50+ BEST Christmas Cookies

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies plus dozens of others to share this holiday season. They’re great to make for holiday parties and functions or to package and give as gifts to neighbors, friends and family.

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’tis the season for COOKIES

One of our all-time favorite things to do this time of year is bake cookies!! It’s something we do all year long but something we especially look forward to during the holidays.

Making treats and assembling plates for neighbors, friends and church members is a common occurrence and a tradition we look forward to each year. That is why I’m sharing our classic Christmas Cookies recipe today (modified off of our classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe), along with dozens of other Christmas cookies that are great to enjoy this time of year!

Whether you’re baking up several types for a fun holiday party or only baking a few for a cozy night at home, I’ve listed several Christmas cookie recipes that I know you’ll love along with some tips and packaging ideas.

Christmas Cookie Tips

Most all of these recipes include tips and tricks in the post, but I wanted to include some general cookies tips here:

  • Many cookies keep for about a week when stored in an airtight container. Including a piece of white bread helps keep the cookies soft.
  • Most cookie dough can be frozen and stored for up to 3 months. This is especially helpful as December is particularly busy with shopping and other Christmas events. Keeping dough on hand will give you a quick freshly baked treat for any event.
  • Line your pans with parchment paper, not only does it keep the cookies from sticking, but it makes for easy clean up.

Snowball Cookies on Christmas plate

how to package christmas cookies

Here are some of our top tips for packaging cookies this holiday season:

  • The easiest is to put the cookies in a store bought holiday box or bin. Dress it up by putting piece of tissue paper, or holiday napkin, in the box before placing the cookies inside.
  • Wrap in Cellophane: This is particularly pretty. Place cookies on a holiday plate and cover with plastic wrap. Then, place the plate in the center of a piece of cellophane, bring all the sides up over the plate and gather them together. Finally, tie closed with a holiday ribbon or tulle.
  • Bake the cookies the same size and stack them in a large mouth mason jar. Cover the lid with Christmas fabric or paper. Tie a ribbon around the top.
  • Save those Pringles cans! Wash and dry, then wrap the can with decorative holiday paper. Stack the cookies in the can, cover with the lid, and top with a gift wrapping bow.
  • A brown lunch bag is pretty in its simplicity. Stack cookies in a brown lunch bag. Fold the top over and punch two holes. Thread a simple ribbon through, tulle or raffia also work, and tie the top closed.

Christmas Cookies

Go-to Christmas Cookie Recipe

So many delicious cookies to make this holiday season!! Our favorites include the M&M cookie below, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles!

But because these M&M cookies are so fun and festive, they’re definitely our main go-to. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it gets rave reviews and it’s one even the kids can help make.

This recipe is filled with sprinkles and M&Ms and is great for gift giving or even for Santa’s plate. Its makes 3 dozen so it’s also great to make for any holiday function or party.

How to Make them

These are our go-to cookies to leave out for Santa AND to bring to holiday parties. They’re so yummy and festive. You really can’t go wrong with them. Here is how we make them.

CREAM + BEAT. Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.

SPRINKLES + M&Ms. Fold in sprinkles. Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.

BAKE. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes.

Let the cookies cool before adding them to Santa’s plate. Or you can STORE them in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 😉

Christmas Cookie Variations

This recipe is so simple and so easy to change up!! Here are some other ways we like to enjoy these Christmas Cookies by using the same base recipe and modifying it just a bit. 😉

  • White Chocolate Dipped Cookies – Make the cookies without adding M&Ms or sprinkles to the batter. Let set and then dip in melted white chocolate and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.
  • Candy Cane Bit Cookies – Make the cookies and add 1 tsp peppermint extract to the batter. Top with crushed candy canes and holiday chocolate chips.
  • Candy Cane Kiss Cookies – Make the cookies with chocolate chips or peppermint chips and right after pulling them from the oven – add a Candy Cane Kiss!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – can you really go wrong with the go-to classic recipe? I think not!!

Like I said – so easy to change up! And all of these are perfect for the holidays.

If you’re looking for a simple, festive and delicious Christmas goody, these ones will be perfect! And trust me when I say that Santa LOVES them too! ;D

Easy Christmas Cookies

We hope you enjoy our classic Christmas cookie recipe and the dozens of other shared today. Hopefully, they will be simple and perfect for all your cookie exchanges and holiday fun this season.

Keep scrolling past the recipe card for even more Christmas cookie recipes!

