Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes
These festive Christmas cookie recipes will be the perfect way to spread your holiday cheer.
Choose cutters with simple shapes; they're easier to handle and less likely to break. If you want to make small puzzles, cut dough into 4-inch squares, and use a single cookie cutter to punch out the center of each square while still hot from the oven. Working quickly, cut lines from edges of square to form puzzle pieces. Store icing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Recipe: Christmas Cookie Puzzles
We love using mint kisses and candy cane kisses for the holidays.
Recipe: Hidden Kiss Cookies
Pick your favorite filling for this classic sandwich cookie: We tested with peppermint, orange, and lemon extracts and used food coloring to match each flavor.
Recipe: Cookie Press Sandwiches
Use your favorite jams to vary the flavor and color of these beauties.
Recipe: Pecan Linzer Cookies
Use food coloring gel in a squeeze bottle or a food-safe paintbrush to make lines in the piping bag. Once meringues are cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe: Peppermint Meringue Cookies
You can chill the dough for these gingersnappers up to three days before baking.
Recipe: Triple Gingersnappers
There's nothing like spreading a little holiday cheer with a delicious batch of Christmas cookies. Nestle them in a pretty tin for a thoughtful gift or have them on hand for unexpected holiday guests. One thing is for sure, these Christmas cookie recipes are sure to be the hit of the season!
This trio of Christmas cookie recipes will be your go-to for crowd-pleasing treats. Make a few extra batches to keep on hand for unexpected holiday visitors.
As if the combination of milk chocolate morsels and peppermint candies wasn't perfect enough, we added rich cream-and-mint-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and salty pretzel sticks to our peppermint bark.
Recipe: Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Stock your freezer with this simple dough and be ready to slice and bake in minutes.
This is a classic recipe updated with a sprinkle of kosher salt.
- Recipe: Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars
“Be sure the zip-top plastic bag you use to pipe preserves into the cookies is a freezer bag and not a regular storage bag or you may experience a blowout. Ask me how I know.”
-Norman King, Test Kitchen Professional
- Recipe: Blackberry Thumbprints
These peanut butter-chocolate cookies taste and look divine! No need to worry about the flour—they're perfect as they are.
Recipe developer Vanessa McNeil Rocchio says, "My grandfather was a great cook and inspired me. These cookies, made with fresh Texas pecans, were always in his cookie jar. You can't stop with just one cookie."
- Recipe: Pecan Sandies
This festive cookie recipe was borrowed from a favorite spice store, Penzeys.
- Recipe: Snickerdoodles
The chai gives this cookie a kick while the eggnog topping shows a sweet side.
- Recipe: Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies
- Recipe: Bourbon Balls
Recipe: Linzer Cookies
Give these soft, chewy macaroons a different look by garnishing with candied fruit like orange peels or green cherries.
- Recipe: Ambrosia Macaroons
Make this recipe all the way through without stopping, spreading the warm divinity onto a still-warm cookie base. If the divinity is too cool, it will tear the cookie base as you spread it.
- Recipe: Peppermint Divinity Bars
Grits + biscotti=Gritscotti. After baking the logs, gently cut them with a serrated knife for even slices. If you break a few slices, bake them anyway and sprinkle the bits over yogurt at breakfast.
- Recipe: Gritscotti
Filled with orange apricot preserves, these decorative cookies are the perfect holiday treat for the table.
- Recipe: Apricot-Almond Thumbprints
Think a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball? Think again. Try coating them in spiced toasted pecans for a sweet-salty variation and you'll be a convert for life.
- Recipe: Pecan Bourbon Balls
Espresso beans and buttery shortbread are a perfect match.
- Recipe: Espresso Shortbread Cookies