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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time to come together, share new and old traditions, and of course eat some delicious desserts.

There’s just something about the holidays and cookies that we can’t seem to separate and frankly, why would we want to?

Over the past few years, I have perfected these 12 amazing cookie recipes and I hope that they bring joy and holiday cheer to all who get to eat some.

1. No Chill Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of course, we are kicking off our 12 days of Christmas Cookie list with a classic! There’s a reason we all crave chocolate chip cookies- because they hold all our warm Christmas memories is one perfect cookie.

These No Chill Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe comes together so fast and are 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 a 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 oatmeal butterscotch cookies baked and cooling on a wire rack

They are soft, chewy, and loaded with butterscotch chips- so full of nutty carmely goodness.

Classic rolled oats create a unique and irresistible cookie, they’re a total crowd pleaser.

4. Buttercream Cookies

Buttercream Cookies have always been my favorite cookies at any Christmas party.

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 buttercream cookie decorated with unicorn inspired 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 some fancy sprinkles.

5. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Forget red velvet cake, it’s time for a red velvet cookie!

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

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, these crinkle cookies with their dusting of powdered sugar will make all your Christmas wishes come true.

6. Brownie Cookies (Brookies)

For all the chocolate lovers out there, these cookies were made just for you! They are truly incredible.

They 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 cookie on parchment paper

Dipped in milk, coffee, or eggnog there is no way you will be able to have just one of these dangerously delicious Brownie Cookies.

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 made with royal icing

These soft, melt in your mouth cream cheese sugar cookies are topped with marbled royal icing and are worth every second you put into baking them.

8. Gingerbread Macarons

These Gingerbread Macarons are adorable, delicious, and sure to brighten any Christmas party.

My French Macaron recipe will leave you with perfect crunchy and chewy shells (if you’ve never made them before, read my how-to blog). The Gingerbread Buttercream is spiced to perfection and will bring back all the memories of Christmas past.

image of adorable gingerbread macarons

Their little faces are drawn on with an edible marker and they really couldn’t be cuter! If you are looking for a fun family activity this is a great one for you all to do together.

Bring a plate of these to the party and the room will be instantly filled with holiday magic.

9. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

These Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies bring back a lot of memories for me. My grandma used to make us GIANT cookies and the nostalgia has only grown over time.

I wanted to attempt to recreate her recipe, so I developed this new slightly smaller and a little bit chewier version.

an image of chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies with a bite take out

For those leaning more to the savory side, these Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies are the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

They’re soft, chewy, and oh so delicious!

10. Brown Butter Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies really have it going on! Even with the Nutella centers and the sea salt sprinkle, the true star of this Brown Butter Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies is in fact…the brown butter.

Browning butter only takes 5 minutes, and it will give the cookies so much depth of flavor that takes them to the next level.

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

With the thick and creamy Nutella filling these really are a leveled-up chocolate chip cookie.

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

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 coat each grain of oat perfectly that 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. Hot Cocoa Macarons

At the end of a long day of celebrating there is nothing like a cup of warm cocoa. I’ve captured all the flavors of that feeling in these Hot Cocoa Macarons.

The crisp and chewy chocolate shells filled with my Hot Cocoa Buttercream make the ultimate Christmas sweet.

image of hot cocoa macarons stacked on top of each other with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows scattered around

I drizzled with these macarons with white and dark chocolate just to add some flair, but they really are perfect any way you serve them.

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try any of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipes from the classic Chocolate Chip Cookies to the adorable gingerbread macarons, I’d love to hear what think! Please leave a rating and 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.