These are 24 of the Best Christmas Cookies ever! You’re going to want all of these festive treats on your holiday cookie platters. From classic soft sugar cookies to spiced gingerbread, traditional Christmas cookie recipes, and loads more.
It’s that time of year again. The house is decked out with tinsel and lights. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” has officially defrosted (and will be on repeat until further notice). We’ve been curling up with mugs of Hot Chocolate on the daily. The holidays are HERE, people!
This is not a drill.
To top it all off, I’m back with even more of The BEST Christmas Cookie Recipes. This time, I have 24 of my most delicious, festive Christmas cookies ever to share. I can guarantee that I’ll be baking these non-stop this holiday season. You’ll find everything from perfect spritz cookies to cutout sugar cookies, and snickerdoodles to traditional recipes like Polish kolaczki and alfajores.
Plus, I’m sharing easy tips for arranging your holiday cookie platters, cookie storing and freezing instructions, and then some. Let’s just say, I’ve got you covered from head to mistletoe.
Ready for the ultimate collection of Christmas cookies to bake this year? You’ll find everything you need to fully stock your Christmas cookie platters in the list below.
Yes! Most cookie dough can be made 1-2 days ahead and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake it. Simply wrap the dough in question tightly in plastic wrap, or store it airtight in a container or zip-top bag in the fridge.
You can also freeze homemade cookie dough for up to 1 month. I’ve found the easiest way to freeze cookie dough is to portion it into balls beforehand, then pre-freeze the dough on a baking sheet. Afterward, transfer the solid dough balls to a freezer bag to store. Defrost frozen cookie dough balls in the fridge, then bake as directed!
With all these Christmas cookies flowing, presentation is key when you’re serving them up at the family holiday party. Below are my tips for putting together the best Christmas cookie platter.
Choose Your Cookies
Variety is the spice of life. It’s true, and variety is essential in a well-stocked holiday cookie plate. Make sure to use a mix of both traditional and creative cookies, in different shapes and sizes (cut-out cookies, drop cookies, cookie bars, cookie cups, etc.), as well as colors (red, white, green) and flavors (chocolate, vanilla, peppermint, etc).
You don’t want a whole platter of cookies that all look alike. Although, I’m sure they’d still be delicious. Just saying.
Have a Game Plan
Unless you plan on baking 20 types of holiday cookies to choose from (kudos if you do!), you’ll want to go into your cookie platter with, say, 4-5 sorts of cookies you’d like to include, with wiggle room for more (obviously). Here’s how to lay out a game plan leading up to the perfect cookie platter:
- Make a list of ingredients, and do one big shop where you can get everything you need to make your chosen cookie recipes.
- Set out a time for baking. You don’t have to bake all your cookies in one shot, but budget enough time so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute! Also, many cookie dough recipes can be made ahead (see above), so definitely keep that in mind when prepping for baking.
- Take allergies and diets into account. Planning ahead also allows us to cater to any potential dietary needs. If you know that some guests or cookie-platter recipients are gluten-free, dairy-free, etc., you can fit this into your game plan.
Assemble Your Cookie Trays
Whether you’re assembling a cookie platter for a party, or a cookie plate for gifting, it’s best to not make them up too far in advance. We don’t want stale cookies on our hands!
When you’re ready to assemble your cookie platters, arrange your assorted Christmas cookies as you see fit. You can group similar cookies together on the plate, or arrange different cookies at random – it’s totally up to you! Your plate is bound to turn out gorgeous.
You can also include other, non-cookie treats to spice up a cookie platter. Think Holiday Rum Balls, Homemade Turtles Candy, and Crock Pot Peppermint Pretzel Candy. Or, scatter around candy canes, Andes mints, Hershey’s Kisses, and more. Anything goes, really.
Once assembled, wrap your cookie platters tightly until you’re ready to serve or deliver them, so the cookies stay as fresh as possible.
If you have leftover cookies when all is said and done, storing them is easy! Most Christmas cookies are fine to store airtight at room temperature for a few days.
Of course, always make sure to read the instructions for each recipe just in case, as not all cookies have the same shelf life. Also, depending on the ingredients, some cookies might be better off stored in the fridge.
Like cookie dough (see above), most homemade Christmas cookies are also great to freeze! Store the cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag, using parchment paper to separate the layers as needed. Then, store the cookies frozen for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them on the counter whenever you’re craving a taste of the holidays!