The 20 Best Christmas Cookies

The 20 Best Christmas Cookies
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The 20 Best Christmas Cookies

Stay on Santa's nice list with a plate of the perfect Christmas cookies. Check out our best holiday recipes, including cinnamon-sugar sweets and chocolate chip treats with a twist.

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Gingerbread People

"Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" These holiday favorites will delight everyone on your gift list.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread People Cookies

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Sweet, minty and pretty all at once, these easy holiday cookies will make a festive addition to your holiday cookie plate.

Get the recipe: Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

These spiced molasses cookies call for applesauce to help keep them moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.

Get the recipe: Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Flavor phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Get the recipe: Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Boot Tracks

Make this quick, no-fuss, chewy chocolate cookie on your waffle iron. No need to haul out the big mixer; you can mix the batter with a small hand mixer or even by hand. Kids love these!

Get the recipe: Boot Tracks

Princess Tea Cakes

These delicate and pretty cookies taste just like classic Russian Tea Cakes but are made without butter for a healthier twist.

Get the recipe: Princess Tea Cakes

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well—use a different type of filling or different extracts to create a completely different cookie.

Get the recipe: Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Ginger Crinkle Cookies

These improved ginger cookies substitute whole-wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour and canola oil for shortening for the perfect, feel-good treat.

Get the recipe: Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Almond-Coconut Cookies

It’s quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake almond-coconut cookies whenever you need something sweet. Bake half and put the other half in the freezer, so you are ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime.

Get the recipe: Almond-Coconut Cookies

Fig 'N' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.

Get the recipe: Fix 'N' Flax Thumbprint Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

The deep flavors of molasses, pumpkin and spices make these wholesome cookies delicious without the addition of butter. They lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour.

Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Joy Cookies

These coconut-chocolate-almond-topped shortbread cookies are reminiscent of Almond Joy candy bars.

Get the recipe: Joy Cookies

Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies

An ode to one of the best baked goods of all time, the fudgy brownie, this cookie is essentially perfection.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies

Quick Peanut Blossoms

This is a quick and delicious buttery cookie recipe perfect for the holidays or anytime.

Get the recipe: Quick Peanut Blossom Cookies

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

These marvelous Christmas cookies combine chocolate with spicy gingerbread. This twist on the basic gingerbread cookie will please the chocolate lovers in your life.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Cranberry Honey-Spice Pinwheel Cookies

These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. Make a large batch and freeze logs of cookie dough ahead of time; then slice and bake when it's time to serve.

Get the recipe: Cranberry Honey-Spice Pinwheel Cookies

Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

These slice-and-bake cinnamon-sugar cookies are an easy treat for whenever you need something sweet.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

Almond & Honey Butter Cookies

These buttery cookies are perfect when paired with coffee or tea.

Get the recipe: Almond & Honey Butter Cookies

Frosted Reindeer Cookies

These cookies are great if you're in a rush. Just shape the cookie dough into a triangular log, and slice for fun reindeer cookies ready in a flash.

Get the recipe: Frosted Reindeer Cookies

Holiday Star Cookies

These beautiful cookies are sure to take the starring role on your holiday cookie plate!

Get the recipe: Holiday Star Cookies


Looking for the perfect Christmas cookies? We're sure Santa will be appreciative no matter what kind of cookie you're serving, but it doesn't hurt to work a little special baking magic.

We've rounded up 20 of our favorite holiday cookie recipes. The list includes crowd-pleasers like cinnamon-sugar cookies and chocolate chip bites as well as seasonal sweets such as molasses cookies and pumpkin spiced treats.

Check out the slideshow above to discover our 20 best cookie recipes for the holiday season.

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