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Christmas Cookie Recipes

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

By: Silvia DiPaola, Contributing Writer

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially Christmas season! ‘Tis the season to bake Christmas cookies and wash them down with a fresh glass of apple cider. Here are a variety of Christmas cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth from the comfort and safety of your own home!

  1. Cookie Shooters

We are starting off with a bit of a twist for this first recipe. It is not your traditional cookie: it is a cookie cup that you can fill with milk! The cup is technically a chocolate chip cookie base, which you can fill with the milk of your choosing. Here is what you will need:


3 cups all-purpose flour


1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 c. unsalted butter

1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar

3/4 c. granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

12 oz. mini semisweet chocolate chips

2 oz. chocolate chips or chunks

This recipe requires 25 min prep time, 1 hour total time, and it yields 12 cookie cups.

  1. Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are not quite feeling the Christmas spirit yet, here is a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the end of fall. The blend of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom will make you feel like you are in October again with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. These cookies have crisp, buttery edges and soft, chewy centers. Here is what you will need to make them:


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

¾ cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons pumpkin puree

2½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

Yield: approximately 30 cookies

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

  1. Sugar Cookie Ornaments

Sugar cookies, of course, have earned a place on this list as an infamous Christmas-season cookie. This recipe puts a spin on them in that they are shaped like Christmas ornaments. You can either eat them, or punch a hole through the top and turn them into ornaments for your tree! Here is what you will need:



2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1 c. unsalted butter

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Sanding sugar, for decorating

Royal Icing

3 large egg whites

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

16 oz. confectioners' sugar


TOTAL TIME: 1 hour

  1. Jam Sandwich Cookies

Jam sandwich cookies are a Christmas classic, so they deserved a place on this list. You can fill these up with any jam of your liking. You can even package them up in a festive paper envelope like in the picture down below, and send them to your relatives!


2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp. finely grated orange zest

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1 1/2 c. apricot or raspberry jam


TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 35 mins

  1. No-Bake Waffle Dippers

If you want an easy cookie to munch on, this recipe is for you. This cookie requires only 3 ingredients and no baking is involved. They can also be used as a last minute gift for Christmas!


Waffle cookies

bittersweet chocolate

shredded coconut


TOTAL TIME: 45 mins

  1. Pecan Shortbread Cookies

For the last Christmas cookie recipe on this list, shortbread cookies are a common favorite. These have pecans for a nutty twist on the otherwise sweet cookies. These do take some time to prepare, but the taste is worth it in the end! You can bake these on a lazy day to enjoy in bed.


3 c. pecan halves, divided

1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1/2 c. turbinado sugar


PREP TIME: 40 mins

COOK TIME: 1 hour 40 mins

TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 20 mins

NOTE: These recipes are not the healthiest options. Below is a list of some substitutes to make the cookies more nutritious (as recommended by TH101's nutritionist consultant, Monica Moreno):

  • Oat/almond flour instead of white

  • Halving the sugar in recipes and using date syrup/maple syrup/dates/honey/banana to sweeten things

  • Oils: using olive oil/avocado oil and not vegetable oil

  • Adding seeds/nuts (if not allergic)

These are some tasty Christmas cookie recipes you can make this season, rather than buying them at the supermarket. Fresh is always better, and chances are you will not have to leave your house; these ingredients are usually already in the pantry! This makes for a safe, yet fun activity to do in the house during the pandemic. Enjoy, and buon appetito!


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Romaisa Irfan
Romaisa Irfan
Dec 31, 2020

Can't wait to try these out!!

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