There are few things in the world more evocative of holiday memories than the scent of cookies baking in the oven—for me, the aromas of Mexican wedding cookies (or, “sand tarts,” as my grandmother called them) and sugar cookies cut in reindeer or ornament shapes are like Christmas bottled up in a scent.

The big question? Whether to stick with the old favorites or give some new more adventurous flavors a whirl. The answer, of course, is to do both, and this roundup of our 27 favorite Christmas cookie recipes is sure to include just the one you’re craving.

featured image by hannah haston

Minty Meringues, by Shauna Sever for Camille Styles.

Tea Cake Sandwich Cookies, Bon Appetit.

Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars, Top With Cinnamon.

Simple Sugar Cookies, Martha Stewart.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti, My Baking Addiction.

Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies, Cooking Classy.

Honey Spice Gingerbread Cookies, Martha Stewart.

Pistachio Truffles, Camille Styles.

Speculoos Buttons, Bon Appétit.

Chocolate-Dipped Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies, Joy the Baker.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies, Gimme Some Oven.

Almond Brittle, Adventures in Cooking.

Linzer Cookies, A Fox in the Kitchen.

Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies, Bakers Royale.

Molasses Gingerbread Cookies, Martha Stewart.

Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies, Butterlust.

Snowballs, In the Little Red House.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies, Pineapple & Coconut.

Lemony Slice and Bakes, Bon Appétit.

Gingerbread Donut Cookies, Studio DIY.

Peanut Butter Snowmen, Sweetopia.

Swiss Walnut Christmas Cookies, Eat, Little Bird.

Coconut Meltaway Cookies, The Novice Chef.

Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies, Lively Mess.

White Christmas Sugar Cookies, Julie Blanner.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies, Two Peas & Their Pod.

Eggnog Snickerdoodles, Lil’ Luna.

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Comments (34)
  1. 1
    Charlotte December 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, you just put me in the mood to start baking, even though I’m still recovering from an epic Thanksgiving meal!
    Hard to pick a favorite, but the Martha Stewart cookies are beautiful. The pistachios truffles would be such a fun treat to give to someone who’s been very good this year.

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    Texas Jak December 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Oh, you tease! With a week planned for detoxing after Thanksgiving, this is not what I need to see (viewed 2x so far). Great selection and just in time. Cookie Swap next week.

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    zita October 30, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for adding in my linzer cookies, all the others look uh-mazing!!!

  4. 4
    Karolina December 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    We always make these walnut cookies sandwiched with Nutella– ground walnuts go into the cookie dough which makes it crumbly without being too heavy. So good (and just posted about them on my blog for the curious.) 🙂

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    coordinatelyyours December 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for including my White Christmas cookies! Happy Holidays!

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    Julie Blanner December 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for including my White Christmas cookies! Happy Holidays!

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    LisaG XoX December 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Ahh! Such a fantastic Blog Post, seeing all these recipe bog posts make me want to bake even more (even though I bake at Christmas anyway) haha! So many delicious goodies to create ?
    Got to definitely try some of these out, they look so yummy!
    Lovely Post.

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    Carina December 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I actually made the snowman cookies this year. They’re a looooot of work but they turned out great.

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    Della December 5, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I will be making the chocolate peppermint cookies with a confirmed mint-loving granddaughter. Happy Holidays!

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    spoonfulofcarolin December 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Wow they all look so delicious but I immediately fell in love with the Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies! Thank you for these amazing recipes and Happy Holidays 🙂

  11. 11
    Sanjay Mishra November 11, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Really lovely post…… Thanks for sharing…Awesome.

  12. 12
    Sanjay Mishra November 11, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Nice blog post!! Thanks For Sharing this great post with us.

  13. 13
    Nupur Mukherjee November 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Such a wonderful post!

  14. 14
    Rahul Singh November 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks. Really nice & excellent post.

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    Swarup Mondal November 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you so much to sharing this lovely post. Really looking so amazing.

  16. 16
    Bidyut Mondal November 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Nice post that gave me some fresh feelings.

  17. 17
    Swarup Mondal November 11, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Really very useful blog post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Meghla Realty November 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Oh wow… What a gorgeous recipes..

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    CSA Medical Centre November 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Wow! Lovely !!! Really beautiful recipes..

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    Soumojit Gupta November 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Oh WOW!! Excellent recipes..

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    Andrea November 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I hate baking, but this may have just given me some motivation. Those chocolate crisped peanut butter cookies sound so good! I’m a sucker for anything peanut butter haha!

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    Gina December 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Oh my goodness, I want to make every one of these. This is one of the best Christmas cookie round ups I’ve seen. And I’ve read a lot! I love holiday baking but most of them seem to be the same cookies. These are so different! thank you!