One of my fondest childhood holiday memories is getting together with the ladies on my dad’s side of the family, and spending hours baking cookies from our stash of favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
We’d ice sugar cookie cutouts, bake mini chocolate chip cookies, slice vanilla chocolate pinwheels, and dredge dozens of snowball cookies in powdered sugar.
There would be cookie tins and sheets of wax paper so that finished cookies could be boxed up just so for Christmas gift giving!
Or to take home and devour…
If you’re looking for a few new recipes to add to your baking extravaganza, here are 25 easy Christmas cookie recipes to get you started!
25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
1. Lime Snowball Cookies
A holiday favorite, these bite-sized goodies will become a family baking tradition!
2. Gingerbread Cookies
I’m up for baking anything that’ll make people love me, which is what Amanda claims will happen with her recipe over on Dude Mom!
3. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints
Helllloooooo, these sugar-filled lovelies from Something Swanky look delish!
4. Soft and Chewy Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make these smaller than normal for the perfect gift-giving cookie size. That is, if you don’t eat them all first!
5. Santa Cookies
Festive sugar cookie Santas from Jennifer P. Williams, complete with homemade (or store bought!) icing for his beard and hat!
My son could eat his weight in these Snickerdoodles. Seriously.
7. Cinnamon Sugar Pinwheels
Speaking of Snickerdoodles, we can eat cinnamon for days over here. These cinnamon sugar pinwheels from Really, Are You Serious? look awesome!
8. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies
The red and green swirl, along with the red and green edible beads, makes these sugar cookies from I Love My Disorganized Life perfect for the holidays!
9. Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
My grandmother always made meringue cookies with mini chocolate chips for Christmas, and we’d fight over who got to eat them! This recipe from Jennifer P. Williams looks soooo good.
10. Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
With a chocolate kiss hidden in the middle, these cookies from Averie Cooks would be a treat to eat!
11. Gooey Chocolate Filled Cocoa Cookies
The more chocolate, the better!
12. Grinch Cookies
Who doesn’t love The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and what better way to celebrate than with these cookies from In Katrina’s Kitchen?
13. Reindeer Peanut Butter Blossoms
Good ol’ peanut butter blossoms from Mom of 6, dressed up with pretzels and M&Ms to create cute and festive reindeer cookies!
14. Grandma’s Shortbread Cookies
These shortbread cookies from Spend with Pennies are made with a cookie press—how fun!
15. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
These rich and flavorful cookies from Gimme Some Oven are coated in sugar and sure to be yummy…especially served warm with a cold glass of milk!
16. Pecan Pie Cookies
We always have pecan pie during the holidays, so these two bite pecan pie cookies from Jennifer P. Williams would be fun twist!
17. Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies
According to Baking Beauty, these taste just like a chocolate covered cherry. I’m in!
18. Butter Cookie Cutouts
No icing needed (unless you want to), because these butter cookies from Mom of 6 bake with color. Fun!
19. 2 Bite Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies
These cookie bites will melt in your mouth. There’s something so comforting about oatmeal cookies, especially if you eat them while they’re warm!
20. Glazed Cinnamon Cookies
Fun little bites of buttery, cinnamon-y goodness—complete with a powdered sugar glaze. Mmm…
21. Christmas Tree Brownie Pops
A fun and festive holiday treat from Five Heart Home that includes two of my favorites: brownies and cream cheese frosting. YES.
22. Lemon Cake Cookies With Lemon Zest Sugar Glaze
Made. From. A. Cake. Mix. #thatisall
23. Pomegranate Sugar Cookies
The burgundy pomegranate arils give these sugar cookies a festive twist!
24. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
With only four ingredients, these chocolate cookies from Mom of 6 are a breeze to whip up!
25. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
The only thing better than regular chocolate chip cookies are DOUBLE chocolate chip cookies. Right?