10 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: Start a New Family Tradition


I have fond childhood memories of Christmas time, most of which center around food–particularly sweets. Both of my grandmothers were excellent cooks: 1 for her cakes & pies, the other is still known for her Christmas candies. My mom is also a culinary extraordinaire, which leaves me without a chance. I can either carry on the family tradition in some small way or drop the ball.

I want to preserve our family’s longstanding tradition of cooking excellence and start a new tradition this Christmas. Since cakes, pies, and candy have already been taken, I’m going for cookie making.


If you’re looking for some simple {classic} Christmas cookie recipes to start a family tradition, check out these, which are sure to make you drool . . . just a little:


These Cherry Thumbprint Cookies from Moms Need to Know is a super-easy take on a classic. With only 5 ingredients, it would be a perfect cookie to make with your kids.

peppermint oreos

Homemade Peppermint Oreos from i heart nap time are so pretty, a perfect Christmas gift. Who can resist homemade Oreos?!

Linzer Cookies

These Linzer Cookies from Place of My Taste would be great for a Christmas tea. So cute and flaky with strawberry jam tucked inside.


Peanut Butter Blossoms are a Christmas time staple in my house, and I like We-Made-That’s addition of red, white, and green sprinkles for a festive touch. We will be making these this week.


It wouldn’t be Christmas without these Candy-Dipped Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches from Kevin & Amanda. With only 3 ingredients, your biggest challenge is cleaning up the mess. I always pick these up at Christmas parties but have never made them myself: this year I am!


Okay, so I guess I could say, “It wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread cookies”, too, huh?! This Best Holiday Gingerbread Recipe from Redpath Sugar not only shows–step-by-step–how to make gingerbread men, it also provides the royal icing recipe + tutorials for decorating with royal icing. For when you want to get all fancy.


A lovely festive spin on the classic shortbread are these Christmas Shortbread Cookies from The Sweet {Tooth} Life. Just add red & green sprinkles and voila!

ChocolateCherryCookiesAs a child I remember my Dad’s fondness for chocolate-covered cherries, and many years I would give him a box for Christmas. These Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Lovin’ From the Oven would be a great gift for any chocolate/cherry combo lovers.


These Peppermint Pretties from Craftaholics Anonymous are just as their name suggests, “pretty!” Plus, with a cream cheese frosting, you really can’t go wrong.


My grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe is a favorite and one we make every year, cutting out and icing snowmen, stars, candy canes, and bells. This Sugar Cookie recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything is exactly the same as my grandma’s; however, I use a different powdered sugar icing that tastes divine {1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1-2 Tb milk}.

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Your Turn

What’s your favorite easy-to-make Christmas cookie?




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  1. My all the Christmas goodies – yum! On my sisters and I were just talking about our favorites. Caramel corn was at the top of both of our lists. Also love the peanut blossoms, molasses cookies, and toffee (or even the pretzel toffee stuff). Decorating sugar cookies is always fun with kids! Kenna has yet to do it – I think she’d really enjoy it.

    • Oh, I love caramel corn–not the stuff from the popcorn tins my husband brings home every year from work–but the real homemade stuff. Divine! As for decorating sugar cookies with kids, let’s just say that I only give my girls ONE cookie to decorate, and I do the rest! I’m not patient enough to allow more yet.

  2. Yummy post, Keri! Those peppermint Oreos look fantastic as do all of them. My mom and I made Christmas cookies together once or twice as a kid but neither of us liked the boring cut-outs much, so it never became a tradition. I was planning to bake for our friends this week, so I’ll be checking out these recipes. Thanks for sharing! Be sure to let us know which one you make.
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  3. I can’t wait to try the Cherry Thumprint cookie. They look so good and EASY
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  4. The homemade peppermint oreos sound delicious! I may have to try those 🙂
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  5. what an awesome list, I don’t even know where to start! The chocolate-covered cherry cookie would be my pick I think.
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    • I know doesn’t that look divine! I haven’t made it yet, but I hope to get to it soon! I have made the shortbreads, thumbprint cookies, and chocolate-covered Oreos, and they are all delish! Merry Christmas!

  6. The list of cookies look delicious and I love the easy part! I usually make buckeyes and chocolate covered peanuts for the holidays as my speciality.
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