With Christmas right around the corner, just about everyone has holiday baking on the mind. What better way to kick off the holiday season than a batch of deliciously festive Christmas cookies. If you’re anything like us at Oola, then you’ll be busy creating dozens after dozens of dazzling holiday cookie arrangements for your friends, family, or Santa this Christmas.
Every year you may be asking yourself the same question, “Which are the best Christmas cookies?” If you’re looking to answer that question, we have you covered with a list of the best Christmas cookie ideas! Get ready to impress and spread some holiday cheer with these delicious Christmas cookie ideas!
1. Candy Cane Cookies
Red and white sugar cookie dough flavored with sweet peppermint are rolled into thin ropes. The festively colored ropes are intertwined into the shape of the classic holiday candy, the candy cane. Candy cane cookies are sprinkled with sparkling sugar or crushed candy canes.
These joyful holiday cookies are simply magical and provide a burst of holiday cheer on any cookie platter.
2. Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Chewy chocolate crinkle cookies are an absolute Christmas classic that should be landing a place on your holiday baking list this year. Rich, soft, chewy chocolate cookies are coated in powdered sugar, revealing a gorgeous wintery crackled surface.
3. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
If a nice warm cup of rich, creamy hot chocolate is your favorite pick for the perfect Christmasy drink, then you’ll fall in love with this next holiday cookie! Hot chocolate cookie cups are the merriest Christmas cookies you’ve ever seen!
Sugar cookie cups are brimmed with a luscious fudge filling and topped with mini marshmallows. These adorable hot chocolate cookie cups even have a candy cane handle!
4. Buckeye Brownie Cookies
This simple recipe combines two classic holiday favorites, chocolate fudgey brownies, and peanut butter buckeyes into one decadent, irresistible holiday treat, buckeye brownie cookies. Brownie batter is mixed with cream cheese to form firm cookie dough balls.
After baking, peanut butter buckeyes are placed on top of the cookies and coated in melted chocolate for a fun and delicious twist on these holiday classics.
5. Russian Teacakes
Russian teacake cookies are a traditional shortbread-style Christmas cookie that goes by several names such as Mexican wedding cakes, snowballs, or Italian butternuts.
No matter what you choose to call these simple buttery delights, these heavenly cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and will make an excellent addition to any holiday cookie arrangement.
6. Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms
The red velvet peanut butter blossom is a festive holiday twist on the traditional Christmas cookie favorite, the peanut butter blossom. A single Hershey kiss is placed atop a soft, chewy ruby red peanut butter cookie with slight cocoa flavor, coated in red sanding sugar.
Serve up some holiday cheer by sharing these darling red velvet peanut butter blossom cookies this Christmas season.
7. Glazed Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies
Glazed strawberry thumbprint cookies make our holiday cookie best list for being a timeless cookie treat, which always seems to make the cut every year on to Christmas cookie baking lists.
These classic cookies are buttery and light with a touch of vanilla and almond flavoring. A dollop of strawberry jam glistens in the center and then drizzled with sweet vanilla icing.
8. Florentine Cookie
Impress your friends and coworkers at the cookie exchange this year with these extraordinary cookies. The beautiful Florentine cookie is a delicate, sweet biscuit made of a sweet candied mixture of crushed nuts, butter, and sugar.
These thin and crispy treats are coated with a thin layer of milk or dark chocolate for added sweetness. Dress your Florentines up for the holidays by adding seasonal fruit to the dough mixture, such as dried cranberries, candied oranges, or candied cherries.
9. Classic Sugar Cookies
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a night entirely dedicated to decorating classic sugar cookies. Baking and decorating sugar cookies with the family certainly does have special holiday magic.
Get into the Christmas spirit with this classic sugar cookie recipe. Pull out your Christmas cookie cutters, have fun frosting, and adding festive sprinkles to the mix. If you prefer a simpler approach, try some Amish sugar cookies instead.
10. Gingerbread Men Cookies
If you’re on the hunt for a fantastic gingerbread cookie recipe that can also be made into gingerbread men, look no further! We have the perfect recipe for you! You may have come to realize that not all gingerbread cookie dough is created equal, and this is true. Similar to sugar cookie dough, if you’d like to use a cookie-cutter, the dough should be sturdy enough to roll and withstand a cutter without falling apart. Steer clear of stickier doughs, as those will only be suited for drop cookies.
Gingerbread has warm and spicy flavors of cinnamon and ginger, sweetened with molasses. Gingerbread cookies are traditionally decorated with royal icing, a mixture of beaten egg whites, powdered sugar, and lemon juice. Unlike other frosting varieties, royal icing hardens quickly, making it a popular choice for decorating cookies without making a mess.
11. Magical Peanut Butter M&M Christmas Cookie
Peanut butter M&M Christmas cookies are so simple to make; they’re magical. Warm, soft, chewy peanut butter cookies are bursting with decorative red and green M&M’s, a merry and bright treat that everyone will love!
12. Magic Cookie Bars
Whip up some magic cookie bars for your company Christmas party– you won’t’ believe how quickly they disappear! These ooey-gooey chocolate coconut bars, only require six ingredients, making it an outstandingly easy dessert to prepare during the holiday rush!
Add some holiday flair by sprinkling on your favorite Christmas candies, red and green M&M’s or crushed candy canes.
13. Polar Bear Paw Print Cookies
Be the hit of the cookie exchange this year with these charming polar bear paw print cookies. These simple cookies can be whipped up in a snap! Simply purchase or bake a round cookie of your choice and top with vanilla frosting.
Sprinkle the cookie with shredded coconut, then top with peppermint patties and brown M&Ms to form an adorable paw print. These furry polar bear paw prints will become an instant holiday classic!
14. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
For folks looking for a lighter Christmas cookie with some seasonal fruity notes, this is the perfect holiday dessert for you. Cranberry orange shortbread cookies, are light, buttery and sweet.
Filled with dried cranberries and the zest of an orange, these shortbread cookies have the perfect amount of fruity flavor without being overpowering. Pair this shortbread cookie with a warm cup of tea by the cozy fireplace.
15. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies
If you’re a fan of the decadently delicious caramel turtle candies, then you’ll go crazy for this holiday cookie twist! Turtle cookies combine soft chocolate pecan covered cookies with creamy luscious caramel. These delicious cookies are positively to die for and your holiday guests will agree.