Looking for some new Christmas cookies to bake? Here’s a list of some of the best Christmas cookies and candies that are simple to make.

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Can you believe that now is the time to bake all the sweets and treats? This list of Christmas cookies and candies will have you whipping up desserts in no time at all. No matter if you’re craving chocolate, decadent, or something downright creamy, you’ll find just about every type of Christmas cookie and holiday candy that you can imagine right here.

Now is the time to start holiday baking and fill your tummies with some of the best flavors of Christmas. Prep the oven, load up on the ingredients, and get started with these easy holiday treats.

A stack of spritz cookies.

Make sure that you make a plan to get through as many of these fancy Christmas cookies and candies as you can! You’ll find red and green cookies, cookies with holiday sprinkles, and ones that just have you reminiscing about your childhood.

Fuel your heart and tastebuds this holiday season with these holiday cookies.

The Best Christmas Cookies and Candies Recipes

If I were you, I’d start making my own list of holiday goodies right now and checking it twice. You don’t want to miss out on baking any of these yummy desserts – I promise!

Christmas Cookies

Whether you’re preparing for a cookie exchange, giving gifts to friends and family, or baking for Santa, these holiday cookies never disappoint!

The Best Easy Cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe
This recipe will be your new go-to recipe for Cutout Sugar Cookies. It's that perfect!
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red white and green christmas pinwheel cookies on a plate
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies might just be the most festive cookies you’ll make this holiday season! Three colors of buttery dough are rolled up into a log, revealing a colorful pinwheel inside when sliced and baked.
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stacked snickerdoodle cookies on a table.
The Best Chewy Snickerdoodles Cookies
The BEST Chewy Snickerdoodles Cookies recipe you'll ever taste, these classic cookies will have you falling in love with the first bite. Packed full of flavor, they're perfect for satisfying all those cinnamon sugar cravings!
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christmas crunch cookies
No-Bake Christmas Crunch Cookies
These simple 4- ingredient No-Bake Christmas Crunch Cookies the perfect holiday cookie to enjoy at home and give as gifts!
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christmas gooey butter cookies
Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies
You'll love these 6-ingredient Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies made with cake mix and holiday sprinkles – ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes!
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A plate of Christmas M&M cookies and cookies cooling on a wire rack.
Christmas M&M Cookies
These Christmas M&M Cookies are easy to make and always turn out perfectly! Chewy centers, crispy edges – they're everything you want in a cookie and more! I bet you can't eat just one!
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Snowball Cookies
Snowball Cookies are the most magical Christmas cookies as it combines butter, sugar, vanilla extract, flour, and pecans that is then baked and rolled in powdered sugar to create a soft buttery, melt in your mouth cookie to enjoy this holiday season or anytime throughout the year. 
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Thumbprint Cookies
Try these Thumbprint Cookies that are an easy shortbread cookie recipe rolled in sugar and filled with jam for the perfect holiday cookies!
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Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookie Bars
Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookie Bars are delicious and wonderfully simple to whip up in no time with a yellow cake mix and chocolate chips!
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Three 7 layer magic cookie bars on top of each other.
7 Layer Cookies
These 7-layer Magic Cookie Bars are made with seven delicious layers – a classic cookie recipe that everyone loves any time of year!
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peanut butter kiss cookies on a wire rack.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are soft, chewy, and topped with a Hershey's Kiss. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies make for the perfect Christmas cookies and are great for year-round baking! 
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Cake Mix M&M Cookies
You’re only 5 ingredients away from soft, chewy Cake Mix M&M Cookies! They’re easy to make, colorful, and absolutely delicious!
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Two sugar cookie bars with red and green sprinkles on top of each other.
Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Bars are quick, easy, and delicious! Made with cake mix, sugar cookie mix, butter, and eggs, it's the perfect bar cookie recipe!
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
