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12 Days of Christmas Cookies

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?? The magic of Christmastime is something we all could use a little more. of to finish out 2020. Twinkling lights, exchanging gifts, and one of my favorites, baking cookies! There are endless Christmas cookies out there and. I honestly want to try them all. I found seventy eight unbelievably creative cookie recipes to present to you the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! Discover some fun new recipes to try and create new traditions with your family this year. Take a peek at the list of the 12 days below and uncover which ones pique your curiosity (and make your mouth water a little 😉).

12 Worldly Creations

Ube Crinkles Recipe (with video)

Ube Crinkles Recipe (With Video) by The Unlikely Baker

Ube crinkles are soft, fluffy and bursting with the ube flavour you love. They are like mini ube cakes and are perfect for the holidays!

Gingerbread Snowball Cookies

Gingerbread Snowball Cookies by Food Meanderings

Also known as Mexican wedding cookies, these Easy Gingerbread Snowball Cookies are a simple light, buttery and cakey ball shaped cookie, covered in powdered sugar. They are quick to prepare, making them the ultimate Christmas cookie and the perfect edible gift or addition to any holiday baking tray!

Mini Gizzada’s – Coconut Tarts

Mini Gazzada’s – Coconut Tarts by Ackee Adventures

Gizzadas are a popular Jamaican snack consisting of a hand-formed pastry shell with coconut “jam”. Make them mini, add a pop of colour and they’re perfect to add to any holiday cookie platter.

Moravian Molasses Cookies

Moravian Molasses Cookies by What a Girl Eats

Moravian molasses cookies are a thin and crispy cookie from the Czech Republic

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies by Lemon Blossoms

This Linzer cookies recipe makes festive and beautiful cookies that can be served for any occasion, especially during the holidays!

German Bethmännchen marzipan cookies

Bethmännchen Marzipan Cookies by Veggie Desserts

This traditional recipe for Bethmännchen marzipan cookies is one of the most famous German Christmas cookies. The outside is firm and crisp, the inside is chewy, and they’re studded with three crunchy almonds. Gluten-free. You only need 6 ingredients and 20 minutes.

Icelandic Pepper Cookies – piparkokur 

Icelandic Pepper Cookies – Piparkokur by Veggie Desserts

These Icelandic Pepper Cookies, also known as piparkokur or pepparkokur, are a popular Scandinavian Christmas cookie similar to gingersnaps. They are beautifully chewy and easy to make from scratch with no unusual ingredients!

Biscotti Regina

Biscotti Regina by Blend with Spices

Biscotti Regina or Sicilian Reginelle Biscuits – Crispy and delicious Italian sesame seed coated cookies. They are incredibly great with coffee or tea

Honey, Cinnamon, and Walnut Rugelach (Rogaliki)

Honey, Cinnamon, And Walnut Rugelach (Rogaliki) by Vitalinka

We make this honey, cinnamon and walnut rugelach or rogaliki in Russian every year. It’s just not Christmas without these little cookies!

German Elisen Lebkuchen

German Elisen Lebkuchen by Belly Rules The Mind

Getting read for Christmas? Lebkuchen cookies are wunderbar! Warm gingerbread spices meet soft cakey dough and delicate frosting. A German gem that’ll make your holiday party special!

Kue Putri Salju –Indonesian Snow White butter cookies

Kue Putri Salju –Indonesian Snow White Butter Cookies by So Yummy Recipes

These Snow White Cookies are one cookies you want to make for Christmas. They only use 3 ingredients and are easy to make. And the icing sugar looks so seasonal and festive that the cookies will make a lovely Christmas decoration and even gift.

Melomakarona – Greek Honey Christmas Cookies

Melomakarona – Greek Honey Christmas Cookies by Super Golden Bakes

Melomakarona – Traditional Greek Christmas honey spice cookies are made with olive oil, spices and soaked in honey syrup.

11 Gingerbread & More

Best Gingerbread Recipe and Sugar Cookie Mix

Best Gingerbread Recipe And Sugar Cookie Mix by Inspire Creation

When gingerbread is too strong for you, this recipe is a perfect alternative!

Gingerbread Yule Log cookies

Gingerbread Yule Log Cookies by Food Meanderings

Featured in Taste of Home’s “Ultimate Cookie Swap” , this soft gingerbread cookie is a delicious combination of gingerbread, Nutella and lime (and no molasses) all rolled up in a festive yule log cookie!

