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20+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

Ohhhh boy, Christmas is nearly here! Now is the time to make ALL. THE. SWEETS!! In this post I’ve pulled together all my recipes for cookies (and bars, brownies, and more!) so you can finalize your baking plans! Each of these Christmas Cookie Recipes can be served alone, or make a variety and serve them up on a tray or pack them in gift boxes for friends and family!

Christmas Cookie Recipes

I’ve separated the recipes out into a few categories:

  • Cookies
  • Bars & Brownies
  • More!

I also added notes beneath each of my Christmas Cookie Recipes that can be made in advance! Make the recipe now, and thaw/finish when you need them! If you’re looking for more Christmasy recipes, check out my posts for Christmas Desserts and Christmas Breakfasts!

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Soft Gingerbread Cookies
These Soft Gingerbread Cookies are so soft, chewy, and flavorful! Deeply spiced with the glaze giving the perfect amount of sweetness! I never cared for gingerbread before I made these cookies!
Check out this recipe
Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then glaze after you thaw them out!

Mocha Swirl Cookies
These crisp Mocha Swirl Cookies combine chocolate cookie dough and espresso-cocoa nib cookie dough for a not-too-sweet treat! Pro tip: for a little extra sweetness, use chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans instead of nibs!
Check out this recipe
Mocha Swirl Cookies

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Keeps for months!

Lemon Sugar Cookies
These Lemon Sugar Cookies are simple, lemony perfection!! Crisp on the edges, chewy in the middle, and with fantastic lemon flavor, you won't be able to stop at one!
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Will keep for months in the freezer!

Peppermint Mocha Cookies
Peppermint Mocha Cookies! Super chocolatey with hints of espresso and peppermint! Get your holiday coffee craving in cookie form!
Check out this recipe
Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then frost after you thaw them out!

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Shortbread
Rich and buttery coconut shortbread, dipped in bittersweet chocolate and topped with toasted coconut. Heavenly!
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then dip in chocolate after you thaw them out!

Black-Bottom Coconut Macaroons
These Black-Bottom Coconut Macaroons are baked to soft, chewy perfection, then dipped in dark chocolate! Added bonus: they're gluten free!
Check out this recipe
Black Bottom Coconut Macaroons

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then dip in chocolate after you thaw them out!

Chocolate Espresso Shortbread
These Chocolate Espresso Shortbread cookies are crisp, crumbly, and dipped in dark chocolate! Does it get any better?
Check out this recipe
chocolate espresso shortbread

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then dip in chocolate after you thaw them out!

Date Nut Swirl Cookies
These Date Nut Swirl Cookies have a buttery brown sugar dough filled with swirls of dates and pecans. These babies are crisp, chewy, crunchy, and gooey all in one bite!
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Separate layers of cookies in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together, then store in the freezer until you need them! Will keep in the freezer for months!

Chocolate, Cinnamon, & Hazelnut Thumbprints
The rich flavors of bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted hazelnuts combine forces in the best thumbprint cookie you'll ever have!
Check out this recipe
Chocolate, Cinnamon, & Hazelnut Thumbprints

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and filling/drizzling with chocolate. Make sure the chocolate is completely set before you pack them away!

Honey Cookies
These Honey Cookies are tender and chewy, with the floral flavor of honey! Drizzled with a honey vanilla bean glaze, these cuties are simple and delicious!
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Will keep in the freezer for months!

Chocolate Cherry Cookies
These Chocolate Cherry Cookies are chocolate cookies with dark, delicious Italian maraschino cherries hiding beneath chocolate frosting!
Check out this recipe
Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Make these cookies ahead of time! Separate layers of cookies in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together, then store in the freezer until you need them!

Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
These soft, chewy cookies have Bailey's chocolate chips and homemade Bailey's Irish cream in both the cookies and the buttercream!
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled, then sandwich with buttercream after they thaw. Will keep in the freezer for months!

Coconut Macadamia Cookies
Crisp on the edges with soft, chewy centers, these Coconut Macadamia Cookies are perfection! The flavors of toasted coconut, macadamia nuts, and caramelized white chocolate are pure decadence!
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod (link here).
Check out this recipe

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Will keep in the freezer for months!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies require just a few kitchen staples and bake up in no time! Easy and sooo delicious!
Check out this recipe
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make these cookies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Will keep in the freezer for months!

Christmas Bars & Brownie Recipes

Honey Pecan Bars
Pecan pie bars upgraded with the floral flavor of honey! Sticky, gooey deliciousness!
Check out this recipe

Make these bars ahead of time! Separate layers of bars in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together, then store in the freezer until you need them! Will keep in the freezer for months!

Cinnamon Roll Bars
These Cinnamon Roll Bars taste just like your favorite cinnamon roll–slathered in vanilla-cinnamon cream cheese frosting–but bake up in a fraction of the time!
Check out this recipe
Cinnamon Roll Bars

Make these bars ahead of time! Wrap the bars well, uncut, and freeze until you need them. Thaw, frost, and serve!

Oatmeal Brownies
These fudgy Oatmeal Brownies have a buttery, crisp oatmeal crust! A recipe tried-and-true from my childhood, and a regular occurrence at my house during the holidays!
Check out this recipe

Make these brownies ahead of time! Freeze in an airtight container after baked and cooled. Will keep in the freezer for months!

More Christmas Recipes!

Gingerbread Madeleines
Crisp at the edges and tender in the center, these Gingerbread Madeleines are a holiday treat! With gingerbread spice and a vanilla bean glaze, you can't go wrong!
Check out this recipe

Make these ahead of time! Separate layers of madeleines in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together, then store in the freezer until you need them! Add the glaze after they thaw.

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Meringues
Little clouds of meringue swirled with homemade salted caramel sauce and melted chocolate.
Check out this recipe
Salted Caramel & Chocolate Meringues
Dark Chocolate Madeleines
These Dark Chocolate Madeleines are tender and suuuuper chocolatey thanks to bittersweet chocolate and black cocoa powder! I should have called them Midnight Madeleines!
Check out this recipe

Make these ahead of time! Separate layers of madeleines in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together, then store in the freezer until you need them! Add the glaze after they thaw.

Hazelnut Espresso Truffles
Dark chocolate, hazelnuts, and espresso combine into a decadent treat! Beautiful and delicious!
Check out this recipe

Make these ahead of time! Make, shape, and freeze the filling and freeze until you’re ready, then dip in chocolate! Allow the filling to warm a bit before you dip them. You can freeze already-dipped, but your chocolate may get cloudy.

I hope your holiday has LOTS of Christmas Cookies–I know mine will! Happy baking!! 😀

Other posts you may like:

Christmas Desserts

Christmas Breakfasts

Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board

Winter Recipes

Updated 12/1/2020

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