80 Best Christmas Cookies of All Time

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

Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten

On the first day of Christmas, our true love gave to us: all of the icing, all of the sugar, and all of the best cookie recipes. Make your holiday countdown the sweetest one yet by trying one (or all) of these easy and delicious cookie ideas, ranging from 30-minute classics to elaborate cookie swap showstoppers.

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Waffle Dippers - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
15 MIN: No-Bake Waffle Dippers

The recipe for an easy Christmas treat: Three ingredients, five minutes, and zero frustration.

Get the recipe for No-Bake Waffle Dippers »

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Ginger Apple Cookie - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Nellie Bellie
15 MIN: Ginger Apple Cookie

All the coziness of apple pie snuggled up into one perfect cookie. Heaven.

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Pumpkin Spice Rum Balls - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Will Cook for Smiles
15 MIN: Pumpkin Spice Rum Balls

What's small and white and filled with rum? These boozy pumpkin spice balls, that's what. Did we mention they're no bake?

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Cake Mix Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Taste and Tell
15 MIN: Cake Mix Cookies

One recipe, 12 different ways to enjoy it. You're welcome.

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Chocolate Volcano - Christmas Cookies
Con Poulos
30 MIN: Chocolate Volcano Cookies

Customize these chewy gluten-free cookies with your choice of chips, such as milk, dark, white, butterscotch, you name it.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Volcano Cookies »

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Chocolate Nut Slice and Bake Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Slice and Bake Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies

Skip the bag of pistachios this year — try these nutty, chocolate cookies instead.

Get the recipe for Slice and Bake Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies »

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Cookie Shots - Christmas Cookies
Chelsea Lupkin
30 MIN: Milk and Cookies Shots

Reinvent the "dunking" process so you can have your cookies and your milk too.

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White Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of The Brunette Baker
30 MIN: White Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

It's not a cookie swap without a classic peanut butter cookie.

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Santa's Trash Christmas Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Lindsay Conchar
30 MIN: Santa's Trash Cookies

These sweet-and-salty cookies are seriously naughty — in a good way.


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Thick and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Baker by Nature
30 MIN: Thick and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

The combination of white chocolate and dried cranberries is perfect for the holidays, and this recipe goes from mi bowl to oven in just eight minutes.

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WATCH: How to Make Easy and Delicious Sugar Cookies

No holiday party is complete without sugar cookies topped with frosting and sprinkles.

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Gingerbread Donut Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Studio DIY
30 MIN: Gingerbread Donut Cookies

A lot easier than making donuts, but just as delicious.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Let's Dish
30 MIN: Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Everyone loves a good ole snickerdoodle, especially when it's flavored to taste like eggnog. Can you spike a cookie too? Asking for a friend.

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
30 MIN: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Thick, chewy, and perfectly spiced — that's how we like our ginger cookies.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Cafe Johnsonia
30 MIN: Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies

We finally found some allergen-friendly Christmas cookies that taste as amazing as they look.

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Foodiecrush
30 MIN: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

May all your holiday cookies get a healthy dollop of cream cheese icing in the center.

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Halva Rugelach - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of My Name is Yeh
30 MIN: Halva Rugelach

Let's not forget about Hanukkah cookies either.

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decorated christmas cookies
Courtesy of Bakers Royale
30 MIN: Decorated Christmas Cookies

You might need some fancy icing skills for these babies, but the stunning result is worth it.

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Brown Butter Nutella-Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Imma Eat That
30 MIN: Brown Butter Nutella-Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies

If you don't hear a peep from us this Christmas, it's because our mouths are full of gooey goodness from these cookies.

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3-Ingredient Nutella Truffles - Christmas Cookies
Courtesy of Crazy for Crust
30 MIN: 3-Ingredient Nutella Truffles

Oreos, Nutella, and chocolate. That's all folks. Oh, and sprinkles if you're fancy.

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Magical Sugar Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Chai Trees and Snowflake Cookies

Don't forget to serve these cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom-spiced cookies with a piping hot cup of tea.

Get the recipe for Chai Trees and Snowflake Cookies »

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White Chocolate Raspberry Thins - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: White Chocolate Raspberry Thins

This chocolate and fruit combination is a match made in Christmas heaven.

Get the recipe for White Chocolate Raspberry Thins »

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Lemon Thyme Coin Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Lemon Thyme Herb Cookies

You knew you bought that thyme plant for a reason ... cookies!

Get the recipe for Lemon Thyme Herb Cookies »

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Fruitcake Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Fruitcake Cookies

Sure, you might be the only one in the family that loves Grandma's fruitcake (besides Grandma, of course) but these cookies will win everyone over. Trust.

Get the recipe for Fruitcake Cookies »

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Mocha Men and Star Cookies - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Mocha Men and Star Cookies

Dunk these cookies into a peppermint mocha for a fully caffeinated treat.

Get the recipe for Mocha Men and Star Cookies »

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Christmas Cookie Bar - Christmas Cookies
No. 2 Pencil
45 MIN: M&M Christmas Cookie Bar

These festive M&M bars are the most popular Christmas cookie on Pinterest this year. That says something.

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Walnut Crescents - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Walnut Crescent Cookies

These cookies look like snow-covered crescent moons. How dreamy!

Get the recipe for Walnut Crescent Cookies »

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Shortbread - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Razzy-Jammy Thumbprints

Our honey-kissed thumbprints are a delicious update to the classic Swedish cookie. Pick your favorite jam for the filling or better yet, Nutella.

Get the recipe for Razzy-Jammy Thumbprints »

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Glazed Vanilla-Almond Cutouts - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Glazed Vanilla-Almond Cutout Cookies

How are we updating the classic cutout cookie? With subtle almond and vanilla flavors (or pumpkin spice!) and a crazy simple decorative glaze.

Get the recipe for Glazed Vanilla-Almond Cutout Cookies »

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Shortbread Squares - Christmas Cookies
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Shortbread Squares

Keep it classic this holiday season with these versatile shortbread goodies.

Get the recipe for Shortbread Squares »

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