Christmas cookies are more than just delicious treats. They’re about the memories. Memories of Grandma making her famous Christmas cookies that took all day to bake. Precious memories of your children helping decorate sugar cookies on a cold, winter’s day. And memories yet to be made.
We’re excited to share with you a Christmas cookies baking guide you can turn to for years to come. Find our best Christmas cookies, cookie recipes from around the world and guides for sugar cookies and cutout cookies. Have the prettiest decorated Christmas cookies on the block with help from our decorating guides. And learn how to store, package and mail Christmas cookies perfectly.
Looking for a new cookie to try this year? How about our stunning Christmas Lights Cookies.
Our Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
We’ve tested hundreds of Christmas cookie recipes in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, so we know a thing or two about good cookies. From classic sugar cookies to unique creations like gingerbread greeting cards, we’ve tried them all. It was hard to choose the best Christmas cookies, but we did it. Check ’em out below.
Christmas Cookies from Around the World
Experience Christmas all over the world by tasting a cookie from all corners of the globe. Home cooks have shared their family’s Italian Christmas cookies, German Christmas cookies and many others. We even found Mrs. Claus’ recipes from the North Pole! Explore. Bake. Eat.
Sugar Cookie Guide
If you’re looking for the best sugar cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. We can show you how to make homemade sugar cookies so they come out perfect every time. Keep our tips and tricks handy this holiday season.
- Our Best Sugar Cookie Recipes
- 7 Secrets to Baking Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
- The Secret Ingredients Grandma Puts in Her Sugar Cookies
- This Is Why You Need to Chill Sugar Cookie Dough
- Sugar Cookies, Shortbread, Butter Cookies: Our Test Kitchen Explains the Difference
Cutout Cookie Guide
It’s not Christmas without cutout cookies! Once you’ve mastered the dough, experiment with different shapes, icings and decorations.
- 34 Christmas Cutout Cookies to Make Your Season Bright
- 10 Secrets to Baking the Best Cutout Cookies
- 11 Christmas Cookie Cutters You Don’t Have in Your Collection Yet
How to Decorate Christmas Cookies
Perhaps the most fun you can have with Christmas Cookies (besides eating the batch!) is decorating them. Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro. You’ve baked your beloved cookies with love; they should look as good as they taste.
Try It! Decorate a green crackle cookie with a heart-shaped gum drop for The Grinchiest Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make.
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- 10 Decorating Tools You’ll Need to Make Pretty Christmas Cookies
- 11 Christmas Sprinkles You Need in Your Holiday Baking Stash
- Here’s the Easiest Way to Make Your Christmas Cookies Stand Out
Get Creative! Here are 3 Ways to Make Edible Snow Globes
How to Store, Package and Mail Cookies
So, you’ve baked, iced, frosted and decorated your cherished Christmas cookies, but the work’s not over yet! Learn how to store the cookies, find cute packaging ideas and discover our foolproof tips for mailing them so they don’t get crushed.
Storing Christmas cookies correctly is just as important as baking them well. If you go to all that trouble making a delicious cookie and decorating it beautifully, you want to make sure it lasts until the Christmas party. Take a look at our tips for storing and freezing cookies.
Pretty Christmas cookies deserve pretty packaging. From classic cookie tins your friends will want to keep to unexpected packaging ideas, find the best ways to package cookies right here.
When you can’t be with family during the holidays, sending cookies is a loving way to show you’re thinking about them. Though it’s the thought that counts, you don’t want your cookies to arrive crushed and mangled. Follow our 10 foolproof steps to mailing Christmas cookies to make sure they arrive safe and sound.