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38 Christmas Cookies To Make From Scratch  

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Tis the season for baking cookies from scratch! And one flavor just simply won’t do, you need a wide variety of Christmas cookie recipe ideas. We present you with 38 different variations to bake to perfection from eggnog shortbread, chai spice, chocolate peppermint, and more. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch

Sugar & Shortbread Cookies

  1. Eggnog Shortbread 

Eggnog Shortbread Cookies are a scrumptious treat that everyone will love. They take about 20 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook. The icing and gold luster dust are so appetizing and really pop on a dessert platter. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chai Eggnog With Buttercream 

Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies have a thick and creamy eggnog frosting that’s glorious for Christmas! This tasty baked dessert is made from scratch for ultimate flavor. You will get soft, chewy dough that is loaded with chai flavor. It’s great for using your leftover eggnog too!

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Stained Glass Cookies 

These stained glass Christmas cookies are so delightful you won’t believe they’re gluten free. You will adore the translucent colorful candy center. All you have to do is put the candies in a plastic bag and crush them up before starting the process. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Peppermint Sugar Cookies 

Peppermint Sugar Cookies are pretty treats with fun sprinkles. They’re bright, chewy, and soft with simple ingredients like; butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, and salt. For the royal icing you will need powdered sugar, meringue powder, water, glycerin, red luster dust, and peppermint extract. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Red & Green Sprinkles 

Festive and fun Christmas cookies made from scratch with a drop style and colorful sprinkles. Make sure to rest the dough because gluten free flour takes a little bit longer to absorb moisture. Author recommends using 1:1 GF baking flour and almond flour.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Christmas Lofthouse 

An epic Christmas dessert! Wonderful for gifts, cookie platters, parties and more. You can serve these up for brunch or late night snack. All you need is sugar, butter, eggs, sour cream, flour, baking soda, bacon powder, vanilla extract, and food coloring. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch

Thumbprint Cookies From Scratch

  1. Red & White Thumbprints

Red and white thumbprints are gluten-free and egg free using a vegan icing that only requires two ingredients. The natural food coloring is fun to use with your baked dessert. And the end result is thick, buttery, chewy, and soft. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Candy Cane Thumbprints

Take your classic thumbprints to the next level by making thumbprint candy cane kiss cookies. They are buttery with a peppermint Hershey’s kiss on top. All you need is butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and peppermint extracts, flour, baking soda, salt, milk, and crushed candy canes or peppermints. 

Simple holiday dessert
  1. Christmas Thumbprints 

Christmas Shortbread Thumbprints with Buttercream Icing for a fantastic Christmas cookie to make from scratch! They are buttery, sweet, and colorful with red and green sprinkles and buttercream frosting!

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints 

Who doesn’t love chocolate and peppermint at Christmas time? The combination of rich chocolate and minty peppermint makes a heavenly treat that is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. This dessert recipe is easy, chocolatey, festive, and perfect for any party platter. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Double Chocolate Thumbprints

Double chocolate thumbprint cookies are perfect for fudge lovers! Regardless of what your holiday plans are this year there’s always room for an easy dessert to serve for your loved ones. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Fudgy Thumbprints 

These fudgy thumbprints begin with a soft chocolate cookie dough base that’s studded with sprinkles and topped with a Hershey’s Kiss! The cocoa powder adds a heavenly rich flavor that everyone will love. Author recommends allowing the cookies to rest for at least two hours so the chocolate on top can sit properly. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Turtle Thumbprints 

Turtle thumbprint cookies are essentially a combination between chocolate turtles and chocolate thumbprint cookies! They are bursting with a soft, chewy, and pecan-clustered flavor. You won’t be able to resist the goodness so make a big batch. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Salted Caramel Cinnamon Thumbprints 

I love the combination of caramel and cinnamon! These Christmas cookies from scratch take 20 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook. You will need a sheet baking pan, a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a hand mixer or stand mixer, a small saucepan, a cooling rack, and a rubber spatula.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Gnome Thumbprints

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a delightful thumbprint cookie that looks like a cute little gnome! They’re super easy to make with soft peanut butter dough that’s rolled in sugar and topped with Hershey’s kisses. Great for kids and adults alike. 

Simple holiday dessert
Cookies shaped like a little Christmas gnomes with black and white swirled Hershey’s kiss at Christmas decor


  1. Red & White Pinwheels With Sprinkles 

Pinwheels are so pretty and look so intricate but they’re not hard to make at all. These Red and white ones with sprinkles are gluten-free too. The fun candy cane swirl design will be a hit with everyone on Christmas. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Red & Green Pinwheels 

These classic holiday pinwheels are chewy, fun, and really delicious to make. The best part is the colors which makes them top notch for cookie exchanges and edible gifts. All you need is six ingredients plus the food coloring.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Red Green & White Pinwheels 

Red white and green are the perfect color combinations for your Christmas dessert. Plus this particular cookie has a unique almond flavor from the ground almonds and almond extract that make them particularly lovely. You will need unsalted butter, white granulated sugar, eggs, milk, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt, all- purpose flour, ground almonds, and the colors. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Candy Cane Pinwheels 

Candycane pinwheels are so pretty and yummy they take 30 minutes to prep 8 minutes to cook but you do need to chill the dough for eight hours. All you need is butter, sugar, eggs, peppermint extract, flour, corn starch, sea salt, and finally ground candy canes and red food coloring gel. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chocolate Rugelach 

What is chocolate rugelach? Well, rugelach are traditional Jewish pastries that include a filling with raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seed, or fruit preserves rolled up inside. These cookies are based on the classic treats! 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chocolate Vanilla Pinwheels 

These chocolate and vanilla pinwheel swirl cookies are soft and tasty. They are sophisticated yet simple to whip up from scratch. Make sure to rest the dough with parchment paper for at least one hour in the freezer for best results.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Date & Nut Swirls 

First thing to do when making date and nut pinwheel Christmas cookies is to make the filling so it can rest while you’re making the dough. Don’t make it too far ahead of time however because it will eventually harden to an un-spreadable consistency. 

