Celebrate the season with 35+ of the BEST Christmas cookies that are perfect for parties, cookie plates, or curling up by the fire or under the lights of the tree! 

From chocolate crinkle cookies to classic cut-out sugar cookies, there is something for everyone in this collection of the best easy cookie recipes! And if you love Christmas baking, be sure not to miss my collection of Easy Homemade Christmas Candy Recipes!

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Buddy the Elf would have you believe that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing out loud for all to hear, but I say it's by baking Christmas cookies.

Who's with me?!

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These are the BEST Christmas Cookies, perfect for taking to a Christmas cookie exchange or setting out for a holiday party (or on a plate for Santa!). 

There are traditional options like the best gingerbread men you've ever had and peanut butter blossoms (it's not Christmas until we've made a batch), and hopefully some new-to-you options. I always try to make at least one or two new Christmas cookies every year to change things up!

I've separated these cookies into six categories:

  1. Christmas Classics
  2. Chocolate Cookies
  3. Shortbread
  4. Drop Cookies
  5. Bars
  6. Festive Christmas Cookies (sort of a miscellaneous categories for misfits that don't fit solidly in one of the other categories but are definitely not to be missed!).

What's YOUR favorite Christmas cookie or holiday tradition? I would love to know in the comments below!

The Best Christmas Cookies

Santa is sure to leave extra presents are your house this Christmas if you fill him up a plate of any of these fabulous Christmas cookies! Just don't forget a glass of milk for him and a carrot for his reindeer!

Classic Christmas Cookies

Everybody loves a classic Christmas cookie! These perennial favorites are ones we make over and over, year after year, and the holidays wouldn't be the same without them!

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

No one can resist a decadent chocolate cookie, especially at Christmastime. These are some of our favorite chocolate cookies that we make at Christmas and year round!


I'll admit that when I was a kid I thought shortbread was boring and mostly for adults. And now that I'm an adult, it's quite possibly my favorite type of Christmas cookie of all! The textures and flavors of shortbread are so unique and special!

Drop Cookies

Drop cookies are perfect for busy bakers because there is typically no need to chill the dough or roll, shape, cut or decorate. Just mix everything up and use a cookie scoop to drop and bake these family favorites that are perfect for making holiday baking memories with your kids!


Bars are a great way of making cookies for a crowd without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I'm a big fan of the chewy edge pieces myself!

More Festive Christmas Cookies

I've saved some of the best Christmas cookies for last! These are some of my favorite cookie flavors and textures and they are especially fun for cookie exchanges because they are surprising and different from some of the cookies you see every year!

How to Make Christmas Cookies

  • When in doubt, add sprinkles! Or dip in chocolate. You can make almost any cookie recipe look more festive by adding red, white, and green sprinkles. Or bake your favorite snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies and dip half of each cookie in melted white, milk, or dark chocolate for instant elegance and decadence!
  • Don't wait until the last minute. Many cookie recipes freeze really well! All you have to do is let them thaw on the counter for a few hours and they will taste fresh as if you just made them! I always keep a couple batches in the freezer that I make early in the season so I have cookies on hand for unexpected visitors or last minute get-togethers. 
  • Keep cookie dough in the fridge of freezer. Love that fresh-baked cookie smell? Make the dough in advance but freeze it so all you have to do is pop some cookies in the oven!

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Hi, I'm Amy

I enjoy exploring the world through food, culture, and travel and sharing the adventure with mostly from-scratch, family friendly recipes that I think of as modern comfort cooking.

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