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21+ Best Christmas Cookies

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This Christmas cookie guide will feed Santa! You’ll find delicious recipes for traditional Christmas cookies, as well as more unique cookie recipes.

Nothing makes us happier than a beautiful tray of handmade holiday cookies! Not only are Christmas cookies a great treat for Santa, but they also make wonderful handmade gifts for teachers, neighbors, and loved ones!

We’ve pulled together our very best Christmas cookie recipes for you to have all in one spot. So preheat your oven, whip out the sprinkles, and let’s get baking!

When should I start baking Christmas cookies?

If you want to bake cookies fresh for a holiday party or Christmas Day, you’re going to get the best flavor and results baking them as close to the event as possible.

Wholefully Protip

The one exception to the “as close as possible” rule is shortbread. Shortbread cookies tend to improve in both flavor and texture with 2-3 days of resting time at room temperature in an airtight container.

But don’t get overwhelmed yet! The great thing about the vast majority of holiday cookies is that they freeze beautifully—both fully baked and in dough form. So you can start baking your holiday cookie recipes months in advance.

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How do you keep cookies fresh for Christmas?

We recommend clearing out some space in your freezer to make sure you have fresh cookies for Santa on Christmas. That way, you can space out your baking so you don’t get overwhelmed and your oven doesn’t get overloaded.

Bake one cookie recipe per week (or every few days) leading up to the big day, pop it in the freezer, and then when it’s time to assemble a tray for your holiday party or gifting, all you have to do is remove a few cookies from each batch in the freezer and assemble.

Wholefully Protip

Make sure to check each individual holiday cookie recipe for the best method for freezing and storing for that particular cookie.

Okay, let’s get on with the cookies!

21+ Best Christmas Cookies

This Christmas cookie guide will feed Santa! You’ll find delicious recipes for traditional Christmas cookies, as well as more unique cookie recipes.

Traditional Christmas Cookies

Unique Christmas Cookies

Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Sarah

    Just wanted to leave a quick note that I made cookie bags for friends & family with your Chewy Gingerbread Cookies, jam Thumbprint Cookies, and Peppermint Bark. They were a huge hit! Thank you as always for the quality recipes!

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