All the best, easy Christmas Cookie Recipes and decorating tips for your annual Christmas Cookie bake day or holiday party. Fill your cookie jar with festive homemade cookies, frosted and decorated for the holiday season.
Every holiday has its own fun and bit of magic, but Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year when traditions are celebrated and memories are made. It’s a time to gather our loved ones, amend differences, be extra charitable, and remember our blessings.
One of the most special traditionas? Baking! I’ve been developing and sharing recipes for years. That’s led to far too many cookie taste-testing scenarios in my kitchen but it means a plethora of delicious baked goodies for you!
This post is packed to the brim with tips, tricks, and suggestions for making your Christmas cookie baking so much easier and more fun! Use the convenient table of contents below and find all the printable recipe links at the bottom of this post!
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The Best Christmas Cookies
Baking Christmas cookies is definitely one of my favorite traditions. Maybe my favorite! I love to gather with my girls in the kitchen baking up tasty treats to fill the cookie jar.
Christmas cookies make wonderful gifts for teachers, neighbors, and friends. The beauty of the holidays is that there is something for everyone. If baking cookies isn’t your thing, I’m sure we can all get on board with eating them!
I’m going to share with you my best tips for baking Christmas Cookies. I’ve included tools, frequently used ingredients (so you can stock up, if desired!) and of course, my most requested, and favorite Christmas Cookie recipes and holiday treats.
All these Christmas Cookie recipes are so easy to make, festive and delicious! You can also find some of my favorite cookie frosting recipes, toppings, decorating tips and ideas.
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
Christmas Cookies are always a favorite. It’s the time of year when I take a little extra time to add a bit of sparkle to each cookie. In fact, we even make Salt Dough Ornaments each year- it’s like baking and crafting combined!
Sugar Cookies are one of our favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes – they are always fun to make with kids, too! The girls love to help me make frosting and decorate them. The options are endless and each cookie is its own work of art.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by building a gingerbread house or cutting out gingerbread men, I have the perfect solution! Create a Sugar Cookie Candy House! It’s so simple and SO much fun! It’s a great Christmas activity without the fuss!
Christmas Cookie Decorations
During the holidays, I love to add a little extra flair to my Christmas Cookie recipes. I like to embellish my cookies with decorations… and even better, so do the kids.
Sometimes I’ve gone all out and other times I’ve taken a more simple route and with adding elegant coarse sugar crystals, lightly sprinkled on top as in my white chocolate cookies. It adds a delicate sparkle for the finishing touch.
Everyone I know loves a frosted and decorated cookie. Christmas cookie frosting is so delicious and smooth. It’s the heavenly last touch, and finishing topping on an already perfect cookie!
Melted chocolate is a perfect finishing touch for cookies. You can drizzle over finished cookies or dip your baked and cooled cookies into the melted chocolate. You can even finish with a few sprinkles.
Here’s a few great ideas for icing and decorating your holiday cookies!
Cookies only take a few minutes to bake. The time range is usually 7-10 minutes. The less time in the oven produces a more gooey cookie and more time equals a cruncher cookie. Testing your oven temperature and baking time with a pre batch of only 1 or 2 cookies before baking the entire batch will ensure the rest of the cookie batch is perfect!
Most ingredients, including refrigerated items such as eggs and butter should be brought to room temperature before using in your recipe.
Measure ingredients accurately, using liquid and dry ingredient measuring cups.
Level off dry ingredients using the dull side of a knife. This will ensure an exact amount without packing down your ingredient.
Read through your recipe beforehand to allow time for chilling, baking, and cooling your cookies.
Stock up on these staple ingredients for all of your favorite Christmas Cookie recipes so that you can bake them up on a whim! You can also get my printable list of Essential Baking Supplies as well as this list of Baking Substitutions!
All the best, easy, Christmas Cookie Recipes and decorating tips for your annual Christmas Cookie bake day or holiday party. Fill your cookie jar with festive homemade cookies, frosted and decorated for the holiday season.
A fresh spin on the timeless Snowball Cookies, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a pecan lover’s dream come true! Incredibly tender and flavorful, these buttery shortbread pecan meltaways are perfect for the holidays.
This is an easy homemade stroopwafels recipe that will warm you through and through. Learn how to make stroopwafels without a Pizzelle, and you’ll be creating these classic wafer style cookies with a gooey filling in no time!
Shortbread cookies are great for gifting becuase they keep incredibly well. Embrace the flavors of the season with this easy Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookie recipe - or roll them in parchment to freeze for later!
A St. Louis classic! These soft Gooey Butter Cookies are delightfully sweet but balanced thanks to creamy cream cheese. Rolled in powdered sugar they're a beautiful addition to any cookie exchange that will have everyone talking!
Thick, chewy, brown sugar cookies – a simple sweet and salty cookie recipe that everyone will enjoy! Easy and quick to make, these cookies take just 15 minutes with pantry staples! These melt in your mouth cookies are always a huge hit with the whole family!
Espresso Cookies are a classic buttery shortbread cookie with a buttery crunch and rich espresso flavor made with staple ingredients and espresso powder. Latte Cookies easy to make and make a beautiful gift for the holidays.
These gooey Cheesecake Cookies (with caramel) are everything you need in your life. It’s just like a caramel cheesecake in bite-size pieces! Keep reading for the must have Caramel Cheesecake Cookies Recipe you’ll make again and again!
Enjoy some of your favorite flavors of the season wrapped up in these delicious Gooey Butter Eggnog Cookies! Soft, gooey and chewy cookies made with bourbon, cinnamon and nutmeg for traditional eggnog flavor in one delicious bite.
Foolproof chewy chocolate peppermint cookies are always a favorite Christmas cookie recipe – they’re quick and easy to make with just a handful of simple ingredients. Perfect for cookie exchanges and all of your holiday gatherings. It takes less than 20 minutes to make a huge batch!
These Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies are a thick, soft, chewy sugar cookie, topped with a beautiful pool of salted caramel icing! You can easily make a batch in just 20 minutes and they are perfect for cookie exchanges!
These chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies stuffed with Andes candy are for all those chocolate mint lovers! Rich, decadent and chocolate-y, it is the best recipe for Christmas and the holiday season! Serve them to all your friends and family at your next holiday get-together or cookie exchange.
Easy glazed apple pie spice cookies are a fall infused cookie recipe that everyone will love. They are easily stackable and transportable, so they are perfect to take to a coffee morning or cookie exchange.
Melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies infused with fall flavor using apple butter and apple cider. It’s the subtle twist that captures the essence of fall and makes these Frosted Apple Butter Sugar Cookies irresistible! Easy to make and delicious to eat!
These melt-in-your-mouth Peppermint Cookies are the ultimate Christmas treat! These Peppermint Sugar Cookies have a delicately sweet sugar cookie base. They are topped with the best peppermint buttercream and crushed candy canes which will have you dreaming about Christmas all year round!
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are easy to make, packed with protein and stuffed with Reese’s Pieces for good measure. They’re made with just 7 ingredients and are ready to devour in 10 minutes!
How to make the best Peanut Butter Cookies! These thick and chewy cookies are full of sweet and salty flavor and have a delicious crunch to them! Find out how to make the perfect cookies every single time with this easy recipe!
These easy no bake cookies are perfect for when you want a sweet treat in a hurry! These sweet and salty snacks are made with a homemade trail mix and chocolate, and you can make a batch in just 5 minutes! They’re a great treat for the whole family.
Snickerdoodles are a fragrant, soft and deliciously classic cookie. This Easy Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe requires only seven ingredients and no refrigeration! If you’re looking for a Soft Snickerdoodle Recipe, you’re in the right place.
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