Best Christmas Cookies

There's something for everyone in this list of my Best Christmas Cookies! From gingerbread to sugar cookies, to crinkle and thumbprint!

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Whether you’re gifting some scrumptious homemade cookies to friends or simply wanting to cook up a batch of festive treats for the family, there’s something for everyone in this list of the Best Christmas Cookies!

Small tin of cardamom spiced cookies
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Cookies and Christmas go hand in hand, from gingerbread to chocolate dipped and so much more. I’ve rounded up some of the Best Christmas Cookies for gifting and, of course, eating! Easy to make and guaranteed to spread festive cheer, these yummy cookies will please young and old alike, as well as Santa!

Tips for baking Christmas cookies

  1. No cookie cutter, no problem! You can easily use a butter knife to cut Christmas shapes from rolled out pieces of dough, or you can get creative with kitchen utensils. Stamp out dough with the rims of different shaped glassware. The rustic, handmade vibe adds to the festive charm!
  2. Freeze some of your unbaked cookies and make a big batch to last longer. You may have multiple waves of visitors over the holidays. No need to bake a big batch and serve up days old cookies. Just pull some of your frozen, unbaked cookies out of the freezer and bake them as and when you need to.
  3. Cook shaped cookies on a lower rack to retain their shape. If your cookies aren’t holding their shape when you bake them, put them on a lower oven rack with an empty cookie sheet on the top rack. This will block the cookies from the most intense heat that rises to the top of the oven.
  4. Check the bottom of your sugar cookies, not the sides, for doneness. Sugar cookies with golden edges can be overdone. When baking sugar cookies, the bottoms are the best indicator of doneness. If the base is light golden brown, they are perfect!

Tips for packaging cookies for the holidays

  1. Re-use the Pringles tube shaped containers. Don’t throw away those tubes, cover them in holiday wrapping paper and voila! You have a sturdy, beautiful cookie container.
  2. Attach two festive cupcake liners together to create a pouch to snuggle cookies. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to individually wrap Christmas cookies, this is such a fun way to do so.
  3. Go classic with cellophane and ribbons. With more sturdy cookies you can wrap a row up in cellophane and tie it up with a festive bow, this shows off the cookies with a pop of Christmas!
  4. Use jumbo-sized mason jar for holding stacks of Christmas cookies in a very eye catching way. Add a festive sticker label and a pretty patterned lid for a colorful twist.

Best Christmas cookies to try

White plate on marble background of sugar cookies dipped in white chocolate

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These pepper sugar cookies dipped in white chocolate & crushed peppermint are a wonderful treat for the holidays – dairy free and made with simple pantry items!
20 minutes
5 from 76 votes
Plate of ginger snap cookies with red napkin on the side

Ginger Snap Cookies

Quick and easy to make, these ginger snap cookies and bursting with flavor. Ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes.
20 minutes
5 from 32 votes

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are quick, easy-to-make & tasty. They're made with peanut butter, egg & sugar so they're naturally flourless & dairy-free
20 minutes
5 from 2839 votes
Close up shot of many tahini chocolate chip cookies on a parchment paper background
Dessert, Snack

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies have a Middle Eastern twist by swapping half the butter in traditional chocolate chip cookies with tahini (sesame paste)
25 minutes
5 from 89 votes
Hand picking up one almond joy cookie

Almond Joy Cookies

These Almond Joy Cookies are quick and easy to make and are wonderfully soft and fluffy! Ready to enjoy in 20 minutes for any coconut and chocolate lovers!
20 minutes
5 from 17 votes
Plate of holiday pistachio cookies topped with pistachio pieces

Pistachio Cookies

These pistachio cookies are a healthier version of my favorite Middle Eastern cookies. Gluten free with no added refined sugar. Delicious and easy to make.
20 minutes
5 from 66 votes

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

The best Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies you’ll ever make – they’re crunchy around the edges, incredibly chewy throughout and filled with chocolate chips!
32 minutes
5 from 93 votes
Final baked banana chocolate chip cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like banana bread, you’ll love these Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are a great way to use up overripe bananas and have a soft cake-like texture
24 minutes
5 from 331 votes
Date cookies on a white plate

Date Cookies

A fun mediterranean inspired cookie recipe, these buttery date cookies are sweet, nutty, chewy and completely irresistible – perfect for cookie exchanges 
30 minutes
5 from 601 votes
Honey Tahini Cookies covered with sesame seeds

Sesame Tahini Cookies

Sesame Tahini Cookies are chewy delicious gluten-free cookies with a Middle Eastern flavor. Instead of butter, tahini paste is used to add a rich nutty taste
23 minutes
5 from 432 votes

Hope you find joy in baking cookies this holiday season. And if you’re baking with your kids, be sure to check out some of my practical tips for getting them involved!

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