Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

Waited until the last minute to bake your holiday cookies? Don't worry! These festive treats are easy to make — and will spread plenty of Yuletide cheer.

October 29, 2021

Related To:

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Renee Comet ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Renee Comet ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Armando Rafael

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Photo By: Tara Donne ©Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Jon Paterson/Studio D

Eggnog Blossoms

Whether you pair them with a cup of homemade hot chocolate, pile them high on a cookie plate (which makes the perfect edible gift!) or bake a batch to ship to someone special, it’s always a good idea to have a few cookie recipes you can rely on during the holiday season. We like to think that these are those recipes. Once you have a few cookie basics down and learn a couple of handy tips, the rest is simple — especially with this collection of festive recipes, perfect for bakers of all skill levels. Wondering where to start? Try these sweet-and-spiced treats that taste just like a cup of Yuletide cheer!

Get the Recipe: Eggnog Blossoms

Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

These powdery snowball-shaped treats melt in your mouth create a sugary mashup of nutmeg, rum, and bourbon. Yum!

Get the Recipe: Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies

A vibrant twist to your standard sugar cookie: The elegant icing swirls and smooth, glossy finish will remind you of a pepperminty candy cane.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The only way to make this chocolate delight any better? Aromas of espresso and snowy, crackled powdered sugar!

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Cream your butter and sugar until they're very light and fluffy to get a great consistency for these quick-cooking sugar cookies.

Get the Recipe: Chewy Sugar Cookies

Sandra Lee's Macadamia-Coconut Cookie

Sandra wishes every holiday cookie was as easy to make as these tropical-inspired sweets (that start with store-bought sugar cookie dough). "The hardest part," Sandra says, "is eating just one!"

Get the Recipe: Macadamia-Coconut Cookie

Coconut Macaroons

Simple, decadent and made in just 35 minutes, Ina's Coconut Macaroons make a great take-along treat.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

White Chocolate Confetti Christmas Cookies

Bring the holiday cheer with these festive cookies. They're exploding with sprinkles and yummy drizzled white chocolate.

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Confetti Christmas Cookies

Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Ina's cookies are filled with spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, plus chopped crystallized ginger. A coating of sugar before baking gives them a crinkly crust.

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Chocolate Coconut Balls

All you need is six ingredients to make Alton's macadamia and coconut balls.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Balls

Anne's Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli cookies may be standard at any Italian bakery but they're actually simple to make at home. Mix them in one bowl and they're ready in less than an hour. Anne Burrell's special touch? A bit of honey.

Get the Recipe: Pignoli Cookies


Who wouldn't love a cookie that's set with a good dose of cinnamon-sugar but still nice and soft in the center?

Get the Recipe: Snickerdoodles

Cornmeal Wreaths

These golden wreaths give the perfect amount of holiday spirit with their sweet taste and playful appearance.

Get the Recipe: Cornmeal Wreaths

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Sunny starts with a basic cookie recipe and then adds in cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans to give it the German chocolate cake twist. It's a simple cookie recipe that's ready in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Butterscotch-Walnut Cookies

Crispy cookies with butterscotch and walnut fillings are the best way to treat yourself on a cold winter day!

Get the Recipe: Butterscotch-Walnut Cookies

Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bobby's ideal chocolate chip cookie is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside — and appropriate any time of the year, especially on a holiday cookie platter. These fit the bill perfectly and are done in just 25 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Trisha adds cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts to her cookie batter. Make the cookies in advance and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter-filled cookies are creamed together all in one bowl. What could be easier than that?

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

Macadamia-Almond Christmas Cookies

Feeling a little nutty this Christmas? Add that into your baked goods for some crunchy yumminess with a macadamia and almond combo!

Get the Recipe: Macadamia-Almond Christmas Cookies

Holiday Haystacks

Get festive with this cute and creative treat! Gather your traditional dessert ingredients and experiment with chow mein noodles for the layered structure. Pouring the melted chocolate and the holiday sprinkles over the cookie is what really seals the deal.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Haystacks

Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Anne is a dark-chocolate fan so she chops it up with walnuts to make these oatmeal cookies nice and chunky. Top them with a sprinkle of sea salt to give them a little something special.

Get the Recipe: Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

The best alternative to your favorite winter drink? Hot Cocoa Cookies, of course! They've got cinnamon spice wrapped in a chocolatey cookie (perfected with a bonus of tasty almonds and dulce de leche).

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

Blondie with Dark Roots

Guy folds hazelnuts, coconut and chocolate chips into his blondie batter for an easy, but delicious, treat. Simply spread the batter into a pan, bake for 40 minutes and cool before slicing into individual squares.

Get the Recipe: Blondie with Dark Roots

Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Alton's easy macaroons use only four ingredients and take just 30 minutes to make. Bake until they develop a golden brown outside; they'll still be nice and moist in the middle.

Get the Recipe: Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Andes Mint Cookies

Calling all Andes mint candy lovers! Duff says these quick-and-easy cookies taste just like their namesake candy, thanks to peppermint extract, chocolate chips and chopped Andes chocolates.

Get the Recipe: Andes Mint Cookies

More from:

12 Days of Cookies