Whether you’re attending a cookie exchange party or looking for a new, creative recipe, these 12 Christmas cookies are playful, festive and delicious!
1. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookie
Red velvet anything is acceptable year-round, but these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies are pretty and festive and covered in a glistening sugared dust, perfect for Christmastime. So this year, skip the regular thumbprint cookies and whip up a cream cheese red velvet batch for a holiday twist.
2. Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies
You had me at “gooey butter!” These spiced and tender Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies are made from scratch and will melt in your mouth. These are not your average sugar cookie (not that there’s anything wrong with those), so they’ll be a pleasant surprise at that holiday party or cookie exchange.
3. Slow Cooker Sea Salt Chocolate Almond Clusters
It’s not Christmas without nuts and chocolate. So we present these
Slow Cooker Sea Salt Chocolate Almond Clusters! With only four ingredients and made in the Crock Pot, these are so easy and delicious—and no baking required.
4. Apple Crisp Cookie Cups
I won’t lie, these take a lot of ingredients and time, so you have to be ready to dive into this recipe for Apple Crisp Cookie Cups! But trust us, these hand-held oatmeal cookie cups filled with homemade apple pie filling and topped with a sugar glaze are totally worth it.
5. Grinch Christmas Cookies
Grinch Christmas Cookies are the perfect treat for the kiddos! These green Christmas cookies with “three sizes too small” red hearts will delight children of all ages. And since they’re so easy to make using a box of vanilla cake mix, grown-ups will appreciate them just as much.
6. Stained Glass Cookies
How beautiful and creative are these Stained Glass Cookies? And they’re so much easier to make than they look. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, and crush up some cherry, apple and blue raspberry Jolly Rancher candies for the windows, and voila! A stunning cookie for all your upcoming parties.
7. Leg Lamp Christmas Cookies
These Leg Lamp Christmas Cookies are pretty frag-ee-lay, so be careful when handling them. Just kidding—the hardest part about this recipe is making frosting fishnets with a toothpick. But everyone will get a huge “kick” out of these cookies modeled after their favorite holiday movie.
8. Sparkly Pastel Meringue Wreath Ornament Cookies
Dainty and girly, these Sparkly Pastel Meringue Wreath Ornament Cookies really stand out among all the holiday red and green, and they only use four ingredients. But they’re still festive, and better yet—you can use them as decorations, and then eat them!
9. Jameson Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
With whiskey, mint and chocolate, we say these Jameson Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies totally pass as Christmas cookies (whether or not they were intended to be). You can actually taste the booze in this recipe, so any Irish whiskey fan will enjoy them.
10. Melted Snowman Bark
This Melted Snowman Bark made me laugh out loud. I love this idea and I’m sure kids would, too. And even though these aren’t necessarily “cookies,” white chocolate is delicious so we’re giving these a pass. And also, they’re just adorable.
11. Chai Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Glaze
These Chai Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Glaze takes sugar cookies to a whole new level. It’s the classy grown-up version, if you will. With a packet of chai tea for intense flavor and a powdered-sugar icing, these sweet treats do not mess around.
12. Polar Bear Cookies
With just four ingredients, but at max cuteness, we highly recommend these Polar Bear Cookies. They make a fun activity for you and the kiddos, and are even more fun to eat.