Get in the holiday spirit with these delicious and easy Christmas cookie recipes. These cookies not only taste great, but they’re also fun to make. Baking homemade Christmas cookies should be exciting, enjoyable, and delicious and these easy treats check off all the boxes.

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Looking for crowd-pleasing desserts this holiday season? Give our easy to make Christmas cookies a try for sweet treats perfect for bake sales, holiday parties, and leaving out for Santa!

1. Christmas M&M Cookies

Red and green M&M Christmas cookies are a true classic. Everyone adores these iconic Christmas cookies and, with our recipe, they’re so easy to make!

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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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2. Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

These incredible butter cookies completely melt in your mouth. We cover them in red and green sprinkles to make them perfect for any Christmas cookie tray. Just a warning, they’re addictive and tend to disappear fast!

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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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3. No Bake Christmas Crunch Cookies

Sweet, crunchy, and ready in minutes, these no bake Christmas cookies are a go-to option when you’re in a hurry or just need to save some oven space for the holiday ham.

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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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4. Christmas Tree Brownies

Okay so we know these are brownies and not technically Christmas cookies, but they’re just so good we had to include them on our list. These Christmas tree brownies are really easy to make and look amazing on a cookie tray or dessert buffet.

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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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5. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These pinwheel cookies are easier to bake than you may think. Make three batches of simple cookie dough, use food coloring to help you out, and roll them all together for a stunning treat that makes enough to easily serve a crowd.

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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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6. Easy Christmas Cookies With Holiday Pretzels

Cute, festive, and quick, these easy Christmas cookies come together in minutes and are perfectly poppable for a snack your guests will find themselves reaching for all night long.

Easy Christmas Cookies with Holiday Pretzels
These easy Christmas Cookies are salty-sweet addictive and look so pretty on a Christmas tray. You can make a lot at one time so you’ll have more time for wrapping those gifts!
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These Christmas cookie bars are soft, gooey, and perfectly sweet. They have everything you want in a cookie bar and will be a recipe you make on repeat.

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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8. Very Best Rolled Sugar Cookies With Frosting

Nothing says Christmas quite like classic cut-out cookies, and this version is the absolute best! Use it to make fun shapes, and get the kids involved in decorating for endless fun.

The VERY BEST Rolled Sugar Cookies
This recipe will be your new go-to recipe for Sugar Cookies. It’s that perfect!
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Imagine a chocolate chip cookie and a truffle combined and that is what you get with its amazing recipe. These no-bake truffles look decadant and fancy but are actually very easy to make.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Truffles
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10. Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas cookies have a slightly cake-like texture that you will adore. They are sweet, a little crumbly, and have a delicious icing that you can quickly top with some Christmas cookie sprinkles to make them holiday-ready.

Italian Christmas Cookies
Italian Christmas Cookies are delicious cake-like cookies 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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11. Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

These red velvet cookies look stunning on your Christmas table. Even better, you can whip them up in minutes, thanks to the use of boxed cake mix!

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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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12. Haystack Cookies

We’re not sure how haystack cookies became so popular at Christmas time, but they are definitely a classic December cookie! We love how easy these perfect haystack cookies are to make. Add some Christmas cookie sprinkles and you will have a tasty, holiday treat!

Chocolate peanut butter haystack cookies on parchment paper.
Haystack Cookies
These no-bake Haystack Cookies are crunchy, sweet, and a little bit salty. You only need 5 simple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make a big batch!
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13. Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Soft and chewy with pockets of sweet and tart flavor, these oatmeal cookies are studded with cranberries and white chocolate chips for a festive-looking recipe that will be a welcome addition to any holiday dessert table.

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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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14. Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Melt in your mouth tender, these soft sugar cookies are a classic cut-out cookie that couldn’t be easier to make or decorate. Make multiple batches to give to friends and family, or leave them out for Santa to enjoy!

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Let’s kick off cookies’ biggest time of year with the best of all Christmas cookie recipes: Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies. Soft, tender, and surprisingly easy to make, these are THE ideal cutout cookie, for the holidays…or anytime you need a soft, chewy, and utterly perfect cut out cookie.
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15. Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and tender, these Christmas shortbread cookies are a classic. With no frosting and no crazy decorations, they are very easy to make. Make these cookies big or bite-sized. They are great either way!

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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16. Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies are laced with pecans, packed with delicious butter, and rolled in fluffy powdered sugar. They look like snowballs, but they taste like heaven.

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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17. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies look like they were left out in the Christmas snow. They are rich and chocolatey and perfect for any chocolate lover this holiday season.

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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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18. Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies

Everyone is going to go crazy for these intensely chocolate Christmas cookies. The melty Hershey’s kiss on the top is pure perfection. I dream about these cookies all year long and, now that Christmas is here, it is time to make them by the dozens!

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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19. Thumbprint Cookies

A traditionally Swedish recipe, thumbprint cookies are a staple in many homes during the Christmas season. And for good reason! Filled with raspberry or strawberry jelly, they’re perfectly poppable and great for when you just want a bite of something sweet.

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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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20. Icebox Cookies

Icebox cookies are the ultimate make-ahead Christmas cookie. You can make the easy cookie dough, flavor it in all different ways, and store it in the freezer until you are ready to bake. Make a big batch to keep on hand for unexpected visitors and last-minute parties!

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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21. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These are the best peanut butter kiss cookies ever! Soft and chewy, they’re full of peanut butter flavor and topped with a rich Hershey’s kiss for a holiday dessert you’ll find yourself making all year long.

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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22. Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies for the holidays is one of my favorite childhood memories and a tradition I continue with my kids to this day. This one-bowl recipe is my go-to because it comes together so quickly, meaning you can start decorating right away!

Easy Decorated Christmas Cookies
Don't fancy yourself as a fancy cookie maker? Check out these Easy Decorated Christmas Cookies, they're one-bowl, no-mixer and simply delish!
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23. Classic Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies are everyone’s Christmas favorite. These easy-to-make Spritz cookies are perfect for preparing ahead of time as they stay fresh for weeks! Use a cookie press or a piping bag to create bakery-worthy shapes.

Classic Spritz Cookies
One of everyone’s favorite things to do during the holidays is to make Christmas cookies! From Kiss Cookies to Gobstoppers, there’s bound to be a Christmas cookie everyone has to have. One of my favorites is Classic Spritz Cookies!

24. Candy Cane Cookies

Skip the peppermint candy canes, and make these candy cane cookies instead! Impressive in appearance, they’re simple to make and a great way to get your little ones involved in the kitchen!

Candy Cane Cookies
While candy cane cookies might look complicated, they're actually quite simple to make. Half of the dough is dyed red, before being twisted up with its plain counterpart and baked to buttery, tender perfection.
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25. Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

No Christmas cookie tray is complete without a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies! Unlike any recipe you’ve had before, this version is made with pudding for an extra rich flavor and a soft, chewy texture that no one can resist!

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
These chocolate chip pudding cookies are chewy, moist and stay soft for days. This recipe will quickly become your go-to for amazing chocolate chip cookies.
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26. Pizzelles

Pizzelles are a classic Christmas cookie that you have likely seen in fancy bakeries and pastry shops. But I’ll let you in on a secret. They’re actually not hard to make when you use my easy recipe and an electric pizzelle press!

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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27. Macadamia Nut Cookies

Macadamia nuts are a pretty fancy nut which is why they are perfect for Christmas. You need to treat yourself this time of year and these decadent cookies will help you do just that!

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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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, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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