Tis the season to make the best Christmas cookie recipes of all time! These Christmas cookie recipes will put you in the holiday spirit. Bring any of them to your next cookie swap, and you’ll easily win first place! 

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Cookies are a Christmastime staple. They are always a favorite, especially for Santa! There are so many amazing cookie recipes to choose from, so lucky for you, we’ve narrowed things down to the best Christmas cookie recipes for you to make this holiday season.

There are the must-make classics—let’s face it, the holidays would not be complete without a red and white pinwheel cookie, a peanut butter blossom, or a classic spritz cookie. And then there are the more unique recipes that are sure to please, like brown butter toffee cookies and chewy oatmeal cranberry. Whichever ones you try, they’re destined to be winners!

The Best Christmas Cookies to Make for the Holidays

Each one of these cookies is better than the next, and any of the recipes below will be sure to win you first place at your cookie swap. Here are the best Christmas cookie recipes to make this holiday season.

1. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Take the festivities to the dessert table with these Christmas pinwheel cookies. The red and green cookies are the perfect bite to celebrate the holiday season.

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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2. No-Bake Christmas Crunch Cookies

Save the space in the oven this holiday season and whip up a batch of these no-bake Christmas crunch cookies. The cookies only have four ingredients and they’re fun to make with the entire family.

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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3. Christmas M&M Cookies

Red and green M&Ms turn these simple soft cookies into a holiday favorite. The cookies have chewy centers and crispy, golden edges, just like from the bakery!

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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4. Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas cookies are always a good idea. The festive cookies have a cake-like texture making for an irresistible bite.

Italian Christmas Cookies
Italian Christmas Cookies are a delicious cake-like cookie with a hint of anise and sweet sugar glaze. This easy cookie recipe is great to serve any time of the year.
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5. Candy Cane Cookies

Turn your favorite holiday treat into cookies with these festive candy cane cookies. Save this one to make with the kids—it will be just as fun making them as it will be to eat them.

Candy Cane Cookies Are the Cutest Christmas Treat
They’re adorably festive and delicious!
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6. Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

Red and green sprinkles become the star of the show in these Christmas ooey gooey butter cookies. The cookies only have 6 ingredients—one being cake mix—making them a breeze to whip up.

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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7. Classic Spritz Cookies

Would it really be Christmas if you didn’t make some classic spritz cookies? There is a reason this classic cookie doesn’t go out of style. The flavors and festive look are always top notch.

Classic Spritz Cookies are a great way to add variety to your cookie trays this year!
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8. Easy Cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe

Take your artistic skills into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these easy cutout sugar cookies. Grab your favorite holiday cookie cutters and all the green and white decorations you can find. The cookies are almost too pretty to eat!

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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9. No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles

If your favorite part about making chocolate chip cookies is the cookie dough, then these cookies are for you. These little balls of cookie dough goodness are covered in chocolate and topped with red and green sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Truffles
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10. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter? Savor the classic combination and fill your holiday cookie plate with these peanut butter kiss cookies. They are so tasty, it’s a recipe you’ll want to make all year round.

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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11. Pecan Crescent Cookies

These pecan crescent cookies are not lacking when it comes to flavor. The butter-based cookies are teeming with chopped pecans to make for a rich, nutty bite.

Pecan Crescent Cookies Are a Holiday Classic
Buttery and sweet, these cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie plate!
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12. Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are a classic when it comes to holiday baking. The rich butter shortbread cookies are sandwiched between a sweet layer of fruit jam to create the best flavor combination.

Linzer Cookies
Sweet buttery linzer cookies are a classic Christmas cookie with flaky shortbread and fruit jam. The perfect festive holiday treat that melts in your mouth. | aheadofthyme.com
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13. Gingerbread Cookies

Is it really the holiday season if you don’t make a batch of gingerbread cookies? Make a whole family of gingerbread and more with this seasonal cookie recipe.

Gingerbread Cookies
Classic gingerbread cookies with royal icing are soft and chewy in the centre but crisp on the edges. Add these festive cookies to your holiday baking list. | aheadofthyme.com
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14. Snowball Cookies

If you are looking for a cookie that melts in your mouth, look no further than these snowball cookies. The rich butter cookies are rolled in a thick layer of powdered sugar to give them that traditional snowy look.

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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15. Thumbprint Cookies

For a simple recipe that will wow your guests, go with these thumbprint cookies. The easy shortbread cookie recipe couldn’t be easier to make. The little windows of jam make them irresistible to the eyes—and they taste just as good as they look!

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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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16. Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes it’s great to stick with a classic when it comes to Christmas cookies. Case in point: these peanut butter cookies. They are exactly what they sound like. Super simple and very delicious.

Tasty Christmas Cookie Recipes

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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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17. Stained Glass Cookies

These beautiful cookies get their stained glass look from melted rock candy. You’ll be surprised by how fun and easy these cookies are to make.

