‘Tis the season for holiday baking. Today I’m sharing recipes for my best Christmas cookies! Whether you’re baking holiday cookies for the first time or looking for something different to add to your usual assortment, these are five of my personal favorites.

One of the things I love to do in the weeks leading to Christmas is bake cookies. For the past couple years, my mom and I would each make our best Christmas cookies and then swap some with each other.

Given that we now live a few hours apart, I’m not sure if we’ll do that. However, you can bet I’ll still be baking my favorite cookies (and probably be setting aside a few for her). In thinking about which cookies to make this year, I decided to compile a short list of my favorites and share them with you.

Most of these are recipes I’ve made many times, so I know they’ll be a hit.


My Best Christmas Cookies:

Peanut Butter Lover’s Peanut Butter Cookies
This is actually a recipe I created this year for Fall Cookie Week, but it’s one I had to include because it became an instant favorite with IBC readers.

Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

To me, a peanut butter cookie is a must on a holiday cookie tray. So why not make the cookie extra special by stuffing it with even more peanut butter?

Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

Sweater Weather Sugar Cookies
These cookies, which I shared on the blog last year, recently gained acclaim in BHG’s Christmas Ideas Magazine. I had to include them on my faves list because they are super cute, plus they are made from my mom’s go-to sugar cookie recipe.

She has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. I just used a sweater cookie cutter and added fancy piping.

Sweater Weather Sugar Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies recipes

I assume most families have their own go-to sugar cookie recipe, but if you don’t or want to experiment this year, give this recipe a try.

Sweater Weather Sugar Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies recipes

Salted Caramel Thumbprints

Who doesn’t love salted caramel? This recipe updates a classic cookie recipes with the flavors of today. Sweet caramel and a pinch of salt make these hard to resist.

Salted Caramel Thumbprints - Christmas cookies, holiday baking recipes

Time and time again, this recipe proves to be one of the most popular here on Inspired by Charm and it’s easy to see why.

White Chocolate Cherry “Crack” Cookies
Without question, these are my family’s favorite cookie. Everyone on my dad’s side goes crazy for them, and they have become my aunt’s favorite Christmas cookie.

They are technically White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread cookies, but my family has dubbed them “crack” cookies.

White Chocolate Cherry Short Bread "Crack" Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

In the recipe I shared for these, I dyed them purple for a bake sale benefit for my aunt. However, they are the perfect holiday cookie when left white and red. I’m certain your family will love them as much as mine does. Get the recipe here.

White Chocolate Cherry Short Bread "Crack" Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes baking cookies can be a bit tedious, especially when you have a million other things to do.

That’s why it’s nice to have a few easy cookie recipes, such as this one, to use along with the fancier, time-intensive ones.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

Not only are these crazy simple to make, but they are super tasty. In fact, you can use store-bought cookie dough, and no one will be the wiser. That’s what I did.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

Crock-Pot Candy
My mom made this Crock-Pot Candy a couple years ago, and I turned my nose up at it when saw it. I’m not a big chocolate person, so initially, it didn’t spark my interest. However, that was before I had a bite . . . then I couldn’t stop eating it.

Easy Crock-Pot Candy Recipe - Best Christmas Cookies recipes

The combination of ingredients creates a wonderful flavor, and the saltiness from the nuts works well with the sweetness of the chocolate. This recipe also makes a ton, which is perfect for gifting.

And yes, technically they aren’t a cookie, but they serve the same purpose and go nicely with the cookies on your tray.

Easy Crock-Pot Candy Recipe - Best Christmas Cookies recipes

More of my Best Christmas Cookies:

Cream Wafer Cookies
Okay. Here’s the deal. If I could only have one Christmas cookie, these would be it. Hands down these are my best Christmas cookies AND possibly my all-time favorite cookie.

Christmas Tree Cream Wafer Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies recipes

While they are a bit more time consuming to make because they are a sandwich-style cookie, they are definitely worth it.

Usually, I make them round which is a bit easier than the tree shape, but you can do whatever you like. (I made these for fall once in a round shape with different colors. You can see them here.) If you only make one new-to-you cookie, these should be it. They will not let you down.

Christmas Tree Cream Wafer Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies recipes


Cream Horn Cookies (Lady Locks)

This recipe for cream horns (also know as lady locks) has been in my family for as long as I can remember. Flaky pastry filled with sweet cream for the ultimate holiday treat!

How to make classic Cream Horn Cookies (Lady Locks) | Inspired by Charm

These are a favorite in my family and I’m certain they’ll quickly become a favorite in yours!

I also made these with a fall twist: Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns. You can find that recipe here.

Cream Horn Cookie recipe for Christmas!


Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies

How about a brownie baked inside of a cookie?

The best Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookie recipe! #peanutbutter #brownie #cookie #fallbaking #fallcookieweek

These Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies make a delicious Christmas cookie recipe with a surprise!


Milk and Cookie Shots
And finally, if you’re looking for something fun and unique, try my Homemade Milk and Cookies Shots.

Homemade Milk and Cookie Shots recipe for the holidays

Serve them up with milk or get creative and whip up a shot with a cream based alcohol to make your festivities extra special. They are a festive and special way to celebrate with friends and family for the holidays. Cheers!

Unique Christmas Dessert - Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glasses

And that’s it, for now. I hope you set aside time this Christmas season to do a little holiday baking yourself. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Christmas cookie is or which one of my best Christmas cookies you’d most like to try.

Happy Baking!

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  • Lori at

    Love you blog! Your photography, recipes, tips are all so good. I tried your Cream Wafer Cookies yesterday and they are just wonderful. So light and different. I had trouble rolling out the dough that thin (1/8″) and getting it on the cookie sheet. Any advice?

  • Juliana Spaeth-Leek at

    Thanks for the cookie recipes. I have been searching for years for the clothes pin of my childhood. I have come close but not exactly. Really excited to try yours. The recipe had Crisco as one of the items and so does yours. Could this really be it? Merry Christmas!!

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