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The Ultimate List of Christmas Cookies Recipes with Pictures

Here’s a gift for YOU! –  an ultimate list of Christmas cookies recipes with pictures as a handy reference.

Christmas cookies have been a part of my family’s holiday traditions since I was a little girl. I remember helping my mom ice cut out Rolled Sugar Cookies, licking off the spoon after stirring the No Fail Easy Fudge recipe, and dip Christmas chocolates with my boys.  As predictable as Santa and his sleigh, families gather around the kitchen and create sweet Christmas memories by baking together. (If you want to find all my favorites, click here>>for Christmas recipes!)

I asked my fellow bloggers to submit cookie recipes, and boy did they ever! I’m absolutely thrilled with this amazing, over-the-top collection of Christmas cookie recipes with pictures.

So, here you go. Turn on your holiday baking playlist & Happy Christmas Cookie making!

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The Ultimate List of Christmas Cookies Recipes with Pictures and by Type

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than sugar cookies! These creative Christmas cut out cookies can become Christmas tree cookies, snowmen, star, candy canes, or angels. With all kinds of Christmas cookie decorating ideas for these, they can be iced with sprinkles, iced with royal or buttercream icing, or sprinkled with colored sugar. The possibilities are as endless as your creativity. Bring on the cute Christmas cookie ideas!

Christmas cookie images of pretty Christmas cookies

1.High Altitude Sugar Cookies |2.Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing 3. Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies4. Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies | 5. Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies with Fondant6. Oil Free Vegan Sugar Cookies7.Best Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies8.Easy Decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies9.Rolled Sugar Cookies – my family favorite recipe!

Cute Christmas Cookies

I think these Christmas cookies deserve some songs of their very own. I’m pretty sure they could be a part of a Disney Christmas movie with epic soundtracks like Frosty the Snowman and Beauty and the Beast. These cute Christmas cookies just blow my mind! Check out cookie #5. That cookie is shaped like a mug with a candy cane handle and straw. How cute is THAT??? Filled with creativity and fun, these Christmas cookies can’t help but make you smile. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray or Christmas cookie exchange, they’d also be delightful Christmas cookies  for kids.

Pictures of Cute Christmas cookies of snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees, and Christmas ornament cookie

1.3D Hidden Surprise Ornament Cookies | 2. Melted Snowman Cookies3. Brownie Reindeer Cookies4. Rudolph Chocolate Christmas Cookies  | 5. Easy Hot Chocolate Mug Cookies with Candy Cane Handles6. Christmas Tree Oreo Cookies 7. Chocolate Covered Oreo Reindeer8. Elf Quote Christmas Cookies| 9. Homemade Oreos

Top Traditional Christmas Cookies

It’s a bit subjective to choose what the “top” Christmas cookies are, but in my research on the topic, it seems Peanut Butter Blossoms rate number 1 in America. I took what information I could find and compiled this collection of the top traditional Christmas cookie recipes, with a few twists on the classics.

Pictures of the 9 top classic Christmas cookies - gingerbread cookies, buckeyes, thumbprint jam cookies, shortbread, peanut butter blossoms, Christmas crack, snowballs, chocolate crinkles, & snickerdoodles.

1.Gingerbread Cookies | 2.Classic Buckeye Cookies | 3. Thumbprint Cookies4. Christmas Shortbread Cookies | 5. Peanut Butter Blossoms | 6. Christmas Crack | 7. Russian Tea Cakes |  8. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies | 9. Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles

Christmas Cookies for Special Diets: Gluten Free & Vegan Christmas Cookies

Having to deal with eating a special diet is hard at the best of times, and it’s not fun to be left out in the sweet treats department when Christmas rolls around. If you or someone you know is gluten free or vegan, here are some Christmas cookies that will make even Santa wish he were on a special diet!;)

Pictures of gluten free & vegan Christmas cookies

1.Gluten Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies |2. Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies |3. Vegan & Gluten Free White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies |4. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free) | 5.Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe | 6. Gluten & Dairy Free Chewy Coconut Macaroons | 7. Gluten Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti Cookies |8. Vegan Snickerdoodles |9. Vegan Cranberry Cookies

Don’t see what you’re looking for?

More Vegan Christmas Cookies (without pictures):

More Gluten Free Christmas Cookies (without pictures):

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Can you ever go wrong with chocolate? It’s always in season in my books.;) These delicious looking chocolate cookies have their own Christmas spin through festive sprinkles and decorations.

Pictures of 9 different types of chocolate Christmas cookies
  1. Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies | 2.Double Chocolate Cookies | 3.Christmas Brownie Cookies | 4. Candy Cane Double Chocolate Cookies | 5.Chocolate Ginger Crinkles | 6.Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich | 7.Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies | 8.Triple Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies |9.No Bake Chocolate Marshmallow Log

Christmas Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses, Reese Peanut Butter Cup, or Rolo

Merry “Kissmas” to you! (I couldn’t resist!) Add a special Hershey’s treat to your Christmas cookies with one of these yummy looking recipes.

Christmas cookie images with Hershey's kisses on them.

1.Chocolate Cherry Cookies | 2.Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | 3.Oreo Ornament Cookies | 4. Peanut Butter Blossom | 5. Cherry Kissmas Christmas Cookies |6. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies Recipes with Peppermint or Candy Cane

What’s more Christmas than candy canes and peppermint? These delightful cookies have a beautiful mix of each!

Christmas cookie images with peppermint or candy canes.

1.Candy Cane Thumbprint Cookies | 2. Candy Cane Cookies | 3. Peppermint White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies | 4. Chocolate Peppermint No Bake Cookies | 5. Candy Cane Cookies | 6.Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies | 7.Candy Cane Double Chocolate Cookies | 8. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | 9. Easy Peppermint Bark Cookies

White Christmas Cookies

It makes sense that white Christmas cookies would be popular – since it is the “Let it Snow” season after all! Christmas snowball cookies or cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar look festive and fun on Christmas cookie trays or at a Christmas cookie exchange. White cookies with red cranberries also fit right into the festivities – full of sweetness and flavor.

White Christmas cookies like snowball cookies and white chocolate cranberry cookies.

1.No-Bake Coconut Balls | 2. Toasted Almond Russian Tea Cakes | 3.Cranberry & Chocolate Snickerdoodles | 4. Cranberry Noels | 5. Eggnog Biscotti | 6. Cardamom Walnut Cookies |7. White Chocolate Cranberry Soft & Chewy Crinkle Cookies | 8. Iced Oatmeal Cookies | 9. World Famous Snowball Cookies

Want to give the gift Christmas cookies?

Here are some creative ways to turn your Christmas cookies into gifts:

  • Christmas Cookie Tray: Purchase inexpensive trays at the Dollar store and arrange an assortment of cookies. Tie clear cellophane wrapping around it and attach a gift tag.
  • Christmas Cookie Mason Jar: Pile up a stack of pretty Christmas cookies or snowball cookies in the jar. Cut a piece of fabric or colored paper to fit the size of the lid. Screw the ring on. Tie a ribbon around the lid and attach a gift tag.
  • Christmas Cookie Tin: Purchase a festive Christmas cookie tin and line it with a piece of colored tissue paper. Then, lay in a piece of cooking parchment paper. Place cookies on the parchment paper, and add another piece on the top. Then, fold down the tissue paper and close the lid. Add a stick on bow or tie around a wide piece of ribbon, jute string, or baker’s twine. Add a gift tag, and it’s ready to give!!
  • Christmas Cookie Box – Click here for a great article on how to put one together!
  • Make Christmas Cookie Ornaments!
  • Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party (This sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!)

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