Popular Christmas Cookies Recipes

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a big platter of holiday cookies for dessert. Choose from shortbread, sandwich cookies, or rolled and dropped cookies for a spectacular dessert assortment.

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

A bit of maple syrup gives these cookies a deeply sweet flavor. Oats and raisins add hearty texture—and add nutritious value to boot.

From Family Circle

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies

Paper-thin but intensely flavorful, these dainty lace cookies are a snap to make. Simply combine five ingredients, mix in sliced almonds, and bake.

From Family Circle

Almond Lace Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

These cookies combine soft and crunchy textures for a delicious treat. Pretzel pieces mixed in with chocolate dough make for a sweet and salty snack.

From Family Circle

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Gone Bananas Biscotti

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gone Bananas Biscotti

Peppermint Cream Bites

These chocolate and mint layered dessert bars are cut into shapes after they're baked. Choose circles, squares, or even stars!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppermint Cream Bites

Vanilla Spritz

This big-batch vanilla spritz cookie recipe makes about 84 tender cookie bites. Use a cookie press to form shapes, then sprinkle cookies with quick vanilla sugar for a party-perfect platter of treats.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vanilla Spritz

Saffron Snickerdoodles

Up the ante when you add saffron to your traditional snickerdoodle recipe. Sweet and complex in flavor, saffron smells wonderful and gives cookies a gorgeous golden hue.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Saffron Snickerdoodles

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Make these unique Dulce de Leche cookies in less than 30 minutes. Press dough into pecans, walnuts, or almonds for a dessert that suits your taste.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

A slice of creamy nougat bar tops these sweet and salty peanut butter cookies. From start to finish, they take just 35 minutes to make.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

Iced with a cream cheese glaze and made with ground walnuts, these shortbread cookies are simple to make but big on flavor. Bonus: They can be frozen up to three months in advance.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

Prep these no-bake treats in just 30 minutes. Made with almond butter, baking chocolate, and candy coating, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

From Better Homes and Gardens

No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

These mini biscotti cookies are delicious with morning coffee or evening cocoa. Glazed with white chocolate and sprinkled with jimmies, they're a sweet treat made for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Combine four simple ingredients to make these shortbread cookies, then add vanilla bean buttercream to make dainty sandwiches for tea time or holiday gatherings. Cookies can be frozen for up to three months.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Steep tea leaves in butter to make these delicious meltaway cookies. Vanilla rooibos tea can be found at specialty tea stores.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Carrot Raisin Cookies

Sweetened with applesauce and raisins instead of sugar, these cookies are a healthy alternative to typical treats. A cup of shredded carrots adds moisture and hearty texture.

From Diabetic Living

Carrot Raisin Cookies

Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano

Give a nod to tea time with these thumbprint cookies. Made with fresh rosemary, they're topped with orange marmalade before baking to create a chewy jelly center.

From Diabetic Living

Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Pick your own mix-in for these super-soft vanilla and brown sugar cookies—we like walnuts or chocolate chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

These little cookies are a Mexican tradition, so make sure to use a pig cookie cutter. Decorate with vanilla frosting and white nonpareils to finish the look.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

These energy bites are a nutritionally balanced snack that tastes like dessert, thanks to peanut butter, nuts and a chocolate drizzle. Make this recipe your own by substituting any dried fruit in for the apricots.

From Diabetic Living

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

Holiday Pistachio Cutouts

During Hanukkah, it's a tradition to partake in homemade treats. These specially shaped shortbread-style cookies help pass the tradition to the next generation.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Holiday Pistachio Cutouts

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Bright green pistachios and spice give this buttery chocolate cookie plenty of personality. It's like shortbread, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee.

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

An apple a day tastes even better in cookie form, especially with frosting on top!

From Midwest Living

Spiced Apple Drops

Sandwich Star Sugar Cookies

These lemon curd-filled sugar cookies add a zesty finishing touch to any menu. Surprise: They're super easy and quick to make!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sandwich Star Sugar Cookies

Shooting Star Cookies

Square almond cookies make the perfect canvas for showing your artistic skills. Gold luster dust and vodka add a shimmer to these shooting star cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shooting Star Cookies

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