Need some last-minute easy Christmas cookie recipes? I've got you covered! This extensive list of cookie ideas includes options that are perfect for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, Christmas cookie trays, and leaving out for Santa!
I'm sharing a variety of easy recipes, from freshly baked cookies and no-bake cookies to classic homemade candy. Get ready to find your new favorite sweet treat (or two!) for the holiday season.
- Baked cookie recipes
- 1. French Palmiers
- 2. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- 3. Peanut Butter Blossoms
- 4. Chewy pumpkin cookies
- 5. Strawberry sandwich cookies
- 6. Rolo Sugar Cookies
- 7. Gumdrop cookie recipe
- 8. Butter cookie recipe
- 9. Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons
- No-bake cookie recipes
- 10. Holly cookies
- 11. Butterscotch haystacks
- 12. Ritz cracker cookies
- 13. White Chocolate Oreos
- 14. Christmas Oreos Rudolph Cookies
- 15. Chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies
- Homemade candy recipes
- 16. Pecan bourbon balls
- 17. White chocolate pretzels
- 18. Homemade peanut brittle
- 19. Grinch fudge
- 20. Chocolate Covered Cashews
- 21. Peanut butter snowballs
- 22. Hershey's kiss pretzels
- 23. Rolo Turtle pretzels
- 24. No Bake Oreo Balls
- 25. 3 Ingredient Homemade Fudge
- 26. Homemade buckeyes
- 27. Chocolate Covered Cherries
- Santa's favorites
- 28. Graham cracker gingerbread house
- 29. Sugar cone Christmas trees
- 30. Christmas wreath cupcakes
- 31. Santa hat brownies
- 32. Snowman Soup Recipe
- 33. Grinch Charcuterie Board
- Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes Your Friends & Family Will Love
Baked cookie recipes
To start off, we've rounded up the best traditional cookies that bake to perfection in the oven—complete with heavenly soft centers and crisp edges.
Besides their taste, in my opinion, the best part is how delightful your house smells when you whip up a batch!
1. French Palmiers
French Palmiers only require five ingredients and are ready for snacking—or Santa—in no time at all. I recommend making this easy Christmas cookie recipe with your kids for great memories to look back on!
2. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Who doesn't love a good red velvet recipe?! When you combine that with a warm, soft, chewy cookie, you get my Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. Trust me, this easy recipe is a game-changer.
They start with a red velvet cake mix and require zero chilling, which means you will save lots of time in your busy holiday schedule. The whipped cream cheese in the batter creates the best texture that will make these cookies stand out!
3. Peanut Butter Blossoms
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Blossoms are so easy and only require (you guessed it) five simple ingredients. They're classically delicious and perfect for chocolate lovers.
Plus, they're naturally gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy the Christmas cheer. Make a double batch of these—they go fast!
4. Chewy pumpkin cookies
These Chewy Pumpkin Cookies make the best treat during the fall and winter. The mouth-watering combination of real pumpkin and brown sugar will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Plus, with a treat so yummy, no one will know how little effort actually went into this easy Christmas cookie recipe—it's our secret!
5. Strawberry sandwich cookies
Making Strawberry Sandwich Cookies is a treat for the whole family. This two-ingredient recipe puts a fun spin on classic sugar cookie dough by making them into cut-out cookies!
The combination of the soft, sweet cookie and the tart yet sweet jam is irresistible. Your kids will love the process of making these cookies with you—especially once they're ready to devour!
6. Rolo Sugar Cookies
One of my absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipes is this three-ingredient Rolo Sugar Cookie recipe.
Filled with melted chocolate and caramel thanks to the universally loved candy, you won't be able to get enough.
On top of that, these simple sugar cookies look so festive and take just MINUTES to make. Perfection, simple perfection.
7. Gumdrop cookie recipe
The wave of nostalgia that you'll get after one bite of these Gumdrop Cookies transports you right back to the days spent at Grandma's house.
I love the adorable, festive addition the red and green gumdrops bring to these cookies for the holidays, but you can use any color any time of year!
8. Butter cookie recipe
Butter cookies have a mildly sweet, melt-in-your-mouth flavor (similar to a shortbread cookie) that goes really well with a cup of coffee or tea.
An easy Christmas cookie like this is perfect for a hostess to print out on a recipe card to give as a gift—along with a big batch of cookies, of course!
Plus, this easy cookie recipe is customizable for any holiday party by picking the sprinkle colors of your choice. Have fun with it!
9. Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons
If you're looking for a dessert that stands out on a table full of other treats, look no further than Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons. These flavorful cookies are covered in dark chocolate but have a sweet and chewy interior. One batch might not be enough!
No-bake cookie recipes
In need of a quick and easy dessert? No-bake cookies will save the day! These simple, yet delicious recipes are perfect for when you're short on time or when your oven's full of other goodies!
10. Holly cookies
If you love a classic Rice Krispy treat, you will love this recipe. Holly Cookies are simply the cutest!
No bake time is needed, which means you and your family can get your hands on these cookies—fast. All of your Christmas dinner guests will swoon over how cute and jolly your holiday cookie plate looks this year!
11. Butterscotch haystacks
Butterscotch Haystacks might be classic, but that doesn't mean they're basic. This old-fashioned recipe blends peanuts, crispy noodles, and butterscotch to make a perfectly sweet and salty treat.
Plus, butterscotch haystacks are an easy Christmas cookie and ready in little time—with hardly any effort involved. Everyone loves this no-bake treat!
12. Ritz cracker cookies
Ritz crackers are a staple in any home, so why not whip them into a delicious dessert? I know this one is going to be a new favorite cookie in your family—just wait and see how quickly the kids devour them!
Ritz Cracker Cookies are buttery, sweet, and a little salty, too—a trinity of delicious flavors! One of my favorite parts is adding the red and green sprinkles to really feel the holiday spirit!
13. White Chocolate Oreos
This freezer-friendly dessert takes just a few minutes to make and only requires four ingredients. On top of that, you can customize White Chocolate Dipped Oreos for any occasion!
In the recipe post for this easy Christmas cookie recipe, you'll see how simple it is to swap flavors based on your preference. I love using the lemon-flavored Oreos with white chocolate—yum!
14. Christmas Oreos Rudolph Cookies
Your kids will never forget Christmas Oreo Rudolph Cookies! These are ideal for a school holiday event but just as good if you need some festive charm around the house. These easy chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies earn an A+ from everyone who tries them!
15. Chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies
Attention all s'mores enthusiasts! Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Cookies are packed with delicious flavor and texture, making them an excellent choice for any holiday treat.
The blend of salty-sweet graham cracker rounds, fluffy marshmallows, and decadent chocolate is perfect—especially when paired with holiday punch or a classic cup of hot cocoa.
Homemade candy recipes
Skip the store and try one of my favorite homemade candy recipes instead. The whole family will appreciate these mouthwatering treats, especially because they're homemade with love and care!
Get ready to indulge in some goodness that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings all season long. The toughest part is choosing which to try first.
16. Pecan bourbon balls
Easy Pecan Bourbon Balls are a classic Southern treat, perfect for any holiday party! You won't be able to resist the amazing flavor of this soft, rich, chocolatey dessert. The toasty pecans, delicious bourbon, and sweet dusting of powdered sugar make them irresistible!
17. White chocolate pretzels
This easy-to-make snack is perfect as a quick bite or a little holiday gift for friends and neighbors. Sweet and salty flavors are a popular combination when it comes to desserts.
White Chocolate Pretzels require just three ingredients—pretzels, white chocolate chips, and candy canes. Follow the four-step process and you'll be able to enjoy this delicious Christmas snack with your loved ones in no time!
18. Homemade peanut brittle
Homemade Peanut Brittle is one of my favorite holiday treats because it lasts for a long time at room temperature. I can make a big batch and snack on it with guests for weeks!
The nostalgic taste of peanut brittle is unlike any other, and the best part is that you don't have to deal with the hassle of a sticky cleanup. This recipe is cooked in the microwave, which means it takes a fraction of the time it would on the stove.
19. Grinch fudge
Grinch Fudge only takes four ingredients and is super easy to make. You can even get your kids involved!
The festive Grinch-green color and iconic red hearts are instantly recognizable by Christmas fans. This yummy treat is enough to make anyone's heart grow three sizes in a day!
20. Chocolate Covered Cashews
These Chocolate Covered Cashews are a quick and easy dessert that won't make you feel too full—it's a perfect post-dinner sweet bite.
The combination of salty cashews, chocolate, and peanut butter morsels creates a delightful treat that will disappear in no time. Give this easy homemade Christmas candy recipe a try!
