Sugar High Holidays: 25 Christmas Cookies That Sleigh the Competition

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Channel your inner Santa (the jolly, cookie-loving part, not the ‘breaking into homes’ part) and get ready to bake up a storm this Christmas season. These 25 recipes will fill your holiday season with buttery, sugary, bites of Christmas cheer.

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Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

From old-fashioned favorites straight from grandma’s recipe box to new creations baked in your air fryer there is something for everyone in this cookie collection. It’s time to sleigh your neighbors with your cookie prowess and bake the halls with holiday joy!

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Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies

Spirals of raspberry jam and walnuts are nestled in buttery dough to create these Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies. Sliced and baked, they come out as festive as a Christmas parade float. Who needs boring cookies when you’ve got these sparkly spirals of flavor?
Get the Recipe: Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Ricotta Cookies decorated with Christmas sprinkles.
Italian Ricotta Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Imagine a tiny, cake-like cookie that decided to vacation in Italy – that’s the Italian Ricotta Cookie for you. They bring a dollop of Italian charm to your holiday table, soft, rich, and whimsically traditional. Christmas might be the excuse, but these cookies need no occasion.
Get the Recipe: Italian Ricotta Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

Chocolate cherry blossom cookies on a plate.
Chocolate Cherry Blossoms. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms feature cherry-flavored dough with a chocolate kiss on top. It’s not just a cookie; it’s a dessert concert with every bite. Add excitement to your cookie tray with these cherry-chocolate rockstars.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

Air Fryer Christmas Cookies

Air fryer christmas cookies in a metal cookie tine with different decorations.
Air Fryer Christmas Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Roll out one dough and conjure up a whole cookie tray full of Air Fryer Christmas Cookies – sugar, thumbprint, kiss, and M&M. It’s like a one-man band but for cookies. Who knew your air fryer could moonlight as a cookie factory?
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Christmas Cookies


Speculoo cookies stamped with snowflakes on a platter.
Speculoos. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Speculoos, or as I like to call them, “Euro-Trip in a Bite,” are your ticket to a spiced, crispy holiday treat. Traditionally whipped up for St. Nicholas’ feast, these Dutch Windmill Cookies are a crunchy trip to old European flavor.
Get the Recipe: Speculoos

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry cookies with icing and milk on a plate.
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies bring the holiday zing with tart cranberries and zesty orange, all wrapped up in a buttery shortbread package. Slice, bake, and bring on the Christmas fanfare with these easy yet snazzy treats.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies

melted mint on chocolate cookie
Andes Mint Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Enjoy minty freshness with Chocolate Andes Mint Cookies. These soft chocolate cookies get topped with a melted Andes Mint and will be a family favorite. A minty-chocolate escapade in every bite, easy to whip up and hard to resist.
Get the Recipe: Andes Mint Cookies

Bisquick Cookies

Bisquick chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.
Bisquick Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Bisquick Cookies are for when you want to bake but also, you know, not really. Six ingredients, less than 30 minutes, and you’ve got chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re the lazy Sunday of the cookie world – effortless, classic, and always welcome.
Get the Recipe: Bisquick Cookies

Church Window Cookies

Church window cookies with colored marshmallows and coconut.
Church Window Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Church Window Cookies are like the stained-glass masterpieces of the cookie world, but no bake and way tastier. Chocolate, marshmallows, nuts, and only 5 ingredients! It’s like making art you can eat, without the museum security telling you not to touch.
Get the Recipe: Church Window Cookies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Plate of chocolate cookies with icing with one cut open to show the cherry inside.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These aren’t your average cookies; they’re Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies with a hidden cherry surprise wrapped in chocolate dough. It’s like unwrapping a mini present with every cookie – a chocolate-cherry party, no RSVP needed.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

Red and green cake mix cookies on a wooden cutting board.
Christmas Cake Mix Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Christmas Cake Mix Cookies are the holiday hack you didn’t know you needed. Just six ingredients and look at that – you’re practically Santa’s head baker. Perfect for when you want to join the baking bandwagon without actually, you know, doing too much baking.
Get the Recipe: Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Chocolate caramel cookies on a cutting board topped with nuts and caramel.
Chocolate Caramel Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

These Chocolate Caramel Cookies are not your average sweet treat. Rich chocolate cookies get a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of toffee, making them the James Bond of cookies – suave, sophisticated, and with a license to thrill.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Soft Frosted Christmas Cookies

