There are a lot of things I love about the holiday season, but cookies are definitely at the top of the list.
From beautifully decorated cut-out cookies, to chewy gingerbread cookies, peppermint and chocolate cookies, classic spritz cookies, and buttery fruit and nut filled rugelach, the sheer number of Christmas Cookie possibilities is enough to spark inspiration for long days of baking in even the most unlikely baker.
After sifting through hundreds of recipes, I'm happy to share this list of 50 deliciously creative Christmas Cookie Recipes.
But, with so many Christmas Cookie recipes to choose from, how do you decide which cookies to bake? Just like a good charcuterie board, the perfect holiday cookie tray is all about the right variety of options.
Mix up flavors, textures, and shapes. But, also include at least a couple of options for people who might be vegan or gluten free. (Check out this list of 50 Gluten Free Christmas Cookie Recipes)
For example, you might include...
- A chocolate, or chocolate dipped cookie
- A cookie spiced with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg
- A fruit and/or nut cookie
- A soft and chewy cookie
- A crisp, crunchy cookie
- A bar cookie, truffle, candy, or fudge
Get a Variety of Christmas Cookies with a Classic Cookie Swap
One of the best ways to get a variety of cookies is to host a classic cookie swap!
Invite guests to bring a double batch of their favorite holiday cookies - some to eat at the swap and plenty for everyone to take home. Or, if your kitchen is large enough, host a Christmas Cookie baking party.
To get your creative juice flowing, scroll through this list of 50 Creative Christmas Cookie Recipes. Then, gather your ingredients, turn on the oven, pour yourself a glass of wine (or eggnog), and get baking.