Delightful Christmas Cookies

50 Amazing Christmas Cookies to Delight Your Guests

Looking for inspiration for what to bake this holiday season? We’ve done the research for you and collected 50 of the best, most amazing recipes for Christmas Cookies on Pinterest.

Christmas cookies are one of the most important Christmas traditions. They have been a part of Christmas celebrations for centuries, and they will continue to be so for many more.

Christmas cookies are often decorated in different ways depending on where you live, what your family tradition is, or if you’re celebrating Christmas with friends who celebrate differently than you do. Christmas cookies arenโ€™t just a tradition though, they are also the perfect Christmas treat to share with your family and friends. Plus, they make for super-fun, pretty, and edible DIY Christmas decorations.

One of the best things about Christmas cookies is that most recipes can be made ahead of time so you have one less thing on your mind when Christmas arrives. Christmas cookies will not only delight your guests but will leave them feeling satisfied after a big Christmas dinner!

Leave it to the Internet to be an unending source for amazing recipes, and it does not let us down when it comes to sourcing fantastic recipes for Christmas cookies.

From classic gingerbread to spectacular chocolate creations, you’re sure to find inspiration for your next batch of baking inside this delicious collection.

Browse through the collection, pick the Christmas cookies that interest you the most, and follow the link to the recipe.

You can make these up for yourself and your family, or bake a batch and give them away as a wonderful DIY Christmas gift.

Happy Baking and Merry Christmas!!!

White Chocolate Gingerdoodles

White Chocolate Gingerdoodles

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Soft and chewy on the inside but crisp around the edges, these ginger & molasses cookies are full of all the flavors of Christmas. Except for Turkey, because that would be gross in a cookie.


Christmas Oreo Cookie Truffles

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This no-bake recipe is awesome for creating colorful and delicious cookie treats on the fly!


The Grinch Sugar Cookies

The Grinch Christmas Sugar Cookie

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Your basic sugar cookie is escalated using this amazing Grinch-themed design. I couldn’t find the original recipe for this, I found the cookie design on Pinterest but it was far too cute to not include. However, thanks to one of our readers who were able to identify this design as belonging to June Bug & Moo from Austin, Texas. Amazing work!!!


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Gooey Christmas Butter Cookies

Gooey Christmas Butter Cookies

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How can you NOT love a recipe that uses the word “Gooey” in the title? Unless you’re cooking turkey. I feel like a Gooey turkey would be all sorts of wrong.

So let me rephrase that… how can you NOT love a Christmas Cookie recipe that uses the word “Gooey” in the title. Yes, that’s much better!


Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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A Christmas classic, this soft & chewy chocolate cookie is smothered in confectioners sugar


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Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Like a cup of hot cocoa in cookie form, these cookies are truly scrumptious.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Snowball Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Snowball Cookies

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A classic snowball cookie recipe gets stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The result, Christmas cookie deliciousness.


Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles

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If you can’t decide between sugar cookies or truffles, fear not my fellow Christmas over-eater, now you can combine the best of both worlds into one delicious cookie treat.


Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

 Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

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A Christmas classic, thumbprint cookies used to be my least favorite type of Christmas cookie, until now. These look like delicious tiny Danishes, don’t they?


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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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I know, who makes shortbread at Christmas? Pretty much everyone! This version whips up (pun fully intended) a batch of cookies that are light as air with a delicious buttery flavor.

And I feel like because they are so light and fluffy, they have to be less fattening… right????


Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

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Love from the Oven, have you been reading my diary????

Of course, if you don’t like eggnog or snickerdoodles, this recipe is definitely not for you. Then again, neither is joy or laughter (just guessing, I could be wrong).



Christmas Lights Cookies

Christmas Lights Cookies

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One of the prettiest parts of Christmas is all of the houses decked out with Christmas lights. With these cookies, you get all of the joy of beauty of Christmas lights without all of the hassles of untangling 600 feet of wire.

And they are far more energy-efficient, so by eating these cookies you are actually reducing your carbon footprint. Just saying.


3D Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Tree

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Technically, all cookies are 3D, but it sounds more impressive when you call out the fact that this cookie tower is fully edible and completely cute.

