53 Essential Christmas Cookies

From classic sugar cookies to gingerbread men, these top recipes will sweeten your holiday - and make you the darling of all your cookie swaps.

Part of: Holiday Central: Cookies

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Apple Crisp Cookies

"Delicious. Tastes exactly like apple crisp!"

-Pink Kitchenaid Lover

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

"I'm usually horrible at baking from scratch, but this recipe was fantastic! Super easy, tasty and soft."

-seabug22

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Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

"I took these to a cookie exchange and they were a hit. I half-dipped them using semi-sweet chocolate."

-Gay Gilmore

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Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

"This dough is so easy to work with, and everyone at our annual Christmas Eve party commented on how cute and tasty they were."

-Chef #670879

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4-Ingredient Fudge Crinkles

"I have three words for anyone thinking of making these cookies: quick, easy and delicious! Perfect for Christmas goodie trays."

-ciao

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Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

"These are the best snickerdoodles I've ever had. I don't chill the dough — if you wet your hands with cool water, you can easily roll the balls and get them into the oven faster!"

-yoitsbecky

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

"My family loves these cookies! I have made this recipe several times now, and the cookies turn out great every time."

-Alyson P.

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

"These are the only peanut butter cookies I make anymore. They are good with crunchy or creamy peanut butter."

-Lola Granola

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Best Oatmeal Cookies

"This is a family favorite. The secret is soaking the raisins — it makes all the difference."

-Merrie Wold

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Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies

"These turned out beautifully. The recipe is so simple that the possibilities are endless."

-brightdawn1891

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Almond Spritz Press Cookies

"Incredible cookies! I've loved these since I was a little girl, and I'm thrilled to have finally found the recipe."

-Chef #413233

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Snowball Cookies

"These melt in your mouth and are a good addition to your holiday cookie tray."

-cooking_geek

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Christmas Chocolate Cherry Cookies

"I've made these for years as a Christmas cookie to give to friends. I substitute red and green glace cherries for the maraschino cherries."

-SarniaKid

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World's Best Butter Cookies

"I have been looking for a butter cookie that tastes like the ones Gramma used to bake. This is it. These are the best butter cookies ever!"

-Terri F.

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Soft Molasses Cookies

"One word: killer! These cookies are easy to make — not to mention soft, chewy and exquisitely spiced."

-letarr

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Russian Tea Cake Cookies

"I love these little snowballs! It's a wonderful cookie at Christmas time. These baked up so nicely and were so easy to make."

-Aunt Paula

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Ina's Coconut Macaroons

"We love, love, love this recipe! They are awesome and so easy to make. Try them dipped in or drizzled with chocolate."

-PaigeSpud

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Cinnamon Cookies

"This may just be the perfect cookie recipe. I'm so glad I decided to double the recipe!"

-Nevdiliel

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White Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

"We included these cookies on our holiday trays for family and friends. They looked so festive, and tasted wonderful."

-mommyoffour

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

"What lovely little Christmas delights! These morsels are nothing short of buttery goodness."

-CoffeeB

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Andes Mint Cookies

"These are delicious! They taste similar to Girl Scout cookies. I couldn't find Andes baking chips, so I bought the mints and chopped them up."

-hojo

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Buttery Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

"I'm SO glad I gave these cookies a go — in fact, the only reason I created an account here was to give this recipe my thumbs-up!"

-tealeafs

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Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

"I've tried other recipes with oatmeal and cranberries, and these are by far the tastiest — and the chewiest! I used walnuts instead of pecans."

-rmetz

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Italian Anise Cookies

"I have been trying for years to re-create the recipe my Italian grandmother made. This is finally the one!"

-Damfarm

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Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

"This is by FAR my family's favorite cookie on the Christmas cookie tray. You can make them festive by using holiday M&Ms."

-Manda

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Cornflake Cookies

"These are the best cookies I have ever made! They came out crumble-in-your-mouth perfect. The cornflakes just give them a crunchy kick."