Simple holiday dessert

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

  1. Chocolate Sugar Cookies 

Who doesn’t love chocolate during the holidays? These Cutout Chocolate Sugar Cookies are super simple to make. All you need is butter, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, sugar, baking powder, salt & espresso powder, eggs & milk, vanilla extract, and flour.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Peppermint Chocolate Chip

Everyone will love peppermint chocolate chip cookies because they are chewy and soft. You can make these for yourself or even a holiday party. They are jampacked with crush candy canes and chocolatey goodness. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chocolate Crinkles

Take a classic and give it a holiday kick! Who can resist a chocolate crinkle cookie with a little bit of Christmas cheer. Plus they’re kid friendly which just makes them more fun over the holiday season. They are delish! I mean, isn’t that the reason we bake dessert?

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Chocolate Peppermint 

Chocolate peppermint cookies are one of the best desserts made from scratch. They are extra soft and packed with candy cane flavor. Christmas season is upon us and chewy cookies are a must-make for the holiday season. These classic treats are so chewy and chocolate-y. They will surely be a hit with friends and family.

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Peppermint Mocha 

These Peppermint Mocha Cookies are absolutely marvelous with hints of espresso and peppermint! The recipe results in 24 portions with simple ingredients. All you need is flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, chocolate extract, peppermint extract. 

Simple holiday dessert
  1. Dulce De Leche Cookies 

You won’t believe how smooth and creamy dulce de leche slathered on top of tender and thick ginger molasses cookies really are. They are easy to make especially when you use the store-bought dulce de leche but make the base from scratch. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Dark Chocolate Cherry Walnut 

If you love a dark chocolate bar with crunchy walnuts and tart cherries then this is the Christmas cookie recipe for you. Made from scratch with simple ingredients like rolled oats, brown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and dried cherries. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Biscoff Butter Cookies 

I adore Biscoff butter flavored desserts like these cookies that have amped up flavor and Louis gooey puddles of goodness. You better make a big batch if you’re going to have company because these will be the first to go. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Hot Chocolate Cookies 

How beautiful are these hot chocolate treats with delicious dark chocolate, marshmallows and chocolate ganache? They are so fun to make and satisfy your rich sweet cravings during the holiday season. Baking tips; use room temperature ingredients especially the eggs and butter for the perfect bake. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Brownie Cookies 

These brownie cookies will be a hit at any holiday party and they’re perfect for Christmas because they have a rich cozy flavor. You will love how easy they are to make from scratch with a crackly brownie top and a fudgy center. 

Simple holiday dessert


  1. Peppermint Meringue 

I just adore meringue desserts, especially these peppermint ones at Christmas time. With minimal ingredients you create the perfect Christmas treat that’s dipped in chocolate. Use vanilla or peppermint extract or both. It’s easy to make the meringue base with a stand mixer or a handheld mixer. 

Simple holiday dessert
  1. S’mores Whoopie Pies 

Marshmallows are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world and these s’mores Whoopie pies won’t disappoint. It’s the perfect Christmas cookie to bake from scratch because the sweet marshmallow buttercream combines with rich milk chocolate and a cookie cake sandwich. 

Simple holiday dessert
  1. Christmas Tree Meringue 

Another fun meringue cookie recipe only this one is just like Christmas trees! It’s festive, fun, easy, and delicious. You can make these airy and light meringues up to two weeks ahead of time as long as you store them properly in the refrigerator. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Christmas Cookies 

A simple elegant and cute Christmas cookie made from scratch maybe all you need. All you need is flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, holiday M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, holiday sprinkles, and milk. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. Fluffernutter cookies 

These fluffernutter cookies are on my list of treats to make for the holidays. The combination of peanut butter and marshmallows is out of this world amazing. How to freeze the marshmallows before baking so that they don’t overcook. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch
  1. White Chocolate Cranberry 

You can’t have a list of Christmas cookies made from scratch must include a recipe for white chocolate cranberry. They are buttery, chewy, and baked to perfection. They take 10 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to cook, resulting in 26 cookies. 

Easy Christmas cookie recipe from scratch

How Do I Make Cookies From Scratch?

If you’re making cookies from scratch the best way to ensure the best possible result is to follow a few easy tips. It is important to use the exact measurements and not guess. It is also important to chill your dough, use parchment paper, and make sure the oven is at the proper temperature before putting in the cookie sheet. 

Whether it’s an annual edible gift exchange, a Christmas party with loved ones, or your family’s dinner, there are plenty of cookies you can make from scratch! 

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