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17 Simple Christmas Cookies You Have to Try!

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It’s time for Christmas Cookies! The baking season has begun, and these 17 Christmas cookie recipes are ones you will love. I make them every year! They’re simple, festive, and delicious!

17 Simple Christmas Cookies You Have to Try!

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Plus, read on to find out which Christmas cookies are most popular this year. And for good measure, we’ve added some tips from the pros on how to make an awesome Christmas cookie platter!

Most Popular Christmas Cookie Searches:

As the Christmas cookie baking season begins, you might wonder, what cookies are popular this year?

Wonder no more. Here’s the answer!

In addition to your favorites and family recipes, you might want to consider adding a few of these Google favorites.

The most searched for Christmas cookie recipes include: 

  1. Gingerbread Cookies: We love our Gingerbread Cookies as well as our Giant Ginger Spice Cookies.
  2. Christmas Sugar Cookies: This Sugar Cookie recipe is one we make every year!
  3. Thumbprint Cookies: A shortbread type cookie with a jam filling.
  4. Vanilla Teacake Cookies: Always a favorite for Christmas… or afternoon tea. This recipe is a favorite: Easy Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies,
  5. Peanut Butter Cookies: Who doesn’t love these? Here’s our take on the classic Peanut Butter Cookie.
  6. Italian Christmas Cookies: Beautiful, buttery, and delicious!

This week I’m focusing on cookie boxes. It’s something I’ve done for years and they make wonderful homemade gifts. I’m baking for the family already — It’s nice to share!

If you have never made cookie boxes for friends and family, this just might be your year to start.

  1. NYT Food writer Melissa Clark advises striving for an assortment of 8 cookies, but 3 or 4 varieties will do. 
  2. Jam filled cookies preserve well in a box, stay soft, and provide that Christmas gem-colored beauty.
  3. Cookies with sprinkles are always great to layer on the top. It’s an immediate Christmas thrill.
  4. Add crunch, like nuts, to give variety.
  5. Chocolate is non-negotiable so bake your favorite chocolate cookies, or make some easy make-ahead Christmas candy.
  6. A variety of shapes add interest to every box. Shapes like gingerbread cookies are always a favorite. 
  7. Cheat a little, says Williams-Sonoma. Add store-bought favorites, like Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark!
Williams Sonoma Cookie Board
credit: williams-sonoma.com

Cookie Boxes to Gift

While these Christmas cookie recipes are my standards, there are some amazing recipes in both our Worldwide Christmas Cookies and Vintage Christmas Cookies posts you’ll love to review too!

17 Christmas Cookie Recipes You Can't Live Without!

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