The Sweetest Season 2016: 40+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

Not sure what you’re baking for family, friends and Santa this year? Here are 40+ Christmas Cookie Recipes to help you decide. 

40+ Christmas Cookie Recipes to celebrate the holidays. There's something for everyone's tastes and special diets. #sweetestseasoncookies (via

Every year since I started blogging (almost three whole years ago — what?!), my friend Erin from The Speckled Palate has invited me to participate in her big, virtual Christmas cookie party, The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange.

And every year, I’ve shared a recipe I love to make at the holidays:

I don’t really remember how I first met Erin, only that we immediately bonded over our mutual love for cookies. This year, I jumped in to help her plan and execute this incredible week. (But really, cheers to her for all the heavy lifting and fabulous ideas.)

This week is always a lovely celebration of the best part of the holidays. It’s so neat to see my fellow food bloggers — some I know and some I don’t — come together to share their favorite holiday stories and recipes.

Erin and I are so excited to share this year’s 40+ Christmas Cookie Recipes today. We’ve linked them all up below — click through to see the recipes, then pin + enjoy! Happy baking!

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This recipe is part of The Sweetest Season, an annual virtual cookie swap co-hosted by Erin of The Speckled Palate and myself. Every year, we get a big group of food bloggers together to share new holiday cookie recipes.

This year we are raising money for Cookies 4 Kids’ Cancer, which is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for new, innovative and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer.

This season, OXO will be matching every dollar raised through Dec. 31, 2023, up to $100,000. Whatever money we raise will automatically double on our fundraising page!

Brownies & Bar Cookies

Coffee Porter Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Beer Girl Cooks

Coffee Porter Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Beer Girl Cooks, as seen above

Healthy Magic Cookie Bars from simple and savory

Orange Cranberry Bars from The Speckled Palate

Quadruple Chocolate Decadent Brownie from An Oregon Cottage

Cutout/Shaped Cookies

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies from The Beach House Kitchen

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies from The Beach House Kitchen, as seen above

Cardamom Ginger Cat Gingerbread Cookies from Feast + West

Chocolate Shortbread Snowflakes from Thoroughly Nourished Life

Christmas Cookie Pops from A Savory Feast

German Chocolate Cookie Cups from The Crumby Cupcake

Gluten Free Vanilla Sugar Cookies from The Petit Gourmet

Mint Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees from Hey There Sunshine

Nana’s Anise Pierniki from The Crumby Cupcake

Paleo Peppermint Oreos (Gluten-Free) from 40 Aprons

Salted Caramel Coconut Biscotti from The Crumby Cupcake

Sugar-Free Gingerbread Cookies from Wholesome Yum

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies from The Speckled Palate

Drop Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from The Secret Ingredient Is

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from The Secret Ingredient Is, as seen above

Bakery Style Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies from The Culinary Compass

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Thumbprints from The Secret Ingredient Is

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Meatloaf and Melodrama

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from Simply Whisked

No Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies from The Speckled Palate

Hand-Formed Cookies

Simple Six Ingredient Peppermint Crinkle Cookies // A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Simple Six Ingredient Peppermint Crinkle Cookies from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen, as seen above

Caramel Surprise Cookies from Our Life Inspired

Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake

Chocolate Chip Macaroons from 2 Cookin Mamas

Chocolate Cookie Pies with Candy Cane Buttercream from Glisten and Grace

Chocolate Italian Meatball Cookies from Ciao Chow Bambina

Gingerbread White Chocolate Earthquake Cookies from Thoroughly Nourished Life

Gingernut Cookies from My Gorgeous Recipes

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles (Vegan) from Strength and Sunshine

Grandma’s Oatmeal Triblys from The Schmidty Wife

Maraschino Cherry Cookies from Thrifty Jinxy

Pecan Pie Shortbread Cookies from The Emotional Baker

Peppermint Cheesecake Cookie Cups from I Dig Pinterest

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies from Everyday Made Fresh

Poppy Seed Kiss Cookies from Hello Little Home

Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane from Girl Heart Food

Other Cookies

Mascarpone Cookie Cake from Brunch-n-Bites

Mascarpone Cookie Cake from Brunch-n-Bites, as seen above

Butterscotch Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie from No Spoon Necessary

Pumpkin Spice Pizzelles from Joybilee Farm

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  1. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says

    1. You are too freakin’ sweet.
    2. I’m so lucky to have met you, however we met. (Blogsgiving? Maybe?)
    3. I’m so lucky you helped me out this year.
    4. Real life cookie exchange soon?
    5. You’re a rockstar! Thank you for all you do and for being FABULOUS and supportive and an incredible friend!

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