58 Essential Christmas Cookies

From classic sugar cookies to gingerbread men, these top recipes will sweeten your holiday - and make you the darling of all your cookie swaps.

Apple Crisp Cookies

"Delicious. Tastes exactly like apple crisp!"

-Pink Kitchenaid Lover

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

"I'm usually horrible at baking from scratch, but this recipe was fantastic! Super easy, tasty and soft."


Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

"Both delicious and beautiful!"

-Baking Christi

4-Ingredient Fudge Crinkles

"I have three words for anyone thinking of making these cookies: quick, easy and delicious! Perfect for Christmas goodie trays."


Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

"I took these to a cookie exchange and they were a hit. I half-dipped them using semi-sweet chocolate."

-Gay Gilmore

Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

"This dough is so easy to work with, and everyone at our annual Christmas Eve party commented on how cute and tasty they were."

-Chef #670879

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

"These are the best snickerdoodles I've ever had. I don't chill the dough — if you wet your hands with cool water, you can easily roll the balls and get them into the oven faster!"


Wilton Royal Icing

"I made some of this this past weekend for use in decorating a gingerbread cookie tree for a party. This stuff is pretty easy to whip up and really does dry very quickly. It's a keeper!"

-Outnumbered By Pean

NYC Black & White Cookies

"They came out great. I will be making them for Christmas, but instead of black and white frosting I'm going to try green and red frosting."


Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

"My family loves these cookies! I have made this recipe several times now, and the cookies turn out great every time."

-Alyson P.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

"These are the only peanut butter cookies I make anymore. They are good with crunchy or creamy peanut butter."

-Lola Granola

Best Oatmeal Cookies

"This is a family favorite. The secret is soaking the raisins — it makes all the difference."

-Merrie Wold

Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies

"These turned out beautifully. The recipe is so simple that the possibilities are endless."


Almond Spritz Press Cookies

"Incredible cookies! I've loved these since I was a little girl, and I'm thrilled to have finally found the recipe."

-Chef #413233

Snowball Cookies

"These melt in your mouth and are a good addition to your holiday cookie tray."


Christmas Chocolate Cherry Cookies

"I've made these for years as a Christmas cookie to give to friends. I substitute red and green glace cherries for the maraschino cherries."


World's Best Butter Cookies

"I have been looking for a butter cookie that tastes like the ones Gramma used to bake. This is it. These are the best butter cookies ever!"

-Terri F.

Soft Molasses Cookies

"One word: killer! These cookies are easy to make — not to mention soft, chewy and exquisitely spiced."


Russian Tea Cake Cookies

"I love these little snowballs! It's a wonderful cookie at Christmas time. These baked up so nicely and were so easy to make."

-Aunt Paula

Thumbprint Cookies

"I wanted a thumbprint cookies without nuts, and this one turned out perfectly."

-mary winecoff

Ina's Coconut Macaroons

"We love, love, love this recipe! They are awesome and so easy to make. Try them dipped in or drizzled with chocolate."


Cinnamon Cookies

"This may just be the perfect cookie recipe. I'm so glad I decided to double the recipe!"


White Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

"We included these cookies on our holiday trays for family and friends. They looked so festive, and tasted wonderful."


Peanut Butter Blossoms

"What lovely little Christmas delights! These morsels are nothing short of buttery goodness."


Andes Mint Cookies

"These are delicious! They taste similar to Girl Scout cookies. I couldn't find Andes baking chips, so I bought the mints and chopped them up."


Buttery Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

"I'm SO glad I gave these cookies a go — in fact, the only reason I created an account here was to give this recipe my thumbs-up!"


Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

"I've tried other recipes with oatmeal and cranberries, and these are by far the tastiest — and the chewiest! I used walnuts instead of pecans."


Italian Anise Cookies

"I have been trying for years to re-create the recipe my Italian grandmother made. This is finally the one!"


Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

"This is by FAR my family's favorite cookie on the Christmas cookie tray. You can make them festive by using holiday M&Ms."