 Hanging Gingerbread Cookies gift 

 Hanging Gingerbread Cookies Gift by Food Folks and Fun

This Hanging Gingerbread Cookies gift is a unique spin on a classic, shared over 100 thousand times! Just add a small candy cane to the back and hang the cookies from a cup of cocoa!

Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Cookies 

Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Cookies by Well If She Can Do It

This recipe combines two beloved pastimes into one great cookie: the fun of Disney and the tastiness of gingerbread!

soft and chewy gluten free gingerbread cookies 

Soft And Chewy Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies  by The Movement Menu

These soft and chewy gingerbread cookies are easy to make, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo!

Low Carb gluten-free ginger snaps recipe

Low Carb Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps Recipe by Wholesome Yum

This gluten-free ginger snaps recipe tastes like the real thing! You only need 6 ingredients and one bowl to make these easy low carb ginger snaps cookies. 

Soft Ginger Cookie Recipe With Real Ginger

Soft Ginger Cookie Recipe With Real Ginger by Ramshackle Pantry

These Soft Ginger Cookies are delicious, chewy, and very munchable. Not only do you get plenty of holiday flavors, but you get some wonderful texture in this Soft Ginger Cookie Recipe with real ginger.

Spiced rum slice and bake cookies

Spiced Rum Slice And Bake Cookies by Little Sunny Kitchen

Spiced rum slice and bake cookies are a must in everyone’s Christmas cookie box this year! The delicate notes of spiced rum, and warming cinnamon and nutmeg make these butter cookies taste so tasty and festive.

Perníčky (Czech gingerbread cookies)

Perníčky (Czech Gingerbread Cookies) by Mission Food

Gingerbread cookies are synonymous with Christmas, but there are so many different variations to try! These Czech gingerbread cookies are less sweet than their American counterparts

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies by Scotch and Scones

Molasses Cookies are darkly sweet, spicy, soft, & utterly delicious. You need to put these old fashioned cookies into your regular baking rotation!

chewy gingerbread molasses cookies

Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Cookies by A Simple Palate

Super chewy gingerbread molasses cookies drizzled with dark chocolate. Made with wholesome ingredients like oat flour, coconut sugar, and almond butter.

10 Lifestyle Treats

Peppermint-White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Peppermint-White Chocolate Chickpea Cookies by Two Healthy Kitchens

These uniquely scrumptious “chickpea” cookies magically replace most of the butter in “typical” cookie recipes with a clever chickpea puree to slash the fat while adding loads of nutritious protein and fiber! They’re chewy and satisfying (just like a “normal” cookie), but so much healthier, too!

Keto Almond Flour Linzer Cookies

Keto Almond Flour Linzer Cookies by Paleo Low Carb Kate

Gluten free and sugar-free linzer cookies so those with food sensitivities can also enjoy during the festive period

Panellets – Gluten free Sweet Potato and Coconut Cookies

Panellets – Gluten Free Sweet Potato And Coconut Cookies by Lathis Kitchen

Panellets are small cakes or cookies in many shapes but mainly round. The main ingredients comprises sweet potatoes and almonds. Actually you need just a handful of ingredients.These cookies were dated at least from 18th century.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies: 1 Mix, 3 Yummy Options!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies: 1 Mix, 3 Yummy Options! by Zest for Baking

Quick and easy gluten free cookies that start with a convenient gluten free cake mix… Make them even more delicious by adding in some M&M’s, Rolo’s or dusting with powdered sugar.

Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies by Savory Spin

Soft, gloriously thick and scrumptious, it’s so hard to stop at just one of these Gluten Free Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – they are a delicious yet healthyish treat your family and friends are sure to love.

Vegan Cinnamon Cookies

Vegan Cinnamon Cookies by Baked by Clo

Crunchy, sweetly spiced cinnamon cookies that are free from eggs and dairy. Easy to cut out and easy to make!

Low Carb Chocolate Peppermint Stars

Low Carb Chocolate Peppermint Stars by All Day I Dream About Food

Soft low carb chocolate cookies in a chocolate peppermint coating. Sugar-free and grain-free and perfect for the holidays.

Jammy Vegan Biscuits

Jammy Vegan Biscuits by The Veg Space

These festive Christmas stars have a rich shortbread dough sandwiched with cherry jam. Fun to make with kids, they are easy but impressive Christmas gifts!

Gluten-Free French Butter Cookies

Gluten-Free French Butter Cookies by G-Free Foodie

French Butter Cookies, know as “Sables Breton” in France, get their flavor from vanilla and salted – yes, salted – butter. So, it’s important to use the highest quality butter and good vanilla in this recipe.

