Christmas Cookies

It’s time for all of the holiday baking recipes to come out of the recipe tin! Check out our favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes. We will be adding more cookie recipes to this collection as they come.

If you have a cookie recipe that you’d love to share with us, submit it here! We would love to publish your recipe on the blog. We already have a few reader recipes that we’ve shared and we would be happy to share your favorite family recipe too!

Also, check out our post on Homemade Holiday Gifts.

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A collection of Christmas Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

This shortbread cookie recipe is buttery and crispy. I personally love to dip these shortbread cookies in dark chocolate. Or you can add chopped chocolate to the dough and bake up a salty-sweet chocolate chip shortbread.

This post dives into everything you need to know about making shortbread. There is even a deep dark chocolate version.

chocolate dipped butter shortbread cookies
Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Shortbread cookies are easier to make than you might think. You don't need to wait for the holidays to make these crispy, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies.
homemade shortbread cookies on a white plate

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

What could be better than chocolate shortbread packed with dark chocolate chips? If you have any chocolate lovers on your list this year, these are the cookie they’ll want.

Crispy, buttery, chocolatey.

double chocolate shortbread cookies with a bit taken out
Chocolate Shortbread
These chocolatey chocolate chip shortbread cookies are extra delicious if you're a chocolate lover. They're made with black cocoa for an ultra-rich chocolate shortbread cookie, and then they're stuffed with dark chocolate chunks.
chocolate shortbread recipe with chocolate chips

Pecan Fingers

This cookie is a pecan shortbread cookie. You might see them called pecan snowballs. They are typically made as round balls, like Mexican Wedding Cookies; but my Grammy always made them shaped like fingers.

This is how I still make them today.

Pecan cookies coated with powdered sugar. by foodology geek
Pecan Christmas Cookies
This old-school pecan finger cookie recipe is chock full of finely ground pecans and then covered in powdered sugar. It 's one of my absolute favorite cookies of all time.
mexican wedding cookies covered in powdered sugar

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies 

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is adapted from the Famous Jaques Torres chocolate chip cookies. They have the best texture of any chocolate chip cookie I have ever had.

You’re going to love the crispy edges and the slightly chewy inside that is stuffed with three kinds of chocolate chips. This decadent cookie is sprinkled with a smidge of fleur de sel. The salt enhances the butter and the chocolate to make this the BEST chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever had.

salted chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
These salted chocolate chip cookies are the perfect sweet & salty cookie. They're based on the Famous Jaques Torres chocolate chip cookies. I've put my spin on these babies, and I think they are even better than the original.
salted chocolate chip cookies on a baking rack

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies

When I think of Chistina Tossi I think of an 8-year-old’s palette with the skill of a master pastry chef. She has a way of combining all of your favorite childhood flavors in a cookie that is masterfully engineered. It’s pure genius!

I have all of Tossi’s cookbooks and I love to try her fun creations. This cookie, Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies are kind of like a chocolate chip cookie but imagine that that chocolate chip cookie had every other snack food that you ever binged on during a slumber party inside of it. Then you’d have the compost cookie.

Compost cookies from milk bar's Christina Tosi
Milk Bar Compost Cookies
These cookies are a blast to make. They are a bit like a classic chocolate chip cookie… but with a collection of ‘mix-ins’ that create a character all its own.
Compost Cookies Momofuku Milk Bar Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate chips cookies, what can I even say. This cookie is a chewy chocolate chips cookie that’s has a little bit of pumpkin puree and a dash of pumpkin spice. They are so easy to make, you don’t even need a mixer.

You’ll love these with a hot cup of coffee on a chilly fall day.

stack of pumpkin chocolate chips cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
These are the BEST soft and chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Pumpkin spice cookies are the perfect fall dessert recipe! These cookies are so easy to make – no mixer needed.
a stack of freshly baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft pumpkin cookies iced with cream cheese frosting are a perfect combo. You’ll love the sweet pumpkin spice in these cookies.

