The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sugar Cookies, Peppermint Swirl Cookies And More

It's the time of year to spread some Christmas cheer with cookies that are fit for all your holiday gatherings. And let's be honest, the house always smells better when there are cookies baking in the oven. Whether you prefer simple sugar cookie recipes, gingerbread men or peppermint truffles, we have the whole list of what to bake this holiday season.

Easy Nutella Cookie Roll-Ups

Not that eating cookies for breakfast is everyone's preference, but if you usually eat cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, these easy Nutella cookie roll-ups aren't a big leap.

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Spritz Cookies

The holiday season can be busy, busy, busy. If you're saving time by opting for simple weeknight dinners, then these spritz cookies will be a perfect and quick sweet treat.

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Easy Anise Cookies

When you don't want to show up empty-handed to a holiday party, and you don't know what to bring, these easy anise cookies only have a nine-minute bake time and require just two ingredients.

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Pfeffernüsse German Cookies

If you haven't heard of pfeffernüsse cookies, then it's time to try this recipe. Not only are they one of the most iconic desserts in the U.S., but they also happen to be perfect for the holidays.

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Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Truffles

During the holidays, eating out can get to be overwhelming. Try making dinner at home feel like a restaurant and make these decadent chocolate raspberry cookie truffles as your dessert.

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Molasses Spice Cookies

There are so many vintage recipes that need to make a comeback, and these molasses spice cookies should be high on the list. They require simple, staple ingredients and can be baked in minutes.

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Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

If you stock up on groceries that have long shelf lives, then these double-delight peanut butter cookies will be great for a quick sweet treat. The best part is that half of this recipe calls for pre-made dough you can get at the grocery store.

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Chocolate Marble Cookies

If you want to bake with the kids but you don't want to get invested in the whole mess of decorating cookies, these chocolate marble cookies are perfect. These cookies look fun, but there won't be seven shades of icing all over your kitchen table, floor and chairs.

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are a popular dessert for kids, but that doesn't mean people of all ages can't enjoy them. Add a twist to the classic holiday recipe with this chocolate variation.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon rolls dripping with icing are a staple American breakfast on Christmas. For dessert that tastes just as good as breakfast, try these cinnamon roll cookies.

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Easy Almond Cookie Cups

How many times do we joke that if the cookies are small enough, you can have more to make up for the tiny serving size? These almond cookie cups are tiny, adorable and will definitely have you reaching back to the dessert tray for more.

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White Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin spice everything might be all the rage in the fall, but when it comes to wintertime, chai is a flavor that will warm you up from the inside — especially if you enjoy the cookies when they're right out of the oven.

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1001 Cranberry Nut Cookies

Dessert shops across the U.S. fill their shelves with seasonal favorites like cranberry and nut candies and cookies. If you'd rather make your own dessert worthy of being in a confectionary, try these cranberry nut cookies.

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Pinwheel Cookies

Getting the perfect pinwheel might make it seem like this dessert is difficult to make, but in reality, it's easier than ever. Hint: all you do is put one sheet of dough on top of the other and roll it up like a sleeping bag.

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Shortbread Cookies

During the cold months of winter, sometimes it's best to curl up with a warm cup of coffee and some simple shortbread cookies.

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Thimble Cookies

If you're into sewing as a crafty hobby, then chances are you have a thimble lying around. Use it to make the impression where the jelly filling will go in these thimble cookies. If you don't have a thimble, your thumb will work just fine.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are classic year-round, but they work perfectly as holiday cookies too. If you prefer to dress up your oatmeal cookies, consider adding some of these unexpected ingredients to put in your cookies.

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Cardamom Sugar Cookies With Royal Icing

Cardamom is a common spice to add to authentic Indian dinner recipes, but it also pairs well with the sweetness of sugar cookies.

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Halfway Cookies

There are clever ways to turn boxed cake mix into creative desserts. There are fun ways to turn pie recipes into tiny tarts. And then there are delightful ways to turn your average cookie into a three-part cookie cake that will melt in your mouth.

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Maple-Glazed Breakfast Cookies With Dried Cranberries and Pepitas

When you're enjoying your favorite coffee on Christmas morning, maybe pairing it with a maple-glazed breakfast cookie will make it even more enjoyable.

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

If classic chocolate chip cookies are your favorite treat, try enhancing them with a little holiday flair, courtesy of cinnamon.

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Macadamia and Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cranberry recipes for fall and winter are always a solid choice. For a hint of tart berry and white chocolate sweetness, try these macadamia and cranberry white chocolate chunk cookies.

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Salted Caramel Filled Cookies

Working from home during the holidays might be a bit chaotic, and thus call for sweet treats. Reward your hard work with these decadent salted caramel-filled cookies.