Christmas Cookies Recipe

4.8 from 78 votes
These are our family's favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for gifting to family, friends and neighbors or leaving out for Santa. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 175 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (or mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.
  • Fold in sprinkles. Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.
  • Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.

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Traditional christmas cookies

Here are some of my favorite cookies to make at Christmas. Some take a little more work than others, but are definitely worth it. They’re classics this holiday season, so be sure to check them out.

Dessert Spritz Cookie Recipe
Spritz cookies are buttery and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive and so fun to make, with all kinds of shapes!
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Dessert Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Dessert Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
Super soft and full of cinnamon - this Snickerdoodles recipe is sure to be a hit! They're one of our all-time favorite cookie recipes and always get so many compliments!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.89 from 470 votes
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Dessert Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe
Christmas Wreath Cookies are made from cornflakes mixed in a marshmallow coating and speckled with cinnamon candies. They are fun and easy kid-friendly goodies.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Christmas Oreos Recipe
Classic Christmas Oreo cookies dipped in milk or white chocolate and topped with festive sprinkles make for a decadent treat! You'll love these sweet little bites.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Meringue Cookie Recipe
These easy 5-ingredient Meringue Cookies are lots of fun to make! Get your kids involved in making these sweet treats.
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Snowball Cookie Recipe
Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans.  Not only are they simple, but they're also the best holiday cookie in the world!
Total Time: 24 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Dessert Shortbread Cookie Recipe
What's not to love about these delicious and buttery shortbread cookies that just melt in your mouth? It only takes a small handful of common ingredients!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.87 from 29 votes
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Dessert Iced Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Perfectly textured with a combination of whole and blended oats, deliciously flavored with spices, and topped with a sweet icing glaze—they're amazing!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.69 from 19 votes
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These gingerbread men cookies have soft centers and crispy edges. Then they're filled with brown sugar, molasses & warm spices for the perfect gingerbread flavor.
Dessert Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
These gingerbread men cookies have soft centers and crispy edges. Then they're filled with brown sugar, molasses & warm spices for a delicious gingerbread flavor. Frost with royal icing or a buttercream frosting for the perfect holiday cookie. 
Total Time: 5 hours
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert Gingersnaps Recipe
BEST Gingersnap Cookies - our favorite recipe for the classic cookie filled with molasses, ginger and cinnamon!!
Total Time: 19 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies - easy Christmas cookies

Festive Christmas Cookies

We also love having some delicious cookies that are also festive and great for parties and get togethers!

Here are some of our favorite cookies that are a little more festive and fun.

Dessert Peppermint Meltaway Cookie Recipe
Soft and butter-y Peppermint Meltaways are a delicious holiday cookie topped with a peppermint glaze and crushed candy canes!
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
4.67 from 9 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe
White chocolate dipped Peppermint Crunch Cookies are sprinkled with candy cane bits for double the peppermint and holiday charm.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies are soft, chocolate cookies topped with a marshmallow and delicious chocolate frosting.
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Eggnog Snickerdoodles Recipe
Rum flavored Eggnog Snickerdoodles are rolled in a nutmeg and cinnamon mixture. They are the perfect holiday cookie!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Dessert Holiday Blossom Cookies Recipe
Quick and delicious Holiday Blossom Cookies
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Dessert Eggnog Cookies Recipe
Everyone loves these soft and tasty Eggnog Cookies with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. These cookies are also topped with an eggnog glaze and are perfect for the holidays.
Total Time: 22 minutes
4.09 from 12 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies Recipe
Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies - a sweet and festive holiday treat. Soft and yummy cookies made with cheesecake instant pudding and peppermint baking chips!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Dessert Black and White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cake Cookies Recipe
DELICIOUS Black and White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cake Cookies
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Dessert Christmas Cookie Bar Recipe
Christmas cookie bars are chewy and delicious. The M&Ms add a festive pop, making them perfect for any party!
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Cinnamon Roll Cookie Recipe
This recipe is SO simple, you'll want to make these cinnamon-y cookies drizzled with baking chocolate all the time!! The fact that these Cinnamon Roll Cookies are bite-sized makes it even harder to not eat the whole batch!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Dessert Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
My Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies are so simple (perfect for the kiddos to help with). They are a holiday favorite!!
Total Time: 22 minutes
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Christmas Sugar Cookies

What is Christmas without Sugar Cookies cut into holiday shapes with red and green frosting? We have several different recipes that will give you that Christmas Cookie Fix. And, of course, they are all delicious!

