The best easy Christmas Cookie Recipes and decorating tips for your annual holiday party, family baking day and Christmas cookie exchange. Amazing, classic and creative cookies everyone will love!
Fill your cookie jar with festive homemade cookies, frosted and decorated for the holiday season. These also make the cutest gifts for friends, family, neighbors and everyone on your list!
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.
One of the most special traditions? Baking! I’ve been developing 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 and 50+ Christmas Cookie Recipes.
This post is packed to the brim with tips, tricks, and suggestions for making your Christmas cookie baking so much easier and more fun.
Make it a family tradition and bake with loved ones this weekend! You’ll never regret the time spent together in the kitchen. Baking Christmas cookies with the girls is one of my favorites!
Before you get started, stock and refresh your pantry for stress free baking with this complete baking supply checklist.
The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
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Christmas Cookie Tips
- Room Temperature Ingredients – Bring refrigerated ingredients (eggs, butter, cream cheese, etc) to room temperature for best results. This prevents them from being too soft, making your cookies fall flat, or too cold, where they do not incorporate or add enough air into the mixture.
- Measuring Matters – Use dry and liquid measuring cups. Spoon or sift flour into dry measuring cup. Level dry ingredients using the dull side of a knife. This will ensure an exact amount without packing down your ingredient.
- Oven Temperature – Use an oven thermometer to ensure temperature accuracy or bake 1-2 cookies before baking an entire batch.
- Bake Time – Cookies typically take 7-10 minutes to bake. Less bake time produces a gooier, chewier cookie. More bake time yields a crunchier cookie. Let cookies cool on baking sheet 1 minute to set, then transfer to a wire baking rack to prevent them from continuing to bake on the hot cookie sheet.
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Christmas Cookie Storage Tips
- Store in a Christmas tin or airtight container.
- Room Temperature – Fresh cookies will last at room temperature for about three days, up to seven depending on the style of cookie.
- Freeze – Shortbread and Sugar Cookies freeze especially well. Use parchment to layer undecorated cookies in a freezer safe bag. Freeze up to three months. Most cookies can be frozen. Stack in a freezer bag and place in an airtight container to prevent freezer odors from seeping in. Remove from freezer and freezer bag. Bring to room temperature to serve.
- Choose wisely – some cookies ship better than others, like shortbreads, sugar cookies, etc.
- Use food safe materials. Parchment paper is easy to cut to fit any box and of course, food safe.
- Choose sturdy materials. If they need to be airtight, use tins.
- Package your cookies inside a box, then fill a second box with packing material, insert the box and surround it with packing material.
- Don’t skimp on the packing supplies. Save peanuts, bubble wrap, etc to ensure that the box inside the box won’t move.
- Ship USPS Priority. It’s quick, reasonable and can deliver anywhere…even military bases. Lesson learned.
I hope you enjoy all of these Christmas Cookie recipes! I can’t wait to hear which one is YOUR favorite!
50+ Christmas Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Merry Meringue Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Pecan Pie Cookies
- Speculoos Cookie Butter Bar Recipe
- White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
- Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peppermint Cookies
- Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
- Christmas Wreath Sugar Cookies
- Snickers Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies
- No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Funfetti Cookies
- Cinnamon Cookies
- Shortbread Elf on the Shelf Cookies
- Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
- The Best Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chewy Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
- The Best Soft Snickerdoodles
- No Bake Rudolph Noses
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Creamy Buttercream Icing
- Oatmeal Coconut Cookies (with Brown Butter)
- Latte Joy Espresso Cookies
- Caramel Cheesecake Cookies
- Gooey Butter Eggnog Cookies
- Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies
- Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies with Andes Candy
- Christmas Tree Meringues
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Snowball Meringue Cookies
- Oatmeal Lace Cookies
- No Bake Avalanche Cookies
- M&M Cookies
- Carmelita Cookies
- Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookies
- Nighty Night Cookies
- Candy House Sugar Cookie Cake
- Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Turtle Cookies
- Gooey Butter Cookies
- Kitchen Sink Cookies
- Easy Funfetti Cookies Without a Cake Mix
- Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- Oatmeal Brickle
- Frosted Apple Butter Sugar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Bars
- Pressed Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
- Stroopwafels (Without a Pizzelle)
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Choose recipes, print the free printable recipe card.
- Gather and prep ingredients.
- Mix, bake and enjoy!
- Cookies only take a few minutes to bake. The time range is usually 7-10 minutes. 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.
- Bake the cookies on a parchment lined (or silpat lined) cookie sheet.
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