookie form.

Topped off with a toasted marshmallow, melted chocolate, and crushed candy canes, no one will be able to resist these cookies!

2. Reindeer Sugar Christmas Cookies

Reindeer Christmas sugar cookies with pretzel antlers and candy eyes and nose on a grey marble background

GET RECIPE from Messy Little Monster

3. Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Recipe from Cooking Classy

Nothing screams Christmas dessert quite like peppermint. These delicious peppermint meltaway cookies are perfectly named as they will literally melt in your mouth.

One bite and you’ll be in peppermint-flavored bliss.

4. Peanut Butter Blossoms 

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction 

I’m not sure if you know this yet, so I’ll let you in on a little secret…

Chocolate and peanut butter make an AMAZING combo. These super cute and easy cookies will be an instant hit.

5. Christmas Light Holiday Cookies

Recipe from Fireflies + Mud Pies

Let your creative side shine with these super fun Christmas light cookies.  Don’t worry, though, because they’re very easy.

You can get the whole family involved and let your kids make them with you. Oh yeah, did I mention they’re delicious as well?

6. Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Cookie exchange gingerbread cookies stacked on each other sprinkled with powdered sugar with white and grey background

GET RECIPE from A Table Full Of Joy

7. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Recipe from Buttercream Blondie

Red velvet is one of the best Christmas cookies!  Although, I tend to eat these year-round because they are so good! 

These exquisite crinkle cookies crack perfectly on the outside while staying so soft and chewy on the inside.

8. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint candy on a stone grey background

GET RECIPE from Little Sunny Kitchen

9. Christmas Tree Brownies

Recipe from One Little Project

Ok, ok, I know this isn’t technically a cookie but who can resist a good brownie, right?  I’ve taken these to Christmas parties, and they’ve always gotten rave reviews.

10. M&M Christmas Cookie Bars

Recipe from Foody Schmoody

Cookies are already mouthwatering, but adding M&M’s to the mix makes these almost unbelievable. 

You’ll be amazed at how quickly these disappear, but hey, it’ll give you the perfect excuse to make more!

11. Butter Cookies

Butter holiday cookies with white chocolate and holiday sprinkles on a white plate with a white background and red and white ornaments around plate

GET RECIPE from Amanda’s Cookin’

12. Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

Recipe From Delish

The only way to make a cookie even better is to stack more cookies on top of it.  What an amazing idea!  It’s so simple yet so genius.

13. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Tart cranberries make a perfect complement to the sweetness of these cookies. 

If you’ve ever tried these at Starbucks, you’ll love recreating them at home.

14. Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Recipe from The Suburban Mom

We’ve all been there.  You need to whip up a dessert, but you’re almost out of time.  Well, here’s the perfect solution.

These are crazy quick to make and just looking at them gets you in the mood for Christmas!

15. Christmas Magic Bars

Recipe from Hungry Happenings

If it has magic in the title, I’m in. And these truly live up to that description.  You’ll think it’s an illusion, but it’s not; they really are that good!

16. Gingerbread Cookies

GET RECIPE from Marsha’s Baking Addiction

17. Italian Ricotta Cookies

Recipe from Cooking Classy

This is the most unique dessert on this list.   The ricotta will take people by surprise in the best possible way.

18. Snowball Cookies

Recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen

Snowball fight!! Just kidding, it would be a huge mistake to waste these that way. They’re so buttery and rich; it’d be a better idea just to eat them instead.

19. Peanut Butter Christmas Tree Blossoms

Peanut butter blossom cookies with Hershey Kiss decorated as a Christmas tree with icing and sprinkles on a white background

GET RECIPE from Practically Homemade

20. Caramel Gingerbread Cookie  Bars

Recipe from Delish

Caramel gingerbread, are you kidding me? Check out the prep time on these too; how can you not make these?

21. Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe from Cooking Classy

22. Maple Cinnamon Cookies

Raspberry is underused in my opinion so once I saw these I just had to share them with you.

Recipe From The Gracious Wife

I love it when two flavors I enjoy are mixed together.  For me, there isn’t much out there that tops maple or cinnamon.  When combined, it’s almost too much to handle, almost.

23. Peppermint Gooey Bars

Recipe from Crazy For Crust

Peppermint and chocolate form another one of those outstanding combos.

One bite into their soft, fudgy texture, and you’ll understand why they’re called gooey bars.

24. Snow Globe Cookies

Snow globe cookies on a wood background with fake snow sprinkled around them

GET RECIPE from Home Made Interest

25. Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies

Recipe from My Frugal Adventures

These cookies are so adorable. You’ll have so much fun making these you might forget that eating your dessert is supposed to be the best part.

26. Candy Cane Cookies

Recipe from Home Cooking Memories

Christmas Cookie Recipes

This is such a creative idea!  I think it’s impossible to have a bad time while eating one of these. 

Just having them out on the table automatically makes the room you’re in just a little bit happier. You’ll definitely enjoy making these and spreading that cheer to others.

27. Grinch Crinkle Cookies

Recipe from Simplistically Living

If the Grinch knew how happy these made people on Christmas, he would probably try to stop you from making them. 

Luckily you won’t have to worry about that, so you and everybody else can enjoy these worry-free.

28. Gingerbread Holly Cookies

Gingerbread cookies dipped in chocolate with candy holly on a background that reads "Merry Christmas"

GET RECIPE from The Flying Couponer

29. Rice Krispie Treat Bites

Recipe from Two Sisters Crafting

I love it when people come up with a new twist on an already great idea like rice krispie treats. 

This bite-size version will be the perfect dessert to bring to any party or to eat by yourself at home. Either way!

30. Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Recipe from Liv For Cake

What do you get if you pour your eggnog into a delicious cup made out of cookies? 

You get these awesome treats.

31. Star Almond Cookies

Recipe from Betty Crocker

These would be the perfect star to go on top of your Christmas tree if they weren’t so delicious, that is. 

These are really easy to make too.  If you’re new to baking, this is a great place to start.

32. Christmas Sprinkle Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles with red and green sprinkles on a red plate with wood background and peppermint candy sprinkled around

GET RECIPE from Brooklyn Active Mama

33. Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Recipe from Wanna Come With

Does anybody not like cinnamon buns?  Seriously anybody? Yeah, I didn’t think so but I just wanted to check.

Now that I know for sure we’ll all love them feel free to go ahead and make these.

34. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookie

Recipe from Posh in Progress

On those cold winter days of the holiday season, you just want gingerbread. And after you have it, you just want more. 

Well, have as many of these as you wish. No judgments here!

35. Hot Chocolate Cookies

Recipe from Averie Cooks

Christmas Cookie Recipes

If you thought there was nothing new you could do with hot chocolate, think again. 

Just wait until your first bite of these rich, decadent treats. You’ll thank yourself for finding these.

So there you have it,

the best cookie recipes of 2020!

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Annie Brown is a frugal living expert and the founder of Savvy Honey.

Her expert advice has also been featured in Yahoo Finance, BuzzFeed, GOBankingRates, Woman's Day, MSN, The Spruce Crafts, and more.

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