Holiday baking season means lots of cookies, and we have plenty of great Christmas cookie recipes, tips, and tricks to share. Consider this guide your Christmas cookie HQ, where you’ll find everything you need to pull off perfect sweets Santa himself would no doubt endorse (and immediately devour).
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Everything that’s worthy of a spot on your cookie plate.
We love all our
children Christmas cookie recipes equally…but here are some of our most festive, from classic sugar cookies to a new twist on chocolate chips. See our must-make Christmas cookie recipes.
No time for complicated cookies (or no confidence in your baking skills)? We developed these no-fail, no-fuss Christmas cookie recipes for just such scenarios. Get our easy Christmas cookie recipes.
There’s one for everyone on this list, but if you love all cookies, we’re sorry; you’ll have a hard time choosing. See the best chocolate chip cookie recipes.
A very merry keto Christmas can still include cookies, as long as you have the right recipes and ingredients (since flour and sugar are both out). Check out the best keto Christmas cookie recipes to bake.
If sugar’s not an issue for you but gluten would wreck your halls, bake these gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes and rejoice.
Cornflake wreath cookies dyed green with food coloring are cute and all, but these pistachio-raspberry cookies are much more refined and just as festive.
These multilayered confections are much easier to make than you might think, and too delicious (and jolly) not to bake. See how to make Italian rainbow cookies.
They look like little snowballs, and they melt away almost as quickly, whether you make them with almonds or pecans. Get the Mexican wedding cookie recipe for your holiday dessert spread.
And see all of our holiday cookie recipes if you’re still hungry for more.
Cookie Tips & Tricks
Expert advice on making your cookies the best they can be (and how to avoid disasters).
These pitfalls are easy to make but even easier to avoid when you know what they are (and why they’re bad). See our guide on how to avoid holiday baking disaster.
Ready to level up? Take your cookies (and cakes, and anything else you bake) into a whole new world with these best baking ingredients.
Some people crave thin, crisp chocolate chip cookies. If you’re not one of them, see how to make chewy chocolate chip cookies (and stock up on milk, stat).
So simple, yet so easy to screw up. If your last batches have been blah, see how to make sugar cookies better.
One way to jazz up cookies is to ice them with adorable designs. With tips from an expert, you too can wield a piping bag like you’re a contestant on a holiday baking show. See how to ice Christmas cookies like a pro.
Even if you’re not into royal icing, there are lots of other ways to make your cookies look as amazing as they taste. See our tips on how to decorate Christmas cookies no matter what your skill level.
Sending some love to far-away friends and fam? Don’t ruin all your hard work by packing your cookies the wrong way or shipping them too late. See how to mail Christmas cookies (and when you need to send them).
A poor baker really might be able to blame their tools—so here are the ones you’ll need to perfect your game.
If you’re even semi-serious about baking, you’ll need these pieces of equipment in your arsenal. See our guide to the best baking tools.
This is not a trick question, and using the right one can make a difference in your cookies. Learn about the difference between cookie sheets and sheet pans.
From intricate snowflakes and retro cookie stamps to 3D trees and leg lamps, these are the best Christmas cookie cutters to buy online.
Clarifying the finer points to ensure your baking is a success.
Sometimes, but the key is knowing how each kind affects your baked goods. Read more about swapping brown sugar and white sugar, with some bonus info on powdered sugar and turbinado sugar too.
If it’s turned into one rock-hard lump, don’t panic—or throw it in the trash. See how to soften brown sugar.
This is important, so read up on baking powder vs baking soda (and see how to tell when it’s time to toss them).
You’ll want to line your cookie sheets with something, but which one of these is better? Find out who wins in the battle of parchment paper vs silicone baking mats.
Have you noticed more kinds of vanilla extract in the baking aisle and wondered how exactly they stack up? Read about the most common types of vanilla to bake with.
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