It’s our 2018 Favorite Christmas Cookies baking list. And frankly, they’re also our all-time favorites!
In early fall, the freezer gets a good cleaning and reshuffling to make room for the Christmas cookies we bake by the dozens. Truly… the dozens. Every year I determine to scale it back, but it never happens.
After all, Christmas cookies make awesome gifts. From neighbors to family and co-workers, it’s a gift everyone seems to appreciate.
Plus, I tend to have voracious cookie lovers in my house.
2018 Favorite Christmas Cookies Baking List
Before Thanksgiving, I’m polling the family, both near and far, as to their favorite Christmas cookies to add to my baking list. This year was no exception. Often they are the same classics, but sometimes there are surprises. And always I’m introducing at least one new option. Here’s this year’s list with links to the recipes.
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
Make your best chocolate cookie recipe even better with a creamy white chocolate-peppermint frosting that can act as a cookie sandwich filling. Drizzle with melted chocolate and shower with peppermint pieces if you like.
Get the Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies recipe >
Scottish Millionaire Shortbread
A triple-decker combo of buttery shortbread, sweet caramel, and decadent chocolate. It’s already a new favorite!
Get the Scottish Millionaire Shortbread recipe >
M&M Pudding Cookies
“We took everyone’s favorite basic M&M’s™ cookie and added vanilla pudding for an easy, scratch cookie with tons of flavor — then dolled them up for Christmas with green and red M&M’s™ and white chocolate chips.”
Get the M&M Pudding Cookies recipe >
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
These are hands-down my favorite sugar cookie cutout recipe. It’s simple, and it always works. While I’ll make trees and Santas and stars, I’m also using the recipe for stamped cookies. I just purchased some Nordic Ware cookie stamps and am having fun with these easy and quick application for sugar cookies! Here’s a link to the ones I purchased. Simply roll the cookie dough into golf size balls, stamp, and bake.
Get the Sugar Cookie Cutouts recipe >
Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom Cookies
“It’s Christmas time and there’s nothing quite like a Peppermint Mocha to herald in the season. Unless, of course, you’re in the mood for cookies. These Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom cookies are like Christmas in every bite. Densely rich with chocolate and espresso, merry and bright with peppermint, and crunchy with sparkling sugar.”
Get the Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom Cookies recipe >
Mint Meringue Kisses
“You don’t need to be a pastry chef to create these impressive-looking treats. Using sugar, eggs, and fresh mint extract, you can whip up a batch of perfectly peaked mint meringues. And since two are better than one, spread the bottom of one meringue with melty smooth chocolate so you can sandwich another on the reverse side.”
Get the Mint Meringue Kisses recipe >
Cookie Press Vanilla Spritz
“A cookie press gives these butter cookies their traditional shape. In a pinch, a heavy-duty pastry bag tightly fitted with a larger tip makes a decent substitute; be sure the dough is slightly softened for easier piping.”
Get the Cookie Press Vanilla Spritz recipe >
Shaped Icebox Cookies
Filled with nuts and fruits, these cookies are always a welcome addition to the cookie plates!
Get the Shaped Icebox Cookies recipe >
German Chocolate Bars
Much like the ever popular Magic Bars, these German Chocolate Bars is a new twist on the classic.
Get the German Chocolate Bars recipe >
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
These easy cookies are like little gems, bringing color to the Christmas cookie platter!
Get the Jam Thumbprint Cookies recipe >
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Um… is there anything better than Hot Chocolate? Well, maybe this melty, gooey Hot Chocolate Cookie!
Get the Hot Chocolate Cookies recipe >
“The aroma of these spiced cookies wafting through the house will have everyone running as fast as they can to gobble up a gingerbread man.”
Get the Gingerbread Cutouts recipe >
Holiday Fruit Cake Bars with Figs and Plums
These were a new introduction to the Christmas Cookie rotation last year. My chocolate loving son decided these were now his favorites. And I agree! On repeat this year.
Get the Holiday Fruit Cake Bars with Figs and Plums recipe >
Always, always, always are these at the top of the family’s list. And if they would ever forget, I’ll be right there to remind them!
Get the Russian Teacakes recipe >
Giant and Soft Ginger Spice Cookies
And because we can never get enough ginger spice. We also bake these. A richly spiced Christmas cookie with flavors of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses. They’re a comforting and familiar blend that evokes memories of warmth and love and laughter.
Get the Giant and Soft Ginger Spice Cookies recipe >
Double Chocolate Espresso Crinkles
It wouldn’t be Christmas without these rich and decadent chocolate cookies. And that added espresso is just what we need during this busy season!
Get the Double Chocolate Espresso Crinkles recipe >
A forever favorite and easy to bake.
Get the Scottish Shortbread recipe >