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

Brown-Butter Shortbread

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Rich and delicious, these shortbread cookies are a delight. They're made with browned butter which gives them a subtle nutty flavor. If you can, use a high butterfat, European-style butter for this recipe and you'll taste the difference.

Brown-Sugar Chocolate-Chunk Shortbread

The secret to this rich chocolate-chunk shortbread is a mix of sugars—brown for a caramel note, and confectioners' for a melt-in-your-mouth texture. To make this a gift that your recipients can bake for themselves on-demand, wrap the logs of dough tightly in freezer paper to keep it from drying out; then roll it in patterned waxed paper and secure the ends with twine. You can download the free, printable gift tags you see on the packaging here

Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies

Lemon zest and juice add brightness and cut the richness of the brown butter in these cookies. You can make the dough up to two days in advance.

Flourless Chocolate-Coconut Drops

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These speedy treats are a great option for your friends or family who avoid gluten... and every else too!

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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Studding chewy oatmeal cookies with cranberries gives them a bit of bright color and a slight tang. Any dried fruit can be substituted.

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The Holiday Cookie Recipes Our Food Editors Make Year After Year
From shortbread to gingerbread, these are the sweet treats our editors make and give during the festive season.
10 Clever Ways to Gift-Wrap Your Christmas Cookies
Your favorite holiday cookie recipe calls for extra love—why not put some extra love into its wrapping, too? Try these creative ideas for packing and presenting holiday cookies, using cellophane wrappers, decorated gift boxes, and more. For more holiday cookie recipes and packaging ideas, download our complete guide.
Cookie-Press Cookies
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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.