Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Baking Christmas Cookies has always been a tradition in our family on Thanksgiving weekend. Our extended families would be up for the Holiday so over the weekend after we had done all of our shopping we would bake and bake and bake. But as the family got bigger and the extended family split off and started doing their own Thanksgiving, we stopped doing our baking.

Now that my girls are getting older, I think it’s time to pick back up this tradition. My mom still bakes every year but I know that my girls would like to help out and I love keeping traditions going.

I thought I’d gather up some of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes all in one spot. I included some fan favorites. If you have more that you’d like to add, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’d love to see them!

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended.
2. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)
3. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.
4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
5. When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting, if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

Recipe: Good HouseKeeping

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients

8 oz. pkg. milk chocolate kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
more granulated sugar

Directions

1. Remove wrappers from chocolate. Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. Cover tightly and chill for 4-8 hours in fridge.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate piece into center of each cookie; cookie will crack slightly around edges. Let stand on cookie sheets for 3-4 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies

3. To freeze, shape dough into balls but do not roll in sugar. Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheets and freeze until firm. Pack into hard sided freezer containers; label, and freeze up to 3 months. To bake, roll frozen dough into sugar, then bake as directed, adding 3-6 minutes to the baking time.

Recipe: About.com Busy Cooks

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Recipe: AllRecipes.com

Pfeffernusse Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup margarine
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons anise extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions

1. Stir together the molasses, honey, shortening, and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the eggs.

2. Combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, anise, cinnamon, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add the molasses mixture and stir until thoroughly combines. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Roll the dough into acorn-sized balls. Arrange on baking sheets, spacing at least 1 inch apart.
Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes. Move to a rack to cool. Dust cooled cookies with confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe: AllRecipes.com

Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/3 cup cinnamon sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl.
3. Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the shortening mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

Recipe: AllRecipes.com

Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice
1/3 cup jam (any flavor)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt. Gradually stir in flour.
3. Form dough into 1-inch diameter balls. Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in nuts. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb.
4. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, fill centers of cookies with jam. Or, fill centers with 1/2 teaspoon of jam before baking.

Recipe: Christmas-Cookies.com

Lemon Flakes

Ingredients

2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1 c. milk
1 tsp. baking soda
4 3/4 to 5 c. flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 sm. bottle lemon flavoring

Directions

1. Cream. Blend in 1 c. milk

2. Add: baking soda, flour, salt, lemon flavoring

3. Roll into 1 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Recipe: Cooks.com

 

I know there are plenty more out there! These will get you started. Have fun baking!

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Comments

  1. holidaybaking says:

    I was looking for some holiday recipes, and came across your blog posting. I’ve never tried lemon flakes so I’m going to save this recipe to bake for later. You have a great collection of cookies in the list with all the classics. A few other cookies I like baking are orange butter cookies, icebox cookies, rosette cookies, shortbread cookies, and eggnog sugar cookies. I really love baking for the Christmas Holidays, as I’m sure you do too. Sometimes I bake with the kids, but they are still really young. Decorating is a lot of fun though. I like giving away cookies as a simple little gifts to friends and neighbours. I hope the lemon flakes turn out well. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Dawn says:

    Those are some great cookie ideas too! I might have to look up the recipes for those for my 2nd edition post! :) I don’t always like baking with the kids because sometimes it’s just easier to do it myself. I’ve had to let go and learn to embrace the mess! haha But my kids are older. They’re 12, 9, 7 and 7. It’s really fun to make the memories though when they do help. Thanks for the post!

  3. Andrew says:

    I’m going to try the Thumbprint cookies with Erythritol so that I can have it sugar free instead!

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