Let’s gather in the kitchen with our loved ones and spend time creating delicious sugary creations from scratch. Here are my 15 must-make holiday cookie recipes to inspire you from festive and simple to ooey gooey and melt-in-your-mouth irresistibility.

a collage of different cookie recipes

I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! It always seems to sneak up on me, even though I’m planning for it months in advance. There are a lot of great things about this holiday, but if I’m honest, Christmas Cookies might be my FAVORITE part. 😍 It’s so much fun to bake with the family this time of year… and it’s even more fun to indulge in the holiday cookies once they’re done!

Whether you’re baking some cookies for a Christmas party, for Christmas gifts, for a holiday cookie exchange, for Santa, or for you and your family to enjoy as a Christmas dessert, everyone needs an easy go-to Christmas cookie recipe (or two or three). Enjoy, friends, and happy holidays! ❤️

Best Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe (With Cream Cheese Frosting!)

holiday sugar cookies decorated with frosting and sprinkles

A classic Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe is a must for the holiday season. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and I’ve heard it’s Santa’s favorite cookie…You can make any shapes you like (candy canes, snowmen, Christmas trees), and decorate them however you like. These Christmas sugar cookies are just perfect!

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Grandma’s Special K No Bake Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies on a black plate with Christmas wrapping paper and ribbon

Grandma’s Special K No Bake Cookies are absolutely addictive, with an irresistible mix of crunchy cereal flakes, sweet sugar and salty peanut butter! My grandma always made these and they bring back the best memories. Not only are they incredibly tasty, but a major plus is how fast you can whip them up – just a few minutes on the stovetop, then plop them down on some wax paper and let them harden (or don’t). As an added plus, there’s only 5 ingredients. Easy, delicious recipes like this one are my favorite!!

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Best Snickerdoodle Recipe 

Snickerdoodle Cookies on a glass plate with a woman's hand reaching for one

A tiny bit of crisp on the outside and a super soft and chewy inside, I’m here to tell ya, this recipe is a WINNER! Snickerdoodles are my very favorite cookie and this is my go-to recipe, I’ve made time and time again. I can easily say this is the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe! Don’t believe me? Give them a try for yourself!

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Almond Snowball Cookies

Almond Snowball Cookies served in a glass bowl with a coffee drink

Packed with a lovely almond flavor and dusted with powdered sugar, delicate Almond Snowball Cookies are a family favorite Christmas cookie and perfect for holiday gift-giving.

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Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips on a baking sheet

Rich and buttery Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies are dressed for the holidays with creamy white chocolate chips and sweet dried red cranberries. Seriously, the BEST Christmas cookies! These are a family favorite and readers love them too… just read the reviews!

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The Best Old Fashioned Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies served with coffee

The BEST old fashioned chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies that your family and friends won’t be able to stop eating. Consider this a warning, folks… you can’t have just one of these chocolatey, peanut buttery mounds of deliciousness! I swear my sister and I just can’t stop with these. So good!

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Low Carb Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low Carb Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies on a wire cooling rack with a bite missing from one

These Low Carb Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies totally nail the taste and texture of your favorite classic treat – my family had no idea they were healthier! These gluten-free, dairy free, refined sugar-free chocolate chip cookies give you all the comfort without the guilt.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

peanut butter blossoms evenly placed on a cookie sheet

from How Sweet Eats (I make her recipe every year!)

For all you chocolate + peanut butter lovers. I love trading out some of the Kisses on these for mini peanut butter cups.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

chocolate cookies stacked in front of a Christmas tree

from Cooking Classy

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are just one of those classic cookies everyone loves! These are perfectly soft, tender and chewy and they have a rich chocolate flavor. They’re a lot like a brownie but in cookie form – in other words these cookies are sure to satisfy!

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies 

molasses cookies evenly placed on a baking sheet

from Gimme Some Oven

Easy to make, super-soft and chewy, and irresistibly delicious! I’ve been dying to try out these cookies!

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Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies stacked up and topped with green and red sprinkles

from Sally’s Baking Addiction

These soft, chewy, and sprinkle loaded drop style Christmas sugar cookies are made with only 8 ingredients. No rolling pin or cookie cutters required!

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Classic Gingerbread Cookies

gingerbread cookies with icing and sprinkles

from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Soft in the centers, crisp on the edges, perfectly spiced, molasses and brown sugar-sweetened holiday goodness.

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3-Ingredient Christmas Cookies

Different varieties of Christmas Cookies spread out on a counter

from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Three “ingredients” to make these amazingly delicious Christmas cookies! PLUS two free printables to festively package up these cookies!

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Eggnog Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen

snowman cookies on a a white snowy background

from Half Baked Harvest

If there was ever a cookie that screamed Christmas, it’s these Eggnog Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen. I love how easy and oh so cute these are!!

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 

Chocolate peppermint cookies stacked up and topped with candy cane pieces

from Broma Bakery

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without a peppermint cookie. With chocolate. And white chocolate. So Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies it is then.

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