The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

By Maria Lichty

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I love baking anytime of the year, but I go cookie crazy in December. I love baking up a storm and sharing my cookies with everyone. I picked out my top 12 Christmas cookies to share with you today. I hope you find a few recipes to bake for your loved ones-or go nuts like me and bake them all:)

If you have a favorite Christmas cookie-please share the recipe. I am always looking for new cookies to try. Happy baking and have a great weekend!

Cinnadoodles: these are a jazzed up version of the traditional snickerdoodle cookie. I added cinnamon chips to maximize the cinnamon flavor. If you can’t find cinnamon chips, they are still good without them.

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints: these cookies have a chocolate base with a chocolate mint center.They taste like the popular Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, but better, in my opinion.Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies: cranberry and orange are the perfect pair. These cookies are soft, cakey, and unique. The glaze really makes them special too.

Lime Coconut Snowballs-Josh loves these cookies. They were just featured in the Salt Lake City Tribune too:) The cookies look like snowballs-they are the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Chocolate Crinkles: I make these every year, without fail. I love that they taste similar to a brownie but in cookie form, and they powdered sugar reminds me of snow. A very pretty cookie to serve!

Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cranberries: I have a lot of favorite cookies, but these are near the top of the list. I am a sucker for oatmeal and the white chocolate and cranberries make them even better!

Lime Meltaways Cookies: these buttery lime cookies are covered in powdered sugar and they really do melt in your mouth.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies: I just made these and I already want to make them again. I love how the candy cane pieces melt in with the chocolate and create a chewy, minty, chocolaty treat!

Soft Gingersnaps-your house will smell amazing if you bake a batch of these. Take them out on time for the perfect SOFT gingersnap cookie.

World Peace Cookies-you can’t celebrate the holidays without a Dorie recipe:) Everyone asks for World Peace, right? So give them the best gift-cookies! These are always a hit. I love the rich chocolate cookie with the hint of saltiness. Mmmmm!

S’mores Cookies-these cookies are loved by kids and adults. Bring the campfire inside this winter with S’mores cookies!

Peppermint Bark Cookies-first you need to make the peppermint bark, which is so easy! Then you chop it up and stir it into a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Two fabulous treats in one!

I had hard time picking out my top 12. If you don’t see anything you like, visit my Recipe Index, I have a lot of other cookie recipes too! Happy Baking!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. you have the BEST cookie recipes! Hands down. Love love love them. I need to make the lime snowballs for Josh. He loved the oatmeal/lime white chip cookies so much

  2. This is such a great list! So many I want to try ๐Ÿ™‚

    My two favorite Christmas cookies are my Grandma’s butter and oatmeal cookies (recently posted on my blog).

  3. I am having my baking extravaganza tomorrow, and going to make your gingersnaps!!! I can’t wait since I have never made those before. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow! Yummy! I am just writing up a post for the absolute best buttery cut out cookies and I’ll link the post here when it’s up. If you love cutting out Xmas cookies this is the recipe! Thanks for a great collection of cookies!

  5. I see a few I have made and a few I need to make. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great round up!!!
    I’m loving the site. I just need to make the jump!

  6. All of your cookies look wonderful. I don’t know which ones I want to try first. Thank you for posting this. It’s so nice to see the pics and recipes and try some new ones!!!

  7. They all look wonderful and just like you we are always looking for new cookie recipes to try on our guests over the holidays.

  8. Maria – love your pictures! They lookbeautiful! Too many choices, but I think the cranberry orange buttermilk cookies look like the first ones on my list.

  9. These all look great, Maria! I have never made chocolate crinkles before, but they’re so pretty that I’m going to do them this year.

  10. I just checked out a cookie book from the library hoping this recipe would be in it and it wasn’t I am so excited that you included it on your blog!

  11. So many great cookie ideas….now trying to find which one to try first. Like you, I love this time of the year because it means lots of time spent baking!! Thanks again for the great recipes and happy baking to you too!

  12. Great list! I have to start my cookie baking–I’m behind this year, but because of that I get to see what everyone else is making/posting and make some awesome cookies.