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.
’tis the season for Christmas Cookie recipes
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.
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.
Easy Christmas Cookies
These cookies don’t use very many ingredients and bake up quickly. They’re perfect to whip up for a quick treat for unexpected company, or to eat while you watch your favorite Christmas movie.
- Christmas Cookies – Using our basic chocolate chip recipe, we dress up these cookies in a variety of ways using Christmas sprinkles, red and green M&M’s, candy canes and dipping chocolate!
- Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies half dipped in white chocolate and topped with holiday sprinkles.
- Almond Cookies – Soft and chewy cookies filled with almond extract, ground almonds, and topped with slivered almonds.
- Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies – Chewy cookies with peppermint extract, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.
- Black and White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies – Made from chocolate cake mix, chock full of white chocolate chips and peppermint M&M’s.
- Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies – Soft and yummy cookies made with cheesecake instant pudding and peppermint baking chips.
- Holiday Blossom Cookies – Sugar cookies made from a box mix, covered in red sprinkles and topped with a candy cane Hershey’s kiss.
- Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thick and gooey red velvet cookies packed with white chocolate chips and perfectly underbaked.
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.
- Eggnog Cookies – Tasty eggnog cookies with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and topped with an eggnog glaze.
- Italian Cookies – Soft and creamy and topped with a delicious glaze.
- Gingerbread Cookies – Classic gingerbread cookies with slightly crispy edges and a ginger molasses flavor.
- Christmas Thumbprint Cookies – Thumbprint cookies made from a pre-made mix and filled with red and green icing.
- Soft Gingersnaps – Super soft and chewy gingersnaps sprinkled with sugar. These cookies are made soft using a few secret ingredients.
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – These fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, and dipped in powdered sugar.
- Snowball Cookies – Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies – Bite sized rolled cookies covered in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with white chocolate.
- Turtle Thumbprint Cookies – Chocolate thumbprint cookies rolled in chopped pecans, filled with a caramel filling, and drizzled with chocolate.
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.
- Soft Sugar Cookies – Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond.
- Peppermint Sugar Cookie – The softest sugar cookie with hints of peppermint and topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and candy cane pieces.
- Copy Cat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies – Make homemade lofthouse sugar cookies, just like the ones at the grocery store! Soft and chewy, topped with frosting and sprinkles.
- Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookies – Sugar cookies baked with a peppermint kiss and festive sprinkles on top.
- No Roll Sugar Cookie – No rolling pin needed for these delicious sugar cookies. Just drop, bake, and frost!
- Peppermint Oreo Sugar Cookies – All it takes to make these cookies is a package of your favorite box mix, crushed peppermint oreos, and Andes peppermint baking chips.
Go-to Christmas Cookie Recipe
So many delicious cookies to make this holiday season!!
With that in mind, I wanted to share the recipe we make most often during Christmas. 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 CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COOKIES
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 Cookies 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
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.
Christmas Cookies Recipe
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.
- 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
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.