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posted: 11/17/15

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This is a great resource for Christmas Cookie Baking! If you aren’t sure where to start, you have come to the right place.

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There are so many things that I love about the holiday season . . . . decorating, the Christmas music, the giddiness of my kids as we do each and every holiday tradition, the first snow fall, wrapping presents, the filling of the Advent calendar, the talking about the meaning of the season, the quality time with family and friends . . .

The baked goods.

You guys, I LOVE holiday baking. It’s like everything I just mentioned wrapped up in a delicious treat, plus I do it with friends, so it’s extra amazing! I have some go to family favorites that I make every year, but I like to mix it up and make something new too. 

If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to baking, you have come to the right place!

Classic Christmas Cookies

You can’t go wrong with classic Christmas cookies! Our absolute favorite are these Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies. They are a family recipe and my go to.

Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

This Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe is going to be your new go to Christmas cookie. They are easy to make, soft, delicious, and hold their shape every single time.
overhead view of a lot of soft cut out sugar cookies that have been frosted and decorated

Gingerbread Cookies

These Gingerbread Cookies make for the cutest Gingerbread Men. They’re soft, keep their shape and have the perfect spice!

Gingerbread House Recipe

This Gingerbread House Recipe is the perfect fun recipe to make this holiday season. With my easy to follow step by step gingerbread house instructions, this will become your new favorite tradition.
picture of beautifully decorated gingerbread house recipe

Perfect for Santa’s Plate

Though these cookies are perfect all year long, when you are looking to put out a cookie tray at the holidays, these make great additions.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies are the perfect trip back to childhood with a crisp outside, soft chewy inside, and perfect mixture of chocolate and peanut butter.
a close up photo of a peanut butter blossom - crisp peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss buried into the top

Molasses Cookies

This Molasses Cookie recipe are soft and chewy with the perfect combination of spices. They are a must make holiday cookie that everyone will love.
close up overhead photo of ginger molasses cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie. These are super easy to make and are great for adding to cookie boxes. Make a double batch!
Side view of a stack of four Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with a bite taken out of the top cookie

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

These old fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, and have the best peanut butter flavor.
close up of a pile of peanut butter cookies

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

This Sugar Cookie Recipe stands the test of time. Crisp on the outside, but buttery soft on the inside, this is a family favorite!
several sugar cookies piled on each other on wax paper which is on a blue cloth napkin

M&M Cookies

jump to recipe These M&M Cookies are absolutely perfect! They are soft and chewy with the right amount of buttery goodness and an M&M in each bite.
stack of six mm cookies with the top one missing a bite

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, exactly the way you would want them to be.
stack of oatmeal raisin cookies on a marble countertop with more on a cooling rack in the background

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies are a favorite for me around the holidays because they are typically so quick. And, they are a great way to get kids helping!

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are so easy to make and are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They are going to be your new go-to treat when you need a chocolate fix.
Photo of a stack of No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with a bite taken out of the top cookie.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are always a hit! These easy no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies only take 15 minutes to make, and everyone loves them.d
pile of six peanut butter no bake cookies, up close with a dark background

No Bake Biscoff Cookie Recipe

This No Bake Biscoff Cookie recipe is going to rock your world. Made in the same fashion as our Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies, these will quickly become a favorite in your family.
stack of No Bake Biscoff Cookie with no bake biscoff cookies sitting in background

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies come together with a few simple ingredients in about 10 minutes. An easy no bake cookie to make and even easier to eat.
a stack of coconut chocolate peanut butter cookies

No Bake Treats

No reason to stop with cookies when it comes to no bakes! We have so many great no bake treats that we love to make around the holidays!

Rum Balls

These Rum Balls are a family recipe and Christmas tradition you will fall in love with. Easy to make and easier to eat, you will love this no bake recipe.
a bowl full of rum balls

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

This Chocolate Peppermint Bark is such an easy delicious treat! Whip up a batch in just a few minutes. This white chocolate peppermint bark is the perfect neighbor gift, or something to have out at holiday parties!

Peanut Butter Balls

These amazing no-bake Peanut Butter Balls involve only four ingredients. They have the perfect consistency and, with a taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup, they are irresistible.
Photo of Peanut Butter Balls with a bite taken out.