This is probably my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I’ve tried. Perfect for Cookies Exchanges or for keeping all to yourself! Give em’ a whirl, you’ll love them!
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Frosted Sugar Cookies
Frosted sugar cookies are a classic treat that everyone loves! You can’t go wrong with a buttery cookie base, colorful frosting, and fun sprinkles!
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Yellow Cake Mix Cookies
Yellow cake mix cookies take all the fuss out of making homemade cookies! Customize them with your favorite mix-ins or toppings.
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red velvet cake mix cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
These Easy Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies only require 4 simple ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes. These cookies are the perfect easy Valentine’s Day treat or for any occasion!
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Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread Cookies are a classic cookie recipe everyone should know. They’re simple in appearance, but their rich, buttery flavor makes it impossible to eat just one!
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A plate of chocolate crinkle cookies.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a little bit like brownies in cookie form! They’re rich, fudgy, and chewy in the middle, and dusted in a coating of powdered sugar.
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peanut butter cookies
The Best Peanut Butter Cookies
These easy Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy and always turn out delicious! Add a glass of milk for the BEST EVER Peanut Butter Cookies you've had!
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Brookie bars.
Brookies are perfect for all those times when you can’t choose between a brownie and a cookie! This easy brookie recipe uses chocolate chip cookie mix and brownie mix to help get dessert on the table lickety-split!
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oatmeal cranberry cookies
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies are the perfect cookie for the holidays! You'll love this cookie for gift giving and cookie exchanges, too!
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Raspberry Cookies
Raspberry cookies are chewy, sweet and irresistible. They are the perfect blend of fruity berries and rich white chocolate.
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White chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
Macadamia Nut Cookies
These soft and chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies are sweet, buttery, and totally irresistible. Each bite will melt in your mouth and put a smile on your face!
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Five double chocolate chip cookies.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you love chocolate, this is the cookie for you. These double chocolate chip cookies are soft, thick, and packed with double the chocolate flavor. 
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Icebox Cookies
Icebox cookies are a holiday classic, but there’s no reason you can’t make them year-round! The easiest cookies you’ll ever make, they’re full of buttery flavor and can be customized in a variety of ways.
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Cookies and cream cookies.
Cookies and Cream Cookies
These loaded cookies and cream cookies are a cookie lover's dream. They're chewy, sweet, and perfect for anyone who loves cookies and milk. 
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A plate of cream cheese spritz cookies in the shape of Christmas trees, flowers, and snowflakes.
Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Cream cheese spritz cookies are a holiday classic! No Christmas cookie spread is complete without a batch of festive spritz cookies with holiday shapes and sprinkles. Here’s how to make them.
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Three chocolate mint crinkle cookies stacked on top of each other with the top cookie missing a bite.
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies are rich and fudgy with crinkly edges and a soft, chewy center. Dusted with powdered sugar and topped with crushed candy canes, they're a festive treat for all your holiday baking needs!
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Pizzelles dusted with powdered sugar.
Homemade Pizzelle Recipe
Pizzelles are a thin, sweet Italian wafer cookie that is especially popular around Christmas time. This homemade pizzelle recipe is classic, delicious, and fun to make!
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A plate of Christmas butter cookies, some with chocolate and sprinkles.
Christmas Butter Cookies
Christmas Butter Cookies are soft and buttery with golden crisp edges and a light and fluffy center. Every bite melts in your mouth – perfect to add to your Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board or to take to holiday exchange parties!
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Delicious Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes

Don’t forget to whip up some of these holiday candy recipes as well! Use your crockpot or oven, and treat yourself.

