25 EASY Christmas Cookies to Make this Year (Best Holiday Cookies)

These EASY Christmas Cookies are so much fun to bake! I’ve gathered some of my best Christmas Cookie ideas to help you celebrate the season. So pick your favorite easy Christmas cookie recipe, gather your ingredients, and enjoy these holiday cookies!

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Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

I can’t believe Christmas is just a little over a week away! It always seems to sneak up on me, even though I’m planning for it months in advance. There are a lot of great things about this holiday, but if I’m honest, Christmas Cookies might be my FAVORITE part. It’s so much fun to bake with the family this time of year…and it’s even more fun to indulge in the holiday cookies once they’re done!

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Whether you’re baking some cookies for a Christmas party, for Christmas gifts, for a holiday cookie exchange, for Santa, or for you and your family to enjoy as a Christmas dessert, everyone needs an easy Christmas cookie recipe (or two or three).

I’ve shared a few new Christmas cookie recipes this year, but I want to round up ALL of the easy Christmas cookies I’ve made over the past few years. Yes, EASY. Because baking is only fun as long as it’s simple, right?

From the more traditional Christmas cookies to the more unique Christmas cookies, I’ve got them all. You’ll find chocolate cookies, sugar cookies, snowball cookies, and even some gluten-free cookies. I’ve also included some of my favorite easy cookie recipes that aren’t necessarily holiday cookies, but deserve to be enjoyed this time of year anyways!

With 25 of the best Christmas cookie ideas, you’re sure to find at least a few that you love. So pick your favorite recipe, gather the family, and start baking!

These easy Christmas cookie recipes are so delicious and so fun to make. Find all of the bet Christmas cookie ideas right here. Get your holiday cookies ready!

This SOFT GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE is absolutely DELICIOUS and so full of flavor. A touch of sea salt, a dash of pepper; just perfection. And the RUM GLAZE on top really adds an extra kick. Oh so chewy, these Rum Glazed Soft Gingerbread Cookies are fabulous for Christmas baking. The perfect Christmas cookie exchange recipe!

Holiday Cookies Kitchen Tools

If you’re going to make cookies, you’re definitely going to need these basic kitchen tools and equipment. 

Holiday Cookies Ingredients List

These are just some of the typical ingredients you’ll need to make holiday cookies. If you’re planning to do a lot of baking, stock up on all this stuff so that you have plenty.

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter
  • Milk

We call these easy cookies SANTA'S FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE because it's simple, classic, fluffy, and delicious. We love to decorate with the kids to leave under the tree for Santa.

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

A classic Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe is a must for the holiday season. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and I’ve heard it’s Santa’s favorite cookie…You can make any shapes you like (candy canes, snowmen, Christmas trees), and decorate them however you like. These Christmas sugar cookies are just perfect!

Keep scrolling to see the rest of our easy Christmas cookie recipes!

25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Traditional Christmas Cookies

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Chocolate Christmas Cookies

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Unique Christmas Cookies

CRANBERRY ORANGE SHORTBREAD COOKIES have become an obsession at our house! It's one of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes and a must make for the holiday season. You're going to love these sweet Cranberry Shortbread Cookies!

How to Store Christmas Cookies

The best way to store Christmas cookies really depends on the cookie. You can find specific information about storing each of the holiday cookies in the individual recipe posts. However, most of these cookies can be stored similarly in order to make them last.

Homemade Christmas cookies should be stored in an airtight container or resealable bag in order to keep them fresh. At room temperature, most of these cookies will keep anywhere from 1-3 weeks. Let cookies cool completely before storing them.

If you want to make cookies ahead of time and store cookies for a longer period of time, you can freeze them instead. Place cookies in a freezer safe container/bag in a single layer. Place a layer of parchment paper between each layer of cookies to keep them from sticking together. In the freezer, cookies can last up to a few months. 

Again, check individual recipe posts for specific storage instructions.

These NUTELLA STUFFED SNOWBALL COOKIES take a classic pecan snowball and kick it up a notch. You better make a double batch because this favorite Christmas cookie goes quick.

I hope you guys found the perfect holiday cookies to make this year. I’d love to hear which easy Christmas cookie recipe you chose to make and how you liked them. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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