-Anneris

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Cheesecake Cookies

"I really preferred these to an actual cheesecake and they were easier to make. I also liked that they weren't overly sweet."

-Julie421511

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Safe-to-Eat Raw Cookie Dough

"This is a wonderful recipe. All my son's friends love cookie dough so this helped me feel comfortable about serving them all "raw" dough. This tastes just like the real thing."

-mommyoffour

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Scratch-Made Funfetti Cookies

"These cookies are easy and delicious — just fun, simple sugar cookies that are great for any season. Using the bottom of a sugar-coated glass to flatten the balls of dough is genius."

-Mandy at Food.com

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Impossible Peanut Butter Cookies

"These stand up to other peanut butter cookies but require less time, work and effort."

-Tinks599

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Gingersnap Cookies

"These were chewy and delicious. Both the kids and parents loved them because they were so soft."

-stamp

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

"These are the best cookies I've ever eaten. The texture is just perfect, and the kosher salt works like magic to counteract the sweetness."

-SilverOpera

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Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

"These were a perfect combo of crispy and chewy. Like another reviewer, I can't stop eating them."

-HeidiSue

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Sugar Cookie Icing

"Fantastic! I made this icing for my Christmas tray cutouts, and it turned out perfectly — glossy, delicious and easy to make."

~Leslie~

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Easy Sugar Cookies

"These sugar cookies are simple and delicious. My cookies came out beautifully — thin and crisp. I highly recommend this recipe."

-day-hee

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German Christmas Almond Cookies

"These cookies reminded me of spending Christmas in Germany. They were delicious."

-Petite Mommy

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Eggnog Cookies

"These were wonderful. My kids ate them all up and I had to make another batch for my cookie exchange."

-Acerast

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Pecan Balls

"These were the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. They had just the right amount of crumbs."

-mommymakeit4u

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Meringue Cookies

"This was a great recipe that I’ll use again. I used a small amount of cream of tartar to get my meringue to peak."

-SuperSpike

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Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

"These are a must for holiday cookie trays. The dough is perfectly buttery and the jelly adds the right amount of sweetness."

-diner524

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Almond Crescent Cookies

"This is a very quick and easy recipe. I used sliced almonds instead of ground ones to save time and they turned out great."

-lizz

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Chocolate Almond Crisps

"I loved the taste of these cookies. They’re a Christmas tradition in my house."

-Jenny Sanders

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Gluten-Free Jam Cookies

"These are an excellent gluten-free cookie recipe. They’re a great Christmas treat."

-Sweet Heidi

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Easy Sugar Cookies

"These cookies are so soft and buttery. They’re as easy to make as using a pre-made mix but they taste much better."

-LjeffTheChef

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Walnut Balls

"These have a wonderfully light and delicate shortbread texture. They’re nutty and not too sweet."

-SaraFish

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Italian Christmas Cookies

"This recipe makes a lot of cookies. They are tiny and have a wonderful cake-like texture."

-Cathleen Colbert

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Rolled Butter Cookies

"This is one of the best cut-out cookie recipes I’ve tried. The cookies are rich, buttery and not too crisp."

-Kaarin

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Christmas Mint Cookies

"I was craving a mint and chocolate combo and this was a quick fix. They’re a simple holiday cookie."

-Roxanne J.R.

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Palmiers

"These are a light and buttery French puff pastry cookie. They have a simple taste and cinnamon sugar is a must."

-J-Lynn

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Stained Glass Window Cookies

"These cookies are incredibly easy to make. They’re not as labor-intensive as they look."

CookingTimeForMe

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Raspberry Swirl Cookies

"I love these cookies. I always look forward to making them on Christmas."

"I love buttery cookies and using my cookie press, so this recipe was perfect. They are nice and light."

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Norwegian Butter Cookies

"I love buttery cookies and using my cookie press, so this recipe was perfect. They are nice and light."

-italia

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Holiday Sugar Cookies

"Super easy to make and turned out perfect! This is my go to recipe for sugar cookies now!"

-Amber Simon

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