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14 Truly Impressive Christmas Cookie Recipes

The weather outside is frightful, but inside your kitchen, it’s delightful. There’s nothing like baking cookies for friends and family for the holidays. And if that isn’t your style, make it a group project or party theme. Bake cookies with your friends or have a holiday cookie contest. There truly is nothing sweeter!

We can get you started with some of our favorite recipes for holiday cookies. 

Christmas Wreath Cookies
Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

If these don’t say Christmas, nothing will! These adorable wreath cookies are sure to impress even the grouchiest Grinch in the family. They’re lovely to look at and even more lovely to eat.

Buttery Toffee White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Julie Gransee, Lovely Little Kitchen

These are packed with flavor and have been quite the staple cookie over the years. With white chocolate chips, toffee bits, and macadamia nuts, there is something for everyone to like in these cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Sally McKenney, Sally’s Baking Addiction

Looking for a throwback treat? Creamy little peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle. Don’t like the kisses? Put a mini of any of your favorite candy in the center. Rolo and mini peanut butter cups work, too!

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

Go for are a fun and versatile cookie. You can make your cookie design simple or more complicated depending on your skills and who you’re making them with. 

Mini Gingerbread House Cookies
Hilary Meyer, EatingWell

The gingerbread house is a standard holiday time craft that doubles as a dessert. What could be better than that? A mini version, of course! With easy-to-follow instructions and cute little houses you can eat as a result, these will take the lead in gingerbread house-making this year. 

Eggnog Cookies
Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

Even if you aren’t a fan of the drink, this cookie version of the traditional holiday beverage sure is tasty. The frosting adds a nice touch. We haven’t tested this recipe with rum, but it might pair nicely. 

Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies
Julie Gransee, Lovely Little Kitchen

Shortbread cookies are a simple, yet tasty cookie to make during the holiday season. Julie’s version makes it quick with minimal shaping.

Drop Sugar Cookies
Sally McKenney, Sally’s Baking Addiction

By far, the easiest cookies you will ever conquer. Sally is an expert, but her recipe for drop sugar cookies makes baking seem so easy. Plus, they are always the prettiest cookies, too. Pick your sprinkles and color scheme and you’re all set.

Molasses Cookies
Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

If you’re still missing the spice from October, these cookies are the ones to make. They taste warm and comforting and have a soft, chewy texture that will melt in your mouth.

Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies
Hilary Meyer, EatingWell

These are so pretty you might not want to eat them, but when you do, you will have such a fun, fruity treat! These stained-glass cookies are sure to delight everyone visiting this holiday season. 

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Julie Gransee, Lovely Little Kitchen

Snickerdoodles are a classic cookie for any time of year, but are truly a comfort during the holidays. and Julie’s are the best we’ve found! 

Chocolate-Swirled Meringue Cookies
Sally McKenney, Sally’s Baking Addiction

These cookies are light and stand out from the rest. Swirling the chocolate with the other meringue ingredients make this cookie unique.

Snowball Cookies
Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

Sara has done it again with these awesome snowball cookies! They are the perfect cookie—no sprinkles or chips required. These will truly complete your holiday cookie dozen. 

Mini M&M Cookies
Sally McKenney, Sally’s Baking Addiction

These are an all-time favorite and this recipe specifically will give you the most cookies if you are trying to make a lot all in one batch. These are the perfect tiny treat for the end of the day, or for Santa, or for pretty much anyone.

We hope you have fun baking tasty treats whether it’s for family and friends or just for you. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from Young Hot & Modern! If you have any holiday cookie recipe suggestions tweet us using #yhmrecipes. 

Steph Sutorius

Steph Sutorius is Senior Editor at Young Hot & Modern and an entertainment writer at Atlanta Black Star. She has been a freelance writer for over 10 years in addition to becoming a full-time parent during the Covid-19 pandemic. She enjoys movies, reading, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family (and cats).