Our Best Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever

christmas cookies 70 Amazing Cookies That Are All You Want for Christmas

If these don't convince Santa to make a stop at your house, nothing will.

image How to Turn a Pringles Can Into a Christmas Cookie Container

Quick, easy and adorable, this trash-to-treasure idea is the perfect last-minute gift. Plus, you get to eat chips!

christmas treats 48 Christmas Treats That Are (Almost!) Too Cute to Eat

Whipped cream snowmen — need I say more?

image This Best-Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Secure a spot on Santa's nice list with a batch of these decorated beauties.

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image Walnut Crescent Cookies

Full of nutty and spicy flavors, these crescent-shaped cookies are a snowy delight.

image Ginger and Cream Sandwich Cookies

These cookies combine winter's quintessential flavors: Ginger on the outside and a punch of citrus on the inside.

image No-Bake Waffle Dippers

If you're looking for a last-minute gift (or treat!), these three-ingredient cookies are the way to go.

image Slice and Bake Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies

Roll these chocolate cookies in pistachios for a sweet and salty bite.

sugar cookie ornaments Sugar Cookie Ornaments

These classic Christmas cookies are a 2-for-1 deal — a delicious treat and a homemade tree decoration.

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image Shortbread Squares

These shortbread squares are versatile — one cookie, three delicious variations.

image Jam Sandwich Cookies

Fill these classic Christmas cookies with the jam of your choice and then package them up in a festive paper envelope (template included!).

image Winter Spice Dough

Win the cookie swap with this warm, spiced cookie recipe.

image Raspberry Jam Thumbprints

We added a touch of honey to the beloved recipe for the Swedish Hallongrotta (a.k.a. "raspberry cave").

image Christmas Macarons

These light, fluffy cookies get in the holiday spirit with a layer of chocolate and a couple drops of green food coloring.

chocolate almond tea cookies Chocolate-Almond Tea Cookie Recipe
Perfect for tea time or holiday cookie exchanges.

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cream cheese spritz Cream Cheese Spritz Recipe
A classic Christmas cookie that will always warm the holiday heart.
candy bars "Candy" Bars Recipe
Cookie meets candy bar in these magical holiday treats.

pb and j bars PB&J Bars
Take your love of peanut butter and jelly to the next level with these easy and delicious bar cookies.

pistachio thins Pistachio Thins
Perfect for the holidays, these crunchy and tasty pistachio cookies are going to become a new family favorite.

apricot crumb bars Apricot Crumb Bars
Apricot cookie bars are sure to be a coveted prize at your next holiday cookie swap!
brown sugar hazelnut bars Brown Sugar–Hazelnut Bars
Cookie bars are a great way to bring some variety to your holiday desserts.

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spiced drops Spiced Drops
Some times adding a little spice adds a whole lot of sophistication.
jammy thumbprints Jammy Thumbprints
These beautiful jam cookies are a fun and easy way to add a little fruit to your holiday cookie spread.

chocolate pb drops Chocolate–PB Drops
Cookies are always better with chocolate and peanut butter, so spice up your holiday cookie collection with this dynamic duo.

cocoa stars Cocoa Stars
These chocolate cookies are as easy to make as they are delicious.

traditional cutouts Traditional Cutouts
These traditional cutouts are the perfect base for all your christmas cookies this holiday season.
image Gingerbread Cookie Dough

This dough is designed to create perfect gingerbread houses, castles, or even trucks!

image Mexican Wedding Cookies

In blogger Camille Styles' home, these cookies were a Christmas Eve staple.

image Peppermint Swirl Meringues

Delicate peppermint meringues are a fun and easy dessert with seasonal flavor. These little cookies will go quickly, so be ready to make extra if you want to share.

pecan lace cookie sandwiches Pecan Lace Cookie Sandwiches

Crunchy, sweet, and buttery, these pecan lace cookies would be divine on their own. But paired up and stuffed with a creamy, citrus-flecked filling, they're an absolute dream.

gingerbread cutouts Gingerbread Cutouts
The warm flavors of molasses, cloves, and ginger meld together in these classic cookies. Bring the family together for holiday fun to decorate them using the ornamental frosting.

image Gingerbread Men Cookies

Just like Olaf, these gingerbread cookies will make kids melt.

image Spritz Cookies

Trent Johnson's relatives prefer these to be much lighter in color; they bake them 5 to 7 minutes, until set but not golden.

image Butter Cookie Cutouts

Embellish our Basic Cookie Dough recipe with icing, sugar crystals, and delectable fillings.

Stained Glass Ornaments Stained Glass Ornaments
To hang these cookies as ornaments from tree, with skewer, poke small hole in each unbaked cookie. After baking and cooling, thread ribbon, string, or nylon fishing line through hole.

image Chocolate Pinwheels

If the waxed paper wrinkles when you are rolling out the dough for these triple chocolate beauties, peel off the paper and replace it before continuing.

image Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Sticks

These festive Christmas cookies look and taste like their namesakes!

linzer bites Linzer Bites
These little bars are a variation on a classic linzer torte -- all in just two bites!

ginger cutouts Ginger Cutouts
Bake up a storm during the holidays, making and decorating these spicy treats to give friends, family and teachers at school.
Cinnamon Pinwheels Cinnamon Pinwheels
Perfect holiday sweets for an old-fashioned swap with friends.

cookie jigsaw Cookie Jigsaw
Associate Food Director Debby Goldsmith has fond memories of making an adorable cookie puzzle with her mother every year during the holidays.
Chocolate Hazelnut Pinwheels Chocolate-Hazelnut Pinwheels
These rich, crisp cookies are filled with a creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread (available at most supermarkets), and folded into a pretty pinwheel shape.

colorful bell shaped cookies Aunt Martha's Nutmeg Bells
Textiles Director Kathleen Huddy loved her great-aunt Martha's repertoire of cookies, but Huddy's favorite was this crisp, spiced, sugar one. Now every holiday Huddy's children, William and John, look forward to them too.

image Walnut Balls

" These nutty cookies are so easy. I bake them for the same reason, and I'm always surprised by how yummy such a simple recipe can be."

sugar cookies Sugar Cookies

From easy to exquisite, we have holiday treats to enjoy with family and share with friends.

best linzer cookies Best Linzer Cookies
Jeremiah Driansky, test engineer, says, "I'm Jewish, so my family doesn't celebrate Christmas. But every December, my best friend's mom, Enrichetta Grey, would welcome me into her home so I wouldn't miss out on all the holiday feasting and festivities."

holiday oatmeal cookies Holiday Oatmeal Cookies
To create a cookie "kit," layer dry ingredients in a mason jar, cover the lid with gingham fabric, attach a wooden spoon and a copy of the recipe, and tie with raffia.
christmas fruit drops Christmas Fruit Drops
Perfect holiday sweets for an old-fashioned swap with friends.

image Christmas Butter Cookies

Elizabeth Ruch, assistant to the publisher, learned this recipe from her mom, Virginia. Now Liz and her sister Carol are butter-cookie specialists, and Carol's daughter Debbie has joined in too.

image Mostaccioli

Food Director Susan Westmoreland happily recalls the hundreds of mostaccioli Grandma Elsie baked for friends and family.