Cornflake Cookies

"These are the best cookies I have ever made! They came out crumble-in-your-mouth perfect. The cornflakes just give them a crunchy kick."


Cheesecake Cookies

"I really preferred these to an actual cheesecake and they were easier to make. I also liked that they weren't overly sweet."


Safe-to-Eat Raw Cookie Dough

"This is a wonderful recipe. All my son's friends love cookie dough so this helped me feel comfortable about serving them all "raw" dough. This tastes just like the real thing."


Scratch-Made Funfetti Cookies

"These cookies are easy and delicious — just fun, simple sugar cookies that are great for any season. Using the bottom of a sugar-coated glass to flatten the balls of dough is genius."

-Mandy at Food.com

Impossible Peanut Butter Cookies

"These stand up to other peanut butter cookies but require less time, work and effort."


Gingersnap Cookies

"These were chewy and delicious. Both the kids and parents loved them because they were so soft."


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

"These are the best cookies I've ever eaten. The texture is just perfect, and the kosher salt works like magic to counteract the sweetness."


Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

"These were a perfect combo of crispy and chewy. Like another reviewer, I can't stop eating them."


Sugar Cookie Icing

"Fantastic! I made this icing for my Christmas tray cutouts, and it turned out perfectly — glossy, delicious and easy to make."


Easy Sugar Cookies

"These sugar cookies are simple and delicious. My cookies came out beautifully — thin and crisp. I highly recommend this recipe."


German Christmas Almond Cookies

"These cookies reminded me of spending Christmas in Germany. They were delicious."

-Petite Mommy

Eggnog Cookies

"These were wonderful. My kids ate them all up and I had to make another batch for my cookie exchange."


Pecan Balls

"These were the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. They had just the right amount of crumbs."


Meringue Cookies

"This was a great recipe that I’ll use again. I used a small amount of cream of tartar to get my meringue to peak."


Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

"These are a must for holiday cookie trays. The dough is perfectly buttery and the jelly adds the right amount of sweetness."


Almond Crescent Cookies

"This is a very quick and easy recipe. I used sliced almonds instead of ground ones to save time and they turned out great."


Chocolate Almond Crisps

"I loved the taste of these cookies. They’re a Christmas tradition in my house."

-Jenny Sanders

Gluten-Free Jam Cookies

"These are an excellent gluten-free cookie recipe. They’re a great Christmas treat."

-Sweet Heidi

Easy Sugar Cookies

"These cookies are so soft and buttery. They’re as easy to make as using a pre-made mix but they taste much better."


Walnut Balls

"These have a wonderfully light and delicate shortbread texture. They’re nutty and not too sweet."


Italian Christmas Cookies

"This recipe makes a lot of cookies. They are tiny and have a wonderful cake-like texture."

-Cathleen Colbert

Rolled Butter Cookies

"This is one of the best cut-out cookie recipes I’ve tried. The cookies are rich, buttery and not too crisp."


Christmas Mint Cookies

"I was craving a mint and chocolate combo and this was a quick fix. They’re a simple holiday cookie."

-Roxanne J.R.


"These are a light and buttery French puff pastry cookie. They have a simple taste and cinnamon sugar is a must."


Stained Glass Window Cookies

"These cookies are incredibly easy to make. They’re not as labor-intensive as they look."


Raspberry Swirl Cookies

"I love these cookies. I always look forward to making them on Christmas."

"I love buttery cookies and using my cookie press, so this recipe was perfect. They are nice and light."

Norwegian Butter Cookies

"I love buttery cookies and using my cookie press, so this recipe was perfect. They are nice and light."


Holiday Sugar Cookies

"Super easy to make and turned out perfect! This is my go to recipe for sugar cookies now!"

-Amber Simon

Soft Coconut Macaroons

"These are the best coconut macaroons I have ever made! I love that they are soft and chewy and pretty close to perfection."