Christmas Cookie Recipes That'll Definitely Level Up Your Holiday Game

plate of christmas cookies

We know, we know: you make the SAME cookies every year, and every single person loves them. But if you’re itching to try out a new recipe (or five), consider these tasty — not to mention adorably cute — options.

1. Jolly Old Saint Nick

santa cookie

Santa is the star of this holiday, so he definitely deserves a Christmas cut-out cookie in his likeness. If you’re making a big batch, save yourself tons of time by outlining all your cookies first, then flooding them one after the other.


2. Run, Run Rudolph

reindeer cookie

The most famous reindeer of all is even more lovable in dessert form. And his magic’s all in that bright red nose: Use flood icing to pipe it on, then add a white teardrop to the tip for extra shine.


3. Round It Out

wreath cookie

This Christmas wreath cookie is red, green and merry all over! The design is also really forgiving: With so many leaves, each one doesn’t need to be perfect. Pipe the greenery in three rows, then add details like berries and a bow.


4. In the ‘Hood

gingerbread house cookie

Elaborate 3D gingerbread houses are oh-so-fun to make and display, but let’s be honest: they’re not always that delicious to eat. So when it’s time for a sweet treat, opt for the cookie version instead. (And, yes, you can still pile it high with your fave candy decor!)

5. Say It With Spritz

christmas cookies There’s no time like the holidays to break out that cookie press! But any old dough won’t do: you gotta have a recipe with lots of butter and some milk. (Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to make it — there’s even a gluten-free spritz cookie dough recipe.)

6. Let It Snow

snowflake cookies

Snowy sweet treats = a guaranteed white Christmas. To make these pretty snowflake cookies, simply start with a layer of smooth blue run-sugar icing, then add piped details with white royal icing.


7. Tree Trimmings

ornament christmas cookie

Christmas ornaments, but make ‘em marbled! This impressive look is easier than you think: you’ll use a wet-on-wet technique to add your colors before grabbing a scribe tool to create the pretty pattern. Let it all dry, then add details like a border and hook. So festive!


8. Shortbread Fun

shortbread cookies

Everyone loves shortbread cookies during the holidays, and this gluten-free version is just as good as the original. Just be careful not to add too much flour as you roll out each one, as that can make the cookies super dry.


9. Frosty the Cookie

snowman cookies on a white plate

Use a round cookie cutter to trim a snowy face and blue hat, then add cheery details for the most fun snowman cookie around! We’re especially fond of his “knit” hat, which is made by rolling a ball of fondant in sprinkles! (PS: If you’re on a snowman roll⁠ — get it? ⁠— ya might as well whip up some frosty cupcakes, too.)


10. Sweater Weather

sweater cookies

Ugly sweaters may be all the rage, but we’re all about making cuter versions in cookie form! Nail the real-knit look by mixing piping techniques like beads, zigzags and overlapping hearts.


11. Spice Is Nice

holiday spice cookies

These classic holiday spice cookies (aka spekulatius) have an extra-special ingredient: browned butter! Melting the butter until it’s browned gives it a nutty scent, and when you add it to your batter you’re basically guaranteed to have the most drool-worthy cookies in town.


12. Giftable Goodness

cookie gift tag

What’s better than a thoughtful gift? One topped with a homemade cookie! Use a Tappits cutter set to personalize these Christmas cookie gift tags with a name or message, then nestle them right under the tree.


13. Snow Good

snow cookies

You don’t have to buy more cutters to create new cookie designs — you can just combine them together! This festive design is made using three letter cutters and a circle, but feel free to experiment with your own letters and shapes to make your own holiday greeting.


14. Beary Cute

bear cookie

What do you get when you combine a teddy bear and bell cookie cutters? This adorable Christmas bear! Add details with royal icing for the ultimate holiday treat.


15. Meringue Magic

colorful meringues

Stripe your bag, then pipe out the most gorgeous meringue cookies for the holidays! Make ‘em red and white to look like candy canes or blue for Hanukkah. Either way, they belong on your must-make list this season.


15. O Christmas Tree

christmas tree cookies

Pipe and flood your way to simple (but adorable) Christmas tree cookies that’ll look beautiful on your dessert platter. Plus, you’ll get to practice your wet-on-wet technique with simple ornament details.


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