31 Days of Christmas Cookies—It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year for Baking!
The weather outside may be frightful, but these Christmas cookie recipes are absolutely delightful. Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa as you take bite after bite of shortbread, palmiers, crinkle cookies, and so much more this holiday season. Whether you're baking a batch or two, hosting a cookie swap, or participating in an all-day baking marathon, these festive Christmas cookies are sure to spark joy all December long.
What would the holiday season be without gingerbread cookies? Our recipe calls for plenty of warm spices to flavor the dough. Then cut the dough into whatever shapes you fancy. Go traditional and cut out little girls or boys, or turn them into woodland creatures like deer and bears for a wintery look. Another sweet twist on nature are our whimsical coffee-meringue acorns; finely chopped pistachios or pecans add crunch and color.
Of course, there are sugar cookie recipes galore. These picture-perfect sugar-cookie cutouts are customizable with royal icing so you can make the colorful, intricate designs of your dreams. Looking for a way to repurpose candy canes and peppermint candies? peppermint-candy sugar cookies are a refreshing twist on a classic recipe. If you can't get enough of the picturesque falling snow (or perhaps live in a region where having a white Christmas is just a dream), our citrus sugar cookies cut out in the shape of snowflakes and Christmas trees should do the trick.
Armed with a variety of festive cookie cutters, sparkling sanding sugar, and plenty of Christmas spirit, you'll soon be joining forces with Mrs. Claus and the elves to bake batch after batch of Christmas cookies.
Cream-Cheese Jam Ice Diamonds
Raspberry preserves are sandwiched between light, tender cream-cheese cookies cut in the shape of diamonds, and the whole batch is covered with a blanket of powdered sugar "snow."
A subtle wink at candy canes, these wreath cookies have a drop of food coloring in the glaze to thank for their marbled red-and-white appearance.
Salted-Caramel Whoopie Pies
Cinnamon-and-allspice cookies are filled with caramel buttercream and rolled in pink rock salt and sanding sugar for this perfectly balanced treat.
Glazed Spiced Snowflake Cookies
No mold needed for these beautiful speculaas cookies—just a doily rolling pin, and cookie cutters.
Our basic sugar cookie recipe makes a great base for any festive shape you please. Start with this adorable red-hooded little girl, then let your imagination run wild.
Anise Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
We love the combination of sweet-tart apricot with aromatic anise in these shortbread stars.
Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees
It couldn't be easier to shape these festive coconut trees—the only tool you need is clean hands!
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
Peppermint candies can be so much more than an after-dinner treat. Use them to amp up your sugar cookies this holiday season.
Pistachio and Dried-Apricot Rugelach
Spicy Chocolate Cookies
Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, these cookies combine an intense cocoa flavor with fiery cayenne pepper and fragrant cinnamon.
Russian Tea Cakes
Let wintry weather serve as baking inspiration—make a batch of these snowball-like almond cookies smothered in powdered sugar.
Why not shower your loved ones with meringue "kisses"? These delectable treats are flavored with coffee extract and finished with bittersweet chocolate and either pistachios or pecans.
Time to break out the piping bag! You'll need a star tip to make these stunning S shapes. Make a batch of one color, or better yet, all five.
Citrus Sugar Cookies
Double-Chocolate Peppermint Sandwiches
Like a peppermint patty in cookie form! The chocolate filling gets its bracing flavor from peppermint extract as well as chopped peppermint candies.
You can use any dried fruit you please for these colorful cookies. We went with apricots, cranberries, currants, and candied citron, but figs, pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi would also be wonderful.
Everyone will ooh and ahh over the bark-like effect cinnamon and chocolate give these slice-and-bake cookies.
Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies
A quick turn in the oven transforms crushed hard candy into beautiful stained glass windows in these ornament-shaped cookies.
Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing
Gingerbread triangles become festive trees with the help of some lemony icing and sanding sugar.
Chocolate-Dipped Macadamia Cookies
Lemon and bittersweet chocolate temper the richness of buttery macadamia nuts in these simple holiday cookies.
Gingered Sugar Cookies
Almond and Apricot Thumbprint Cookies
Rich almond butter cookies are the perfect canvas to showcase dollops of apricot jam.
Gingerbread-Espresso Crinkle Cookies
If you're not a fan of shaping and decorating gingerbread men but love the taste, this recipe is for you. A tablespoon of instant espresso powder is all it takes to elevate the spicy, warm flavor of gingerbread to something even richer.