35+ Favorite Holiday Cookies a Christmas Family Tradition
Baking holiday cookies is a favorite Christmas tradition! These all-time best Christmas cookies will easily be the star of any cookie exchange! I’m sharing 35+ favorite Christmas cookie recipes my family loves. Everything from sprinkle cookies, sugar cookies, spritz cookies, and shortbread, to snickerdoodles, rum balls, red velvet, and more!
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Holiday Cookie Recipes You’ll Love Too!
Trimming the tree and decorating the house while we listen to Christmas music are the first traditions that come to mind, but my favorite would have to be baking Christmas cookies.
Each year the cookie recipes might get switched around a little, but some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes continue to make an appearance every year.
Everyone has their favorites, so I ask each family member what cookie they HAVE to have that year, then we go thru our recipes to see if we’ve forgotten any must-haves, and I usually give one new recipe a try.
Below you will find a list of our favorite holiday cookie recipes from classics and old-fashioned cookie recipes, to traditional and Santa’s favorites! I bet you’ll find more than one you have to make!
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Soft-Baked Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Frosted Sugar Cookies – Lofthouse-Style
Decorated Cut-Out Cookies with Royal Icing
Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies
White Chocolate Chip Sugar Doodle Cookies
Hot Fudge Filled Chocolate Lava Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
The Worlds Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Bites
Peppermint Butter Cream Cake Mix Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Peppermint Surprise Crinkle Cookies
Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies
Caramel Filled Red Velvet Cookies
Easy Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cookies
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Pistachio Cookies With Dark Chocolate
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Toffee Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle
Easy Christmas Tree Cherry Hand Pies
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Baking cookies is a tradition I shared with my mom while growing up, and have continued to do so with my girls. I hope to have grandchildren someday to bake cookies with and carry on the tradition for another generation. I’d love to hear who you enjoy baking cookies with or for!!
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Originally posted in November 2011. UPDATED May 2023. We spiffed up this post with more info and new photos.
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