50+ Christmas Cookies That Are Santa Claus Approved

On second thought, there might not be any left for him!

best christmas cookie recipes
Cooking Classy

There are so many reasons to love the most wonderful time of the year: the stunning holiday home decor, beautifully decorated trees, and of course, spectacular Christmas cookies. You'll want to whip up these delectable recipes all December long.

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Gimme Some Oven
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

It's not Christmas without a powdered sugar-covered crinkle cookie (or five).

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Cooking Classy
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These chewy snacks get a hint of peppermint flavor in both the dough and the frosting.

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Averie Cooks
Hot Chocolate Cookies

A hidden piece of melted dark chocolate underneath each marshmallow makes these treats absolutely mouthwatering.

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Swanky Recipes
Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

Upgrade your usual gingerbread recipe with a melt-in-your-mouth spiced white chocolate filling.

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Just So Tasty
Soft Batch Frosted Sugar Cookies

Kids will have a ton of fun decorating these cookies with .

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Crazy for Crust
Santa's Favorite Cookies

Be sure to layer in plenty of M&Ms into this brown sugar-pudding mix—the more, the merrier!

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Hot Beauty Health
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Add a dash of peppermint extract into the dough for an extra burst of minty flavor.

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Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

Calling all chocolate lovers: This supremely rich recipe will be your new winter go-to.

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Baked by Rachel
Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Have a holiday cookie exchange coming up? These colorful pinwheels will impress the lucky recipient with both taste and presentation.

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Creme de la Crumb
Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

These absolutely adorable gingerbread men are super-simple — you don't even have to chill the dough.

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Amy's Healthy Baking
Eggnog Snickerdoodle

Even if you're not a fan of the drink, you won't be able to resist these eggnog-spiced snickerdoodles.

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Wicked Good Kitchen
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies

Serve these buttery bites at room temperature, or even slightly chilled from the refrigerator.

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

An assortment of crushed starlight mints, rock candy, dragees, M&M's, and string licorice comes together for some beautiful bulbs. Varying amounts of texture add even more interest.

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Peppermint Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

The best part of these cookies is the creamy white chocolate center.

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Burcu Avsar
Spiced Shortbread

Wrap the edges of a cardboard pie slice box with decorative ribbon. Wrap cookies in parchment, then secure with ribbon and tuck inside box.

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Burcu Avsar
Fruitcake Cookies

Line a mini loaf pan, with plain tissue paper then wax paper. Add cookies, fold over paper, then wrap with ribbon and attach a card with a mini clothespin.

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Christmas Lights Cookies

Grab the kiddos to help you decorate these adorable Christmas lights cookies.

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Burcu Avsar
Shortcut Sugar Cookies

Place cookies in a glassine bag. Hole-punch the tops of bags and decorative cards, then secure with pretty ribbon.

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Burcu Avsar
Biscuit-and-Jam Cookies

Line a berry basket with polka dot tissue paper and add cookies. Wrap with rickrack, and sew in place with a button and embroidery thread.

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Burcu Avsar
Triple Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Stack four cookies in a clear plastic bag, then tie decorative ribbon at each end of the bag to cinch. Trim ends and add a metal-rim tag, and you've got yourself a festive hostess gift.

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White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

Switch up the classic gingerbread cookie recipe by adding a touch of white chocolate.

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Burcu Avsar
Red Velvet Snowballs

After whipping up these snowball treats, fill a six-egg carton with mini lotus cupcake liners and add cookies. Tie it up with a plain tag adorned with a bottle brush wreath.

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Romulo Yanes
Cinnamon-Sugar Lattice Cookies

If you love sugar cookies and buttery pie crust, these cookies are for you. They are simple, elegant, and sure to impress. Try gifting them at a Christmas cookie swap or bring them to your next holiday party.

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Shortbread Bites

Shortbread is always a good option for Christmas, and this cube-shaped version is both easy to prepare and decorative.

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David Hillegas
Snow Globe Cookie Jar

Skip the same-old tin and give cookies in a festive (airtight!) jar instead.

Step 1: Use a fine-tipped brush to paint small white dots on the outside of a glass jar.

Step 2: Fill bottom of jar with snowball cookies. Place small plastic trinkets inside for a snow globe-inspired vignette.

Step 3: Tie gift tag to jar with ribbon.


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Burcu Avsar
White Chocolate and Peppermint Blondies

Line a kraft paper box with striped wax tissue paper. Add blondies, close box, then wrap exterior with decorative paper, red ribbon, and a candy cane accent.

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Tea Cookies

One tasty recipe yields four very different kinds of Christmas cookies.

Recipes: Tea Cookie Dough

Roly Polys

Jam Thumbprints

Red-and-Whites

Raspberry Bars

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Jose Picayo
Gingerbread Animals

Traditional gingerbread takes a walk on the wild side, via critter cookie cutters. Corral the whole stable in a hand-stenciled box filled with "hay."

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Jose Picayo
Sugar-Cookie Buttons

These buttery delights are cute as, well, you know. Gather a stack together by threading ribbon through the buttonholes, and present the cookies in a perfectly sized papier-mâché box with a snowflake stenciled on the lid.

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Jose Picayo
Shortbread Cookies

Displayed in a clear-topped checkerboard box, bite-size shortbread cookies—dipped in fruity glazes, chopped nuts, and citrus zest—pass for tiny works of art. Bonus: The sturdy container can later hold other petite treasures like jewelry or sewing notions.

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