If you’re anything like me, the holiday season means lots of cooking and baking. And more specifically, lots of baking Christmas cookies. Yeap, I looooove this time of year, and I am not ashamed to admit that I start to plan my cookie baking sessions months in advance. #christmasinjuly
Lucky for you, my foodie friends, this means that after much researching and recipe testing, I have put together a collection of what I consider to be the best, easiest, and most delicious Christmas Cookies recipes. 12 of them, to be exact.
Why You’ll Love Them
- Easy to make – most of these recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less, and some require absolutely no baking at all, which means the whole family can join in on the cooking making fun!
- Affordable – most of these require just a handful of budget-friendly ingredients, which is exactly what we all need at this time of year.
- Versatile – With this wide range of cookie recipes, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and for every occasion too.
When baking Christmas cookies, you’ll want to make sure to stock your pantry and fridge with the following ingredients;
- All-purpose Flour
- Granulated Sugar
- Powdered Sugar (Confectioner’s sugar)
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Milk and Heavy Cream
- Cocoa Powder
- Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves
- Nuts – walnuts, pecans, pistachio, almonds
- Decorative sprinkles and assorted holiday candies
- Stand mixer.
- Hand mixer.
- Handy measuring cups and spoons.
- Baking parchment.
- Multi purpose mixing bowl.
- A spice set.
- Awesome vanilla extract.
- Best ever sea salt flakes.
Ready to learn just how truly easy these delightful holiday cookie recipes are? Then gather up those ingredients and I will show you…..
How To Make Christmas Cookies
Making classic snowball cookies is a holiday tradition all over the globe. This light and flaky powdered sugar cookie with pistachio and cranberries is chock full of delicious seasonal flavor.
Christmas Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread is a beloved holiday treat, and for good reason. Easy to make with a handful of pantry staples and endlessly customizable, These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are as fun to decorate as they are to eat!
These adorable melted snowman cookies are sure to delight kids of all ages! Easy to make with fresh-baked cookies or store-bought, making these delicious snowman cookies is a perfect holiday activity.
The ideal holiday cookie for chocolate lovers everywhere, classic chocolate crinkle cookies are easy to make and the perfect sweet treat for serving up at parties or bringing to potlucks and cookie swaps.
Gather up the kids and get creative making these festive Christmas Light Cookies! Colorful and cheery yet so simple to make (use fresh baked cookies or store-bought), this is a super fun holiday activity the whole family will enjoy.
Easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on time, this decadent Crockpot Christmas Candy is sure to become one of your annual holiday traditions.
The perfect addition to your family movie night, these colorful Grinch cookies are fun to make and oh-so-tasty. And to really embrace the theme, whip up some festive Grinch Punch and Grinch popcorn to serve alongside these easy to make cookies.
Pierniczki świąteczne, also known as Polish Christmas Cookies, are super easy to make with just a handful of pantry ingredients. And since they bake in just 8 minutes, you can whip up a batch whenever the mood strikes.
These elegant and fragrant Rose Pistachio Shortbread Cookies are perfect melt-in-your-mouth treats that are easy to make. Great for holiday entertaining and edible gifting.
‘Tis the season for cranberries, and these Orange Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies are chock full of holiday flavors. A simple cookie that’s perfect for Christmas, they’re easy, addictive, festive, and fun to make!
Pecan Shortbread Cookies are everything you love about shortbread. Extra light, deliciously crispy, and full of rich seasonal flavor. Plus they’re suitable for vegan diets, so they’re perfect addition to holiday cookie trays and dessert tables.
If you haven’t tried making cookies in the air fryer yet, you are seriously missing out! And you only need 3 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to whip up these tantalizing air fryer chocolate chip cookies.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes ==> Bonus recipe!
Making these gorgeous and delicious Christmas Tree Cupcakes is a perfect way to celebrate the season. They look so impressive, but are really quite easy to make!
How Do You Arrange A Christmas Cookie Tray?
Fill a large tray or platter with an assortment of Christmas cookies. I love to include a minimum of 4 different types of cookies with different flavors and textures for maximum appeal.
For a truly festive cookie tray, you can group your cookies in rows to create a colorful stripe effect, place them in circles to make a spiral design, or even organize them into a Christmas tree shape. The most important thing is to have fun and get creative! #christmascookietray
More Great Christmas Recipes
- White Chocolate Christmas Pretzels.
- Christmas Gingerbread Granola.
- Instant Pot Mulled Wine.
- Mincemeat Christmas Martini.
- Instant Pot Apple Cider.
- Candy Bark.
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