50 Old Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without cookies! Today, I’m sharing a list of more than FIFTY Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipes that are popular on my site and perfect for the holidays. From buttery shortbread to ginger to chocolate chip, we have a little something for everyone! Whether you’re baking for others or yourself, I recommend ALL of these Christmas Cookies.

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50+ Old Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipes to Try This Season!

I thought I’d pull together a list of 50+ Old Fashioned Cookies from my site that are 100% amazing and festive for the holidays! As we get closer and closer to Christmas special occasions, we are all scrambling to find the right recipes for family, friends, neighbors, and Santa! There is bound to be one or two recipes that will give you sweet dreams.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas Desserts if you’re looking for some sweet treats that aren’t cookies that the whole family will enjoy!

That’s right, 50+ Christmas Cookie Recipes to enjoy all season long! From classic Christmas cookies to cookies that are a little outside the Christmas Cookie Box!

Let’s dive into grandma’s recipe box for her classic recipes and Happy Holiday Baking! 🙂


Table of Contents

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The recipe card for each cookie can be found by clicking the linked titles below. Happy Holidays!

Ginger Based

Gingerbread Cookies

Lightly spicy and buttery cookies, these Gingerbread Cookies aren’t too bitter or too sweet, and are soft all the way through. Pair with my Royal Icing Recipe! Perfect for a holiday cookie exchange!

ginger cookies stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Ginger Cookies aka Gingerdoodles!

These soft-baked Ginger Cookies, or Gingerdoodles, are the quintessential classic Christmas cookie! Chewy, buttery, and full of warm spices that will get you into the Holiday spirit this Christmas.

gingerdoodle sandwich cookies

Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

These Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies are a Ginger Cookie and Snickerdoodle mix that are soft, chewy and so delicious! Filled with Cinnamon Buttercream – the perfect holiday cookie.

gingerbread bar with cream cheese frosting on a plate

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you’re planning on making treats for neighbors or loved ones this holiday season, these soft and chewy Gingerbread Bars, are perfect for holiday parties.


Shortbread Cookies in a white bowl

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Get perfect Shortbread Cookies every time with this buttery, yet sweet Shortbread Cookie recipe. Just in time for Christmas Cookie exchanges!

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies are slightly sweet, buttery delights formed with a cookie press and decorated perfectly for your holiday cookie tray! Get out the food coloring, because with these festive and endlessly customizable cookies, they are sure to be a big hit at your Christmas party!

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies

These festive Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies are turned into wreaths and topped with powdered sugar and a candied cherry! If you’re looking for a unique Christmas Cookie – this is it!

Vanilla Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

These Vanilla Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are sweet and tender. The vanilla extract complements the jam and the optional glaze is gorgeous and so Christmasy!

christmas shortbread cookies filled with jam and topped with icing

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are so easy and delicious! Fill the middle with anything from strawberry jam to Nutella! Enjoy!

Peanut Butter

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms are the quintessential cookie for the holidays! They are the perfect combination of sweet, soft, and peanut buttery goodness! I can SMELL these baking in grandma’s kitchen!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy, and what dreams are made of! Sweet and a little salty too, you will never need another peanut butter cookie recipe. 

Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies are warm peanut butter cookies, stuffed with Nutella and sprinkled with a little salt.

peanut butter toffee cookies on a plate with milk

Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies are so soft and chewy with little hints of toffee and chocolate throughout! You will absolutely LOVE these for holiday cookie exchanges!

Sugar Cookies

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Bakery Soft Sugar Cookies

These soft, frosted Sugar Cookies are just what you’re looking for! Bakery-style cookies topped with frosting and sprinkles. Perfect for Santa!

star shaped sugar cookie leaning on a glass of milk with other shaped sugar cookies in the background

Cut-Out Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

These Cut-Out Cookies are flavored with vanilla bean! They are easy to cut out, hold their shape after baking, and yield soft and chewy sugar cookies. Perfect for making and decorating with the kiddos!

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Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

Create a beautifully decorated pan of Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars that will feed a crowd! They look fancy, but it’s a simple recipe that couldn’t be easier!

Sugar Cookies on parchment paper drizzled with pink icing

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe

Need a quick and easy cookie fix? Try these super simple chewy Sugar Cookies! Only a few pantry ingredients and 10 minutes are needed. You’re just one small pot away from the chewiest, sweetest, and most amazing sugar cookies EVER!

