Christmas Cookie Recipes

Find the best Santa-worthy Christmas cookies and be the talk of the cookie exchange. From gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies to shortbread and gluten free versions, we have more than 650 recipes to choose from.

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Soft Christmas Cookies

Rating: 4.47 stars
Soft cut out sugar cookie that I have used for years. I sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or you could also try icing them when cool.

Sugar Cookie Icing

Rating: 4.5 stars
This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

Russian Tea Cakes I

Rating: 4.68 stars
This is a family recipe that's been made at Christmas time by at least 4 generations. This year will be the first for number 5!!! 'Bubba' brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season!

Chocolate Crinkles II

Rating: 4.69 stars
Chocolate cookies coated in confectioners' sugar...very good!

Butter Snow Flakes

Rating: 4.53 stars
A wonderful Spritz cookie with cinnamon in it. These freeze very well.

Peanut Blossoms II

Rating: 4.74 stars
I make these every year for our annual cookie open house. We make about 15 to 20 different kinds of cookies and have a 4 hour open house with friends. We then prepare cookie trays to take to shut ins and freeze the rest to enjoy all year long. My husband helps with this four day project! He's retired ... and I'm partially retired. It has been a long standing tradition that we enjoy every year!

Hedgehog Cookies

Rating: 4.4 stars
I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Rating: 4.81 stars
The red and green make a great Christmas cookie. Have used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe.

Perfect Thumbprint Cookies

Rating: 4.54 stars
Follow Chef John's tips for these pretty cookies.

Royal Icing II

Rating: 4.67 stars
This recipe is the 'glue' that holds gingerbread houses together, and makes it still edible.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.55 stars
This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, one of the best cooks I know...and given that we're from south Louisiana, that's saying something. With the chopped up dried cranberries, these are as pretty as they are tasty.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Easy Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.47 stars

Quick and easy sugar cookies! They are really good, plain or with candies in them. My friend uses chocolate mints on top, and they're great!