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Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Many baking ingredients have long shelf lives, and the things that go into these simple vanilla sugar cookies are no exception. Make them especially festive by using holiday cookie cutters.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Boxed brownies are one thing, brownies made from scratch and topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough are another altogether.

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Apple Cinnamon Cookie Pie

There are some incredible apple pies in the U.S., but if you have a taste for apple pie and cookies, bake this apple cinnamon cookie pie from scratch and slice it into serving sizes for a fun holiday dessert.

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Apple Crisp Oatmeal Cookies

There are so many apple recipes to try in the fall and winter months, but these apple crisp oatmeal cookies are an especially yummy way to add seasonal sweetness to your holiday baking.

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Ben & Jerry's Edible Cookie Dough

Would it be a holiday cookie roundup if we didn't add cookie dough to the list? This Ben & Jerry's edible cookie dough is suitable for anyone who prefers eating the cookies before they even go into the oven.

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Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

Vanilla ice cream is one of the most popular ice cream flavors in the U.S., and it just so happens that it pairs perfectly with these mini ice cream cookie cups.

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Candy Bar Cookies

Every state has its own holiday candy preference, but candy bar cookies might just be one of those treats that everyone can agree to like. The caramel, pecan and chocolate topping make these an ideal addition to the Christmas cookie platter.

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Snappy Turtle Cookies

These adorable turtle cookies won the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, so they're sure to be a win at your holiday parties. You can make them Christmas turtles by topping them with red and green sprinkles.

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Checkerboard Cookies

If your holiday dinner ends up turning into a game night, then what's better than checkerboard-themed cookies?

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Triple Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cookies

This recipe uses a lot of ingredients, so if you start baking the triple chocolate peppermint molten cookies and realize you're missing an ingredient, refer to our baking swaps and substitutions list.

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Gingerbread Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

There are some things that only Midwesterners eat on Christmas, but gingerbread is not subject to territorial boundaries. No matter which corner of the U.S. you're from, these gingerbread cookies with cream cheese frosting will put you in the holiday spirit.

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Spiced Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Christmas is the perfect excuse to eat cookies for breakfast. If you're into sweet breakfast cereals or sugary doughnuts, it's time to start your day with these spiced chocolate waffle cookies.

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Banoffee Breakfast Cookies with Espresso Drizzle

Whether you prefer a French press, a caramel latte or a coffee milkshake, all coffee and espresso lovers have to add these banoffee breakfast cookies to their morning meal lineup.

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Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Frozen fruit recipes are popular during the summer months, but winter is all about peppermint. Get a sweet mix of brownie, cookie and candy cane with these festive cookies.

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Chocolate-Espresso Pizzelles

Before you start baking these chocolate-espresso pizzelles, know that you'll need a pizzelle maker to form the floral design and get the crisp waffle texture just right.

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Cornmeal Raspberry Linzer Cookies

There are a lot of old Christmas traditions, but one that never gets old is sharing seasonal cookies with those you love. Bake these cornmeal raspberry linzer cookies for friends, family and Santa to nibble on when they come to town.

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you're hosting, an easy party hack to follow is to have goodies available for all your guest's dietary needs. These almond butter chocolate chip cookies are dairy- and gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are so easy to make, and you can get really creative with how you fill them. For this gluten-free chocolate thumbprint cookie, top the buttercream filling with Christmas sprinkles or crushed candy cane.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

There are quite a few crinkle cookies on this list, and that's for good reason. While there might be plenty of annoying things people say around the holidays, they probably won't be bashing these cookies any time soon.

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Mom's Kifli

Get your rolling pin and non-stick sheet pans ready, this kifli recipe turns out some pretty melt-in-your-mouth walnut-stuffed cookies.

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Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

When the pumpkin cocktails have left the menu and eggnog libations make their seasonal debut, it's time for desserts that will pair with the creamy white drink. These eggnog thumbprint cookies have a nutty base with an eggnog cream filling.

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Gingerbread Cookie Gift Tags

There is plenty of gift-giving etiquette to follow, but using gingerbread cookies as gift tags probably isn't breaking any rules.

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Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Before you start baking, make sure you have peppermint extract and red food coloring. You'll need both ingredients to make the red twist in these peppermint swirl cookies.

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Orange Holiday Sugar Cookies

There are many cooking tips and tricks your grandma knew, and she could also probably tell you about the time when oranges were a common Christmas present in stockings. These orange holiday sugar cookies pay homage to the once-rare citrus treat.

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

These red velvet crinkle cookies are just what Kris Kringle might want on his plate of cookies. They're soft and velvety, just like his bright red suit.

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Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies

There are so many iconic desserts to try, and sugar cookies are definitely among them. Want to add a bit of holiday flair? Add cinnamon and nutmeg and then top your cookies with some jolly holiday designs.

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Peppermint Truffle Cookies