30+ Holiday Cookie Favorites
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30+ Easy Christmas Cookie Ideas — If you’re looking for tried and true Christmas cookie recipes that’ll be a hit with your family, friends, and cookie exchanges you’re a part of, you’ve come to the right place.
Christmas Cookie Ideas
I bake cookies year-round, but there’s something so special about gifting them around the holidays.
While I’ve never been one to hand out beautifully wrapped cookie boxes — I don’t have enough time or patience for that! — I do love giving my family, friends, and my daughter’s teachers a stack of homemade cookies come Christmastime.
To me, a good Christmas cookie is easy to make, requires minimal prep work, and of course it has to taste good!
In this post, I’ve rounded up some of my all-time favorite Christmas cookie ideas. You have to remember that I cook and bake for a living, so picking my favorites wasn’t easy!
This list is broken down into three categories: traditional Christmas cookies, unique Christmas cookies, and no-bake Christmas cookies. I wanted to include a little of everything, so hopefully you can find a recipe or two to make from this list.
Traditional Christmas Cookie Ideas
From classic chocolate chip to frosted cut-out sugar cookies, here are 15 traditional Christmas cookies that everyone loves year after year.
Christmas Cut Out Cookies — These traditional cut out sugar cookies are just like Grandma used to make!! They’re thin but still soft, topped with a simple 2-ingredient royal icing, and loaded with sprinkles!
Softbatch No-Roll Holiday Cookies — These tender, buttery holiday cookies use a no-roll dough with the sprinkles baked right in so you don’t even have to decorate them!
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip M&M’s Cookies — If you’re looking for a new M&M’s cookie recipe, this is THE ONE! Soft, buttery, and irresistible M&M’s Christmas cookies!
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies — Holiday sugar cookies topped with cream cheese frosting and loaded with sprinkles! Easy, no-roll cookies that everyone goes crazy for!
The Best Snickerdoodles — Soft, pillowy puffs that are so irresistible! The closest recipe to Mrs. Fields snickerdoodles that you’ll find!
Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies — Move over, butter, cream cheese makes these chocolate chip cookies thick and super soft!
Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies— Soft, chewy, and hearty without being too dense! They’re thick enough, but not overly thick, and are just enough to sink my teeth into. Best of all, they’re loaded with sweet butterscotch chips!!
Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Cookies — These chocolate chip red velvet cookies have a secret ingredient — cake mix! These cookies are super ooey gooey and ultra rich!
Cream Cheese Cookies — Big, soft, buttery cookies with sweet and tangy cream cheese in the middle!! Oh my….Best thumbprints ever!!!
The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies — Soft, chewy, loaded with chocolate, and they turn out perfectly every time! Totally irresistible!!
7 Layer Cookies— These 7 layer cookies are loaded with graham crackers, coconut, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. Chewy around the edges, but soft in the center!
Vanilla Melting Moments Cookies with Nutella Filling — These vanilla sandwich cookies are so soft and they literally melt in your mouth! Perfect for Christmas, Easter, and family gatherings!
Soft Molasses Crinkle Cookies — In a word, these are the BEST molasses cookies you’ll ever make! Ultra chewy, easy to make, and you can really taste the spices. Make these for Christmas, or just because!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies — These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are hands down the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made. Know that I don’t say that lightly! They’re melt-in-your mouth soft and chewy, and extremely moist!
The Best Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies— My favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies! Just one bite and I think you’ll agree!
Unique Christmas Cookie Ideas
Want to shake things up a bit this year? Maybe you have a competitive edge when it comes to cookie swaps (me too!). Here are 11 unique Christmas cookie recipes that stand out from the crowd while still being festive.
Santa’s Kitchen Sink Cookies — Santa and everyone else won’t be able to resist these AMAZING cookies loaded with everything but the kitchen sink!! EASY, festive, salty-sweet treats with a FUN ingredients list!!
Glazed Eggnog Cookies — Soft, buttery tea cakes topped with a creamy eggnog glaze are a Christmas treat that everyone will love!! EASY to make, not at all dry, and great for cookie exchanges or hostess gifts!!
Crème Brûlée Cookies — Super SOFT sugar cookies topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and caramelized sugar!! If you’re a crème brûlée fan, you’re going to LOVE these cookies! So many INCREDIBLE flavors and textures in every bite!!
Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies — Easiest cookies ever with only 3 ingredients! The Kiss in the middle makes everyone smile! So fun!
Soft & Chewy White Chocolate Chip Nutella Cookies — Thick, rich, chocolaty cookies that are so soft you won’t be able to resist them!
Soft and Chewy Molasses Gingerdoodles —These soft molasses cookies taste like a cross between chewy gingerbread cookies and crinkly snickerdoodles. An unbeatable holiday cookie recipe!
Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies use two special ingredients to achieve their pillowy texture: instant pudding mix and cream cheese!
Andes Mint Chip Soft Fudgy Chocolate Cookies – Big, thick, fudgy chocolate cookies with a hint of mint and loads of chocolate in every bite!
Soft and Chewy Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies — Part soft sugar cookie, part chewy snickerdoodle, with tons of rich vanilla flavor! The best vanilla cookies you’ll ever make!
Quadruple Chocolate Pudding Cookies — These pudding cookies are packed with cocoa powder, chocolate chips and chunks, and chocolate pudding mix to deliver seriously chocolatey flavor!
Chewy Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies — Amply flavored with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Chocolate is used three times! Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and chocolate chunks are used, making these perfect for chocolate lovers!!
No-Bake Christmas Cookie Ideas
No-bake Christmas cookies are especially great if you plan on sending a care package in the mail and are worried it won’t arrive on time. Or, maybe you need a fun activity to do with your kids when they’re home from school!
Here are 5 of my absolute favorite no-bake cookie recipes that are perfect for making at the holidays.
Ritz Cookies (No-Bake Christmas Cookies) — If you need a ridiculously easy, no-bake dessert for a party, holiday cookie exchange, or just have a spur of the moment craving for chocolate and peanut butter, these Ritz cookies are perfect!
Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars — Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that’s every bit as good and satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake, and no eggs required!
Holiday Special K Bars — Super chewy, gooey, FAST, easy, no-bake cereal bars loaded with peanut butter, chocolate, and sprinkles!! Like scotcheroos but with Special K!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars — Can’t decide if you want PB or chocolate? Make these easy no-bake fudge bars! Chocolate + PB is sooo irresistible!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix Bars – SO EASY, NO-BAKE, and ready in FIVE minutes!! Chex cereal, pretzels, and M&Ms glued together with peanut butter and marshmallows!! An IRRESISTIBLE salty-sweet combination!!
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