Christmas Cookie Recipes

Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition in itself. Try one of our favorites like, gingerbread trees, candy-stripe cookie sticks, eggnog cheesecake bars, butter cookie sandwiches with chestnut cream, lemon-pistachio wreaths, chocolate espresso snowcaps.

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Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Holiday Season

Classic cookie recipes like these will instantly evoke warm Christmas memories. Make a batch of gingerbread, spritz cookies, thumbprints, shortbread, or biscotti to celebrate the most festive time of the year.
By Anna Kovel

Martha's All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

Get out your measuring cups, mixing bowls, cookie cutters, and baking trays because you'll want to make all of these Christmas cookies—they're Martha's favorites!
By Lynn Andriani

Our Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes, from Biscotti to Gingerbread

'Tis the season to bake cookies! Use our delicious recipes for biscotti, gingerbread, shortbread, spritz, and more to make the best edible gifts for family and friends.
By Frances Kim

11 Gift-Worthy Sweets to Give During the Holiday Season

From colorful cookies to spicy brittle, everyone will love opening up a box of these desserts.
By Jenny Comita

How Cookies Came to Be the Ultimate Christmas Treat

We're sharing the sweet history of sugar, spritz, shortbread, and other Christmas cookies.
By Aimee Lee Ball

31 Days of Christmas Cookies—It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year for Baking!

Daily baking inspiration for the holidays and beyond! 'Tis the season to enjoy (and gift!) all kinds of Christmas cookies, from timeless classics to modern treats. Want more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips? Be sure to download our complete guide here!
By Frances Kim

Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.52 stars 253
Feeling festive? Use this recipe, along with our Royal Icing, to make a variety of beautiful holiday cookies this season. 

Basic Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.81 stars 124
Use this basic gingerbread recipe to make cutout cookies in various shapes. Our favorites are gingerbread boys and girls in different sizes, decorated with white royal icing and currant "buttons."

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.59 stars 593
A combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate makes the cookies sophisticated enough for adults but chocolaty enough for children.

Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Almost too pretty to eat, these festive wreath-shaped shortbread cookies are infused with Meyer lemon and adorned with sugared rosemary and thyme.

Cookie-Press Cookies

Rating: 3.44 stars 567
Rich, buttery, and made with lots of vanilla, these cookies are simple to make. Use a cookie press—a hollow tube fitted with a decorative nozzle at one end and a plunger at the other—to press the cookies directly onto the baking sheet.

Noel Nut Balls

Rating: 3.78 stars 101
No holiday cookie tin would be complete without at least a few Noel nut balls, rich nut-and-butter domes, rolled in confectioners' sugar to resemble miniature snowballs. In Martha's family, the cookie dough was traditionally made with a touch of bourbon (or orange juice), for extra flavor.

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Rum Balls
Rating: 3.54 stars

These rum-infused brownie balls are perfectly-sized treats for adults.