Dessert Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe
Peppermint Sugar Cookies - the softest sugar cookie with hints of peppermint and topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and candy cane pieces.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Blossoms Recipe
Sugar Cookie Blossoms are a chewy, soft sugar cookie rolled in sugar and topped with a Mint Meltaway candy. They're simple and delicious!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Oreo Sugar Cookies Recipe
So delicious and festive Peppermint Oreo Sugar Cookies. A great treat for family, friends, and neighbors. Recipe includes your favorite sugar cookie mix, andes peppermint baking chips, and candy cane oreos!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Dessert Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe
Cream cheese sugar cookies are a perfectly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie! They are easy to make and fun to decorate.
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dessert Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe
These Chewy Sugar Cookies are SO yummy! A hint of almond extract and a bit of glaze makes these cookies irresistible!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe
Super easy and delicious NO ROLL Sugar Cookies with a delicious frosting. No rolling pin needed for these - just drop and bake!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Dessert Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 16 minutes
Dessert Lofthouse Cookies Recipe
Now you can make soft and delicious Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with this copycat recipe! So soft and yummy.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone loves these delicious sugar cookies.
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.9 from 47 votes
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Dessert 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe
Quick, easy and delicious sugar cookies made with just 3 ingredients - butter, sugar and flour.
4.52 from 31 votes
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more classic cookies

We also know that sometimes, cookies (in general) are all you want to bake at Christmas time. Here are some of the classic cookies we like to make all year long, but are also great additions to any party or cookie plate!

Dessert Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe
Whether you call them butter cookies or cake mix cookies, you know they are ultra yummy! These cookies are made with a yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese, and a few additional ingredients. They are so gooey, chewy, and moist - it's impossible to resit them!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.96 from 41 votes
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Dessert Brownie Cookie Recipe
Fudgy brownie cookies combine the best of dessert worlds to make one delicious "brookie" filled with loads of chocolate chips AND flavor!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Dessert Butter Cookies Recipe
Soft and crunchy butter cookies are a delicious classic must-make for any holiday party and are delicious plain or frosted.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Funfetti Cookies Recipe
Soft and chewy Funfetti Cookies are quick, simple and a kid-favorite! They are the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Total Time: 16 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert Almond Cookie recipe
Tasty almond cookies are soft and a bit chewy. They are easy to make and FULL of flavor. They are sure to be a family fav in no time.
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.7 from 23 votes
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Dessert Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe
Delicious Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies (aka Peanut Butter Blossoms) are soft, chewy cookies with peanut butter goodness and topped with a tasty chocolate-y Hershey's Kiss!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert Gooey Rolo Cookies Recipe
Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies are soft and indulgent, filled with a caramel Rolo center! They are quick, easy, & Chocolatey!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Cookies and Cream Cookie Recipe
These soft and chewy Cookies N Cream Cookies are filled with white chocolate chips and Oreo chunks—great for any Oreo lover!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert White Chocolate Snickerdoodles Recipe
White Chocolate Snickerdoodles are the classic cookie with white chips baked throughout! They take regular snickerdoodles to a whole new level of yum!
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Dessert Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe
4.97 from 26 votes
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Dessert Monster Cookie Recipe
Chewy, crunchy and colorful cookies that you will not be able to get enough of! Perfect to bake up a batch for any occasion.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Avalanche Cookie Recipe
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with tasty oats! These are the best cookies to satisfy that sweet tooth. A little crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Total Time: 24 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Coconut Cookies Recipe
Perfectly chewy coconut cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you want something light. With a tasty tropical twist, these delish bites are done in under 30 minutes!
5 from 33 votes
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Dessert Neiman Marcus Cookies Recipe
Learn how to make the world famous Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies at home. Big, buttery & filled with chocolate chips. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.88 from 24 votes
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Doubletree Cookie Recipe
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Oatmeal Cookies recipe
These Easy Oatmeal Cookies are a family favorite because they are chewy, soft and always gone in minutes. Filled with brown sugar and oats, these cookies are irresistible and will soon become a go-to cookie recipe. 
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert M&M Cookie Recipe
Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies - these fun and colorful cookies are perfect all year long and easily changed up with the M&Ms you use. They're a family favorite!
Total Time: 12 minutes
4.99 from 55 votes
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  1. 5 stars
    My favorite part about these cookies (aside from eating them, was trying all the different variations! One batch of cookies but adding some sprinkles or a kiss changed it completely. Love it!

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