Frosted sugar cookies on a plate decorated with sprinkles.
Soft Frosted Christmas Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Soft Frosted Christmas Cookies to the rescue for those who want festive without the cookie cutter chaos. Just bake, frost, and ta-da! Instant holiday cheer, no intricate icing skills required. Get Christmas spirit in a cookie, minus the effort.
Get the Recipe: Soft Frosted Christmas Cookies

Butterscotch Cookies

Butterscotch cookies on a red plate.
Butterscotch Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Take a bite into nostalgia with these chewy Butterscotch Cookies. Brown sugar and butter get cozy with butterscotch chips, creating a throwback flavor that’ll have you reminiscing about the good old days, one cookie at a time.
Get the Recipe: Butterscotch Cookies

Cardamom Cookies

Stack of cardamom cookies with a glass of milk in the background.
Cardamom Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Take your taste buds on a Scandinavian adventure with these Cardamom Cookies. Crisp, spiced, and ready to add some Nordic flair to your holiday cookie spread. It’s a Viking cookie invasion.
Get the Recipe: Cardamom Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies on a baking rack cooling.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are here to satisfy all your fudgy, brownie-like cravings. Soft, chewy, and with a gooey center, they’re a dairy-free delight that’ll make every chocoholic swoon. They are kind of like brownies pretending to be cookies.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cool Whip Cookies

Cool whip cookies on parchment with powdered sugar.
Cool Whip Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

When life gives you Cool Whip and cake mix, make Cool Whip Cookies. Whip up these lemony crinkle cookies in no time with just a few simple ingredients. These are the perfect cookie when you want to impress with minimal effort.
Get the Recipe: Cool Whip Cookies

Sour Cream Cookies

Sour cream cookies with blue, green and yellow icing.
Sour Cream Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Sour Cream Cookies are your ticket to soft, cake-like cookie heaven. The sour cream works its magic, adding a unique texture and a hint of tang. These old fashioned cookies are delightful, unexpected, and always a hit.
Get the Recipe: Sour Cream Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

Top view of a plate of potato chips cookies on a beige napkin.
Potato Chip Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Potato Chip Cookies are where the sweet meets the salty in a deliciously crunchy affair. Just six ingredients and you’ve got a batch of cookies that answer the age-old question: sweet or salty? Why not both!
Get the Recipe: Potato Chip Cookies

Air Fryer Kiss Cookies

Air fryer kiss cookies on a plate with sprinkles.
Air Fryer Kiss Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Air Fryer Kiss Cookies bring a sweet surprise to your cookie roster. Butter-rich dough, rolled in sugar, and crowned with a chocolate kiss – it’s a classic holiday cookie reimagined for the air fryer.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Kiss Cookies

Secret Kiss Cookies

Hershey's kiss baked inside a cookie and dusted with powdered sugar.
Secret Kiss Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Dive into the mystery of Secret Kiss Cookies, where each bite reveals a hidden secret. These powdery snowball-looking treats have a chocolate Kiss inside for a delightful surprise in every bite.
Get the Recipe: Secret Kiss Cookies

Haystack Cookies

No bake haystack cookies on a white cake stand.
Haystack Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

No bake, no stress, all delicious – that’s Haystack Cookies for you. Chocolate and peanut butter join forces in these easy, 4-ingredient treats, perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without any actual baking.
Get the Recipe: Haystack Cookies

Heath Bar Cookies

Heath bar cookies stacked up one is broken in half.
Heath Bar Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Heath Bar Cookies are the answer when your sweet tooth calls for something crunchy and chocolatey. Toffee bits, pecans, and milk chocolate come together in a chewy cookie, making every bite a candy bar celebration.
Get the Recipe: Heath Bar Cookies

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies decorated with red and white stripes on a cake stand.
Peppermint Meringue Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Peppermint Meringue Cookies are the festive darlings of the cookie world. Light as air and flavored like your favorite holiday candy cane, they’re a melt-in-your-mouth marvel that’ll add a pepperminty pep to your Christmas celebrations.
Get the Recipe: Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

A stack of cranberry cookies on a plate.
Cranberry Walnut Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies are the dynamic duo of tart and crunch. Fresh cranberries and crunchy walnuts team up in these cookies, making them the perfect candidates for your next holiday cookie exchange. They are season’s greetings, in cookie form!
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Walnut Cookies

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