Our Classic Christmas Cookie Collection

Gooey, chewy, and straight-from-the-oven, these tried-and-true cookie recipes warm tummies and hearts.

  • All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Sugar, shortbread and especially chocolate chip cookies conjure up fond memories of holiday baking. Reach for a glass of milk and dig into these classic delights.
  • Basic Icebox Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cathy Muir

    Basic Icebox Sugar Cookies

    Master this original slice-and-bake cookie, and you'll be able to create variations throughout the holiday season (and beyond!).
  • Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits
    Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Peanut Butter-Butterscotch Cookies

    Crisscrossed fork marks and all, these cookies are just like Mom made, with the addition of yummy butterscotch morsels for extra flavor and a sweet crunch. Bake a few batches for your holiday cookie swap.
  • Oatmeal Cookies
    Photo: Amy Neunsinger

    Oatmeal Cookies

    This staple cookie recipe belongs in everyone's recipe file. Mix oatmeal with raisins and walnuts for a hearty, chewy cookie. Store the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to enjoy sweet treats in a hurry.
  • Gingersnaps with Crystallized Ginger
    Photo: Sang An

    Gingersnaps with Crystallized Ginger

    Perfect for gift giving, this recipe makes enough for a crowd.
  • Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread

    Shortbread cookies are traditionally the simplest of cookies: butter, sugar, flour, and maybe some salt. Just by bringing a new flavor or two to the table, you can totally transform this treat.
  • Iced Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Iced Sugar Cookies

    Decorate with dragée (sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar.
  • Chocolate Thumbprints
    James Carrier

    Chocolate Thumbprints

    Replace the candies in the center of ordinary thumbprint cookies with chocolate ganache, and you've got a decadent dessert that's best served the day it's made.
  • Snickerdoodles
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner


    One reviewer called these cookies "sinfully delicious," and we must agree. Simply roll sugar cookie dough in cinnamon sugar for a Snickerdoodle delight.
  • Spritz Cookies

    Spritz Cookies

    Spritz cookies are a classic Christmas cookie. For truly authentic spritz cookies, be sure to invest in a cookie press to get that oh-so-perfect shape.
  • Gingerbread Cookies
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Gingerbread Cookies

    Spread the holiday cheer with a batch of classic gingerbread cookies. Use cookie cutters and dragée to deck the halls with delectable Christmas cheer.

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