26+ of My Best Christmas Cookies


‘Tis the season for holiday baking. 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.

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Christmas Cookie Recipes:

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.

Looking for more holiday and Christmas ideas and inspiration? Be sure to check out the list below!

Tools You May Need to Make Christmas Cookies:

The exact tools you will want to reach for will vary depending on the exact recipe you are making. But these are the go-to staples that I recommend every aspiring baker keep on hand. After all, you never know when you need to whip up a batch of fancy cookies.


I know that you’re here for cookies, but if you happen be looking for more Christmas inspiration, let Inspired by Charm be your go-to holiday resources! I have hundreds of ideas and recipes to add the happy to your holidays. Check out some of my favorite ideas below.

Okay, now onto my favorite Christmas Cookie recipes!


My Best Christmas Cookies:

How to make The Easiest Fudge Recipe #fudge #recipe #candy #chocolate #christmas #holiday #dessert

3-Ingredient Fudge Recipe
This fudge recipe is so simple to make, plus it results in the CREAMIEST and the SMOOTHEST fudge. You are going to love this recipe! I’ve been making it for 15+ years.


Peanut Butter Lovers Peanut Butter Cookies - Best Christmas Cookies Recipes

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. 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?


Sweater Weather Sugar 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. 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.


Shortbread Wreath Cookies #christmas #cookie #holiday #wreath #cookies #shortbread #holidaybaking

Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Adorable, delicious, and downright festive, these Shortbread Wreath Cookies are destined to be the start of your holiday cookie tray. They are as tasty as they are eye-catching.


Salted Caramel Thumbprints - Christmas cookies, holiday baking 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. Time and time again, this christmas cookie recipe proves to be one of the most popular here on Inspired by Charm and it’s easy to see why.


Frosted Eggnog Cookies #christmas #cookie #recipe #frosted #eggnog

Frosted Eggnog Cookies
Spiced to perfection, these Frosted Eggnog Cookies are pack the flavor of the holiday and Christmas season in a few tasty bites. The frosting might be my favorite part.


Cutout Christmas Sugar Cookies:

Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies #christmas #gingerbread #cookies #gingerbreadcookies #holiday #holidaybaking #recipe #royalicing

Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies

It doesn’t get any cuter than these cookies. I’ve taken my classic gingerbread cookie recipe and turned it into these festive, colorful, and wonderfully delicious Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies. You’re in for a TREEat. (See what I did there? Ha!)


Peppermint Sugar Cookies #sugarcookies #christmas #recipe #peppermint #holiday #christmas #cutout #cookie #holiday

Cutout Pepperment Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies get a festive upgrade with peppermint baking chips and adorable colorful designs piped in royal icing. These Peppermint Sugar Cookies are as cute as they are delicious!


Thermos Gingerbread Cookies #cutout #chirstmas #cookies #gingerbread #vintage #thermos #plaid #cookie #recipe

Thermos Gingerbread Cookies

Inspired by vintage plaid thermoses, I’ve baked and decorated these jolly Thermos Gingerbread Cookies. Their unique decorative pattern and delicious gingerbread flavor will make them a star on your holiday cookie platter.


Orange-Almond Sugar Cookies #mushroom #cookie #christmas #holiday #recipe #sugarcookie #cutout #royalicing #orangealmond

Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies
I’m showing you how to make these Orange-Almond Mushroom Sugar Cookies! They are a flavorful sugar cookie cut out into a mushroom shape and decorated with red and white royal icing. They are almost too cute to eat.

I you’re probably thinking, “Michael, mushrooms aren’t very Christmassy.” Well my friends, I’m here to tell you otherwise. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I decorated a Christmas tree in my family room in the colors of red and white. I also filled it with dozens of whimsical mushroom ornaments. They are pretty special. So in my world, mushroom cookies are totally Christmas.


White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #shortbread #cookie #whitechocolate #cherry #christmas #holiday #recipe

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.  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.


These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups
Fun, delicious, and colorful these Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a tasty and easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe. Plus, you can change up the color of the sprinkles to create a really colorful display.


These Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies are a delicious fall treat. #cookie #saltedcaramel #shortbread #fallcookieweek #fallbaking #dessert #recipe

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies
You all LOVED these Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies during the fall, so I had to include them on this list. I think they would make a lovely addition to a Christmas Cookie tray. Try them with with a white chocolate drizzle and some festive sprinkles for a holiday look!


Peanut Butter Cup 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. 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.


Crock Pot Candy #christmas #candy #cookie #chocolate #recipe #holidaybaking


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. 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.

More of my Best Christmas Cookies Recipes:

Cream Wafer Sandwich Cookies #creamwafer #sandwichcookie #cookie #christmas #holiday #christmascookie #holidaybaking

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


Gingerbread Cookie Bars #christmas #cookie #recipe #cookiebars #gingerbread #dessert #holiday

Gingerbread Cookie Bars

These soft and chewy Gingerbread Cookie Bars topped with cream cheese frosting are so easy to make and just might become your new favorite holiday treat.


Salted Caramel Crumb Bars

These Salted Caramel Crumb Bars are a slice of heaven! With rich and creamy salted caramel layered between a buttery cookie crust and crumb topping, what’s not to love? Everyone will be asking for this recipe.


