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My Mom’s Best Christmas Cookies and Bars

My Mom’s Best Christmas Cookies and Bars, she was one of the best bakers I have ever known. Her Christmas cookies and bars were always the ones you waited for. From shortbreads to creamy bar cookies, you will find the best here.

My mom's best Christmas cookies.


These are the cookies and bars I make every year. I introduced North American cookies and bars to my Italian family and friends and this is what they ask me for every Christmas, “Rosemary are you making cookies this year”?

I have to say their absolute favourite is the classic Hello Dolly also known as the 7 Layer Bars or Magic Cookie Bars, these are a delicious treat not only at Christmas but anytime of the year. I hope you enjoy these tasty My Mom’s Best Christmas Cookies and Bar Recipes! 

Almond Crescent Cookies: A must make melt in your mouth, shortbread type Christmas Cookie. Fast, easy and the perfect addition to your Cookie Tray. They will be the first to go!

Crescent cookies on a Christmas tree dish.

Easy Thumbprint Cookies: With a buttery shortbread cookie base topped with a chocolate kiss, these easy thumbprint cookies are soft and chewy with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. They are perfect for the holidays or any Christmas cookie tray!

Thumbprint cookies on two white plates.

Simple Shortbread Two Ways: These simple cookies can be made two ways, both are a delicious easy to make shortbread recipe, a melt in your mouth cookie that you will make year after year. Choose the traditional shortbread or brown sugar version.

Shortbread cookies falling out of a red bag.

Lemon Cheesecake Squares: These squares are made with a shortbread base and topped with a creamy Lemony filling. They are the perfect addition to your Holiday Cookie tray or even as a Summer or anytime dessert! So delicious they will be eaten first.

Three lemon cheesecake bars stacked.

Hazelnut Snowball Cookies: These cookies are the perfect Holiday Cookie Recipe. A soft, nutty and buttery melt in your mouth sweet treat. Everyone will love these.

Snowball cookies in a glass bowl.

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 jam squares stacked.

Magic Cookie Bars – Two Ways: Probably one of the most popular Holiday Cookie Bars ever baked. Layers of cookie crumbs, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk, make these everyone’s favourite!

Two magic bars stacked.

Brown Sugar Cookies: These cookies are a delicious change from the classic Sugar Cookie. It’s the perfect dough for making cut out cookies. A soft cookie with a little crunch. The perfect Christmas Cookie addition.

Brown sugar cookies on a black tray.

Turtle Caramel Bars: These bars are made with lots of chocolate, nuts, a simple caramel filling, sitting on a delicious shortbread base. Put it all together to make one of the most delicious cookie bars. These Caramel Bars will be the perfect addition to your Christmas Baking.

Three turtle bars stacked.

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies: These shortbread cookies have a delicious taste and flavor, with a melt in your mouth sensation. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe addition to your Holiday baking list. It will be everyone’s favorite!

Chocolate hazelnut cookies on a wire rack.

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 bars on a wire rack.

Easy Pineapple Coconut Squares: Easy and delicious, a treat for everyone. A short bread base with a Coconut Pineapple topping!

Two pineapple bars stacked.

Easy Chocolate Chip Whipped Shortbread: These shortbread cookies are the absolute best melt in your mouth shortbread cookie. Fast, easy and they will be gone in seconds. They make the perfect cookie for gifting. Don’t forget to add them to your Holiday cookie tray!

Chocolate chip whipped shortbread on a snowman plate.

Frosted Marshmallow Fudgy Brownies: A delicious moist brownie covered in melting marshmallows and a decadent fudge topping. All this makes this brownie the perfect chocolate dessert. 

Frosted marchmallow bars on a wire rack.

I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as I did and as much as my family and friends do now. Happy Baking and Happy Holidays to all!

Updated from November 12, 2019.