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Copycat Swig Sugar Cookies

I love these big, thick, soft Copycat Swing Sugar Cookies! Pressed down with a glass, softly baked then topped with a light pink buttercream, you too will fall in love with these cookies this Christmas!

Cinnamon Based


Snickerdoodle Cookies

You’ll never need another Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe after this one! These old-fashioned cookies have slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, just how they should be. Snickerdoodle heaven.

snickerdoodle waffle cookies

Snickerdoodle Waffle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Waffle Cookies are quickly “baked” in a waffle iron! And they’re extra amazing drizzled with cream cheese glaze! Kinda like Snickerdoodle Cookies but in waffle form. Perfect for Christmas goodie plates!

snickerdoodle bars stacked on top of each other

Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars are seriously addicting! All the things you love about snickerdoodles plus soft caramel in the middle!

Cinnamon Roll Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

If you don’t have the time to make cinnamon rolls, make these Cinnamon Roll Cookies! Chewy cookies that are soft and very sweet! Perfect for any holiday occasion.

Butterscotch Cookies

Cinnamon Butterscotch Cookies

These Butterscotch Cookies are soft baked, sweet, and comforting. Plus they’re so simple and easy to make, all cookies should be this good this holiday season!


hand holding an oatmeal cookie

Oatmeal Cookies

Soft and chewy, this is a classic recipe for Oatmeal Cookies. Filled with butter, sugar, lots of oatmeal, and a ton of sweet flavor. Enjoy them plain, add in raisins or chocolate chips or make them into Oatmeal Cream Pies

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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

These delicious Apple Oatmeal Cookies are topped with creamy brown butter frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s like apple pie meats oatmeal cookie, perfect as a yummy holiday treat!

pile of oatmeal cream pies

Oatmeal Cream Pies

These Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cream Pies are easy to make and so much better than store-bought! Soft baked Oatmeal Cookies sandwiched with a simple marshmallow buttercream filling. So sweet, comforting, and classically delicious. You will love these.

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies are like three cookies all rolled into one(Oatmeal CookiesPeanut Butter Cookies, and Double Chocolate M&M Cookies)! Filled with oats, peanut butter, and M&Ms, these will have you coming back for more. All the goodies we love about cookies in one glorious sweet treat! Kids love these and I bet Santa will too!

Chocolate Chip

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Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft baked, extra sweet with two kinds of chocolate, and nearly impossible to ruin.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling wrack

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are oh so gooey and so good! Bite into a perfect mix of sweet, salty, and chocolatey! 

brown butter chocolate chip cookie on a cooling wrack

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will die over Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft and chewy and delicious. Our of all the Christmas cookie recipes on this list, this is one of the most popular.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are simple yet so magical. Eat warm with a cold glass of milk and enjoy yourself!

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

If you like a lot of goodies in your cookies, then these chewy Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are perfect!

Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are laced with tons of dark chocolate which takes them right over the top! They are similar to my Chocolate Chip Cookies but with brown butter and chocolate chunks instead of chips. So good, make a double batch!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars stacked on top of one another on a white plate

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Soft and chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe! Filled with mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, and walnuts. Basically Chocolate Chip Cookies but way easier!

Chocolate Based

Chocolate Cookies on a cooling wrack

Double Chocolate Cookies

This Double Chocolate Cookies recipe is also known as the chewiest chocolate cookies made in a pot on the stove!! The easiest recipe ever!!

snickers cookie

Chocolate Snickers Cookies

I’m not sure there’s any better cookie than these chewy Chocolate Snickers Cookies! A simple chocolate cookie dough with lots of candy bar pieces stirred in and gently baked to give you big, fat, chewy decadent Snickers cookies! You’re gonna love them and Santa will too!

chocolate fudge Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

These Chocolate Fudge Cookies are everything that is right in the world. Soft, sweet, so easy to make (made with cake mix)! A fun add to any holiday cookie plate!

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No Bake Cookies

This No Bake Cookies recipe has been in my husband’s family for the last 50 years! You only need one pot and ten minutes to make them. A sweet holiday dessert everyone loves!

cocoa mocha cookies

Mocha Cookies

Chewy, double chocolate cookies with a hint of coffee flavor. These Mocha Cookies will knock your socks off this holiday season!

