31 Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

These are the best Christmas Cookies! Christmas sugar cookies, molasses cookies, Christmas tree cookies, no bake cookies and more — everything you need to stock your freezer and fill your trays!


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  1. Easy decorating tips for Christmas cookies:
  2. Tips for freezing Christmas cookies:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas baking time <3

There is just something magical about baking Christmas cookies the month before Christmas.

Around here, there is almost definitely a blanket of white snow (this year, our snow came way too early which means I’ve been in the Christmas spirit for way too long!), and it gets dark out early so I can gaze at the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree and sip on my hot chocolate in front of the fireplace and soak up all of the Christmas spirit.

With a big plate of cookies, of course.

This time of year, things get a little crazy and I love to keep my freezer stocked with cookies and bars and baking so that I can just whip up a plate whenever we’re off to a church function or Christmas party or have friends or family visiting.

Being well prepared definitely takes a lot of the stress out of the chaos and helps me to actually enjoy the time of year a lot more!

So today, I’m bringing you a list of the best Christmas cookies, and we’ve got all kinds.

Chocolate, peppermint, sugar cookies.

Caramel, nuts and Christmas trees.

Decorated Christmas cookies and no bake cookies.

Sparkly molasses cookies and recipes from Grandma.

There is something for everyone to enjoy! I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas cookies are this time of year! Leave me a comment below and let me know 🙂

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If you’re looking for more easy Christmas treats, check out this post loaded with No Bake Christmas Treats here.

Easy decorating tips for Christmas cookies:

  • A few crushed candy canes go a long way!
  • Check out your local grocery store (or my favorite – Bulk Barn!) for all of your favorite candies in shades of red, green and white. They’ll put a Christmas spin on any cookie you make!
  • A drizzle of white or dark chocolate adds a decadent feel and also helps Christmas sprinkles to adhere, if that’s your thing 😉

Tips for freezing Christmas cookies:

Thankfully for all of us, cookies freeze amazingly well. This means we can make a big batch one day when we have time, and store them in the freezer to bring out when we need them.

Let cookies cool completely on parchment paper or cooling racks, and then stack neatly and place in freezer safe containers or freezer bags.

If you are freezing frosted cookies, be sure that the frosting has totally set before freezing. It’s also a good idea to place wax paper between the layers to ensure there’s no transfer.

I like to use containers so there is less plastic waste, but freezer bags are good for when you need to grab and go — you could even make some smaller bags up for last minute gifting!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

overhead image of christmas sugar cookies with white and red and green sprinkles


overhead image of snickerdoodle cookies on plate with cinnamon sticks

Mint Hershey Kiss Cookies

hershey kiss cookies on white tray with extra hersey kisses

Grandma’s Sour Cream Cookies

sour cream cookies on white plate with pan of cookies in the background

No Bake Turtle Cookies

no bake turtle christmas cookies on cooling rack with caramel and chocolate drizzle with pecan halves

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

toffee chocolate chip christmas cookies on white plate with green towel in the background

Soft Caramel Pudding Cookies

soft caramel pudding cookies close up in striped towel

Salted Caramel Pinwheel Cookies

caramel pinwheel christmas cookies up close on baking rack with flakes of salt

Butterscotch Toffee Cookies

butterscotch toffee christmas cookies stack of 5 on a cooling rack

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

no bake christmas tree cookies on silver platter with mini M&Ms

Christmas Tree Cookies

christmas cookie stacks with green frosting in between layers and sprinkles for decorations

Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

christmas tree shortbread cookies with green frosting drizzle and sprinkles for decorations

3D Christmas Tree Cookies

3d christmas cookies made from sugar cookie stars and stacked then decorated with round sprinkles

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

brown sugar pecan christmas cookies with praline frosting and halved or chopped pecans

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Turtle Cookies

peanut butter turtle thumbprint cookies on white plate with chocolate drizzle and chopped peanuts

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

shortbread thumbprint christmas cookies with different types of jam filling and white glaze

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

raspberry almond thumbprint cookies up close with white frosting drizzle

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

snowman thumbprint christmas cookies with white filling and snowman face on the filling

Molasses Cookies

sheet of molasses cookies on parchment paper with purple striped towel beside the pan

Fudgy Mint Chocolate No Bake Cookies

mint chocolate no bake christmas cookies stack of 4 with one bite taken out of the top cookies

Church Windows

church windows christmas cookies with multi colored mini marshmallows in chocolate and rolled in coconut

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

wreath christmas cookies made with corn flakes and decorated with red M&Ms

Chocolate Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

chocolate sour cream christmas cookies on black cooling rack with chocolate frosting

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies up close with chocolate and peanut butter chips

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

chocolate peppermint cookies with crushed candy canes and candy canes in the background

Softest Peppermint Sugar Cookies

soft frosted peppermint cookies with white frosting and lots of crushed candy canes on top

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

cranberry white chocolate cookies stack with top cookie broken in half

Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

peppermint cookies cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes on grey background

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

oatmeal butterscotch cookies stack with butterscotch chips all around

4 Ingredient Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 ingredient double chocolate cookies stack with hand pulling apart the top cookie

 Caramel Stuffed Brown Sugar Cookies

caramel stuffed brown sugar cookies up close on white background

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate dipped cookies with pink sprinkles on white background

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

triangular chocolate dipped shortbread cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper
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