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38 Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies

Looking for some awesome recipes for Christmas cookies? The holidays are one of my favorite times to make homemade baked goods, especially cute and colorful cookies. From gingerbread men to easy no bake ideas, we gathered some of our Pinterest favorites as well as creative ideas from top food bloggers. Need a last minute dessert for that holiday party tonight? Never fear, some of these quick cookie recipes can be made in no time. Impress all with these delicious cookies you made yourself!

1. Gingerbread Cookies

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This is my favorite Gingerbread Cookie recipe! It makes perfectly soft and chewy cookies and they have the perfect amount of gingery molasses flavor. Gingerbread men are such a Christmas classic and it’s about time I finally got around to sharing a recipe!I’ve always loved gingerbread cookies but I’m not so much of a fan of the cracker-like ones so I made these to be a slightly softer cookie (just be sure not to over-bake them).

2. Sugar Plum Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Sugar Plum Shortbread Christmas Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

Classic Christmas flavors, an exceptional shortbread cookie recipe, and an exquisite plum jam turn simple yet scrumptious shortbread cookies into the extraordinary. In a fairytale Christmas fantasy way, these special holiday cookies, sugar plumb shortbread cookies, in the shape of stars, will delight and surprise the senses of both children and adults. They are truly magical. All of our favorite sweet treat holiday flavors are here such as rich and buttery-sweet home-baked shortbread, satisfying earthy notes of toasted pecans, sunny orange citrus, a whisper of holiday spices and a deep berry-red, lightly spiced holiday jam is so dreamy.

3. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

I had been looking for a Christmas cookie recipe that was as delicious as it was decorative, this recipe fit the bill. I have to say, these Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies are delicious and although they look rather impressive, they are actually really simple. I would even go as far as to say they are easier to create than traditional sugar cookies with frosting….but that may be because I am not so great at frosting anything!

4. Chocolate Coconut Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Chocolate Coconut Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

I love chocolate and coconut, having them together in one luscious cookie is a dream come true. These chocolate coconut cookies filled with fluffy coconut cream cheese, and coconut garnish. Simple to make and utterly delicious to munch on. What I love about these cookies is how festive they are. There is just something about coconut this time of the year that just screams holidays. I think it’s that the coconut looks so much like snow. So naturally, it puts you in the Christmas spirit.

5. Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

These cookies just scream Merry Christmas! The cookies get their holiday color from maraschino cherry juice and their flavor from butter, almond extract, and cherries. Cherry and almond is a divine combination and these have to be one of my best cookies yet! I served them at a Christmas luncheon and everyone loved them, you must try this recipe, it will not disappoint.

6. Gluten Free Stained Glass Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Gluten Free Stained Glass Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

These gluten-free stained glass cookies as they are super cute and easy enough to make with your children or grandchildren. I made the basic cookie dough using my favorite gluten-free recipe and put a Jolly rancher inside each one before baking, they turned out so gorgeous and festive. The hardest part was keeping my boys from eating the hard candy before I had a chance to make the cookies!

7. Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies are the perfect combo, super awesome, but kind of a pain in the butt 😉 As much as I love Almond Crescents, the chocolate dipping part becomes a little annoying, mainly because the recipe makes so many cookies, and I am slightly obsessive compulsive when it comes to chocolate dipping.  I love making the Snowballs for Christmas, but the timing has to be right for the cookies to not be too hot to crumble, but warm enough for the powdered sugar to melt slightly and stick.  But all three of these cookies are so yummy that they are worth it.  Plus, you know, It’s Christmas and cookies.

8. Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

If you are gluten-free, you need some fun Christmas cookies too! So may I introduce these puddle cookies, they are simply amazing.  First of all, they are naturally gluten-free.  If you can manage to find grain free powdered sugar then they’re grain-free as well!  Naturally dairy free too!  No added butter or oils.  No whipping of egg whites, and no mixer required.  Simply stir together the ingredients and bake!  So quick and easy, and you will be so impressed with the result.

9. Italian Christmas Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Italian Christmas Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

Italian cream cake is my favorite dessert in the whole world, you can’t imagine my excitement when I found this Italian cream cake cookie recipe. One part of the Christmas and New Year’s magic, which gives a special flavor to the holidays is certainly – cookies. Easy to prepare, these colorful cookies, crunchy outside and incredibly soft inside, are an unavoidable and very popular part of the Italian festive cuisine. Their lightly sweet taste is again as most Italian cookies, perfect for dipping in espresso….or wine! Ready to make Italian Christmas Cookies?  I thought so.

10. Santa’s Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Santa's Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

When I was a kid, my parents went all-out to make Christmas morning really special. There were hoof-prints in the snow outside our house and every year Santa left a note in place of the cookies we’d put out the night before. We changed our cookie of choice from year to year. Sometimes it was homemade snickerdoodles, sometimes peanut butter blossoms, and I think once or twice we left Oreos on a plate with chocolate milk. This recipe for Santa’s cookies is so quick and easy and is great for the kids to help with.

11. Healthy Almond And Cinnamon Christmas Stars

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Healthy Almond And Cinnamon Christmas Stars - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

12. Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

13. Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Thumbprint Snowman Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

14. Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

15. 3 Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies

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Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies- 3 Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies - Easy Decorated Holiday Cookies - Candy Cookie Recipes Ideas for Kids - Traditional Favorites and Gluten Free and Healthy Versions - Quick No Bake Cookies and Last Minute Desserts for the Holidays http://diyjoy.com/best-christmas-cookie-recipes

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