Grab a cozy sweater and hot glass of tea and curl up with a few of these fall-inspired cookies.

soft pumpkin cookies frosted with cream cheese frosting
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
These are the BEST soft pumpkin cookies frosted with tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting. Soft pumpkin spiced cookies are the perfect fall dessert recipe! These are so easy to make – no mixer needed.
pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting on a metal baking sheet

Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon and fall spices will make this cookie one of your favorite holiday cookies. If you haven’t tried baking with persimmon, this is the perfect recipe to get you started.

These persimmon cookies are easy to make; they’re full of fruit and nuts. The texture is out of this world.

the best persimmon cookies stacked plus a view of the inside
Persimmon Cookies
This is the best persimmon cookie recipe. These cookies are made with fresh persimmon pulp and holiday spices. They're soft, not too sweet, and just the right amount of spice. If you haven't tried persimmon cookies, it's time to add them to your Christmas cookies rotation.

Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies – 1 Net Carb

This pecan snowball cookie only has 1 Net Carb per cookie. Even if you’re watching your sugar, you can still enjoy the holidays.

When I made these cookies, I was so excited by how they turned out. They taste just like the original Pecan Snowball Cookies but have zero sugar. You’re honestly going to love them.

plate of low carb keto Christmas cookies
Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies
Snowball cookies are made with pecans or almonds. They are also called Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cookies. This cookie is a pecan shortbread cookie that is rolled in powdered sugar. This low carb keto cookie is just as good as the orignal version.
plate of low carb keto Christmas cookies

Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are always a treat! What better way to celebrate your Christmas morning than with a batch of these soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls iced with cream cheese frosting.

a baking dish of cinnamon rolls and one served on a plate
Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls
These are the BEST cinnamon rolls that you're ever going to make. They're soft and fluffy, full of gooey cinnamon roll filling, and topped with cream cheese frosting. Homemade cinnamon rolls are a real treat for breakfast or brunch. These are our favorite Christmas morning traditions.
close up of a cinnamon roll with cram cheese frosting

Ginger Molasses Cookies

No cookie says the holidays like Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies. Sweet, crispy, chewy, and full of all the holiday spices.

molasses crinkle cookie
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
These molasses cookies are soft and chewy and irresistibly delicious. They are chewy, soft, and full of spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. This old fashioned ginger spice cookie is everything that a holiday cookie should be.
molasses crinkle cookie

Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are light and crispy. They practically melt in your mouth. I love adding colored nonpareils to add some fun to these cookies during the holidays.

a stack of rainbow sprinkle sugar cookies on a plate
Sugar Cookie Recipe
The lightest, melt in your mouth sugar cookie recipe ever! This is the BEST sugar cookie recipe that you will ever make.
stack a sugar cookies

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringue cookies are the cutest holiday cookie ever! They’re like crispy pillowy clouds of confection that you can flavor anyway you like. I like peppermint of the holidays but you can use any flavor extract that suits your tastebuds.

Meringue cookies make adorable Christmas cookies for gifting to neighbors and friends.

peppermint meringues on parchment paper
Peppermint Meringues
These are festive alternative to cookies. 
Meringues Single

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Think of these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies like Gourmet Oreos. The dark chocolate cookies are filled with a decadent buttercream that you can color any color you like.

Who doesn’t want all the flavor of an oreo without any of the unnatural ingredients?

*This recipe was originally published as a Halloween cookie recipe, shaped like bats. Use the same recipe with round cookie cutters to make the homemade oreos.

Halloween Cookies (Bat Oreos)
These cookies are basically homemade gourmet oreo cookies. The dark chocolate cookie dough can also be baked alone and then crushed or crumbled on top of ice cream.
Bat shaped oreo cookies filled with orange buttercream. These homemade oreos are even better than the real thing.

Granola Cookies

These granola cookies are grain-free. They’re made with nuts, dried coconut, some spices, and a small amount of sugar. They’re a perfect alternative if you want cookies but don’t want all the gluten and sugar.

Granola Recipe
Add the perfect crunchy sweetness to your breakfast with this homemade granola recipe. It's so easy to make, and you can customize it with your favorite flavors.
homemade granola in a glass jar

Edible Christmas Gift Ideas

The holidays are for gifting and I have a ton of easy homemade holiday gift ideas. If you have no time to shop this year, try your hand at making gourmet food gifts for your favorite people this year.

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