Old-Fashioned Saltine Cracker Toffee
This Christmas Crack recipe is also known as Old-Fashioned Saltine Cracker Toffee. It's easy to make with just 4 ingredients –  saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar, and chocolate!
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Crock Pot Candy
The easiest candy you'll ever make! Crock Pot Candy is perfect for holiday gifts, especially when you add sprinkles for a festive touch.
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Four pieces of peppermint bark stacked on top of each other.
Peppermint Bark
This Homemade Peppermint Bark recipe is easy and delicious, and it only requires 4 ingredients! This old-fashioned Christmas treat is always a hit!
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cream cheese mints
Cream Cheese Mints
You're going to love these easy recipe for homemade mints!
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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Truffles
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Pieces of Christmas crack topped with M&Ms and sprinkles.
Christmas Crack
Irresistible Christmas Crack is an easy holiday treat made with saltine crackers, caramel sauce, and melted chocolate chips! Top it with red and green M&Ms and sprinkles for an extra dose of holiday cheer!
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Yummy Holiday Brownies and Desserts

There are a few brownies and treats that I wanted to add for you as well!

A stack of 3 peppermint bark brownies on a plate.
Peppermint Bark Brownies
Peppermint bark brownies are a festive holiday brownie recipe with loads of minty flavor! You’ll love the combination of fudgy chocolate, rich white chocolate ganache, and crunchy bits of candy cane.
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Peppermint Oreo Balls
These easy Peppermint Oreo Balls are a holiday tradition that combines the flavors of cheesecake, chocolate, and peppermint for an irresistible treat. You only need 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make them!
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Chocolate Lasagna
It doesn’t get much more fun than chocolate lasagna! You’ll love the layers of cream cheese, Oreos, pudding, and chocolate chips—and how easy it is to make!
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Christmas charcuterie board.
Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board
It is incredibly easy to make this beautiful Christmas dessert charcuterie board, but no one will know it! We share all our favorite tips for creating a show-stopping dessert board that will impress your guests.
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Overhead image of decorated Christmas tree brownies.
Christmas Tree Brownies
Christmas tree brownies are a festive treat sure to bring holiday cheer! They start with a simple boxed brownie mix and are spruced up with baking staples for rich, fudgy brownies with a crinkle topping perfect for decorating. They're the perfect easy Christmas baking project for kids to help with!
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A slice of no bake candy cane pie on a plate.
Candy Cane Pie
Candy Cane Pie features a buttery crushed Oreo pie crust, a peppermint-flavored cream cheese filling, and a topping of Cool Whip and crushed candy canes. Sweet and festive, it's sure to impress your family and friends this holiday season!
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A slice of no bake egg nog pie topped with whipped cream on a plate.
No Bake Egg Nog Pie
No Bake Egg Nog Pie is loaded with familiar holiday flavors, a creamy filling, and a Graham cracker crust. It’s easy to make and is the perfect holiday dessert for your special family gatherings, potlucks, and parties! 
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Simple Christmas Cupcake Recipes

Switch up your Christmas cookies and candies with the addition of cupcakes, too!

Three chocolate candy cane cupcakes on a plate.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes
Using a doctored up box mix and homemade frosting makes this a simple AND delicious Christmas Treat!
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Red-Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
The Very Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe! These cupcakes are so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them from the bakery!
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Coconut Cream Cupcakes with Homemade Buttercream Frosting
Coconut Cream Cupcakes with Homemade Buttercream Frosting
Check out these semi-homemade Coconut Cream Cupcakes! Made from a doctored up cake mix and topped with homemade buttercream frosting…easy AND delicious!
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What is the most popular type of Christmas cookie?

Cut-out sugar cookies with frosting or icing are the most popular type of Christmas cookie according to a recent survey. Those decorated Christmas cookies are pretty cute! Peanut butter blossom cookies and red and green M&M cookies came in second and third for popularity around the holidays.

How early should I make Christmas cookies?

You can start making Christmas cookies up to three months before Christmas if you plan on keeping them frozen. However, if you want to bake your cookies fresh for Christmas, with no freezing involved, you should start baking about a week before Christmas. Be sure to look at the specific make-ahead, storage, and freezing instructions for your favorite recipes!

What are some traditional Christmas candies?

Candy canes, peppermint bark, and butter toffee are all considered to be some of the most popular, classic Christmas candies.

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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. I would love it if all these recipes were in a downloadable ebook.

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