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15 Best Christmas Cookies

The holiday season is upon us, filling the air with scents of cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. It’s the perfect time to gather in the kitchen, and start the holiday season by baking Christmas cookies. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the world of cookie baking, there’s something magical about creating these festive treats. So let’s start baking!

Five different cookies to  to bake.

  1. Classic Shortbread Cookies: Start with the classics. These easy, melt in your mouth 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies, are a must for every Holiday Cookie Tray. All you need is flour, butter and sugar, cut out or roll and slice, they will be loved by all. 
Five shortbread cookies stacked.

2. Gingerbread Cookies: These cookies are synonymous with Christmas. These spicy, molasses-infused delights can be cut into gingerbread men, houses, or any festive shapes you desire. Decorate with icing, candies, and sprinkles for a charming touch.

Gingerbread cookies on a white board.

3. Peppermint Melting Moments: These are a perfect addition to your Christmas Cookie Baking List. Fast and easy with a delicate taste of peppermint. Add a creamy frosting, delicious!

Peppermint melting moments on a white dish.

4. Coconut Jam Squares: One of the best melt-in-your-mouth shortbread squares. Three perfect layers starting with a shortbread base, a thin jam filling and an easy meringue topping. This bar cookie recipe will be the first to be eaten. 

Three coconut jam squares stacked.

5. Cranberry Almond Biscotti: are a delicious crunchy Italian Cookie, filled with dried cranberries, almonds and white chocolate chips. The perfect Fall and Holiday Cookie recipe.

Stacked with one leaning biscott.

6. Thumbprint Cookies: Are not only delicious but also customizable. Fill the thumbprint indentation with your favorite jam, chocolate, or caramel, and watch them disappear from the cookie tray.

thumbprint cookies on a plate and some on a white cake stand.

7. Turtle Bar Cookies: These bar cookies are made with lots of chocolate, nuts, a simple caramel filling and a delicious shortbread base. Put it all together to make one of the most delicious cookie bars!

Turtle bar cookies on a brown paper.

8. Italian Pignoli Cookies: Pignoli cookies are an Italian delight made with almonds and topped with pine nuts. Their unique flavor and chewy texture make them a delightful addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Pine nut cookies on a black plate.

9. Peanut Butter Blossoms: Another classic Christmas cookie, these are a delicious and simple cookie recipe topped with a chocolate kiss. Or why not change it up and turn them into crinkle or thumbprint cookies? So good you will wonder why you never tried them before.

Peanut butter blossoms on a wire rack.

10. Almond Crescent Cookies: Also known as “crescentine,” these are tender, nutty, and often dusted with powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and are a delightful way to celebrate the season.

Almond crescent cookies on a green Christmas tree plate.

11. Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies: Shortbread cookies are known for their buttery richness. When dipped in dark or white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes, chopped nuts or colorful sprinkles, they become even more irresistible.

Chocolate hazelnut cookies on a wire rack.

12. French Sable Cookies: These delicious cookies also known as Breton Cookies are a simple buttery crumbly French butter cookie. A must try this Holiday Season.

French sable cookies on a grey board.

13. Easy Lemon Squares: These tangy squares are quick, easy and so delicious. Made with a buttery shortbread base and a fresh lemon filling. Easy and tasty bars. They are a definite must bake this Holiday Season!

Lemon squares on a wire rack.

14. Italian Orange Ricotta Cookies: These fluffy, light and cake like ricotta cookies are made with a creamy ricotta cheese and a hint of orange or lemon. They are the perfect tea, snack or any occasion cookie. A tasty  cookie topped with a cream cheese frosting or glaze. So good you can’t stop at just one.

Orange ricotta cookies on a wire rack.

15. Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies: These easy and delicious slice and bake  or cut out cinnamon cookies are made even better with the addition of brown sugar. The perfect Holiday Cookie.

Five cinnamon shortbread cookies shaped as a star stacked.

The best Christmas cookies aren’t just baked goods, they are expressions of love, tradition, and holiday spirit. Whether you’re filling your home with the scent of gingerbread or savoring the buttery delight of shortbread, these Christmas Cookies will bring joy and warmth to your home, family and friends during this special time of year.

So, gather your loved ones, turn on the holiday tunes, and let the baking begin. The magic of these Christmas cookies are ready to be shared and savored by all. Enjoy!

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