20-Minute Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms

20-Minute Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms by Wow It’s Veggie

Peanut butter blossoms are a holiday cookie table favorite but they are never vegan! This vegan version is SO tasty and worth it!!

9 Nuts Galore

Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies by Drugstore Divas

Pecan Sandie Cookies are such a Christmas cookie staple, mostly because they look like snowballs.

Pistachio Butter cookies

Pistachio Butter Cookies by Vintage Kitchen Notes

Laced with lemon, these butterballs are sensationally nutty, melt-in-your-mouth cookies perfect for gift giving. Roll them in powdered sugar or glaze them, they are both amazing!

Pistachio Cookies with Ruby Chocolate Recipe

Pistachio Cookies With Ruby Chocolate Recipe by Savory Spin

Pistachio & Ruby chocolate unite in delicious harmony in these gluten-free, no-bake, Pistachio Cookies with Ruby Chocolate. Made with only 7 ingredients, these no-bake cookies are high on the nutrition scale as well!

Coconut Date Balls

Coconut Date Balls by Sula and Spice

This vintage cookie gets a sweet burst from dates and a crunch from Rice Krispie cereal. A holiday favorite!

Thumbprint caramel pecan turtle cookies recipe – gluten free

Thumbprint Caramel Pecan Turtle Cookies Recipe – Gluten Free by Wholesome Yum

An EASY caramel pecan turtle cookies recipe that looks and tastes impressive! No one will believe these thumbprint cookies are sugar-free & gluten-free.

Turtle Cookies

Turtle Cookies by Salt and Baker

These Turtle Cookies feature a chocolate cookie base rolled in pecans then covered in melty caramel and topped with a chocolate drizzle. They’re bound to be a huge hit with anyone you share them with!

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Nutella Sandwich Cookies by Blend With Spices

Simple vanilla cookies filled with silky Nutella. An easy, delicious and perfect holiday cookies without eggs

gluten-free Edible Flower Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Edible Flower Pistachio Shortbread Cookies by G-Free Foodie

These beautiful gluten-free Edible Flower Pistachio Shortbread Cookies are sure to wow friends when they see them, and again when they taste them!

Almond Shortbread Cookies

Almond Shortbread Cookies by A Baking Journey

These Almond Shortbread Cookies are the most delicious, buttery and crumbly cookies ever. Perfect for Christmas and the Holidays, these cut-out Almond Meal Cookies are super easy to make from 6 ingredients only and can be decorated in many fun ways!

8 Festive Finds

Grinch Snowball Cookies

Grinch Snowball Cookies by Well If She Can Do It

What’s more festive than snowball cookies with a Grinch twist?? Don’t miss out on these tasty treats at your next holiday gathering!

Father Christmas Cookies

Father Christmas Cookies by A Mummy Too

These Father Christmas cookies are crisp and light, gently flavoured with lemon and mixed spice and then decorate with sugar paste to create a very fun, very tasty and very festive treat.

Santa Claus Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Santa Claus Cut Out Cookie Recipe by Binky’s Culinary Carnival

With a crispy outside and soft on inside, these are the best cut out cookie recipe you will ever try! Perfect plain or decorated.

Rudolph Nose Dough Balls No Bake Christmas Cookies

Rudolph Nose Dough Balls No Bake Christmas Cookies by Julie Blanner

These chocolate covered Rudolph Nose Dough Balls will be the hit of your Christmas get together! They’re amazing edible cookie dough truffles covered in a red chocolate shell for a one of a kind no bake Christmas cookie.

No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies

No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies by Living Sweet Moments

These easy and delicious Christmas Wreath Cookies require no baking & few ingredients. Perfect to make with kids. Give them out as gifts or for dessert

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Stained glass cookies resemble church windows with their melted candy centers!

Easy Christmas Light Cookies

Easy Christmas Light Cookies by Recipes From A Pantry

These easy Christmas Light Cookies are a fun and festive way to welcome in the holiday season. Cookie crafts are a great way to get the kids and the whole family into the holiday spirit too.

Snowmen Vegan Meringue Cookies

Snowmen Vegan Meringue Cookies by Vegan Huggs

How cute are these snowmen?! The whole family will enjoy these adorable snowmen meringue cookies this Christmas!

7 Chocolate Concoctions

Chocolate Orange. Cookies

Chocolate Orange Cookies by Salt and Baker

If you get a Terry’s chocolate orange in your stocking, be sure to make these delicious chocolate orange cookies! They’re super chocolatey with hints of orange. We devour these cookies!

