35 Christmas Cookie Recipes That Make This The Best Time Of Year

·Taste Senior Editor, HuffPost
·1 min read
Pink peppermint bark macarons from <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/12/pink-peppermint-bark-macarons/" target="_blank">How Sweet It Is</a> (Photo: <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/12/pink-peppermint-bark-macarons/" target="_blank">How Sweet It Is</a>)
Pink peppermint bark macarons from How Sweet It Is (Photo: How Sweet It Is)

There are many reasons to love the holidays, but Christmas cookies are definitely on the top of that list. With that in mind, we gathered together all the important Christmas cookie recipes you need to get through this season — we’re talking shortbread, sugar cookies and lots of peppermint. We have some great twists on classics, too (think crinkles with a mocha coconut upgrade).

We have easy recipes for the amateur baker, like holiday shortbread — seriously, anyone can make these — and then we have Christmas cookie recipes that require a little more work, like linzers. Give a few (dozen) of them a try. Because it isn’t really the holidays unless you bake some cookies, whether you’re a baker or not.

Easy Slice ‘N’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/easy-slice-n-bake-vanilla-bean-christmas-sugar-cookies-wwhipped-buttercream/" target="_blank">Easy Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies with Whipped Buttercream recipe</a> from Half Baked Harvest</strong>

Peppermint Pattie Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/01/peppermint-pattie-cookies/" target="_blank">Peppermint Pattie Cookies recipe</a> from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Peppermint Pattie Cookies recipe from How Sweet It Is

Brown Butter Shortbread

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2012/12/brown-butter-shortbread.html" target="_blank">Brown Butter Shortbread recipe</a> from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the Brown Butter Shortbread recipe from Completely Delicious

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Cashew Crescent Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/chocolate-dipped-vanilla-bean-cashew-crescent-cookies/" target="_blank">Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Cashew Crescent Cookies recipe</a> from Half Baked Harvest</strong>

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2014/12/red-velvet-cream-cheese-thumbprint-cookies/" target="_blank">Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

Pink Peppermint Macarons

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/12/pink-peppermint-bark-macarons/" target="_blank">Pink Peppermint Macarons recipe </a>from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Pink Peppermint Macarons recipe from How Sweet It Is

Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.feastingathome.com/2013/11/chewy-triple-ginger-cookies.html" target="_blank">Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies recipe</a> from Feasting At Home</strong>
Get the Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies recipe from Feasting At Home

Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2012/12/chocolate-mint-thumbprint-cookies.html" target="_blank">Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies recipe</a> from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies recipe from Completely Delicious

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2013/12/white-chocolate-peppermint-cookies.html" target="_blank">White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies recipe</a> from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies recipe from Completely Delicious

Christmas Tree Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2012/12/23/christmas-tree-cookies-sundaysupper/" target="_blank">Christmas Tree Cookies recipe</a> from Damn Delicious</strong>
Get the Christmas Tree Cookies recipe from Damn Delicious

Pistachio Snowball Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2013/12/pistachio-snowball-cookies.html" target="_blank">Pistachio Snowball Cookies recipe </a>from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the Pistachio Snowball Cookies recipe from Completely Delicious

Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2012/12/gingersnap-cookies.html" target="_blank">Chewy Gingersnap Cookies recipe</a> from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the Chewy Gingersnap Cookies recipe from Completely Delicious

White Chocolate And Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2012/11/friday-faves-and-white-chocolate-and-peppermint-christmas-wreath-cookies/" target="_blank">White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>

Mocha Coconut Crinkle Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/12/mocha-coconut-crinkles/" target="_blank">Mocha Coconut Crinkle Cookies recipe</a> from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Mocha Coconut Crinkle Cookies recipe from How Sweet It Is

Orange Almond Biscotti

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.completelydelicious.com/2013/01/orange-almond-biscotti.html" target="_blank">Orange Almond Biscotti recipe</a> from Completely Delicious</strong>
Get the Orange Almond Biscotti recipe from Completely Delicious

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2013/12/15/brutti-ma-buoni-cookies/" target="_blank">Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies recipe</a> from Bell'Alimento</strong>
Get the Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies recipe from Bell'Alimento

Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://cafejohnsonia.com/2012/02/gluten-free-vegan-linzer-cookies.html" target="_blank">Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies recipe</a> from Cafe Johnsonia</strong>
Get the Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies recipe from Cafe Johnsonia

Eggnog Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/eggnog-scented-sugar-cookies-with-easy-vanilla-icing/" target="_blank">Eggnog Scented Sugar Cookies with Easy Vanilla Icing recipe</a> from Half Baked Harvest</strong>

Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/12/salted-peanut-butter-shortbread/" target="_blank">Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread recipe</a> from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread recipe from How Sweet It Is

Chocolate Hazelnut And Caramel Stuffed Brownie Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/chocolate-hazelnut-and-caramel-stuffed-brownie-cookies/" target="_blank">Chocolate Hazelnut and Caramel Stuffed Brownie Cookies recipe</a> from Half Baked Harvest</strong>

Coconut Snowball Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/2013/01/coconut-snowball-cookies-and-friday-faves/" target="_blank">Coconut Snowball Cookies recipe</a> from Foodie Crush</strong>
Get the Coconut Snowball Cookies recipe from Foodie Crush

Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/12/brown-butter-sugar-cookies/" target="_blank">Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe</a> from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from How Sweet It Is

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/08/double-chocolate-cheesecake-cookies/" target="_blank">Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies recipe</a> from How Sweet It Is</strong>
Get the Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies recipe from How Sweet It Is

Frosted Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

<strong>Get the <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/10/31/frosted-chai-spice-snickerdoodles/" target="_blank">Frosted Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe</a> from Sally's Baking Addiction</strong>
Get the Frosted Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Coffee Crumble Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.alwayswithbutterblog.com/2013/#/coffee-crumble-cookies/" target="_blank">Coffee Crumble Cookies recipe</a> from Always With Butter</strong>
Get the Coffee Crumble Cookies recipe from Always With Butter

Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/32236-buccellati-sicilian-christmas-fig-cookies" target="_blank">Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies recipe</a> from Emiko via Food52</strong>
Get the Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies recipe from Emiko via Food52

Gingerbread Men

<strong>Get the <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/12/01/my-favorite-gingerbread-men-recipe/" target="_blank">Gingerbread Men recipe</a> from Sally's Baking Addiction</strong>
Get the Gingerbread Men recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Pierre Herme And Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/blog/9299-pierre-herme-dorie-greenspan-s-world-peace-cookies" target="_blank">World Peace Cookies recipe</a> from Food52</strong>
Get the World Peace Cookies recipe from Food52

Chai Spiced Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.texanerin.com/2014/10/chai-spiced-cookies.html" target="_blank">Chai Spiced Cookies recipe</a> from Texanerin Baking</strong>
Get the Chai Spiced Cookies recipe from Texanerin Baking

Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://iambaker.net/red-velvet-melting-snowman-cookies/" target="_blank">Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies recipe</a> from i am baker</strong>

Slice N Bake Vanilla Brown Butter Pecan Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/slice-n-bake-vanilla-brown-butter-pecan-cookies-dipped-chocolate/" target="_blank">Slice N Bake Vanilla Brown Butter Pecan Cookies Dipped in Chocolate recipe</a> from Half Baked Harvest</strong>

Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/03/lemon-cookies-recipe.html" target="_blank">Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies recipe</a> from A Spicy Perspective</strong>
Get the Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies recipe from A Spicy Perspective

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ledelicieux.com/recipes/chocolate-peppermint-sandwich-cookies/" target="_blank">Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies recipe</a> from Le Delicieux</strong>

Rugelach

<strong>Get the <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/11/29/how-to-make-rugelach-cookies/" target="_blank">Rugelach recipe</a> from Sally's Baking Addiction</strong>
Get the Rugelach recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Speculoos Spice Snowflake Cookies

<strong>Get the <a href="http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/2012/11/speculoos-spice-cookies.html" target="_blank">Speculoos Spice Snowflake Cookies recipe </a>from The View From The Great Island</strong>
Get the Speculoos Spice Snowflake Cookies recipe from The View From The Great Island

Related...

Treat Yourself To A Cookie Cutter Of Your Face

GIFs Of Cookies Baking Are Deliciously Captivating

What Your Favorite Christmas Cookie Says About You

Also on HuffPost

Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.