Counters filled with racks of freshly baked Christmas cookies are one of the best things about the holidays. We all have our favorites, the special cookies we immediately reach for on every cookie tray. Those special recipes have been shared with us by friends and loved ones and the same cookies that came from our Grandma’s kitchens.
From sugar cookies decorated with our favorite icing, to gingerbread men with white crinkly icing and melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies, there is a Christmas cookie for every taste. So cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa and indulge in the joy of both creating and savoring these festive favorites. Happy holidays from my home to yours!
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Classic Christmas Cookies
No Roll Cookies (Drop Cookies)
These Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are chewy and sweet and with only a few minutes of prep time.
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Bars & Squares
Easy No Bake Treats
Fast Fudge Favorites
Cookie Cutter Cookies
Store unfrosted Christmas cookies in an airtight container (or a ziplock bag) for about 5 days at room temperature or one week in the refrigerator. Frosted cookies are best stored in the refrigerator. Remove cookies from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
They can be made up to 4 months in advance and frozen.
Christmas cookies can be made well ahead of time and frozen. Place cookies in a container, dividing layers with sheets of parchment paper. Seal the container tightly and place it in the freezer for 3-4 months.
If cookies have a soft frosting, freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer first and then transfer the cookies to a container with parchment paper between the layers.
Thaw frozen cookies at room temperature before serving.
The decorations added to cookies can depend on the type of cookie.
Cut-out cookies (like sugar cookies or gingerbread men) can be decorated with sugar cooking icing or royal icing using a piping bag or a small spatula. They can also be spread with buttercream frosting and decorated with candies.
Drop cookies are best drizzled with a glaze made from powdered sugar and either milk or juice depending on the flavor.
Sprinkles or colored sugar can be added on top of almost any kind of cookie!