35+ Favorite Holiday Cookies a Christmas Family Tradition
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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!
If you like to tuck a little homemade fudge into your cookie trays be sure to check out our recipes for Baileys Fudge, White Chocolate Christmas Fudge, Grandma’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, and Peppermint Fudge. Of course, the popular Five Minute Fudge Wreath is a gift all on its own!
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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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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!!
Originally posted in July 2014. UPDATED January 2024. We spiffed up this post with more information and new photos. No changes were made to the recipe.
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