17 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

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It was a tough job but someone had to do it - the best Christmas cookie recipes I've ever had the pleasure of making, eating and gifting. Plus, adding in a few of my favorite places to order cookies from for when you need to send that quick fix of love to someone not within driving distance during the holidays.

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

My grandmother's famous Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves are the PERFECT Christmas Cookie / Secret Santa treat or hostess gift this time of year! It's two butter cookies sandwiched with copious amounts of Raspberry Preserves and a generous dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The recipe couldn’t be easier, you can make these Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies right this second and then snack on them for the next few days. These are one of my favorite cookie recipes! The inside is gooey and soft, the outside is just slightly crispy and coated with a layer of powered sugar that will leave you dusted with happiness.

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie with Ganache from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

We're upping the ante on Christmas cookie recipes with this Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie filled with with Ganache AND Fruit Preserves.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Most truffle recipes require tempering chocolate and it takes a while… these are made with oreos, cream cheese and chocolate and come together VERY quickly. Peppermint Oreo Cookie Truffles are the perfect treat to make for any holiday parties or last minute office pot lucks! Plus they are the easiest things to make on earth.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

If you're looking for classic sugar cookie or Christmas cookie recipes, look no further. This simple sugar cookie dough is laced with sprinkles because we always need more sprinkles in life and then decorated with royal icing and MORE sprinkles. Duh.

Christmas M&M Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

M&M Sugar Cookies

These soft and chewy M&M Sugar Cookies are reminiscent of those incredible mall sugar cookies from back in they day and you'll be obsessed!

White Chocolate Chex Sugar Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

White Chocolate Chex Sugar Cookies

These White Chocolate Chex Sugar Cookies are dotted with all the chocolate, all the chex and the most delicious sugar cookies ever! 

Molasses Cookies & Snickerdoodle Cookies

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies

As for molasses cookie recipes, these perfectly soft and chewy Molasses Cookies with Butterscotch Chips and Chocolate Chips are an absolute must-make Christmas cookie! 

Molasses Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Soft Molasses Cookies

These Molasses Cookies come from my mom - who I think got the recipe from my her mom and she probably got it from her mom. Who knows. Either way - these Molasses Cookies are perfection. The dough comes together quickly, chills in the fridge to harden it up, and then rolled into balls and coated in sugar before baking. The result is a perfectly soft and chewy molasses Christmas cookie that you'll totally love!

Snickerdoodle Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Snickerdoodle Cookies

One of my childhood favorite cookies were Snickerdoodle Cookies. These are super soft (as they should be) and perfectly crusted with a cinnamon sugar coating.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a family recipe. They're soft and chewy on the inside, just slightly crispy on the outside, and dusted with Maldon sea salt on top! Can’t go wrong with that perfect combo.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies are incredible. All that chocolate, the chewy dried cherries, oats, and the salt on top… YES YES AND YES.

Dad’s Kitchen Sink Cookies

One of my favorite parts of going home is that my dad always makes me his famous Kitchen Sink Cookies. They are undoubtedly one of the best cookie recipes out there. What started as basic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have turned into something way more delicious. Nowadays they are stuffed with chocolate chips, M&M’s, dried cranberries and dried apricots. Totally genius.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

If you love chewy Christmas cookie recipes these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies fit the bill. Anything that’s slightly undercooked in the middle is the name of the game. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside – it’s my idea of perfection.

cookie recipes / the best chocolate chip cookie recipe/ chocolate chip cookies

This is hands down one of my favorite cookie recipes. These chocolate chip cookies are perfectly baked, gooey on the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside, the best part is that this particular recipe falls under the "easy chocolate chip cookie recipes" category, like so easy that even Thomas can make them 🙂 . Look no further this is the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

Truffled Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm upping the ante on traditional chocolate chip cookies and sandwiching a full chocolate truffle in the middle of the cookie that melts down and helps create the best Truffled Chocolate Chip Cookie imaginable.

Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies

It’s a take on my favorite trail mix which combines almonds, chocolate and little chocolate covered caramels – but I’ve turned them into cookies because it’s the right thing to do! These Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies really can’t be beat!

Best Places To Order Cookies For Delivery

  • The Last Crumb - They release their cookie boxes in limited drops, and they go fast! The best way to snag one is by signing up for their list. Trust me, it's worth it. 
  • Southern Sugar Bakery - This women-owned bakery based in Raleigh, NC ships their Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Old Fashioned Butter Cookies, and even seasonal White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies nationwide. Their gourmet Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix also makes a great gift.
  • Gusto - These are the best chocolate chip cookies in Long Beach! They don't ship nationwide, but they have local delivery if you're in the area.

Christmas Cookies: Sugar Cookies

Author: Gaby Dalkin
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If you're looking for a classic Christmas sugar cookie recipe, look no further. This simple sugar cookie dough is laced with sprinkles because we always need more sprinkles in life and then decorated with royal icing and MORE sprinkles. Duh.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup holiday sprinkles plus extra for decorating

Royal Icing:

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup meringue powder
  • Food coloring optional
  • Decorating sugar for topping, optional
  • Sprinkles for topping, optional

Instructions
 

For the cookies

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; beat in the egg, then the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and sprinkles and mix on medium-low speed until completely incorporated. Divide the dough in half, place each piece between 2 pieces of parchment and then roll to ⅓ inch thick. Once rolled out, place the parchment sandwiches dough on a baking sheet and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cut out shapes with the cookie cutters and arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  • Gently gather any scraps into a ball and press into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the disc until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour. Cut out as many cookies as possible and bake.

For the royal icing

  • Beat the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and ⅓ cup water with an electric mixer in a large bowl until stiff peaks form.
  • Decorate the cookies with the icing; top with decorating sugar and sprinkles as needed.
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One thought on “17 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

  1. The christmas sugar cookies are so great. I have included that cookie in my cookie boxes ever since I discovered them on this site! The dough is delicious and cuts perfectly. If decorated, the sprinkles are an added treat. I recommend them to everyone.

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