80+ Easy Christmas Cookies to Bake This Holiday Season

These treats will be the stars of your holiday cookie exchange.

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Burcu Avsar

The aroma of homemade Christmas cookies baking in the oven is intoxicating enough to make even the Grinch warm inside. The moment you begin scrolling through this list of Christmas desserts, you'll want to rush to your kitchen, preheat the oven, and grab all the sugary ingredients you can. And even if it isn't quite Christmas cookie season yet, you may want to get started taste testing, because there are dozens of must-make recipes offered on this roundup. No matter what type of sugar cookie you're in the mood for, trust us—you'll find it on this list. If you like a bit of minty freshness with every bite of your Christmas treat, you'll love all the peppermint options on this list. Some of our favorites are the double chocolate peppermint cookies, white chocolate candy cane cookies, and peppermint mocha cookies. For those who love eggnog—aka the official drink of the holiday season—there are a handful of eggnog recipes for you, such as the eggnog snickerdoodles, eggnog gooey butter cookies, and eggnog frosted chai snickerdoodle snowmen. There are also plenty of options for the chocoholics out there. You'll absolutely love the triple chocolate cookies, hot chocolate meltaway cookies, and chocolate crinkle cookies. It doesn't matter which batch of Christmas cookies you decide to bake first—every single recipe on this list is amazing.

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The Café Sucre Farine
Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Not only are these delicate cookies beautiful, but they're also very easy to decorate. Just follow this blogger's tips and tricks and your batch will look just as stunning as hers.

Get the recipe at The Café Sucre Farine.

SHOP DECORATING TIPS

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Love From the Oven
Eggnog Cookies

Add this idea to the top of your eggnog recipes to make this year. It features the holiday beverage in both the cookie and the icing.

Get the recipe at Love From the Oven.

SHOP COOLING RACKS

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Broma Bakery
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocoholics won't be able to get enough of these rich bites. Each cocoa-infused cookie is loaded with white chocolate chips and dipped in a white chocolate coating.

Get the recipe at Broma Bakery.

SHOP STAND MIXERS

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Cooking With Karli
M&M's Christmas Cookies

When a cookie is loaded with M&M's, you know the kids are going to go crazy for it. However, adults will love these candy-loaded treats too!

Get the recipe at Cooking With Karli.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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Inside BruCrew Life
Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Candy cane Hershey's Kisses make for the sweetest adornment in these thumbprint cookies. You could personalize this recipe by adding in any candy flavor you'd like.

Get the recipe at Inside BruCrew Life.

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Home Cooking Memories
Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

If you're involved in a holiday cookie exchange, you must bake these candy canes. They're sure to stand out from all the other cookies—and will be gone in no time.

Get the recipe at Home Cooking Memories.

SHOP STAND MIXERS

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Cookies and Cups
Coconut Snowman Cookies

Frosty has never looked (or tasted!) this good. Enlist your little ones to help decorate the smiling faces.

Get the recipe at Cookies and Cups.

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Sally's Baking Addiction
Peppermint Bark Cookies

This blogger notes to use white chocolate baking bars and not white chocolate chips for the coating in her recipe. Although the two products sound similar, there's actually a big difference.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

SHOP DIPPING TOOLS

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Cooking Classy
Andes Mint Cookies

A melty Andes Mint makes for a crowd-pleasing topping on each one of these chocolatey confections. You'll be reaching for a second before you've even finished the first.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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The Recipe Critic
Molasses Cookies

To make these spiced sweets even more mouthwatering, this blogger recommends dipping each one in milk chocolate and coating with sprinkles. If you prefer to leave them plain, they're still delicious.

Get the recipe at The Recipe Critic.

SHOP COOKIE SCOOPS

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Liv for Cake
Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Cups

Made with a dark chocolate cookie base and filled with a whipped peppermint cheesecake, these cups are bites of pure decadence. They'll definitely be one of the most impressive treats you bake this December.

Get the recipe at Liv for Cake.

SHOP MUFFIN PANS

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Jenny Cookies
The Best Sugar Cookies

Homemade sugar cookies + buttercream frosting = an instant classic.

Get the recipe at Jenny Cookies.

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Crazy Little Projects
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

This blogger's chewy chocolate cookie pairs perfectly with the sweet peppermint frosting.

Get the recipe at Crazy Little Projects.

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Averie Cooks
Soft Frosted Holiday Sprinkles Cookies

Children will love decorating this dessert. The more sprinkles, the better!

Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.

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Lil' Luna
Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Turn everyone into an eggnog lover with this sugared and spiced recipe.

Get the recipe at Lil' Luna.

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Inside BruCrew Life
Triple Chocolate Cookies

Chocoholics will love this treat filled with a molten chocolate center.

Get the recipe at Inside BruCrew Life.

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Liv for Cake
White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

White chocolate adds just the right amount of sweetness to this no-chill dough.

Get the recipe at Liv for Cake.

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Dinner at the Zoo
Cake Mix Cookies

This blogger offers different variations to her original recipe, including options for red velvet and German chocolate cookies.

Get the recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.

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If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Holiday Butter Spritz Cookies

Use a cookie press to mold this classic recipe into any shape you'd like.

Get the recipe at If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen.

SHOP COOKIE PRESSES

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Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate Kiss Cookies

A chocolatey, sprinkle-rolled cookie—finished with a Hershey’s Kiss—will definitely be one of your kid's favorites.

Get the recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod.

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Your Cup of Cake
Easy Christmas Wreath Cookies

Get inspired by these adorably decorated cookies to DIY your own Christmas wreath.

Get the recipe at Your Cup of Cake.

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Baker by Nature
Peppermint Mocha Cookies

These white-chocolate dipped treats have just a hint of espresso powder.

Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.

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Half Baked Harvest
Eggnog Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen

Your little one will have a blast decorating these snowmen. How cute are those Reese's Peanut Butter Cup hats?

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Cooking Classy
Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies

This burst of holiday flavors is made of a brownie base, peppermint cream cheese frosting, and crushed candy cane topping.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Crazy for Crust
Soft and Chewy Christmas Molasses Cookies

This spiced recipe gets a festive touch—and extra crunch—from Christmas colored M&Ms.

Get the recipe at Crazy for Crust.

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Sally's Baking Addiction
Christmas Funfetti Cookies

Anything loaded with sprinkles and topped with vanilla frosting is definitely kid-approved.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

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Dinner at the Zoo
Peppermint Bark Cookies

With one pound of chocolate in each batch of these cookies, they're definitely a holiday decadence.

Get the recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.

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Chelsea's Messy Apron
Soft-Baked Cake Batter Cookies

This blogger recommends to slightly under-bake her recipe for a "super chewy and soft interior."

Get the recipe at Chelsea's Messy Apron.

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The Recipe Critic
Grinch Cookies

Bake a batch of this perfectly named dessert right before you see the new Grinch movie!

Get the recipe at The Recipe Critic.

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Creme de la Crumb
Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies

These chocolate ganache-topped treats will melt in your mouth.

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

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