The Absolute Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

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So a little fun fact about my mom - she LOVES to make Christmas cookies every year. My family usually hosts a holiday party at some point, so having lots of cookies around this time of year is just very normal for us. This year however, since no one is having parties, my mom said she wasn’t going to make any cookies, and I’m not going to lie I was slightly devastated. But luckily for me she got into the Christmas spirit and decided to make about six different batches of cookies - YAY! Even though it’s just going to be me and my parents this year having tons of cookies around just makes it feel like Christmas.

If you saw my last post (all about spending Christmas at home this year) then you saw one of my at home Christmas ideas, which was baking lots and lots of cookies! So I decided that now’s a great time to share my favorite cookie recipes with you guys! These are the typical cookies that my mom bakes during the holidays - so if you are feeling bored and want to get into a festive Christmas mood, here’s some great recipes to bake!

Coconut Macaroon Cookies

These are probably my favorite cookies of all, because I LOVE me some coconut! So if you love coconut (and especially the combination of coconut and chocolate) you will love these too!


  • ⅓ cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 (3-ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups sweetened flaked coconut (divided)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package Hershey’s Kisses


  1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add egg yolk, orange juice, and almond extract, beating until mixture is blended.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in 3 cups coconut. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in remaining 2 cups coconut, and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Remove from the oven, and press 1 chocolate into the center of each warm cookie. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I feel like these are such a Christmas classic cookie. I feel like everyone loves a good crinkle cookie - and trust me these do not disappoint!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅓ cup flous
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Combine sugar, oil, and cocoa in a large bowl. Beat until well blended.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to cocoa mixture, beating well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate dough until it is firm enough to handle. If you are wanting them to firm up faster stick them in the freezer until firm enough to handle.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls then roll them in powdered sugar. Place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart from each other.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Italian Christmas Cookie

We just discovered this recipe in the last year or so. One of our neighbors brought us some of these cookies and we fell in love and needed the recipe for ourselves asap! If you love almond flavored things or shortbread cookies - then this is the recipe for you!

Ingredients (Cookies):

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

Ingredients (Glaze):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon hot water (more as needed)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar until combined. Make a well in the center and add oil, milk, 1 tablespoon of almond extract, and eggs. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, mix together until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop up a one inch ball of dough, and place on prepared cookie sheet, with 1 inch between cookies. Slightly flatten tops. Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven until cookies are cooked. They will not brown.
  4. Meanwhile, make glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and 1 tablespoon of hot water until smooth. Glaze should remain thick like the consistency of molasses.
  5. Place a wire baking rack over a rimmed cookie sheet. Dip warm cookies in glaze, then set on the wire rack, then sprinkle immediately, while the glaze is still wet with the nonpareils. Allow to cool completely on the rack.

Pumpkin Cookies

Now I know when most people think of pumpkin flavors they think of the fall season and thanksgiving. However my mom has been making these pumpkin cookies forever (an old family recipe) - and every year she makes a couple of batches at thanksgiving time and a couple of batches at christmas time too. So I generally associate these cookies with a very festive holiday time of year!


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
  • ½ cup nuts (optional)


  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate cowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture.
  5. Optionally, stir in chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes on greased cookie sheets.

I hope you guys enjoy these cookies recipes! Let me know in the comments what's your favorite christmas cookie / christmas treat?!

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