Time to start baking Christmas cookies! I’ve applied a “12 Days of Christmas Cookies” theme to holiday baking this year to help you easily pick cookies for this year’s cookie platters, cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and something for Santa!
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One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is to bake Christmas cookies and other delicious treats for my family and friends to enjoy. There’s just something about cold (snowy?) days outside and warm, cozy days inside baking goodies that make it feel like Christmas for me.
Extra points if you listen to Christmas music while you bake!
12 Days of Christmas Cookies
If you do a search on the internet for the best Christmas cookies, you will receive 1,000 times the number of recipes you could even realistically consider making! That one simple search can be enough to make you consider not even baking this year.
That’s why I decided to take the theme of 12 Days of Christmas and apply it to Christmas cookies. Twelve – and only 12 – delicious, tried and true Christmas cookie recipes for you to love.
If you’re looking for a new favorite cookie recipe to make this year, you can’t go wrong with any recipe on this list!
Christmas Surprise Inside Sprinkle Cookies | One Hot Oven
I just love these tasty, buttery-almond flavored cookies that contain a surprise fudge middle layer. Roll them in green, red, and white sprinkles for a beautiful presentation to make them the ultimate Christmas cookies.
Easy Peppermint Bark Cookies | Food, Folks, and Fun
Bring together two of your favorite holiday flavors with this recipe. These Peppermint Bark Cookies marry together everything you love about peppermint bark (yum!) and everything you love about shortbread in each and every bite!
Raspberry Linger Cookies|Pina Bresciani
These Linzer cookies use a simple shortbread cookie recipe and are filled with delicious raspberry jam. They definitely make a statement with the peekaboo cutout, and they will be a hit when you serve them for dessert!
Holiday Jeweled Biscotti with Fruit and Nuts | One Hot Oven
Crispy and full of colorful candied fruits and nuts make these classic biscotti the perfect cookie for the holidays. Make a batch to give as gifts, these cookies keep and travel well.
Hot Chocolate Cookies | Fitty Foodlicious
Perfect for those who love chocolate cookies. These Hot Chocolate Cookies are sinfully delicious cookies that are made with two kinds of chocolate chips in them. If that’s not enough to make your taste buds dance, they’re topped with marshmallows.
These cookies will make you feel warm and cozy during the holidays and all winter long!
Red Velvet Cake Cookies | Kindly Unspoken
These soft, chewy Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are made with only 4 ingredients. The beautiful combination of white chocolate chips on red velvet cookies is perfect for the holiday season. Did I mention they also taste amazing?
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies | Made In A Pinch
Cake-like, perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies sandwiched together around a decadent cream cheese filling will add a delightfully sweet yet spicy twist to your holiday baking list this year! They’re such a hit that they need to be included on any 12 Days of Christmas Cookies list.
Italian Butter Cookies | April Golightly
What could be the best thing about these cookies? Is it the soft, buttery cookie? Or maybe the sweet jelly filling that complements the buttery flavor? Or perhaps it’s the delicious chocolate topping?
These homemade Italian Butter Cookies are much easier to make than you think, and your family will thank you for them!
Candy Cane Amish Sugar Cookies | Food Love
Candy Cane Amish Sugar Cookies are a snap to make – you don’t even need to roll them out! If you love crispy edges and soft middles for your cookies, you’ll love this cookie recipe. Top these delicate peppermint sugar cookies with crushed candy canes and serve.
Grinch Cookies | Recipes From A Pantry
What 12 Days of Christmas Cookies list doesn’t include Grinch cookies? These instantly recognizable green cookies use common pantry staples and include an adorable red heart-shaped candy. Aren’t they adorable?
Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies | Pasty and Beyond
Try these Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies which are wonderfully spiced with cinnamon and ginger for a warm, sweet and tangy cookie that perfectly complements other recipes on this list.
Christmas Candy Cane Cookies | Home Cooking Memories
I love this twisted dough recipe. They look like real candy canes and are packed with lots of festive holiday peppermint flavor. This recipe is sure to be a hit with family and friends.
Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies | One Hot Oven
Oh, what fun it is to make these Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies. You can leave them plain or decorate them with colorful icing dots (or even candies). You will love the spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg) and these cookies are so simple to make, that’s why they had to round out this list of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!
To make your cookie baking merrier
Set your cookies out on a beautiful Red Christmas Platter. Or another favorite way to display cookies is on these cute Red Christmas Tiered Serving Trays. Either way, you can use these trays for so many uses during the holiday.
Giving cookies as a gift is always welcome. We like to package cookies up for our delivery drivers, neighbors, co-workers, and even Grandma. Giving cookies in these Brown Christmas Gift Boxes or these Merry Christmas Cookie Tins makes gift giving so much fun.
Oh what fun it is to make cookies
What a selection of cookies! I picked a variety of flavors, textures, and colors to help you round out your holiday baking this year. With this 12 Days of Christmas Cookies list, you can choose your one favorite holiday cookie or bake them all, no one will complain. And, if you are into gift-giving, cookies are always a delicious gift to give.
More holiday delicious treats
If you are a tea lover the Christmas Tea Pairing and Desserts post is the perfect way to enjoy a cup of your favorite tea with a delicious dessert.
You can’t have Christmas without candy and this classic recipe for Hard Rock Candy flavored with cinnamon and covered in powdered sugar is great for gifts and your candy dish,
Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea with your cookies? Here are a few of my favorite companies that offer a variety of coffee and teas from sample packs to gift baskets.
My Bean offers a monthly subscription for organice coffee beans.
Brothers Coffee Company offers fair trade, freshly roasted coffee.
The Whistling Kettle offers the best Oolong Teas. Try their Darjeeling Oolong or the Iron Goddess of Mercy.
Plum Deluxe is another favorite tea shop that offers a variety of loose leaf tea blends.
Celebrate the holiday’s or any day with these delicious Christmas cookies.
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From learning to cook on a farm in Indiana to culinary school in California, my passion for food is never-ending. Turning on my oven to bake something for friends and family is my happy place, and I am glad to be here at One Hot Oven sharing both sweet and savory recipes with all my baking friends.