Christmas Puppy Chow

Christmas Puppy Chow is going to be your new favorite spin on Muddy Buddies. So easy to make and extra festive, this is a fun dessert that no one will be able to resist.
Bowl of Christmas puppy chow

Haystack Cookies

Haystack Cookies are such a fun easy no bake treat. Grab the kids to make this haystack recipe, they will love it!
close up of a haystack cookie with peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate chips blurred in the background

Mint Oreo Bark

Mint Oreo Bark is my husband’s absolute favorite holiday treat. It is only four ingredients and is always the first to go on dessert plates!
stack of pieces of mint Oreo bark

Mint Chocolate Truffles

Mint Chocolate Truffles are such an easy treat. Cure your chocolate cravings with this four-ingredient chocolate truffle.
a pyramid of mint chocolate truffles on a white plate

Bar Recipes

Bar Recipes are the best because they comes together so fast! There is no rolling or scooping. They are perfect for holiday gifting.

Mint Chocolate Brownies

These Mint Chocolate Brownies are easy to make and are a family favorite. Chewy chocolate brownies topped with a cool mint frosting and more chocolate on top, these babies are hard to resist!

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are a dessert that everyone will fall in love with. This recipe is so much better than from the bakery and are melt in your mouth delicious.
a close up of a lemon bar on parchment paper

Magic Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are the one classic treat that you must have in your recipe box. These seven layer bars are easy to make, and perfect for gifting.

Death by Chocolate Brownies

These Death by Chocolate Brownies are going to quickly become your newest passion. They are almost too easy to make and you’ll never be able to eat just one.
a stack of four chocolate brownies with the top one missing a bite

Peanut Butter Bars

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are a classic recipe that your whole family will love! Easy to make, six ingredients, and melt in your mouth good!
stack of five peanut butter chocolate bars, top one has a bite out of it


This Scotcheroos recipe is perfection. It has a soft, chewy base, and the perfect combination of butterscotch and chocolate on top. Your family won’t be able to resist this perfect treat.
Photo of a stack of Scotcheroos with a bite taken out of the top Scotcheroo

Baileys Brownies

These Baileys Brownies have a deep chocolate fudge flavor with the perfect amount of Baileys Irish Cream in the brownie and the decadent frosting.

Blondie Recipe

My Blondie recipe is the most delicious bar recipe. Easy to make and even easier to eat, this is your family’s new favorite dessert!
Side view of a stack of Blondie brownies with a bite taken out of the top brownie. White chocolate chips beside stack.

Fudge Recipes

Fudge is perfect to make for the holidays. I have so many great spins you can find here: Fudge Recipes. Below you will find just a few of the ones I love around the holidays.

Easy Fudge Recipe

This Easy Fudge Recipe is the easiest way to make chocolate fudge. You only need three ingredients; it turns out so smooth and delicious.
a four level high pyramid of chocolate fudge

Eggnog Fudge

This Eggnog Fudge is so easy and melts in your mouth. You will want to make it every year for the holidays.

Rum Chata Fudge Recipe

Rum Chata Fudge is such an easy fudge recipe that is perfect for all your favorite grown ups. Creamy and full of delicious cinnamon flavor, this fast treat will be a favorite!
a pile of white rum Chata fudge on a wood board, with cinnamon sticks next to it, two tall shot glasses full of rum Chata in the background and a bottle of rum Chata in the distance

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge is only four ingredients and comes together in about five minutes! You need this peanut butter fudge recipe in your life.
a pile of easy peanut butter fudge in a small blue dish

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge is so easy to make, and absolutely delicious. This Candy Cane Fudge is going to be the hit of every holiday dessert tray.
pieces of peppermint fudge

Bailey’s Fudge

This Bailey’s Fudge is easy to make, tastes absolutely delicious, and is the perfect amount of rich amazingness!

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Nancy @ Toaster Oven Planet says

    Thanks Lisa for such awesome ideas. All the recipes are looking yummy! I must try triple chocolate turtle cookies for my 4-year old Emma. She loves chocolate very much.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Those do look good! Enjoy Nancy!

  2. Colleen says

    Now this is a fun list of Christmas Cookies! I’ve got a few cookie recipes up on my blog, Bakes and Blunders, that are great for the holidays, but this is an impressive, comprehensive list here. Thanks for the post!

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