The Greatest Christmas Cookies on Pinterest

20 fun, festive & absolutely delicious Christmas cookie recipes.

I really wanted to post something on Monday, but I’ve spent the last five days with a terrible case of writer’s block. What’s worse is that it’s “That Time of Year” and I’m Christmas prepping like a crazy lady!

(I’m not alone, right?)

Wrapping gifts, prepping for our poorly timed trip to see family this weekend, and baking like a fiend! This is also my very first week attempting a new side hustle that entails me spending a good chunk of time in the kitchen (more on that later!)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

But anyway, back to baking! Christmas cookies are probably the best kind of cookie, aren’t they? It’s really the only time of year I have a real urge to bake cookies.

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Not just any cookies, though. There are some cookie recipes out there that just don’t scream “CHRISTMAS COOKIE!”, ya know?

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So here it is. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, all of which I found through Pinterest. And all but one recipe was created by my fellow bloggers because, well, my these guys (and gals) rock!


Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

No, this isn’t from any of my favorite bloggers, so I’ll get it out of the way first. This recipe is HANDS DOWN my favorite Christmas cookie recipe… and without a doubt my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. My dad would make these every year for Christmas, so to me they seem oh-so festive. Plus they’re delish! I actually just made 5 dozen to give out as gifts earlier this week and my husband has been begging me to make more!
I omit the nuts every time. I like them better without them!

Christmas Crinkle Cookies from The Suburban Mom

Every year I tell myself I want to try a crinkle cookie recipe and every year I fail at doing it.
With just 5 ingredients, this recipe looks too simple not to give a try!

Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from Small Town Woman

Don’t these look Christmasy?! I love cookies and I love peppermint Hershey’s Kisses! I’m pretty sure that combining the two makes this recipe a winner!

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies from Cakes Cottage

Dan says these cookies literally melt in your mouth! I find that seriously enticing! Plus they are cute and really don’t look complicated at all. A definite must try!

Gingerbread Cookies from Cooking Classy

What would Christmas be without a few classic gingerbread men? This classic recipe is a hit with kids because kids love to make messes… er, I mean kids love to decorate gingerbread men…

No Chill Sugar Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Ahhh the sugar cookie. It’s another Christmas staple, isn’t it? This recipe is simple and doesn’t even involve chilling the dough! If I get a chance to bake some sugar cookies next week, this will be my go-to recipe!


White Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies from Yummiest Food

For you cookie baking champs who are feeling a bit more adventurous, there’s this fun twist on sugar cookies. Lidia shares this sugar cookie recipe and it looks super yummy. Rather than frosting your cookies, you dip them in white chocolate. What a great idea!

Mint Chip Sugar Cookies from Little Dairy on the Prairie

Now, I’m a big fan of The Grinch. When I saw these awesome green cookies, I immediately thought of him. If you’re a fan of The Grinch and want to try an interesting take on the classic sugar cookie, this is the recipe for you!

Hot Chocolate Cookies from Big Bear’s Wife

I’ve seen the hot chocolate cookie recipes around the interweb in the past. I’ve never tried making them, but I’ve always been curious. While searching for recipes, this one really grabbed my attention. It seriously looks like a cup of hot chocolate turned into a cookie!

Grinch Christmas Cookies from Mom Dot

I really can’t get enough of that Grinch dude. These cookies were made specifically with him in mind and they are adorable! Only six ingredients, which means they are really simple! An easy cookie to make if you’re strapped for time (and who isn’t?!).

Soft Baked Gingersnaps from Sprinkle Some Sugar

Gingersnaps… yet another Christmas classic. Although gingersnap recipes are everywhere, Jessica’s promise of soft cookies means this will be my go-to gingersnap recipe!

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies from No. 2 Pencil

Years ago I tried my hand at candy cane cookies and failed miserably. I’m a lot more experienced in the art of cookie making now, so I think it’s time I give it a second try!

Stained Glass Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

I probably won’t be making these this year, but they are too pretty not to include! So festive and they look so yummy. The stained glass look comes from Jolly Ranchers! Can you believe it?!

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies from Thrifty Jinxy

You can’t go wrong with a simple peanut butter cookie recipe! And to dress the cookies up to look like Rudolph? Pure genius! Your kids will love these!

Candy Cane Kiss Cookie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

I said it earlier: combining Kisses and cookies is a great idea! Here’s a different, more festive looking cookie that does just that.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts

These flavors scream Christmas, don’t they? I definitely don’t have the ingredients I need to make these and I’m not sure I’ll have the time to run out and get them on top of everything else I have to do before Christmas arrives this year. They will surely be on my baking list next Christmas, though!

Chocolate Dipped Oreo Snowflakes from I Heart Naptime

I know I’m not alone here in saying Oreos are the bomb! I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like them.
This recipe simply involves adding a little more chocolate (and festivity) to the already delicious cookie.

Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies from Just So Tasty

This recipe looks intense. Like something you’d find packaged by Lil’ Debbie. But I’m sure it tastes at least 10 times better!
I’m not nearly adventurous enough to try this recipe right now, but I find it really interesting so I might give it a go sometime next year.

Chocolate Chip Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies from Swanky Recipes

Shortbread. To me it’s a definite Christmas cookie. Combining chocolate and cherries makes this delicious looking cookie seem all that more Christmasy.

Festive Shortbread Bites from Noshing with the Nolands

A more simple flavor scheme, but equally delicious. These adorable cookies are definite crowd winners.


As a little bonus, I want to share some cookie making tips with you that I found during my cookie recipe search.

Here’s some helpful info from regarding sugar cookie decorating (and how to do it like the pros!).

Then over at you can find this article that has eight great cookie baking tips.

If you’re doing some serious baking now or anytime in the near future, I highly recommend some stackable cooling racks like these. Especially great if you have limited counter space!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Do any of mine make your list?

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