21. Peanut butter snowballs
Not only is this one of the yummiest Christmas candy recipes, but Peanut Butter Snowballs are also an easy no-bake option! Only six ingredients and 30 minutes of your time are needed 'til you can indulge in this Christmas classic.
22. Hershey's kiss pretzels
Hershey's Kiss Pretzels are a great idea for any holiday party! I guarantee your guests will love the sweet and salty dessert—it doesn't usually last long in my house.
The simple recipe only requires three ingredients, making it an easy and affordable way to provide sweets for a large crowd.
23. Rolo Turtle pretzels
Rolo Turtle Pretzels combine caramelly candy and salty pretzels for a treat you won't be able to stop eating.
Simply place each Rolo on top of a pretzel, bake, and add a pecan. Trust me, it actually is that easy.
Check out the post for tips and other things to know when making this deliciously addicting Christmas candy recipe.
24. No Bake Oreo Balls
You don't need to turn on the oven to enjoy scrumptious No Bake Oreo Balls. The rich chocolate flavor and cream cheese blend together perfectly in this easy recipe.
Feel free to get creative and top it off with some colorful rainbow sprinkles to make the yummy treat even more appealing!
25. 3 Ingredient Homemade Fudge
Easy Homemade Fudge couldn't be simpler to make. With only three ingredients and four steps, you and your family can enjoy the nostalgic taste of fudge that has been special to my family for generations!
26. Homemade buckeyes
I enjoy making classic Homemade Buckeyes to treat my family and friends. It's a fun activity to involve the kids, and they don't have to wait too long before they can enjoy the dessert!
If you like chocolate peanut butter cups, this is the treat for you. Once you taste a homemade buckeye, you'll never go back to store-bought!
27. Chocolate Covered Cherries
You can't go wrong with these boozy Chocolate Covered Cherries! Soaked in bourbon, wrapped in white chocolate fondant, THEN dipped in chocolate.
Can they possibly get more decadent? A showstopper for sure!
Santa's favorites are also some of mine—we love to create these festive, over-the-top holiday desserts as a family. Whether it's a fun activity during Christmas break or making a show-stopper piece for a holiday party dessert table, these ideas always impress and excite!
28. Graham cracker gingerbread house
Skip the shopping and get right to the fun part. Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses are easy to make with ingredients you can get at the store.
All ages can get involved, and since you don't have to bake the gingerbread, even parents will enjoy the relaxed, fun holiday activity!
29. Sugar cone Christmas trees
Sugar Cone Christmas Trees look amazing on a dessert table, and they're such a fun activity to enjoy together with the kids.
Plus, these festive trees have a secret. Remove the "tree" from its sugar cookie base to reveal presents underneath—delicious candy for everyone to enjoy!
30. Christmas wreath cupcakes
These Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are full of festive charm. They are made with moist vanilla cupcakes, topped with buttercream icing, and decorated with beautiful holiday sprinkles.
They are an absolute favorite at my Christmas parties. I'm often asked to share the recipe with friends who also want to make an easy, adorable treat during the holiday season.
31. Santa hat brownies
I love that these Santa Hat Brownies are topped with fresh strawberries, adding a fruity twist to the rich, fudgy treat. This easy recipe is sure to become a new yearly tradition for your family!
Pro Tip: Start off with premade brownie bites and you won't even have to cook or bake anything.
32. Snowman Soup Recipe
Who doesn't crave a cup of hot cocoa when the weather is chilly? I always look forward to making Snowman Soup as a creative little gift (especially for teachers!) during the most wonderful time of the year.
It's a fun and low-cost treat that you can enjoy making together as a family while listening to your favorite Christmas songs—a sweet bonding moment for everyone involved!
33. Grinch Charcuterie Board
This Christmas Charcuterie Board is decorated to look like the Grinch—a fun centerpiece for any holiday party! With a mix of fresh fruit, salty pretzels, and sweet candy, it has something for everyone to graze on.
Just be sure to snap a photo before the guests dig in—this one goes quickly!
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes Your Friends & Family Will Love
The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in some delicious cookies with your loved ones. Whether you're baking for a party or just for fun, these easy Christmas cookie recipes are sure to please. There is something for everyone on this list.
One of the great things about these recipes is that they're simple to make, so even if you're not an experienced baker, you can still impress your friends and family with homemade treats.
So, why not get into the holiday spirit by whipping up a batch of yummy cookies or homemade candy? Your loved ones will thank you for it, and you'll have a blast making them together.
Happy baking—and happy holidays!