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

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Rating: 3.84 stars
These soft cookies are like mini pumpkin cakes—and you're guaranteed to get a bit of sweet, brown-butter-flecked icing in every bite. A combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavor the moist pumpkin batter.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.56 stars
You can bake these up to ten days ahead and store in the freezer, without cutting into bars; wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic.

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.

Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

Rating: 3.65 stars
Deep, dark chocolate, rich caramel, and a sprinkling of fleur de sel atop a shortbread crust make a contemporary combination with timeless appeal. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 405.

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.

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12 Italian Christmas Cookies That Are Simply Magnifico
From pizzelles to biscotti and pignoli to buccellati, we're sharing our favorite Italian cookie recipes to bake and give for Christmas and all year round.

"Jamaretti" Cookies

Rating: 3.13 stars

Spread the love and pass these cookies, loaded with your favorite jam.