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15 plus Christmas Cookie Recipes for you to make this holiday season!

Christmas baking is the best kind of baking…especially cookies.  Everyone loves Christmas cookies!  Over the years I have made quite a few different kinds of Christmas cookies here on my blog, so I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place for you to find!  So if you are looking for a Christmas cookie to make, look no further…there are some great recipes here.

15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies

These Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies make a regular appearance in our home over the holiday season!  They’re really easy to make, and perfectly festive.

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies

How fun are these Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies?!  These cookie stamps make them so fun for Christmas!  I got this stamp at Crate & Barrel, but I don’t think they make them anymore, but I found a similar one here at Williams-Sonoma.

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

I think these Christmas Thumbprint Cookies might actually be my favourite Christmas cookie ever.  I love jam with a buttery shortbread cookie.  So yummmmy

Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies

These Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies are soft and so chocolatey.  Make them festive with crushed candy canes!

Apricot Pecan Rugelach

Apricot Pecan Rugelach cookies are so delicious!  They take a little extra care to make, but they’re well worth the effort!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

This Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie is a fun way to make Jewish shortbread!  If you don’t have a cookie pan, don’t fret.  You can roll these into individual crescent shaped cookies too.  Just don’t forget to roll them in cinnamon sugar first!

Brown Sugar Shortbread

These Brown Sugar Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie.  This icebox cookie recipe is ideal for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later!

Eggnog Icebox Cookies

Eggnog Icebox Cookies are a delicious and festive cookie.  If you love eggnog, you’ll love these too.  This is another icebox recipe, so you can bake half the dough now, and save the rest for when you want fresh cookies right out of the oven!

Turtle Cookies

These Turtle Cookies are like Turtle Chocolates, but in cookie form!  They will disappear off your cookie plate first…trust me!

Whipped Shortbread

This Whipped Shortbread recipe is from my Mom.  We’ve been enjoying these delicate and delicious cookies for years, and it’s just not Christmas without them!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kids love these Mint Chocolate Chip Blizzard Cookies!  They’re easy enough to make, that the kids can help too!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

These Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies have the perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness. They’re the perfect cookie to nibble on with coffee or your favourite hot drink! And Baileys. Perfect with Baileys.

Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies

Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies combine two great comfort foods of the holiday season, oatmeal and mincemeat!  They’re rich and decadent, and I’m willing to bet that even the so-called mincemeat haters will love them!

Melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies

These are my Mom’s Melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies and they’re the best Christmas cookie!  They’re soft, rich and they really do melt in your mouth.

Soft Chewy Ginger Cookies

My kids always ask for these Soft Chewy Ginger Cookies at Christmas!   These tasty little cookies are soft, chewy and deliciously gingery!

Snickerdoodles

These Snickerdoodles are soft, chewy and cinnamon-y.  My kids go crazy for them!

Peanut Butter Balls

These Peanut Butter Balls technically aren’t cookies, but they almost are so I had to include them.  They’re rich and full of delicious peanut butter flavour!

So there you go…15 plus Christmas cookie recipes to inspire your holiday cookie baking this Christmas!  I’ll keep adding cookie recipes as I make them, so make sure you PIN THIS POST to come back to later!

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Have a very merry, delicious day!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are soft, sweet and full of delicious fall pumpkin flavour!

I made these cookies for Halloween a couple of weeks ago, and they were so good I made another batch! And I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you once again so that you could see how they look without being all decked out for Halloween!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for the perfect cookie to satisfy your fall pumpkin cravings, these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are it.  They’re soft, sweet and full of pumpkin spice.

They’re made extra delicious by being rolled in sugar…and for an extra treat, sprinkle on some extra once they come out of the oven.  The kids love this. Big kids too. 😉

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

 Yum.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes a big batch (36 cookies), so they’re perfect for sharing and for potlucks and bake sales.  Yum.

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Servings 36 Cookies
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, not filling
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup white sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.
  5. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
  6. Add the flour mix to the butter mixture, mixing until well blended.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Shape the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. ** If the dough is too sticky to roll, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden it up before rolling. **
  9. Roll the balls in the sugar, then place them on a cookie sheet. Do not press them down!

  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until edges of the cookies are lightly browned.
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 2 - 3 minutes.

More Delicious Pumpkin Dessert Recipes:

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

Pumpkin Delight Dessert

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Have a delicious day!

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Make these Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies for some extra delicious and spooky fun this Halloween!

