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Our Ultimate Christmas Cookie Guide: The 29 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Season!

Babble's Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Everyone loves to make Christmas cookies this time of year. In fact, if you are like me, you like to make a wide variety of cookies. Who can make just one recipe when there are so many good ones to choose from?! Here at Babble we all like to jump on board with the Christmas cookie baking spirit and bake our hearts out. To that end I’ve rounded up all of our favorites for you to enjoy. We’ve got everything here from classic sugar cut-out cookies, to spicy gingersnaps, to the more unusual, but amazing, Satsuma Cranberry Sable. So treat yourself and your family this holiday season and bake up a few festive and delicious treats and enjoy!


  • Classic Gingerbread Cookies 1 of 29
    Classic Gingerbread Cookies
    These classic cookies delight the children and always please adults. Get your kids involved decorating them and give them as gifts to teachers and friends!
    Make classic gingerbread cookies
  • Bunuelos 2 of 29
    Bunuelos
    Give your Christmas cookies a fresh twist by making them from tortillas. These salty sweet stars are wonderfully festive for the holidays. If you've never made them don't worry, this recipe comes with an instructional video!
    Make Bunelos
  • Pippa’s Gingerbread Stars 3 of 29
    Pippa's Gingerbread Stars
    These adorable cookie stars are perfect for hanging on the tree or adding to your cookie tray!
    Make Pippa's gingerbread stars
  • Gluten-Free Mexican Wedding Cookies 4 of 29
    Gluten-Free Mexican Wedding Cookies
    Just because you stick to a gluten-free diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorites. Enjoy this holiday hit with this simple gluten-free recipe!
    Make gluten free Mexican wedding cookies
  • Jingle Bell Balls 5 of 29
    Jingle Bell Balls
    These delicious sugar-free treats are perfect for those who want to indulge but don't want the calories.
    Make jingle bell balls
  • Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies 6 of 29
    Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Citrus and chocolate is a flavor pairing that fits perfectly with the holiday season. Enjoy these delicious treats with a glass of milk and don't forget to leave some for Santa.
    Make orange chocolate chip cookies
  • Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies 7 of 29
    Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies
    These delicious chocolate pies are perfect for making with kids and are filled with the flavors of the season!
    Make peppermint whoopie pies
  • Satsuma Cranberry Sables 8 of 29
    Satsuma Cranberry Sables
    These decadent shortbread cookies are perfect for gift-giving. Everyone will love the festive color and bright citrus taste. Be sure to save a few for yourself!
    Make satsuma cranberry sables
  • Christmas Almond Cookies 9 of 29
    Christmas Almond Cookies
    Get the kids involved making these awesome Christmas almond cookies. They will especially love decorating them with sprinkles!
    Make Christmas almond cookies
  • Candy Cane Cookies 10 of 29
    Candy Cane Cookies
    These cute cookies are great to make with kids. If you let them dry out you can even hang them on your tree as a decoration!
    Make candy cane cookies
  • Gingerbread Crackle Cookies 11 of 29
    Gingerbread Crackle Cookies
    These amazing gingerbread crackle cookies are the best festive cookies for any Christmas occasion.
    Make gingerbread crackle cookies
  • Gluten-Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies 12 of 29
    Gluten-Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies
    Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic. Even you are gluten-free you can still enjoy these and serve them to guests!
    Make gluten-free jam thumbprint cookies
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies 13 of 29
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies
    Don't underestimate how much adults will love these cookies that taste like their childhood favorites!
    Make peanut butter and jelly cookies
  • Gluten-Free Madeleines 14 of 29
    Gluten-Free Madeleines
    There are plenty of options for gluten-free treats at the Christmas table. These madeleines would be perfect for a dessert table or serving at breakfast around the tree.
    Make gluten-free madeleines
  • Orange Spice Cookies 15 of 29
    Orange Spice Cookies
    Cinnamon and orange are signature flavors of Christmas. Your guests will adore these spicy warm cookies, and probably won't even be able to tell they are vegan!
    Make orange spice cookies Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 16 of 29
    Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
    Give your cookies a candy cane twist by flavoring them with peppermint!
    Make chocolate peppermint cookies
  • Chocolate Almond Crackles 17 of 29
    Chocolate Almond Crackles
    Chocolate crackles are chewy chocolate cookies dusted with confectioners' sugar. They are rich, chocolatey, and the perfect addition to any holiday cookie tray!
    Make chocolate almond crackles
  • Dancing Elf Cookies 18 of 29
    Dancing Elf Cookies
    These adorable Elf cookies take an effort to decorate but are well worth it. Any fan of Elf on the Shelf will adore these!
    Make dancing elf cookies
  • Peppermint Kiss Cookies 19 of 29
    Peppermint Kiss Cookies
    Lori made us all swoon with this delicious minty twist on traditional peanut butter blossoms!
    Make peppermint kiss cookies
  • Mexican Wedding Cookies 20 of 29
    Mexican Wedding Cookies
    Pecan Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cookies, whatever it may be, these are probably one of the most favorite holiday cookies out there. Try this classic recipe and don't forget to double it -- I promise there won't be any left!
    Make Mexican wedding cookies
  • Reindeer Cookies 21 of 29
    Reindeer Cookies
    There are few activities kids love more than making holiday cookies. Try making these adorable reindeer cookies with your little ones and let them make all kinds of awesome antlers with pretzels.
    Make reindeer cookies
  • Snickerdoodles 22 of 29
    Snickerdoodles
    These classic holiday cookies are so easy to make and are always a crowd-pleaser.
    Make classic snickerdoodles
  • Snickers Stuffed Cookies 23 of 29
    Snickers Stuffed Cookies
    Give your sugar cookies a twist this season by stuffing them with Snickers! Santa will go crazy for these new cookies and will especially love the awesome red and green sprinkles.
    Make snickers stuffed cookies
  • Spritzer Cookies 24 of 29
    Spritzer Cookies
    One of the most fun cookies to make with kids are classic spritzer cookies. All it takes is a cookie press and some food paste and you can make nearly any kind of shape you want!
    Make spritzer cookies
  • Cut-Out Sugar Cookies 25 of 29
    Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
    Cut out sugar cookies are the best thing to make with kids. Don't we all have memories of decorating cookies as kids? Roll out this lower fat version, break out the sprinkles and have some fun!
    Make cut-out sugar cookies
  • Walnut Linzer Cookies 26 of 29
    Walnut Linzer Cookies
    Linzer cookies get a sophisticated twist with the addition of walnuts. The classic holiday cookies are perfect for the season and taste particularly good with a holiday berry jam.
    Make walnut linzer cookies
  • Ginger Molasses Crinkles 27 of 29
    Ginger Molasses Crinkles
    These spicy ginger cookies are perfect for the holidays. Soft, chewy and twinkling with sugar they look great on any cookie plate and also make terrific homemade gifts.
    Make ginger molasses crinkles
  • Nutella Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies 28 of 29
    Nutella Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies
    These decadent sandwich cookies are perfect for the holidays. Use cookie cutters to make all kinds of cute Christmas shapes in the center.
    Make nutella hazelnut sandwich cookies
  • Eggnog Cookies 29 of 29
    Eggnog Cookies
    Everyone loves the taste of eggnog! Why not make their favorite drink into delicious cookies. They are so soft and tasty and are perfect for dipping in milk!
    Make eggnog cookies with eggnog icing

Photos: Brooklyn Supper, Shauna Ahern, Angie McGowan

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