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Best Holiday Cookie Recipes - Cookie Exchange Ideas

Looking for Santa-worthy and the best Christmas cookie recipes around?

Be the talk of the cookie exchange because these cookies don't have calories (so says Santa), so bake up a batch of every single one.

Bake up the perfect holiday cookie for your family, friends and cookie exchanges. Some of the best and easy Christmas cookie recipes.

If you are big into baking then you know that the one anticipated holiday task is baking those delicious cookies.

All of those fantastic aromas lingering around. It makes me want to break out the cinnamon and nutmeg right now.

Here is a selection of tried and true best Christmas holiday cookie recipes that will wow all of your family, friends, and neighbors. Oh and those cookie exchanges too!

Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

One of my all-time favorite holiday cookies is this no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie. They don’t require any baking which is a plus in my book but they also take very little effort and time to make.

Pfeffernusse Powdered Spice Cookies

German Spice Cookies on a yellow plate with a blue and white tea towel.

They may be hard to spell but these Pfeffernusse German Spice Cookies will send your tastebuds right back to the Old World.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

This photo features a stack of chocolate peppermint cookies with the same label at the top. In the background you can see additional cookies and a few red Christmas balls for props.

These Double Chocolate Peppermint cookies with their combination of peppermint chips with chocolate chunks equal the ultimate holiday treat.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This photo features a stack of vegan chocolate crinkle cookies.

These easy Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect for holiday baking and a delicious treat that no one will even know is vegan.

Chewy Gingersnaps

Chewy Gingersnap Cookies lightly dusted with sugar and layed out on a Christmas tray

These chewy Gingersnap cookies are infused with molasses, cinnamon, and clove making them one of the most perfect cookies for the Christmas holiday season.

Averie Cooks

"A good snickerdoodle is hard to come by and these are my favorites. Soft, slightly chewy, pillowy little puffs of goodness that I can’t stay away from." - Averie Cooks

Buttery Jam Thumbprints
Chew Out Loud

"These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are supremely tender and buttery!  They’re generously filled with your favorite choice of jam.  Perfect for the holidays." - Chew Out Loud

Brown Butter Gingersnaps
Baker By Nature

"My Soft and Chewy Brown Butter Gingersnaps host all the classic appeal that you know and love – plus SO much more! The edges are irresistibly crunchy, while the thick centers stay soft and chewy. They’re a Christmas cookie miracle!"  - Baker By Nature

Peppermint Meltaways
Steph's Silver Boxes

If you love store-bought sugar cookies then these peppermint meltaways will be one of your new favorite holiday cookie recipes.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
Gimme Some Oven

"These Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are easy to make, super-soft and chewy, and irresistibly delicious." - Gimme Some Oven

Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies
Dessert Now Dinner Later

"Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies are soft, chewy, and fruity! The best part is that they are made with a muffin mix which makes it a super easy dessert!" - Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies
Two Peas and Their Pod

"Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles are made with brown butter and have a caramel surprise in the center. If you like classic snickerdoodle cookies, you will LOVE this snickerdoodle recipe. They are amazing!" - Two Peas and Their Pod

Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
Averie Cooks

"The powder puffs are like a cheater’s version of Russian teacakes. But enhanced with a chocolate kiss. And you only need 3 ingredients to make them." - Averie Cooks

Flourless Hot Cocoa Cookies
Fork Knife Swoon

Peppermint Crinkles
Bakers Royale

When I think about Holiday Cooke Recipes the crinkles are a must-have on the list. Love these peppermint ones!

Cranberry Bliss Cookies
Gimme Some Oven

Melt in your mouth Eggnog Cookies
Cooking Classy

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