Santa’s Chocolate Chip

Santa’s Chocolate Chip by Quiche My Grits

Santa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. They’re filled with two types of chocolate, which makes them the biggest and best cookies ever!

Christmas OREO Cookie Balls

Christmas OREO Cookie Balls by The Flavor Bender

Fun, delicious and no-bake Christmas baubles OREO cookie balls, Christmas trees OREO truffles, Hot cocoa mugs OREO truffles and pine cone OREO truffles!

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Oats

Sweet Potato Cookies With Chocolate Chips And Oats by Live Eat Learn

Need a healthy cookie recipe that’s just as moist and delicious as your old favorites? This Sweet Potato Cookies recipe with chocolate and oats has you covered.

Cranberry Orange White chocolate cookies

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Cookies by A Mummy Too

With a crisp outer and gorgeously soft inner, these cranberry orange white chocolate cookies cookies loaded with fruit, spices and nuts are packed with the flavours and aromas of Christmas.

Salted Chocolate Toffee Bars

Salted Chocolate Toffee Bars by Quiche My Grits

Salted Chocolate Toffee Bars are outrageously good. They’re buttery, crunchy, and filled with salted caramel chocolate in every bite.

Easy Chocolate thumbprint Cookies with Toffee Bits

Easy Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies With Toffee Bits by Everyday Family Cooking

Crunchy bits of toffee meet sweet and soft cookies for an excellent pair in these chocolate thumbprint cookies!

6 Berries and Cherries

Berry Baked Alaska Cookies

Berry Baked Alaska Cookies by Live Eat Learn

These Berry Baked Alaska Cookies are a simple twist on the great northern classic. Forest berry-stuffed ice cream sitting atop cranberry shortbread cookies, coated in toasted meringue…could it get any better?

Cherry Christmas Cookies

Cherry Christmas Cookies by Platter Talk

These old-fashioned cherry Christmas cookies are a timeless tradition in our family. Make them today and you will discover why!

Black Cherry Cup Cookies

Black Cherry Cup Cookies by Erica’s Recipes

Black Cherry Cup Cookies are an update on the traditional cherry pie cookie using a homemade filling and a touch of cinnamon and brandy.

Cherry Pie Shortbread

Cherry Pie Shortbread by Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking

These were a popular cookie that I made for the first time several years ago and are still a hit when I make them now.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies by Restless Chipotle

Chocolate covered cherry cookies have a chocolate fudge layer that bakes right on top! They’re perfect for the chocoholic in your life.

Jammy Vegan Biscuits

Jammy Vegan Biscuits by The Veg Space

These festive Christmas stars have a rich shortbread dough sandwiched with cherry jam. Fun to make with kids, they are easy but impressive Christmas gifts!

5 Shortbread Sweets

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies by The Suburban Soapbox

These brightly-colored and candy cane shaped cookies will be a fun holiday treat for all ages!

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread

Wholemeal Clotted Cream Shortbread by Tin and Thyme

Scrumptious cinnamon flavoured shortbread biscuits made with clotted cream, wholemeal flour and a little chestnut flour. These wholemeal clotted cream shortbread will delight family and friends alike. They make perfect festive gifts too.

Hildabrotchen shortbread cookie with jam

Hildabrotchen Shortbread Cookie With Jam by Binky’s Culinary Carnival

Hildabrotchen or Hilda brotchen are a vintage German shortbread cookie that is filled with currant jam. It’s a beautiful dough to work with!

Vegan Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Vegan Shortbread Cookies Dipped In Chocolate by Keeping the Peas

These buttery vegan shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with peppermint are simply perfection in every bite! They’re perfect for the holidays, or an anytime treat!

Nankhatai | Eggless Indian Cookies

Nankhatai | Eggless Indian Cookies by Cookilicious

Nankhatai or Condensed milk cookies are delicious Indian style shortbread eggless cookies! These eggless sugar cookies are light, crumbly, and will instantly melt in your mouth! Make them in just 30 minutes but watch them disappear in seconds!

4 Sugary Selections

How to Make Fancy Cookies

How To Make Fancy Cookies by The Mama Maven

This handed down family”fancy cookies” recipe are sugar cookies that are dipped in the toppings of your choice. These cookies look terrific and are so easy to make!

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles by A Taste of Madness

Easy Eggnog Snickerdoodles recipe. A great snack or dessert idea to use up your leftover eggnog over the Christmas holidays.