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Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Cocoa powder, two kinds of chocolate chips with a chewy cookie base makes these Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies pretty amazing. Basically my incredible Homemade Brownie Recipe in cookie form!

chocolate peanut butter chip cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are a classic, soft-baked chocolate cookie with lots of peanut butter chips folded in and pressed into the cookies before baking. Chewy, salty and sweet, these cookies have it all! Perfect for Christmas or New Years Parties!

Peppermint and Candy Canes

Candy Cane Cookies stacked on top of each other on a white plate

Candy Cane Cookies

These Candy Cane Cookies are adapted from my Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe. They are absolutely divine. Simple, sweet, soft, and most of all, the perfect amount of peppermint flavor. Perfect for Christmas!

triple-chocolate-candy-cane-cookies with candy canes

Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

These Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies are the perfect Christmas Cookie! Soft, chewy, extra pepperminty, and laden with lots of chocolate! Totally decadent dessert for the holidays.

chocolate-mint-cookies with bites taken out

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Cookies are chewy, sweet and SO addicting!  Filled with my favorite mint truffle Hershey’s Kisses, these soft and minty cookies are so easy and so fabulous. You will LOVE ’em! The ultimate Christmas cookie recipe!


cranberry orange cookies on white plate

Cranberry Orange Cookies

These Cranberry Orange Cookies are a new holiday favorite! Simple to make in one bowl, soft-baked to perfection with the perfect amount of tang and chewy sweet goodness. All the flavors of Christmas in one cookie!

homemade red velvet oreo cookies on a plate

Homemade Red Velvet Oreos

These Red Velvet Oreos will blow you away! They are soft, sweet, and have the lightest cocoa flavor that will knock your socks off! Of course, all inspired by Classic Red Velvet Cake.

red hot crinkle cookies

Red Hot Cookies

Red Hot Cookies are sweet, spicy, chewy, basically perfect cookies. Great for holiday gifting and/or hoarding!

sweet potato cookies on parchment paper dusted with powdered sugar

Sweet Potato Cookies with Homemade Streusel

Sweet Potato Cookies are soft and lightly spiced cookies make with mashed sweet potato, topped with homemade streusel and powdered sugar. A spice cookie that’s perfect for the holiday season!

Butterfinger Reese's Pieces Cookie on parchment paper

Butterfinger Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Butterfinger Reese’s Pieces Cookies are made in one pot, baked soft, and feature peanut butter, chocolate, Reese’s pieces, and a Butterfinger bar. So festive for the holidays!

chocolate and vanilla cake mix cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Incredibly soft, these Cake Mix Cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Only 4 ingredients are needed to whip up a batch with endless flavor combinations. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to these cookies! Delicious with crockpot hot chocolate or eggnog for the holidays!

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Amaretti Cookies

With a crispy exterior and soft interior, these Italian almond flavored Amaretti Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies!

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Coconut Macaroons

This easy Coconut Macaroons recipe is perfectly soft and chewy on the inside while crisp and toasty on the outside. Chocolate is optional. A fancy holiday treat option!

coconut cookies on cooling rack

Coconut Cookies

These Coconut Cookies will make you swoon! Soft, chewy and loaded with coconut goodness, these will become your new addiction! 

Let me know in the comments if you plan on giving away delicious Christmas Cookies this year and which old fashioned Christmas cookie recipe you’ll be making! Merry Christmas, friends!


If you make these recipes, I would really appreciate it if you would give them a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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14 Responses
  1. Dee

    These all look so delicious — I think I will attempt to make some!!
    Happy Holidays Lauren!

    Also, what cookie cutters do you use?

    Best regards

  2. Heidi Hinman

    5 stars
    Ever since you posted the recipe, I have made the Christmas Funfetti Cake Batter Truffles every Christmas. Then, because they were so popular, they got adapted for office birthday parties, family gatherings at Easter, dyed green for St Patrick’s day, etc. So, thanks for making ALL my get togethers more special! I love all the other goodies too!

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  4. Evi

    The recipe “Slice ‘n Bake Chewy Sugar Cookies” that I discovered in this post, have no Instructions and I think there are more things missing. Will you check this please? Thank you

  5. Danielle

    5 stars
    I make your June’s Shortbread Cookies all the time, except I usually fill them with Nutella!! 😍 Recently, a friend returned from Argentina and brought back some amazing dulce de leche which promptly turned into another batch of these delicious cookies!!