Last Minute Baking: 10 Christmas Cookies to Whip Up Right Now

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The countdown is on, and the sweet scent of urgency is in the air! If you are staring at an empty cookie jar with the clock ticking towards Christmas, don’t worry.

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

My top 10 Christmas cookie recipes are easy, delicious and sure to spread holiday cheer. So fire up that oven and let’s make some Christmas miracles – because who actually plans ahead anyway?

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Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

When you’re down to the wire, Chocolate Cherry Blossoms come to the rescue with their cherry-flavored dough and crowd-pleasing chocolate kisses on top. They’re as festive as they are easy to make, bringing the holiday cheer without the fuss.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Blossoms

Haystack Cookies

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

Enjoy the simplicity of no-bake Haystack Cookies that only need four ingredients and a bit of your time. They’re the perfect last-minute concoction for when the oven is already overloaded with other holiday fare.
Get the Recipe: Haystack Cookies

Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

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

With just six ingredients, these Christmas Cake Mix Cookies are a shortcut to homemade happiness. They’re the stress-free solution for when you need a batch of cookies that taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies

Chocolate cookie with melted Andes mints on top.
Andes Mint Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Andes Mint Cookies are your go-to for a minty, chocolatey fix with minimal effort. Soft chocolate cookies get topped with melted Andes Mints for a match made in holiday heaven.
Get the Recipe: Andes Mint Cookies

Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies

pinwheel cookies closeup
Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

If you’re in a pinch, Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies are a sweet swirl of jam and walnuts, all wrapped up in buttery dough. Slice, bake, and you’ve got a tray of these rich cookies that scream Christmas tradition.
Get the Recipe: Raspberry Pinwheel 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 airy, candy cane-flavored treats that look and taste like Christmas. They’re a melt-in-your-mouth marvel that’s surprisingly simple to whip up.
Get the Recipe: Peppermint Meringue Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies

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

Italian Ricotta Cookies bring the comfort of a cake-like texture and the convenience of a quick bake time. These tender cookies are a nod to tradition without spending all day in the kitchen. They’re the kind of holiday favorite that makes last-minute baking a joy.
Get the Recipe: Italian Ricotta Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie with their easy-to-make buttery shortbread and sweet jam centers. Choose raspberry or apricot jam to create a festive touch with minimal effort. They’re the dusted-with-powdered-sugar kind of magic that’s ready in a jiffy.
Get the Recipe: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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

For those who crave a fudgy, brownie-like center in a cookie, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are your quick fix. These classic chocolate cookies deliver soft, chewy goodness in every bite.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Heath Bar Cookies

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

When you’ve got a sweet tooth to satisfy and the clock’s ticking, Heath Bar Cookies are your secret weapon. Combining crunchy toffee, pecans, and milk chocolate in a chewy cookie, this simple recipe is a buttery toffee triumph.
Get the Recipe: Heath Bar Cookies

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