Christmas Cookies

When you think about Christmas, aside from the presents and thoughts of family and friends, the baking is one of the things we look forward to the most. Christmas cookies are no exception. There are so many different types out there and if there’s one thing we do well here at The Kitchen Magpie, it’s bake!

You’ll find a wide assortment of delicious Christmas Cookie recipes here like our famous Whipped Shortbread and our Chewy Citrus Gingerbread Cookies so be sure to take a look through this page and our various recipes within it. If you don’t find the recipe you are looking for here, you’ll find plenty of other great ones in Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky, Karlynn’s first cookbook.

close up Old Fashioned Whipped Shortbread in a white plate, some candy cane on table

Retro Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

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Christmas Cookies Baking Tips and Tricks

Christmas cookies are one of the best parts of the holiday season and they can be so easy to make! Here are a few tips to ensure that you are making the best Christmas cookies!

  • Always use quality ingredients. Christmas cookies are a treat, once a year, so make sure that you splurge a little bit. Buy the best butter, the best chocolate and the best sprinkles!
  • Double your recipe to save time! Unless the recipe specifies it, all of the Christmas cookie recipes can be doubled, saving you the time and effort of making another batch! Make only one mess, and more cookies!
  • Freeze your Christmas cookies. Make the cookies ahead of time and freeze in a freezer safe sealed container for a few weeks. I do find that a few months in the freezer can be a bit too long, with freezer burn possible happening. A few weeks to a month is a safe bet! Make sure to freeze the cookies in layers, placing waxed paper or parchment paper between the layers to ensure that they won’t stick together.
close up Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Peppermint Kisses on Top

Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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Easy Christmas Cookies

The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, so easy Christmas cookies are where it’s at! Here is a list of Christmas cookies that are fast, easy and won’t break the bank!

  • Candy Cane Cookies – These are the ultimate Christmas cookies, they look like they took you hours upon hours to make, but even my kids can make these!
  • Scottish Shortbread – Easy and oh so buttery to eat!
  • Gumdrop Cookies – These are SO happy and cheerful – and take no time at all to make!
  • Peppermint Kiss Cookies –  The peppermint chocolate version of the PB blossom cookies below!
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms –  A Hersey’s chocolate kiss tops these classic soft and chewy peanut butter cookies.
  • Snickerdoodles – I haven’t met one person that doesn’t enjoy these classic spiced butter cookies!
  • Russian Tea Cakes – A shortbread ball that is loaded with hazelnuts and powdered sugar. The best!

All Christmas Cookie Recipes