Italian Sprinkle Christmas Cookies #christmas #cookie #recipe #italiansprinkle #sprinkles #holiday #baking

Italian Sprinkle Christmas Cookies

These Italian Sprinkle Christmas Cookies are a festive take on the classic Italian Sprinkle Cookies (also known as Italian Wedding Cookies). The recipe is the same, but with a change of sprinkles, it feels like a whole new cookie designed just for Christmas.


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

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! 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.



Whipped Shortbread Cookies
If you’re looking for a light, shortbread cookie that almost melts in your mouth, these Whipped Shortbread Cookies are the winner! I’ve made them for the holidays, but they are delicious any time of the year.


Homemade Bourbon Balls #bourbonballs #bourbon #recipe #dessert #cookie #holiday #cookietray

Bourbon Balls

Sweet, rich, creamy, and loaded with bourbon flavor, these Bourbon Balls make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.


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

Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies
How about a brownie baked inside of a cookie? These Peanut Butter Brownie Pillow Cookies make a delicious Christmas cookie recipe with a surprise!


Peppermint Kiss Christmas Cookies #peppermint #blossom #peppermintkiss #christmas #holiday #cookie #recipe

Peppermint Kiss Cookies
These Peppermint Kiss Cookies are a new must-make for my Christmas Cookie tray. They have a sugar cookie base that’s topped with a peppermint kiss. In essence, they’re a peppermint-twist on peanut butter blossoms.


Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies #peppermint #candycane #cookies #christmas #holiday #baking #christmascookie

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Want more peppermint? Festive, fun, and kissed with peppermint flavor, these Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies are a delightful nibble to add to your Christmas cookie platter. They may even become a new holiday favorite!


Delicious Recipe for Christmas Linzer Cookies #linzer #cookies #raspberry #recipe #christmas #holiday #cookie #holidaybaking


Holiday Linzer Cookies
You’re going to love this classic Christmas Cookie recipe! Grab your baking supplies, because you’re going to want to make these Holiday Linzer Cookies. Filled with raspberry jam, these classic butter cookies make a beautiful and delicious holiday treat.


Homemade Milk and Cookie Shots recipe for the holidays

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


How to Make Christmas Pinwheel Cookies #christmas #pinwheel #cookies #holiday #holidaybaking #christmascookies #recipe #dessert

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Your Christmas cookie trays are about to get a striking, colorful, and delicious addition thanks to these Christmas Pinwheel Cookies. You’re going to love this recipe as they are eye-catching and relativity easy to make.


Delicious and festive Gingerbread Cookies! #christmas #cookies #gingerbread

Delicious and festive Gingerbread Cookies! #christmas #cookies #gingerbread

Gingerbread Cookies: 
This Gingerbread Cookie recipe makes a delicious holiday treat that can double as festive Christmas decor. First, they are so delicious and full of seasonal spice and flavor. Second, if you let them dry out you can use them to decorate your tree, mantel, and packages. The options are almost endless. Either way, you’re going to love this recipe!

Bonus Idea for Christmas Cookies:

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft


DIY Christmas Cookie Bags
Looking for a creative, fun, and unique way to share your Christmas Cookies? You should make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags. I’ve provided the graphics, all you need to do is iron. Get all the details here.

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DIY Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags

Want another? Learn how to make these festive Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags. As with the cookie bags above, I’ve provided the vintage holiday graphics as a free download!


That’s a Wrap on Christmas Cookies!

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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  • waffle game at

    I just wanted to let you know that your recipes have not only been my go-to for new ideas, but they have also become part of our yearly holiday traditions. You are very skilled, and I consider myself quite lucky that you are willing to share that gift.

  • Shelly at

    Thank you so much about this list of best the Christmas cookies i have ever know.

  • Camella Houses at

    Thank you for sharing this cookies recipe! i will definitely try this one for my children to taste. it was worth the read in your blog, glad that I bumped into this.

  • Melissa Leach at

    Michael, Have you ever made bourbon fudge? If so, I would be thrilled to have the recipe. I know I can trust your recipes, I don’t have to test them. Thanks! Love every thing you post!

  • Rebecca at

    Just wanted to share that your recipes have not only become my go-to for fresh ideas but have also become part of our annual holiday traditions. You are very talented and I feel very fortunate that you are willing to share that talent.

  • Deborah Sawyer at

    I want to try them all! I will definitely make the eggnog cookies.

  • Nakiara Powell at

    Hey! Just want to say. All of the cookies look amazing. I found your Emerald Christmas Tree Article in the Better Homes Magazine. I saw you had a blog and I just had to look it up! So I’m here now! I think my fave cookie is the Sweater! It’s so creative and looks yummy!

  • Linda DeFord at

    Thank you. Will be trying all of these recipes. I’ll check out to find my favorites

  • Erin Bestic at

    This list is everything! I randomly decided that I needed to bake Christmas cookies this year (when I learned that my mother “didn’t have time”) – so I pulled this list and baked them all. It’s a beautiful tray, they all turned out wonderfully, and there is something for everyone! Thank you for posting this roundup!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I love this so much! (Not the mother “didn’t have time” part.) Thank you Erin!! Merry Christmas.

      xo Michael

    • John R. Huff Jr. at

      I believe the frosted eggnog cookies are my favorite. The cream horns look good, but
      very time consuming to make.

  • 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!!

  • 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?

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