Halloween is so fun.  I admit that I get caught up in the excitement of it with my kids.  They love the decorations, costumes, spooky movies and of course all the fun Halloween treats!  And it’s the perfect excuse for me to get right in on all the fun…so I don’t feel weird at all about serving finger hot dogs for lunch, or hanging a spooky eyeball wreath, or even decorating my living room with spooky stuff.  Too fun.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

So last week as the kids and I were out shopping for some Halloween things, I saw these cute little candy butcher knives at Michaels, and I knew right away what I was going to do with them.  Halloween cookies.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

And not just any cookies, Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.  All the deliciousness of pumpkin spice, and a soft sugar cookie all in one.  Then rolled in some blood red sugar, and add a knife for spooky fun.  Halloween deliciousness!

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

But seriously.  Aren’t they fun?

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Put these out at a party or send them to school, and just stand back and watch them disappear.  No one will be able to resist them.  They’re not only adorable, but they’re also delicious.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Soft, chewy, pumpkin-y and spooky.

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Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Spooky and delicious pumpkin sugar cookies for Halloween!

Servings 36 cookies
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not filling
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • coloured sugar for rolling the dough in before baking
  • spooky Halloween candies: I used butcher knives

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.
  5. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
  6. Add the flour mix to the butter mixture, mixing until well blended.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Shape the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. ** If the dough is too sticky to roll, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden it up before rolling. **
  9. Roll the balls in the coloured sugar, then place them on a cookie sheet. Do not press them down! 

  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until edges of the cookies are lightly browned.

  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 2 - 3 minutes.
  12. After the cooling period, press a spooky candy into the middle of the cookies.

  13. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

More Delicious Halloween Recipe Ideas:

 

Grandma’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

All you need are a few simple ingredients to make Grandma’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies!  Soft, chewy and full of peanut butter flavour.

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These peanut butter cookies are straight out of my childhood.  They are ingrained into my memory more than any other childhood treat, except maybe for the peanut butter cornflake square my Mom used to make.  Growing up these peanut butter cookies were regularly found in our lunches…back in the days when you could actually take peanut butter to school!  At the time I didn’t really appreciate how delicious they were, because they were just part of our regular lunch routine.  But now as an adult, I can truly see how delicious these cookies are.  They are rich with peanut butter flavour, soft, slightly chewy and melt in your mouth.  Truly a peanut butter cookie lovers dream.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

The neat thing about this peanut butter cookie is that there is no flour in the ingredients.  Every time I make them, this surprises me, but they always turn out as beautifully as expected.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

But one of the things I love most about these peanut butter cookies is that they are a recipe handed down from my Grandma.  She used to make these cookies for my Mom and her siblings, then my Mom made them for my sister and I, and now my kids are enjoying them.  Family recipes are priceless.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I truly think the best recipes are those passed down through the generations.  They’re tried and true and I love that.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

This peanut butter cookie recipe is just that kind of recipe.  These cookies are soft, chewy and full of peanut butter flavour.  And they’re perfect for dunking in a glass of milk.  Delicious.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe makes 24 cookies, but feel free to double the recipe!

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Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings 24 Cookies
Author Grandma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Using a mixer, cream together the peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, baking soda and vanilla until smooth.

  3. Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.

  4. Place the balls of dough onto cookie sheet, and press down lightly with a fork.  Just enough to lightly flatten them and have visible fork lines.  I like to make mine with a criss cross pattern.

  5. Bake for about 10 minutes.

 Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Can you just smell them?  So good.

Grandma's Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Have a delicious day!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, also known as Chippers, are a delicious and adorable treat!  This is my MOST FAVOURITE chocolate chip cookie recipe ever.

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There’s something about January that makes me want to clean everything and bake cookies.  Weirdest thing, but it’s true.  January’s were made for cookies.  So cookies I will make.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Over the years I have made many chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I just never found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Nothing was soft enough, or just the right combo of crispy and chewy, or with enough flavour.  Until now.  I think this is my most favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time.  Yes.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

And it’s not just the size of them that I love.  But really, who can’t love a mini chocolate chip cookie?  They’re just all delicious and ridiculously cute…pretty much irresistible.  The problem with these cookies is that because they’re SO good, having just one will not do.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the flavour and texture of these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies that makes them the best.  They are soft, sweet, chewy, crunchy and chocolaty all at the same time.  I looooooooove them.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

The biggest tip I have about making these mini cookies, is to use only 1 tsp of batter for each cookie. I know it seems ridiculously small, but any more and these won’t turn out as mini cookies.  Trust me on this one.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
The small size of these cookies makes them perfect for snacks and school lunches. As well, the huge batch size of this recipe makes them great for bake sales.  And if you’re not into mini cookies, you can use this recipe to make regular sized cookies too.

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 12 dozen mini cookies
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugars.