Easy Stained Glass Cookies
Quick and easy stained glass cookies recipe, made with simple ingredients. These beautiful classic Christmas sugar cookies are filled with rock candy. These pretty stained glass cookies are great for Christmas, Mother’s Day or even Valentine’s Day. You can even hang them on branches and make a cente…
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18. Butterscotch Cookies

Give your tastebuds a break from all the mint and chocolate cookies and switch it up with these butterscotch cookies. The butterscotch flavor, combined with the soft cookie dough, makes for a delicious holiday treat.

Butterscotch Cookies {So chewy and soft!} – Plated Cravings
Butterscotch Cookies are soft, chewy, and made with only a few basic ingredients! This easy cookie recipe is ready to bake after only 20 min in the freezer.
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19. Soft Molasses Cookies

Want to make ginger cookies without fussing with cookie cutters? Try these soft molasses cookies instead. The cookies still have that same amazing bold ginger flavor, but in classic drop cookie form.

Seriously Soft Molasses Cookies – Sally’s Baking Addiction
These seriously soft molasses cookies are the most tender and chewy gingersnap cookies around! A must-make recipe for your Christmas cookie platters.
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20. Gooey Butter Cookies

Turn a simple box of cake mix into gooey butter cookies with only 4 other additional ingredients. The cookies truly live up to their name with their gooey and buttery texture.

gooey butter cookies
Gooey Butter Cookies
Gooey Butter Cookies made with a cake mix, butter, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla. And easy cookie recipe made with only 5-ingredients!
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21. Shortbread Cookies

It doesn’t get more classic than a shortbread cookie. The simple cookie is often the most memorable on the plate. Dip them in melted dark chocolate to make them even more decadent!

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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22. Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

There is no lacking of flavor when it comes to these brown butter toffee cookies. The brown butter flavor adds a rich, nutty flavor to the cookies to make a sweet and irresistible bite.

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies
Sweet, soft cookies packed with toffee pieces and just slightly salted. These Brown Butter Toffee Cookies are bound to be your new favorite!
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23. Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Switch up the classic shortbread cookies this year, and add some pecans to the mix with these pecan shortbread cookies. The pecans complement the buttery flavor of the shortbread to make a classic holiday cookie.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies – Once Upon a Chef
TESTED u0026 PERFECTED RECIPE u002du002d Rolled in coarse sugar, these sophisticated pecan shortbread cookies are long on buttery, nutty flavor.
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24. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is no such thing as too much chocolate. Just look at these double chocolate chip cookies! These cookies are a dream come true for chocolate lovers.

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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25. Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

There is something about the holiday season that makes me crave these oatmeal cranberry cookies. The tart cranberries play off the sweet white chocolate chips in the cookie to make an outstanding flavor combination.

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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26. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Brownie lovers will fall in love with these chocolate crinkle cookies. The little cookies are basically like brownies in disguise. The rich, fudgy dough balls get rolled in powdered sugar before they hit the oven to create that classic crinkle cookie look.

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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27. Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

If you are looking for a quick and simple cookie to bring to your cookie swap, go with these red velvet cookies. The bright red cookies use cake mix and 3 other everyday ingredients to come to life. If you want to make them extra festive, add some green sprinkles to the batter.

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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28. Snickerdoodles Cookies

Cinnamon and sugar team up to create the coziest flavor in these snickerdoodle cookies. The classic cookie is always a fan favorite when it comes to the holiday season.

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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29. Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies

Take your hot chocolate and turn it into cookie form with these hot chocolate blossom cookies. The hot chocolate cookies get their inspiration from peanut butter blossom cookies. Top the cookies with marshmallows for an extra treat!

Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies
Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies are the perfect cookie recipe for hot cocoa lovers! A chocolaty cookie dough is baked to soft, chewy perfection, then topped with a Hershey’s Kiss.
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30. Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

Mint is basically the unofficial mascot of Christmas—or Christmas cookies and desserts, at least! These double chocolate mint cookies prove why. The chocolate and mint combo is one that you just can’t beat.

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies – Once Upon a Chef
(TESTED u0026 PERFECTED RECIPE) These double chocolate mint cookies taste just like Thin Mints® but have the texture of chunky chocolate chip cookies.
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31. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is never a wrong time to eat a chocolate chip cookie. They may not be the most festive cookie when it comes to Christmas, but they will be a hit on the plate no matter what.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get ready to fall in love with these chewy chocolate chip cookies. The melt-in-your-mouth cookies will easily be an instant favorite.
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32. Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy cookies are truly the cookie that has it all! The dough combines chocolate chips with oats, pecans, cinnamon, and coconut to make a cookie that is out of this world.

Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy cookies are a true flavor bomb. They combine chocolate chips with oats, pecans, cinnamon, and coconut.
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33. Frosted Sugar Cookies

Take your sugar cookies to the next level with these frosted sugar cookies. Turn your frosting red and green and go crazy with Christmas sprinkles to make these tasty cookies extra festive.

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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