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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.

You can find the full recipe here:

  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

You can find the full recipe here:

  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

You can find the full recipe here:

  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

You can find the full recipe here:

  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