Now, this is an alternative Christmas tree that I can really get behind (and get into my belly).


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Christmas Dipped Oreos

Christmas Dipped Oreos

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Don’t feel like baking cookies from scratch? It’s ok, I’ve been there. You can still make a batch of beautiful Christmas cookies by simply taking a classic base (such as Oreos) and dipping and decorating them into masterpieces that you can claim as your own.


Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

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A super cute recipe that uses sugar cookie dough, chocolate ganache, mini marshmallows and pretzels (yes, pretzels) to create mini and fully-edible hot chocolate cookie cups.

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You can also use candy canes for the handle if you so desire. They are both super cute, but I guess the candy cane version has a slight edge when it comes to Christmas cookies because it’s a bit more – you know – Christmassy.


Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies

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For those with an ever-so-slightly morbid sense of humor, these cookies celebrate Frosty’s day after the sun has risen a bit too high in the sky.

Although the recipe does beg one important question… what the fudge is a Jimmy??


Soft Baked Cake Batter Christmas Cookies

Soft Baked Cake Batter Christmas Cookies

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Another wonderful hybrid, these Christmas cookies have all of the flavors of a confetti cake but are bit-sized (maybe 2 bites if you’re all delicate and stuff and don’t like shoving an entire cookie in your mouth like a normal person) as a cookie should be.


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Peanut Butter Christmas Buckeye Balls

Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls

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A seasonal twist on a classic cookie favorite, these buckeye balls (such a funny cookie name!!) are alternately dipped in dark chocolate vs white chocolate with sprinkles to provide so Christmas colors.

They remind me of one of my favorite Christmas treats, Chocolate Salty Balls, but with a bit more peanut butter and extra sprinkles!


Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

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A black and white cookie that mixes the richness of dark chocolate with the minty goodness of candy canes. Together they create a wonderful and festive treat.


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Disney Christmas Cookies

Disney Christmas Cookies

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What’s Christmas with a little hint of Disney magic??


Polar Bear Oreos

Polar Bear Oreos

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Polar Bears have become as much of a symbol of the Christmas season as Reindeer. Ok, maybe that’s taking it too far. But they’re definitely on par with Penguins when it comes to Christmas animals. And way, way higher than Raccoons.

These quick and easy-dipped Oreo Polar Bears pay homage to one of Santa’s (and Coca-Cola’s) favorite Christmas animals.


Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Quite the bold claim! I mean, they do look delicious with all of those dark & white chocolate chips, plus red & green M&Ms.

But to claim them as Santa’s favorite?? I might have to bake up a batch of them for Christmas Eve and test that theory out for myself.



Peppermint Bark Pretzel Bites

Peppermint Bark Pretzel Bites

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These little cookie bites use a pretzel-based topped with melted Hershey Candy Cane Crunch Kisses, red & white M&Ms, and some colorful sprinkles.


Gingerbread Cookie Bites

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I love these little Gingerbread cookie bites because I get to enjoy all of the pleasures of gingerbread without that ever-so-slightly-creepy feeling of biting a gingerbread person’s body parts off.

Plus they’re far easier to make than an elaborate gingerbread house.

Just in case you have not yet found the PERFECT Christmas Cookie recipe (or recipes) to fill your baking needs this holiday season, we still have a bunch more delicious cookies to explore.

Melt In Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

Melt In Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

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A classic, no-fuss recipe for simply delicious shortbread cookies. They may not be the prettiest, but you really can’t have a collection of Christmas cookies without your tried and true Shortbread cookie.

This version includes Mom’s classic shortbread, plus a brown sugar version for a bit of a twist.


Christmas Cheesecake Swirl Cookies

Christmas Cheesecake Swirl Cookies

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Lovely swirls and red and green make them visually stunning and the creamy and tender texture with just a hint of peppermint makes them gastronomically appealing.

Plus, the lack of icing makes them practically a diet cookie. Practically.


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Toffee Pecan Christmas Cookies

Toffee Pecan Christmas Cookies

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It’s like pecan pie in cookie form. Could life get any better???


Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Christmas Cookies

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I believe I just answered my own question.


