9 Christmas Cookie Recipes to Spread Joy to Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

One of the highlights of December is that the season provides a valid excuse to feast on delicious comfort food. From great turkey dinners to holiday favorites like eggnog, this is a time to eat and share. And what better way to do that than by making these Christmas cookie recipes?
Few things say “home” as much as the smell of freshly baked cookies. It’s one of those things that fill the heart with joy, which is the basis of everything going on in December. One of the best activities during the season is getting together with friends and family to spend a day baking. You probably already have your favorites, but there’s always more room for baked goods, during any time of the year. Try your hand at these amazing Christmas cookie recipes!

1. Gingerbread Men

Of course we had to start our list of Christmas cookie recipes with gingerbread men! While a holiday staple due to its shape and the endless decorating permutations, gingerbread men cookies don’t often taste great. That’s why The Bakermama set out to make a tender and chewy version of this spicy classic. These will be a hit for your December guests, and you could even have children decorate them!

2. Chocolate Chip

While a classic year-round, every Christmas gathering is in need of a batch of chocolate chip cookies. We at Ceeny would argue that this is, in fact, the ultimate cookie. Anyone with an oven should have a great chocolate chip cookie recipe, and the Joy Food Sunshine one is our favorite. This is a very straightforward recipe that doesn’t require very specific and exotic ingredients. It’s super chewy and delicious!

3. Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are among the ultimate treats for cinnamon lovers, and a definite must during the holidays. Chelsea’s Messy Apron recipe has a few peculiar aspects to keep in mind, but they’re certainly worth the “trouble.” Still, the actual prep is pretty quick and should take you less than an hour. Some of the best Christmas cookie recipes take a bit of extra love!

4. Peppermint Chocolate

Another classic holiday flavor is peppermint chocolate, and we see traditional candy bars with this twist throughout December. Why not have this yummy mix right at home, too? This delicious cookie version from Minimalist Baker is super easy and only takes 30 minutes to make. It’s also a fairly “clean” recipe, as it only requires one bowl for all!

5. Linzer

A classic Austrian recipe, these buttery shortbread cookies with jam are one of the great joys of life. They’re also based on what might be the oldest cake in the world, Linzer Torte! Besides being delicious, they’re also the best-looking Christmas cookie recipes on this list. This version from The Spruce Eats is pretty quick to make and your guests will be absolutely enchanted.

6. Eggnog

Combine cookies with one of the ultimate Christmas flavors with this amazing recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen. These crispy-yet-chewy darlings are basically Christmas in a cookie. And they’re even better if accompanied with a yummy hot beverage like cocoa!

7. Red velvet

Thanks to its color, red velvet has the most holiday-friendly look of all types of dessert. This is one of the most chocolatey Christmas cookie recipes we’ve found! These Two Peas and their Pod cookies also combine the flavor of cheesecake for an extra incredible flavor.

8. Vanilla butter

There’s no cookie party without vanilla butter! Do you remember those classic Danish cookies that came in a big blue tin? That probably brought back some fond Christmas memories! We’re all used to these wonderful cookies from Royal Dansk tins, which is why it’s extra satisfying to make them from scratch. This Jessica Gavin recipe will help you create the ultimate comfort cookie for you and your loved ones!

9. Ginger

Another recipe starring the classic holiday flavor of ginger, this super quick recipe from Taste of Home takes the best of everything. It has that tinge of spiciness from the ginger, but those who don’t love the crunch of gingersnaps don’t need to commit to it. Plus, this makes a pretty big batch, perfect for days when you’re having a few people over!
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