Need some inspiration for Christmas cookies to bake with your kids this holiday season?

Maybe you need some delicious, festive cookies to take to that Christmas cookie exchange you were invited to?

Don’t worry mama…I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipes by some amazing food bloggers to share with you!

Scroll through to find everything from the classics, fun & festive cookies to bring out the creativity in you and your kids, and food allergy-safe cookie recipes.

Classic Christmas Cookies

Just want to keep it simple & classic this holiday season?

Check out some of my favorite classic Christmas cookies to make with your kids below:


Santa Sugar Cookies

from Foodtastic Mom

The perfect sugar cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve night. These simple, yet delicious cookies are easy for kiddos of all ages to help make.


Christmas Lights Cookies

from Dessert for Two

These decorative sugar cookies are SO easy to make! All you need to decorate is a small batch of royal icing (included in the recipe) & and mini M&Ms.


Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

from Pinch Me, I’m Eating

What’s Christmas without gingerbread cookies!? These chewy, soft cookies will hold their shape when cut with cookie cutters!


from Dessert for Two

Ditch the traditional circle-shaped sugar cookie and bake up a batch of these enjoyable sugar cookie bars. Topped with cream cheese frosting and festive decorations of your choice.


Snickerdoodle Cookies

from Two Peas & Their Pod

One of my favorite classic Christmas cookies! This recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is the absolute BEST Snickerdoodle recipe I have found – soft & chewy, but a little crunch around the edges!


Peanut Butter Cookies

from Giangi’s Kitchen

These peanut butter cookies are super easy to make with your kiddos and always a Christmas classic cookie!


Stained Glass Cookies

from On My Kids Plate

A classic buttery cookie with a sweet melted candy in the center. These stained glass cookies are super fun for the kids to make and get the whole family in the holiday spirit!


Canestreletti Or Canestrelli

from Giangi’s Kitchen

An Italian shortbread cookie with a hint of zesty lemon. These buttery cookies will become your new favorite Christmas treat.

Fun & Festive Christmas Cookies

The holiday season is such a fun time to be creative, especially in the kitchen!

Here are some fun & festive Christmas cookie recipes to get you and your kiddos in the holiday spirit:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

from Two Peas & Their Pod

Red Velvet cookies topped with a white chocolate drizzle. The best part – the surprise cream cheese filling!


Hot Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

from On My Kids Plate

Chewy chocolate thumbprint cookies filled with a rich chocolate ganache + sprinkled with a crushed peppermint candy cane to put you in the holiday spirit.


from Bake at 350

Use royal icing and sprinkles to decorate your Christmas Tree Cookie Pops. These sugar cookies on a stick are a super fun little project for older kiddos.


Grinch Cookies

from A Gouda Life

Festive cake mix cookies that are super easy & quick to whip up with your family. These chewy green cookies are a HUGE hit with the kids!


White Chocolate Pepermint Cookies

from Foodtastic Mom

Add a festive twist to your classic holiday sugar cookie by adding in white chocolate & crushed peppermint.

The Wilson Family Christmas Cookies

Another blogger friend of mine, Chelsea from The Best of Blog, shared this delicious Christmas cookie recipe with me this year and I want to share it with you!

She describes her family’s favorite Christmas cookies best – “We make these cookies every year and they are definitely a family favorite. They’re chocolately, so fluffy, and very easy to make with only 4 ingredients. These cookies won’t last long once your family tastes them.”


  • 1 box of devils food cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 of an 8oz container of Cool Whip
  • powdered sugar


  1. Mix together the box of devils food cake mix (it MUST be devils food so it has moisture), 2 eggs, and Cool Whip until fully combined.
  2. Take spoonfuls of the batter (it will be sticky) and roll the ball of dough completely in powdered sugar so it’s fully coated.
  3. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes on 350°. Take them off the cookie sheet to cool so they don’t overcook and become crunchy.

Christmas Cookies for Kids With Food Allergies

Food allergies and sensitivities are becoming more well-known AND we have amazing food bloggers who write incredibly tasty recipes with those allergies in mind.

So whether your kiddos or Santa has a food allergy or sensitivity, here are some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes for you:


Gluten-Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

from Texanerin Baking

Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free| Grain-Free

Heavenly classic thumbprint cookies that can be paired with any jam or extract!


Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

from Texanerin Baking

Substitute Greek yogurt for eggs in these mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies. She also includes options to make these dairy-free & gluten-free!


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

from Mile High Mitts

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Options

These oatmeal cookies are the perfect marriage between a cookie and muffin top. Not only are they super easy to make, but also healthy!


Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

from Mile High Mitts

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Options

These soft and chewy peppermint cookies are perfect for the holiday season! Kids love that these cookies will “melt away” after they take a bite!

Let’s Wrap It Up

Hopefully, now you feel inspired to bake up some tasty Christmas cookies with your family for your Christmas Eve night visitor (wink, wink).

Happy Holidays & Happy Baking!

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  1. Wow, these all look incredibly yummy! I think I’m going to try the apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies! Thanks for putting them all in one post, it’s super helpful!

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