  4. Add the eggs to the butter mix, one at a time.  

  5. Then add the vanilla.

  6. Slowly add the flour mix to the butter mix, and combine.

  7. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

  8. To make mini chocolate chip cookies, roll 1 tsp of dough for each cookie, and place them on a cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

  9. Bake for 8 minutes or more if needed.

Recipe Notes

 

Regular Size Chocolate Chip Cookies:

If you prefer to make regular size chocolate chip cookies this recipe will work just great!  It will make approximately 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

Recipe adapted from New York Times

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I hope you try this recipe and love these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as we do!

Have a delicious day!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

This delicious Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie is a perfect recipe for the holiday season!  Soft nutty flavour with a sweet and cinnamon-y topping!

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Today I have something really fun happening!  I’ve come together with a group of food bloggers to each share a delicious holiday cookie recipe with you!  So welcome to this very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange!  I hope you can find some delicious recipes for your holiday season!

For this cookie exchange I decided to share my recipe for Jewish Shortbread, but with a twist!  I made a cookie pie using the fantastic Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan!  I try to make Jewish shortbread every year because it’s one of my favourite Christmas cookies…you could always find this classic crescent shaped cookie on Grandma’s cookie plate…I always loved that they were covered in cinnamon sugar!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

But instead of making individual crescent shaped cookies, I decided to make this cookie pie with Grandma’s recipe for Jewish Shortbread. To make this cookie pie, I just pressed the cookie dough into this special shallow pan, then baked it for about 45 minutes.  I thought preparing it this way would be a nice twist on Grandma’s classic recipe, and it was!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I’m really happy with how this cookie pie turned out!  I love the soft nutty flavour of the ground pecans, with the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar mix on the top.  Classic Christmas cookie flavour!  These cookies are rich and delicious, and you might want to cut them into smaller pieces…or not.

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

And how pretty does it look out of this pan?  So lovely.

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I really liked using this pan for cookie baking and I plan on making a classic shortbread cookie pie with it.  I think next time I would make sure to press the dough a little harder into the pan for better snowflake definition.  Anyway, it was delicious!

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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Ingredients

Jewish Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pecans
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • pinch salt

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, until it is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla, and miix.
  4. Add the ground pecans, flour and salt. Mix well.
  5. Light grease an 8x8 baking pan (I am using the Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan)
  6. Press the cookie batter into the pan. You may find the batter sticky, so use a piece of saran wrap over your fingers to help you spread the batter evenly.
  7. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until the edges are soft golden brown.
  8. While the cookies are baking, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  9. After the cookie pie has finished baking, let it sit in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the large cookie onto a plate, and generously sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mix.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve!
  12. Enjoy

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

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Now let’s visit some fantastic Canadian Bloggers for more holiday cookie recipes:

Holiday Cookie Recipe Ideas

Have a very Merry and delicious day!

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Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy, and decorated with red & pink smarties, they’re perfect for Valentines Day! xo

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It’s February!  How is it already February?  At the speed that time currently seems to be flying, I’m hoping that the next thing I know it will be summer.  Because right about now I tire of winter.  We have very very very long winters here in Alberta, and while I enjoy the first few months of this season, I eventually get tired of the grey and cold and ice and chinook headaches.  But at the same time I get inspired to make and bake things this time of year because there’s really not much else to do, and I don’t do well with idle hands.  So I guess it’s kind of a catch isn’t it?

And now with it being February we’re looking ahead to Valentines Day!  I actually really appreciate the timing of Valentines Day this time of year, because the colours and fun of this day are a nice break from all the dreary of winter.  While we don’t do a lot to mark the day, it is nice to decorate the mantel with some colour, hang a wreath, and maybe have a simple fondue with the kids.  I also like to bake with a little theme in mind.  If you’ve been reading along here long enough you know that I like to bake cookies for pretty much each occasion, and Valentines Day is no different!  This year I decided to make these Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are pretty and fun for love day but really they’re great any time of year.  You can play with the colours of the smarties and make them green for St. Patricks Day, or red and green for Christmas, or pastels for Easter…or if you’re like me, you can just pick the smarties off.  Yes, I pick off the smarties.  I don’t like the crunch of them on my cookies, but I add them because smarties make my kids happy.

Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies– 

Anyway these cookies are a little different than regular chocolate chip cookies, in that they also contain ground oats and an extra egg yolk which makes them super soft and chewy.  My favourite kinds of cookies are the chewy kind!

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Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 36
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats ground in a food processor
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup red and pink smarties

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a mixer cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the egg, extra yolk, milk and vanilla then mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the flour mix to the butter mix and combine.
  6. Add the ground oats and chocolate chips and mix well.
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  8. When the cookies have finished baking, let them rest for a minute or 2, then add the smarties to the tops of the cookies. Adding the smarties this way ensures that they don't crack from the heat of baking.

Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking

Valentines Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

So pretty and delicious…my favourite.

Have a delicious day!
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