No-Bake Christmas Holly Cookies

Christmas Holly Cookies

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Similar to Rice Krispies squares, these require no baking. But instead of Rice Krispies, it uses Corn Flakes & green food coloring to create the holly leaves and then red cinnamon candies (or red M&Ms would work) to accent with holly berries.


Gluten-Free Snowflake & Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Snowflake & Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

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There’s been so much gluten so far in this list. You may even say there has been a glut of gluten. So why not add at least one gluten-free recipe to the mix? Especially such a pretty one? I couldn’t think of a good reason either.


No-Bake Marshmallow Roll Cookies

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An easy-to-make sweet treat that has been popular in Newfoundland, Canada for generations. The Newfoundland connection isn’t really important, I just thought it was interesting.


Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

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A Christmas classic. Need I say more?



Candy Cane Twist Cookies

Candy Cane Twist Cookies

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A mix of red and white peppermint shortbread that has been twisted together and formed to shape yummy little candy canes.


White Chocolate & Sprinkle Ting-a-Lings

White Chocolate & Sprinkle Ting-a-Lings

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If you do not wish to use the word “Ting-a-lings” (I can understand why really) you can also call these Haystacks. Either way, they are a delicious Christmas treat.


Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

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I love it when a recipe name is soooo bold to make a claim like this. We already balked at “Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie” but now we have an Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookie. Such bold claims, but do they live up to the hype???

They certainly look insanely delicious.

I guess there’s only one way to find out. Bake them and find out.



Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties

Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties

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These festive little Christmas cookies are perfect for serving guests or boxing up for a DIY Christmas Gift.


Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

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When I first read the name of this cookie, I thought for sure it meant that you could eat them to melt away your body fat. Turns out that they are the complete opposite.

I wish I had known that 2 (or maybe 3) batches ago!!!


Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

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The intricate pinwheel design looks far more complicated to make than it actually is. If you can roll and slice, you – too – can make these delightful-looking Christmas cookies.


Brownie Snowflake Cookies

Brownie Snowflake Cookies

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These delightful Christmas cookies bring together the fudge texture and rich taste of a brownie with a classic sugar cookie cut-out technique. Combined, these tasty treats provide as much chocolaty happiness as is legally allowed throughout most of North America & the more conservative parts of Europe.


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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars

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Are these – technically – a cookie? Maybe not. Are they delicious enough that we’re going to look the other way just this once? Abso-freaking-lutely!


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

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Just when you thought crinkle cookies couldn’t possibly get more decadent… here come Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. And the bite out of that one cookie in the picture was NOT me. I swear.


Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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These wonderful Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are so easy to make, delicious, and very freezer friendly… which is handy because you KNOW there are going to be a tonne of leftovers at my house. NOT.

Or, if you prefer, you can go with the vanilla option.

Peppermint Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Either one is freezer friendly, which – again – is a moot point in my household.

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Let it Snow Hot Chocolate Mug Sugar Cookies

Let it Snow Hot Chocolate Mug Sugar Cookies

Technically, these are pre-made cookies from an Etsy Seller, but the design was far, far too cute to not include in this list. An experienced baker would be able to figure out how to recreate this design. Others can just buy the cookies and pretend (I won’t tell, I swear).


Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

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Now you can hold your own Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at home and eat the losers. And the winners.


Frosted Cashew Cookies

Frosted Cashew Cookies

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Soft, chewy, cookies packed full of cashews and topped with a buttercream frosting. You canโ€™t ask for much more than that!


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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These do look absolutely delightful, don’t they? I love the little bits of Candy Cane that add just that hint of Christmas.


Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

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The final entry in our collection of crinkle cookies has the classic Christmas flavor of Gingerbread.


Christmas Llama Cookies

Christmas Llama Cookies

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Some may judge my decision to include these in my list. But, seriously, can you flame me. They’re freaking Christmas Llama cookies!!!!

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Which is your favorite Christmas Cookie recipe? Let us know in the comments below!!

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4 thoughts on “50 Amazing Christmas Cookies to Delight Your Guests”

    1. Thanks Megan! I have updated the text to give June Bug and Moo credit for that super-fun Christmas cookie design!!

    1. I’m not sure why the “Get the Recipe” link was missing, but I’ve fixed that so the link is there now! Thanks for pointing that out.

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