Best Holiday Cookies
These holiday cookie recipes are my favorites to make during the Christmas season. After all, Christmas cookies are one of the best things about this time of year!
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is baking cookies. Well, more cookies than normal. After all, it’s the season for cookie swaps and homemade gifts and holiday parties. Cookies are just the right answer to so many things this time of year!
I’ve scoured the cookie recipes here on BoB and put together a collection of some of my favorite Christmas cookies to bake for filling those cookie trays and for giving the wonderful gift of homemade cookies.
Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes
Cookie bars don’t often get the attention that their scooped, cut, or shaped counterparts do, but I love them for their simplicity and potential for some fun presentation. These Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars combine a simple sugar cookie with a sweet peppermint frosting. Add some holiday sprinkles for a beautiful treat that’s sure to garner some oohs and aahs!
These simple Hazelnut Crescent Cookies are a nostalgic favorite for me. They’re a simple, nutty shortbread that’s very similar to Christmas cookies I used to bake with my mother.
Cinnamon Pecan Puffs are another from my mother’s recipe collection. These are so, so easy to make. They’re meringue cookies at heart, but with lots of brown sugar and pecans.
Every occasion needs a little chocolate, and these Irish Cream Brownie Cookies are a fantastic way to do just that. They manage to be cookies and brownies at the same time, with a little Irish Cream to give them a bit of a kick.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do love hot chocolate. These Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallow Glaze let you have your hot chocolate in cookie form!
Spiced Toffee Cookies are sweet and spiced with a toffee crunch. As much as I hesitate to play favorites, these are probably in my top cookies I’ve ever made. And I’ve made A LOT of cookies.
While shortbread can be a bit temperamental to mix, they’re still one of my favorite cookies to make. Brown Sugar Toffee Shortbread are simple cut-out cookies with wonderful flavor.
These Coconut-Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies are as eye-catching as they are delicious. I love all things coconut and salted caramel, so these are an always welcome treat!
Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies are a wonderful twist on classic chocolate chip cookies. They’re light and delicate but still have plenty of flavor.
Biscotti always make it onto my Christmas baking list, and these Almond Biscotti are always a hit. They’re simple to make and simple in their flavor. They make a great gift, too, packaged with some great coffee, tea, or hot chocolate mix.
I cannot resist spiced desserts in the winter, and these Sugar and Spice Cookies are a perfect example of that. All it takes is a good blend of spices to turn ordinary sugar cookies into something spectacular!
Cranberry Pistachio Cookies just look like Christmas cookies, don’t they? They’re wonderful fresh from the oven or with a little dip into some white chocolate.
I’ll take any excuse to make a batch of these Cream Cheese Shortbread-Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies. They’re a simple shortbread made even better with cream cheese and a little dollop of dulce de leche.
Chai Spice Palmiers are more pastry than cookie, but they’re just so good and such a great choice for this time of year. They’re made with a homemade puff pastry dough that is ridiculously easy to make.
I’m not one to make lots of Christmas cookies shaped like snowmen and reindeer and such, but I will happily dig out my star-shaped cookie cutter to make these beautiful Zimtsterne. They’re a bit like a meringue-macaron hybrid, and they’re so, so good.
For something a little different, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Bites are made in mini muffin cups for a sweet grab-and-go cookie. They package well, too, if you’re giving homemade gifts.
Toffee Pecan Snowdrop Cookies are another simple shortbread-like cookie. These are filled with pecans and toffee and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. You may know cookies like this by one of their many other names, like Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes.
Pound Cake Cookies are a great example of less is more. With their simple flavor and soft texture, these beauties are always a crowd-pleaser.
Chocolate Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies get their wonderful spiced flavor from cookie butter. Pair that with chocolate and oats, and you’ve got a real winner.
There is no telling how many batches of Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve made over the years. And every time, there’s a whole lot of clamoring to get to them. Luckily, the recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll have plenty to spare!
As traditional holiday cookies go, it’s tough to beat Linzer Cookies. These cutout cookies are filled with your favorite jam for a cookie that’s as tasty as it is beautiful.
Snickerdoodles are always a popular Christmas cookie choice. I especially love these Cookie Butter Snickerdoodles with their extra kick of spice from the addition of cookie butter.
I can’t resist adding Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies to this collection. Whoopie pies blur the lines of cookies and cake, but I guarantee you that no one will care how you classify them once they take a bite.
Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies are one of my go-to recipes for cookie swaps, bake sales, and such. For such simple cookies, they have amazing flavor.
You’ll find plenty of cranberry cookies on this list. I love them all for different reasons. These Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies are a great example of how a simple oatmeal cookie can be dressed up for the holidays with pretty, red cranberries and a drizzle of white chocolate.
Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies are another nod to my mother’s baking. Granted, her version of these involved a tube of cookie dough, but the result is still a chocolate and peanut butter dream.
Chocolate Chip Pecan No-Bake Cookies are so fascinating to me. Just FOUR ingredients, and no baking? That makes these a perfectly quick and easy addition to your holiday cookie list.
If you’re looking to go big for your holiday cookie baking, then these Triple Chocolate Pecan Cookies are the ticket. These are some big, beautiful, delicious cookies.
Cranberry Shortbread are one of those cookies that I only seem to bake this time of year. They’re filled with dried cranberries, which makes them a year-round treat if you like.
Salted Double Chocolate Cookies are just the thing for the sweet and salty fans in your crowd. That little sprinkle of salt turns these rich cookies into something amazing.
Big Chewy M&M Cookies are just fun. Use holiday color candies for a more holiday-appropriate twist.
Thumbprint cookies aren’t anything new in the holiday cookie world, but these Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies offer a welcomed cheesecake twist that’s a sure crowd-pleaser.
For all the chocolate anyone could want in a cookie, try these Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies. That sparkly sugar makes them seem so festive and perfect for the season.
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles offer a really simple twist on the classic cookie. Browning the butter in these cookies gives the a richer, deeper flavor that I can never resist.
A nice dose of spices turns chocolate chip cookies into these wonderful Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies. A simple but wonderful addition to your holiday baking!
Rugelach take a little more effort than most cookie recipes I share, but that makes them perfect for a special occasion like Christmas. The flavors are customizable to your tastes, too.
Simple as they may be, Brown Sugar Crinkles may very well be my favorite crinkle cookies. All that brown sugar gives them a rich, caramel-like flavor that’s pretty hard to beat.
Cream Cheese-Filled Gingerbread Cookies are soft, spiced cookies with a little cream cheese surprise inside. A fun way to change up a classic!
Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies feature a favorite flavor combination in a rich, chewy cookie. These never seem to last very long!
With plenty of cranberries and a sprinkling of sparkling sugar, these Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries are such a pretty Christmas cookie. These cookies aren’t made with butter, but rather a quick macadamia butter serves to help hold them together and give them a really great flavor.
These rich, fudgy Outrageous Chocolate Cookies are a long-time favorite around here. The dough is unlike a traditional cookie dough, and you may think you’ve done something wrong when you mix them. But they’ll bake into a fudgy chocolate dream!
Almond Spice Cookies are such pretty little cookies, but don’t be fooled. There’s big time flavor here! And those flavors are just perfect for the holiday season.
Of course, there are plenty more cookie recipes here on BoB. Be sure to see the Recipe Index for even more baking inspiration!
Do you have a favorite holiday cookie that you make year after year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!