Delicious Brown Butter Meltaway Cookies

Delicious Brown Butter Meltaway Cookies by Living Sweet Moments

These incredible Brown Butter Meltaway Cookies have only 6 ingredients with no mixer needed! The best easy Christmas cookie recipe you will try!

Christmas Butter biscuits

Christmas Butter Biscuits by Tin and Thyme

Three differently coloured and flavoured biscuit doughs are used here to great effect. Simple to make, these vanilla, matcha and chocolate Christmas butter biscuits are also very easy to eat.

3 Sweet Swirls

Cherry Cream Cheese Pinwheel

Cherry Cream Cheese Pinwheel by The Farm Girl Gabs

These flaky Cherry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Cookies are a twist on the traditional Hungarian Kolaches Christmas Cookie recipe.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies by The House of Nash Eats

No Who down in Who-ville can resist the mesmerizing swirls of Christmas Pinwheel Cookies rolled in nonpareil sprinkles for an extra festive touch! These swirly treats are sure to be the talk of your next cookie exchange!

Easy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Easy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies by Little Sunny Kitchen

These old-fashioned Christmas pinwheel cookies are soft, delicious, and really fun to make! They’re so colorful, Christmassy, and deserve to be in everyone’s Christmas cookie exchange boxes this year!

2 Peppermint Delights

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Biscotti

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Biscotti by Mission-Food

These delicious peppermint biscotti are filled with chopped peppermint candies, dipped in chocolate, and finished with more peppermint candies to yield the perfect Christmas cookies to enjoy with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!

Chocolate Peppermint Stars

Chocolate Peppermint Stars by All Day I Dream About Food

Soft low carb chocolate cookies in a chocolate peppermint coating. Sugar-free and grain-free and perfect for the holidays.

1 Faithful Fruitcake

Irresistible Fruitcake Cookies

Irresistible Fruitcake Cookies by Living Sweet Moments

These irresistible Fruitcake Cookies will blow your mind with incredible flavor & soft texture. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe for exchanges & parties

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Christmas memories

What are some of your favorite memories making cookies.at Christmastime? I hope you and your family build long-lasting memories this year baking some of these amazing treats these bloggers have to offer! Merry Christmas to you all!

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84 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Cookies”

  1. I love this post of the all the wonderful cookies. There are just so many that I can’t wait to try and make! They all look so yummy😋

  2. Oh my gosh! This is absolutely the best idea ever! I love it! So much to choose from and so much fun! I will be here awhile. All the cookies anyone would want! So glad I stopped by from Twitter and the blog thread.

  3. Everything looks amazing! I will need a bit of time to try and find my actual favourite ha!
    Have pinned for future reference, it’s a great list x

  4. These cookies look delicious and perfect for Christmas! I love the sound of the gingerbread snowball cookies and Oreo cookie balls!

  5. Holy Moly!!!!! There were so many that my jaw just dropped reading about. I would love to try plenty but so afraid to mess them up and not end up at all the way they look and taste here. Can I borrow you for a minute to come over and bake???? Lol amazing post on amazing treats!!!

  6. Oh my goodness this is such a great list of cookies…all I want now is a plate full of cookies. I’d eat most of these, but as I’m a lousy baker I would probably only try making the no bake cookies (thank you for including no bake options!!)

  7. What a lovely idea of doing 12 days of Christmas cookies! Some of these are definitely making my mouth water. I love marzipan so I think I’ll be trying that one!

  8. Wherr do I start? There are so many here I want to try (except Betmännchen – I won‘t eat them even when Oma makes them). Too many for just 12 days!

  9. I am fan of chocolate cakes and cookies but faithful christmas cake reminds me of my childhood, when we use to have it during Christmas. Thanks for sharing such a mouth watering post. 😀 ❤️

  10. I love chocolates and I’m so glad that I read this post. Now I can go on a chocolate eating spree. 😁 Thanks a lot for such wonderful recipes. Honestly, I can’t decide which one is my favorite. I love them all. 😍

  11. Goodness gracious me! Talk about a plethora of festive sweetness! It’s amazing. I am so glad to see some gluten free cookies included here too, it’s always so hard at Christmas to find a Christmas cookie that is gluten free. Thank you for sharing.

  12. This is like… the ULTIMATE guide to Christmas cookies. Now I’ve been put in a serious baking mood and all I want to do is spend time in the kitchen making as many of these recipes as I can!

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