42 Christmas Cookie Recipe Ideas

Every year growing up my Mom always baked and made candies. She would give large boxes of all sorts of baked treats to everyone. One of my favorite things is to bake up a bunch of goodies and to give those to everyone as gifts. Another one of my favorite things to do is to host a cookie exchange. So I want to share you with you a bunch of cookie and candy ideas so you too can be inspired this holiday season.

42 Cookie Ideas

1.   Christmas Wreaths – these are great cookies you can make with corn flakes.
2.   Snicker Doodles – my recipe from when I was in Girl Scouts to many years ago. These are wonderfully spicy with a touch of cinnamon.
3.   Spritz – these are an easy butter cookie to make with a cookie press.
4.   Hello Dolly Cookies – these are your classic seven layer bars.
5.   Melted Snowman Cookies – try these fun cookies that look like snowmen are melting.
6.   Frosted Pineapple Cookies – you make these with a can of pineapple.
7.   Cherry Pistachio Cookies – from The Perfect Pantry
8.   Cardamom Snowdrop Cookies – from Savory Simple
9.   Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
10. Soft Gingerbread Cookies – from Bless This Mess Please
11.  Santa Oreo Cookie Balls Hat – Shugary Sweets
12.  Holiday Pinwheel Cookies – from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
13.  Yummy No Bake Rum Balls – from CopyKat Recipes
14.  Chocolate Chip Cookies with two Secrets – from David Lebovitz
15.  Low Sugar Almond Flour Coconut Macaroon Cookies – from Kalyn’s Kitchen
16.  Classic Sugar Cookies – from Imperial Sugar
17.  Christmas in your mouth Cookies
18.  Chocolate and Orange Marbled Cookies – from Sarafina’s Kitchen
19.  Nutter Butter Snowmen – from Cupcake Diaries
20.  Black forest Sandwich Cookies – Cravings of a Lunatic
21.  Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies – from the Foodette
22.  Chocolate Crinkle Cookies  – from What Ever You Do
23.  Macadamia Dream Nut Bars – from Pure Grace Farms
24.  Gingerbread cookies – from The Perfect Pantry
25.  Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies – from PastryChefOnline
26.  Dark Chocolate Shortbread with Fleur de Sal – from ClosetCooking
27.  Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – CopyKat.com
28.  Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie Bar – from Domestically Speaking
29.  Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Crescents – Pure Grace Farms
30.  Flourless and Sugar Free Pistachio Cookies  – from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
31.  Brown Butter Gingersnap Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – from the Picky Palate
32.  Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – My Whole Food Life
33.  Chinese Almond Cookies by CopyKat.com
34.  Cornmeal Cookies – from The Baking Aisle
35.  Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies – Chef Dennis Littley
36.  Shortbread Christmas Mice – from Cravings of a Lunatic
37.  Gluten Free Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies – from Boulderlocavore
38.  Pecan Sandies – My Mom’s recipe for these, much like a Mexican Wedding Cookie.
39.  Santa Face Cookies – from In Katrina’s Kitchen
40.  Triple Chocolate Devils Food Cookies – from I am Baker
41.  Peanut Butter Cup Cookies –  from CopyKat.com
42.  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever – from CopyKat.com

Need more ideas? 101 Christmas Cookie Recipes

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Aaudrey

    Mainstream brands of Corn flakes contain Malt Flavoring and that is NOT gluten free. There are a few under the “Natures Path” brand that are gf, and of course General Mills has Corn chex that are gf. Just a heads up to those looking for GF recipes so they don’t go out thinking that they are safe to have normal Corn flakes. I was looking for GF recipes for the wreaths and it lead me here. Would be a good idea to update that 🙂

  2. Shari @ Pure Grace Farms

    I love the variety on your list Stephanie. Thanks for sharing my Macadamia Dream Nut Bars and my Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Crescents. I will make a point to come back and visit often to see what you have cooking. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. kalynskitchen

    What a great list, and thanks for including my pistachio cookies! “Tis the season; I’ve even made cookies once this season already.

  4. melissa @mywholefoodlife

    What a great lineup of Christmas cookies! I look forward to trying some of these. Thanks for including my chocolate chip cookies!

  5. onlinepastrychef

    Oh, wow, Stephanie! Thank you so much for including the coffee chocolate chip cookies! I’m still mad at Trader Joe’s for discontinuing them! lol

    I’m also glad to get my hands on your pecan sandies recipe–one of my favorite cookies ever!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I miss seeing you in hangouts–we should catch up sometime!

    • stephaniemanley

      Well Trader Joes did come up with that cookie butter. We should definitely catch up. Oh, we need to talk about a virtual youtube cookie exchange!

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