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! For more holiday cookie recipes and packaging ideas, download our complete guide!
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

The sweet history of this ultimate holiday treat.
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

Shaker Lemon Bars

Rating: 3.25 stars
These lush treats are wonderful on any dessert table.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Rating: 3.62 stars
Studding chewy oatmeal cookies with cranberries gives them a bit of bright color and a slight tang. Any dried fruit can be substituted.

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.59 stars
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.

Cookie-Press Cookies

Rating: 3.44 stars
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.

Chocolate Spice Cookies

Believe it or not, the two cookies in this photo share the same delicious ginger-spiced dough. The main recipe will result in a patterned cookie laced with cocoa, embossed with a cookie stamp, and brushed with an orange-butter glaze; head to the variation for a simpler—but no less delicious—version that is packed with chopped semi-sweet chocolate and rolled in sanding sugar for sweet sparkle.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.

The Very Best Cookie Recipes for Shipping

If you're baking cookies to send as holiday gifts, it's important to make sure they're sturdy enough to survive the rigors of shipping. Choose from this collection of biscotti, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, bar cookies, and other delicious recipes to pack and send. For more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips, download our complete guide here.


Rating: 4.24 stars

Rendering your own lard is what really makes these anise-flavored Mexican sugar cookies stand out, but you can use vegetable shortening in a pinch. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 711.