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Best 36 Christmas Cookie Recipes of All Time

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It’s that time of year! Time to start baking all the most delicious treats for the holidays. Check out these Christmas cookie recipes! Get started by finding some great Walmart deals on the ingredients and download the KCL app for all your other holiday shopping needs.


1. White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies

The peppermint sugar cookie is so good it can stand alone, but dipping these in white chocolate and covering them in crushed candy canes takes them to a whole new level.


2. The Grinch Cookies

Here’s a perfect cookie for that big holiday party, and we’re confident both kids and adults will devour these. Throw in a red cinnamon heart to top it off.


3. Nutter Butter Rudolph Cookies

These adorable Rudolph cookies are sure to be a hit with the kids this Christmas!


4. Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies

This is one tender and melt-in-your-mouth cookie! They’re also super easy to make and only require a few ingredients.


5. Award Winning Gingerbread Cookies

The orange juice in this recipe makes the molasses flavor pop!


6. Italian Ricotta Cookies

What you get with these Italian ricotta cookies is a soft, moist, cake-like texture with a touch of lemon flavor—but, you can easily substitute almond extract if that’s your thing. Even better: make half of each flavor.


7. Andes Mint Cookies

Calling all mint fanatics! If you’re a fan of mint and chocolate combined, you’re going to love these cookies loaded with chopped Andes mints.


8. Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies

Once baked, these pretty cookies have an antique-looking red crackle to them, that, when paired with the cream-colored icing, really brings an old fashioned feel to Christmas.



9. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

To make these reindeer shaped cookies, form the dough into 2-inch balls and pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point. Then, gently flatten with your hand before adding the pretzel antlers and M&M face. These will be a winner with the kids.


10. Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

These lemon gooey butter cookies are tender with a perfect lemon flavor and are oh-so decadent. Chilling the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight is key.


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11. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Looking for a festive cookie? This one’s it—feast your eyes on those holiday colors!


12. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Add some dark chocolate to your holidays! If the dark chocolate is too intense for the little ones, try adding marshmallow fluff and just enough icing to sweeten things up.


13. Butter Pecan Cookies

These cookies explode with a toasty, nutty, buttery, slightly molasses-y flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some butterscotch chips. It’ll taste like butter pecan ice cream.


14. Slice ‘n’ Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

These soft, sweet, and buttery Christmas tree sugar cookies are easier to make than they look. Plus, your kids are going to love helping you create these tasty treats.


15. The Best Soft & Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ta-da—the best, softest, and chewiest cookies ever! You get a puffy, golden-brown, and super-soft form—thanks to the use of cornstarch and lots of brown sugar.


16. Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Seriously, chocolate and peppermint is one of the best combinations ever invented! You’ll get the best of both flavors in these cookies.



17. No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Here’s a twist on a peanut butter Rice Krispies treat that can be made in less than 15 minutes. You can even swap in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Rolo for the Kiss.


18. Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Use dry candied cherries for these delicious and festive cookies that also include chocolate chips.


19. Stained Glass Cookies

These cookies make a great afternoon treat, and the kids will love smashing up the candies that will be used for the “glass.” Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut a window in the center of the larger cookie shape, then fill with the crushed candy.


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20. Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls)

Add this recipe to your Christmas-treat tray, because who can resist a peanut butter center and chocolate shell?!


21. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

These are some of the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen! They’re pretty easy to make too!


22. Raspberry Hazelnut Macaroons

Unlike French macarons, these German cookies are super simple to create.


23. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

The secret to making the perfect shortbread cookie is under-baking the cookie, which is what you do with this cranberry orange treat. The orange zest has a zing that perfectly balances out the cranberries’ tartness.


24. Marshmallow Oreo Cookies

This is a case of taking an Oreo—which is already near perfect—and making it better. You’ll need gooey marshmallows and a chopped-up Cookies ‘N Cream candy bar.



25. Delicious Eggnog Cookies

This eggnog dessert is a definite knockout. You’ll bite into a soft, chewy cookie and taste all its eggnoggy deliciousness.


26. Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

The sugar surrounding this chocolatey cookie provides the most perfect texture! Double your batch from the start—you won’t regret it!


27. Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

This may be the best thumbprint cookie you’ve ever seen. Fill the indentation with icing or try a white chocolate disk and edible markers for the face. Since the base cookie isn’t overly sweet, you can be creative with embellishments.


28. Bakery Style Coconut Macaroons

The coconut lovers out there will not be disappointed with this recipe. Omitting the eggs brings out the cookie’s denseness. Be creative, leaving some plain, and some dipped in semi-sweet or white chocolate.


29. Marble Sugar Cookies

Skip the messy icing and make these fun marble cookies with your little ones instead.


30. Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

We found a sweet sugar cookie that melts in your mouth. To give these soft maple sugar cookies an even more festive feel, try adding some red and green sprinkles after you drizzle on the maple icing.


31. Snowball Christmas Cookies

This Christmas classic, also known as Russian teacakes, comes to you in all its buttery goodness with a gluten-free option. Instead of pecans, try using walnuts, which helps the cookie stay moist.


32. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Add mini chocolate chips to a favorite Russian tea cake recipe like Crazy for Crust did, and you’ve got yourself one melt-in-your-mouth treat perfect for sharing this holiday.


33. Fudgy Mint Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

It doesn’t get any better (or easier) than a no-bake cookie—except a no-bake cookie covered in chocolate ganache and mint frosting.


34. The Best Snickerdoodles Recipe

This may be the last snickerdoodle recipe you’ll ever need. They’re perfectly chewy, moist, and just basically phenomenal.


35. Grandma’s Shortbread Cookies

Although this recipe calls for a pound of butter, you’ll find yourself eating multiples in one sitting—they’re just that good!


36. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

The best thing about this recipe (other than the swirls, of course) is that if you’re not feeling up to making your own sugar cookie dough, you can use store-bought!


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