Our Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes, from Biscotti to Gingerbread
It's the most magical time of the year—Christmas bells are ringing, our hearts are merry, and we can't wait to bake our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. These are the very best and brightest of the bunch—we have all the classics like Peanut Butter Blossoms, Russian Tea Cakes, Thumbprint Cookies, and Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies as well as a few more unexpected options. From cookie swaps to holiday parties, there's no better time to make a festive batch of Christmas cookies.
If you're hosting a cookie decorating party for family, friends, or small children, there's no better recipe to prepare than our Ideal Sugar Cookies. Set out piping bags filled with icing and small bowls with a variety of sprinkles in various shapes and colors, and let everyone design their own festive bite. Looking for a way to upgrade the appearance of classic shortbread cookies? Have fun with food coloring and a large pastry tip and pipe a batch or two of our Shortbread Swirls. Choose red and green for Christmas, or divide the batter up and create every color of the rainbow. They're sure to go fast (who could eat just one?). How about a cookie that doesn't call for making cookie dough? The Sweet Snowflake Crisps seen here are made from wonton wrappers and dusted with powdered sugar.
Of course, you could also create treats made of meringue. If you're whipping up a batch, why not make a forest full of trees? Meringue Trees are stacked on top of each other to create the look of whimsical Christmas trees. Our version shows off shades of pink, brown, and white but feel free to use various shades of green for a more realistic effect. To display, nestle them between shredded coconut or cotton to create the allusion of freshly fallen snow.
These Christmas cookies not only taste spectacular, but they look picture perfect, too—and they are sure to help you have a very sweet holiday season.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Glazed Spiced Snowflake Cookies
Skip the mold when making these speculaas cookies and use a doily and a rolling pin instead. It's a clever, easy way to imprint the dough. Then cut into snowflakes and finish with a frosty glaze.
Double-Chocolate Peppermint Sandwiches
Pistachio Spritz Pinwheels
Time to break out your cookie press! Simply push our easy pistachio dough through it and bake the resulting pinwheels. Finish with a dollop of dark chocolate in the center.
Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies
Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies
Sandwich rich melted dark chocolate or your favorite fruit jam between these cinnamon-hazelnut cookies—the cutouts showcase the filling beautifully.
Tinted pale pink and chocolatey brown, these ethereal stacked meringues are crisp on the outside and soft and marshmallow-like on the inside.
Russian Tea Cakes
No, these aren't snowballs! But the resemblance of is uncanny, thanks to all the powdered sugar coating these almond cookies.
Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies
We can't think of a better use for Jolly Ranchers than these festive ornament-shaped cookies. The candies are crushed and used to fill the cutouts before baking.
A Christmastime classic! Fill the wells of these almond-flavored cookies with any jam you please—we used apricot, red currant, and raspberry.