12 Days of Easy Christmas Cookies

What better way to celebrate the season than with 12 Days of Easy Christmas Cookies! These Christmas cookie recipes are easy to make, affordable, and totally delicious – just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit.


collage of 12 christmas cookie recipes

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.

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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.

Ingredients List

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
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Milk and Heavy Cream
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves
  • Nuts – walnuts, pecans, pistachio, almonds
  • Decorative sprinkles and assorted holiday candies

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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

Snowball 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.

the finished snowball cookies packaged in red polka dot paper

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!

top down view of the Christmas Shortbread Cookies packed in a holiday gift box

Melted Snowman Cookies

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 completed melted snowman cookies served on a white round platter

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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.

chocolate crinkle cookies served on a white plate

Christmas Light Cookies

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.

the completed Christmas Light Cookies ready to serve

Crockpot Christmas Candy

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.

crockpot Christmas candy served on a white platter in front of a plaid holiday tin

Grinch Cookies

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.

four grinch cookies stacked on top of one another

Polish Christmas 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.

An awesome Pierniczki świąteczne (aka polish Christmas cookie) recipe. It is an instant favourite of mine and will be yours too. Recipesfromapantry.com #Pierniczkiświąteczne #christmascookies

Rose Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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.

Rose Pistachio Shortbread biscuits | Recipes From A Pantry

Orange Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

‘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!

Orange-Cranberry Shortbread Cookies with Jam are easy thumbprint cookies perfect for Christmas. They’re addictive, festive, and fun for kiddoes to make. A perfect Christmas cookie recipe, holiday cookie recipe, or any time of the year cookie recipe. #thumbprintcookies #thumbprintcookierecipe #cookierecipes #jamfilledcookie #christmascookies #holidaycookies

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies served in a scalloped bowl

Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

close up view of finished air fryer cookies served on a white plate

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!

The finished Christmas Tree Cupcakes ready to serve

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

top down view of a Christmas cookie tray filled with different types of cookies.

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  1. These look so delicious and perfect for a little get together! I can’t wait to try some of these and make them with my daughter! So excited!

  2. All of these Christmas cookies look delicious and so festive! I’m saving this for later because I know my little one will want to decorate some cookies! I can’t wait to try the shortbread ones!