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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

The holiday season is upon us, which to me means it’s cookie season!! I’m up to my elbows in holiday baking right now, and these are 12 of my go-to Christmas cookie recipes.

1. No Chill Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of course, we are kicking things off with a classic! This no-chill chocolate chip cookie recipe comes together so fast and is absolutely delicious! They’re the perfect way to quickly and easily satisfy your cookie craving.

image of no chill chocolate chip cookies that have been garnished with flakey sea salt

My No Chill Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe bakes up a chewy cookie with a crisp golden-brown edge and soft, gooey centers. Santa would be lucky to get one of these cookies on his plate!

If you like a thicker chocolate chip cookie try my Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies and vegan bakers can indulge in my Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie.

2. Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

If you are looking to stir up some new traditions look no further than these chocolate cheesecake-stuffed cookies.

These decadent cookies bake up so soft and are stuffed with a sweet and creamy cheesecake filling.

image of a chocolate cheesecake cooke that's been bitten into to show its creamy cheesecake filling

With a dusting of sugar on the outside, they’re completely irresistible!

3. Oatmeal Scotchies

I’m convinced Oatmeal Scotchies are the most underrated cookie, and I’m here to give them the love and attention they deserve!

image of butterscotch cookies stacked on a plate and ready to be eaten

They are soft, chewy, and loaded with butterscotch chips- so full of nutty caramelly goodness. Classic rolled oats create a unique and irresistible cookie, they’re a total crowd-pleaser.

4. Buttercream Cookies

These soft, chewy sugar cookies with buttercream frosting will truly knock your socks off. The secret to the melt-in-your-mouth texture of these buttercream cookies is actually cream cheese!

image of a buttercream cookie that's been decorated with colorful buttercream frosting

They’re not too sweet on their own, which makes them the perfect base for my sweet buttercream frosting.

While the base cookie is very classic looking it’s so easy to jazz these up with some gel food coloring and fancy sprinkles.

5. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

These soft, chewy Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a fun spin on the iconic cake flavor and are sure to bring all the Christmas cheer to your celebrations.

image of red velvet crinkle cookies made from scratch cooling on a wire rack

6. Brownie Cookies

These really are JUST like brownies but in perfect cookie form. From their chewy, soft centers to their crispy edges, they’re irresistible.

image of brownie crinkle cookies that are cooling on parchment paper

7. Marbled Sugar Cookies

If you are looking for a cookie that is dressed to impress, then this is the cookie for you!

With beautifully marbled icing and a classic Christmas tree shape, these cookies really do taste as good as they look.

image of marbled sugar cookies that have been decorated with royal icing

8. Gingerbread Macarons

These gingerbread macarons are adorable, delicious, and sure to brighten up any Christmas party.

My French macaron recipe will leave you with perfect chewy shells (if you’ve never made them before, read my how-to blog), and the gingerbread buttercream that they’re filled with is spiced to perfection.

image of cute gingerbread macarons

Their little faces are drawn on with an edible marker and they really couldn’t be cuter!

9. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

For those leaning more toward the savory side, these chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies are the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

image of a peanut butter cookie being dipped in melted chocolate

10. Brown Butter Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even with the Nutella centers and the sea salt sprinkle, the true star of this brown butter Nutella chocolate chip cookie is in fact…the brown butter!

Although they take a little extra effort to make, that first bite will make it all worth it.

image of brown butter Nutella chocolate chip cookies in a stack with the top cookie bitten into showing the warm, melting nutella

11. Oatmeal Lace

It seems like I can always find an excuse to whip up batches of oatmeal lace cookies.

The brown sugar and butter base coats each grain of oat perfectly and bakes into a beautiful web of caramelized oat goodness.

They’re a super unique cookie and are truly in a league of their own. I’ve never had another cookie like this which is probably why I love them so much!

12. Buckeyes

We’re rounding things out with one more peanut butter recipe!

These buckeyes have the perfect balance of salty and sweet. They’re made with soft peanut butter centers that are dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles.

image of christmas buckeyes

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try any of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipes, I’d love to hear what think! Let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

I’m so grateful for another year of sharing sweets with all of you and I hope you have a magical holiday!

Diane Bush

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I tried the chocolate cream cheese filled cookies. They were easy to make and absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making these again.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I will be making the cream cheese sugar cookies today! Thank you. Love all your recipes, tips, explanations and photos. Excellent!

By the way, the link to the no chill chocolate chip cookies sends us to the cream cheese chocolate cookies.


Monday 6th of December 2021

Thank you so much for providing this great list and for all the research done to perfect these recipes! I’m looking forward to trying some of these on our baking day in a couple of weeks.