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The Best Christmas Cookies To Gift

Cookies are such a good neighbors gift for Christmas or just something fun to bring into the office. This list will help you decide on the Best Christmas Cookies To Gift.

For more sweets, check out all of our dessert recipes.

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I love baking during the holiday season. Baking is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and to share with our friends and neighbors. Because goodness knows I’m not eating all of those Christmas cookies myself.

My mom actually makes the best cookie platter. Her cookie plate is filled with all different kinds of cookies. What she does is she makes one dough every weekend during the Christmas season, roll the dough into balls, and freeze it. Then, right before she wanted to hand out her cookie platters, she would bake them all.

It was so smart and a great idea to steal if you’re making a variety of cookies for your upcoming cookie exchange.

Speaking of varieties, we have a few traditional recipes on this list, but you might also be able to find some new favorites on this list too.

Homemade truffles in a Christmas box under a Christmas tree with the words "Homemade Edible Christmas Gift Ideas" digitally written on top.

People often think of cookies as an edible gift. But, if you want some more ideas, check out our list of Homemade Edible Christmas Gift Ideas.

The Best Christmas Cookies To Gift

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These are our favorite Christmas cookie recipes, but they’re not actually all of our cookie recipes. For more (maybe non-Christmas themed), check out our cookies recipes.

As we add more easy Christmas cookies to the blog, we’ll be sure to update this list of cookies. So make sure you save it (pin it, bookmark it, whatever you do to save posts) so that you can come back to it in the future and see what’s new.

Two thumbprint cookies with red jelly in the center with the words "Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies" digitally written on top.

Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

If you’re looking for a classic recipe for your Christmas cookie box, these Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies are it.

We fill the whole batch with strawberry jam because that’s the traditional way, but you could use any type of jam or use a couple different types of jams in a single batch.

Pecan Sandies cookies in a plastic container with the words "Pecan Sandies" digitally written on top.

Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies are my favorite Christmas cookies. A lot of people call them snowball cookies because of how they’re shaped and because of the time of year.

They’re really easy to make too. You just combine all of the ingredients, roll the dough into balls, and bake. Then, roll them in powdered sugar and enjoy.

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Elephant Ear Cookies (Palmiers Cookies)

One of the easiest, and prettiest, Christmas cookies are Elephant Ears.

Puff pastry is flattened with a rolling pin, then sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar mixture. The dough it folded and baked. The result is a really light and airy delicious treat.

Small sugar cookies with pink frosting in the center and the words "Thumbprint Cookies With Icing" digitally written above them.

Thumbprint Cookies With Icing

Thumbprints are such a classic cookie recipe. Usually, the center of the thumbprint is filled with raspberry jam, which I do sometimes, but this version of thumbprint cookies are actually filled with icing.

That’s just a fun way to give a new spin to these simple sugar cookies (which may already be on someone else’s cookie platter in their classic form).

Four marshmallow and peanut butter cookies stacked on top of each other with the words "Fluffernutter Cookies" digitally written on top.

Fluffernutter Cookies

Take one of everyone’s favorite childhood sandwiches and turn it into a cookie with these Fluffernutter Cookies. They’re one part peanut butter, one part marshmallow fluff, and every part delicious.

They’re going to be everyone’s new favorite cookies, so you might want to make a double batch.

Homemade chocolate chip cookies on a plate with the words "Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies" digitally written on top.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t have a Christmas cookie tray without Santa’s favorite cookie: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These are a really classic cookie, which the big man (and his wife) will be sure to love.

These Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies will be the star of your Christmas cookie platter. Find out how to make them on

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

You need a bit of a steady hand to pipe these Christmas Tree Meringues, but I promise you, it’s worth it. Your friends will be in awe when they see tiny Christmas trees in their holiday cookie box.

You make the meringue in the stand mixer, pipe it onto a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet, then cover them in festive sprinkles. 

Peanut butter lovers will rejoice over these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. You'll rejoice over how easy they are.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

If you still have leftover candy from Halloween, grab some of those peanut butter cups for these Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Cookies.

Chewy peanut butter cookies are stuffed into a muffin tray, then stuffed with a peanut butter cup. Bake, then drizzle dark chocolate on top for a little flair.

Up your cookie game with these Happy Cookies (rolled oat cookie bars topped with chocolate and nuts) from They are THE BEST cookie you will ever make!

Happy Cookies (aka rolled oat cookie bars topped with chocolate and nuts)

I am obsessed with Happy Cookies. I call them happy cookies because they really so make everyone happy. But, they’re actually rolled oat cookie bars topped with chocolate and nut.

They’re really easy cookies to make because you actually make the entire batch in a cake pan, then cut them into bars after they’ve cooled. No need for a cookie scoop or cookie cutter, which makes these really easy for people who are just learning how to bake.

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How To Package Christmas Cookies

You have a couple options for packaging Christmas cookies.

The best way to package Christmas cookies is to put them in an airtight container. You can find a holiday cookie tin so your cookies look festive while staying fresh.

You could also put them on a cookie tray or large platter and wrap it in clear cellophane. Cute cookie boxes would also work, although both of these options won’t actually keep the cookies fresh since they’ll have lots of exposure to air.

Finally, you could fill a mason jar with holiday cookies and gift them that way too.

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Purchase Christmas Cookies Online:

If you want Christmas cookies now, but you just don’t have time for homemade cookies, I get it. This time of the year is so busy. You might be having a hard time trying to squeeze everything in. So don’t make cookies. But, if you do still want cookies for your cookie swaps, just purchase them online.

You can find them at the following stores online:

Consider instore or curbside pickup to avoid shipping charges.

Don’t forget you can also order from Goldbelly and have specialty cookies delivered right to your door. Just be aware of shipping times so you can assure your cookies arrive on time.

And, not that anyone asked, but my current favorite cookie company — Appalachia Cookie Co. in Boone, NC — does ship cookies too.

Which of these Christmas cookies is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments.