The Very Best Christmas Cookies

Published: December 6, 2013

It is nice to have a hearty variety of cookie treats for Santa and everyone else. Treats should be easy to make and delicious. The list below includes those cookies that are yummy and not to difficult to put together. Different flavors and shapes make it all worthwhile while simple ingredients keep down costs.

  1. Scotch Shortbread

    This homemade cookie has been misrepresented as hard to achieve at home. It really is a simple cookie to make, just remember to make sure your flour is bleached white flour with no added rising ingrediets, also known as plain white flour, and to cool the cookies before slicing exactly the length of time stated in the recipe you are using. Taste of Home provides the classic recipe.

  2. Cathedral Cookies

    This is an interesting cookie where the stained glass appearance in the main area of the cookie is made possible by the miniature marshmallows in the recipe. One of the secrets to a pretty cookie is to use a serrated knife that has been dipped in cool water in between each slice that you are cutting.

  3. Oatmeal Scotchies

    Everyone loves these cookies with an almost caramel taste they are even richer than toll house cookies. The best part about the recipe is although that it makes a very large quantity of the cookies. You can't go wrong, price-wise either with oatmeal as a base for the cookies.

  4. Peppermint Frosted Brownies

    The pepermint of the peppermint brownies is in the frosting. You could make the buttercream icing or use vanilla, or, even chocolate canned frosting and add crushed peppermint candy in your choice of red or green or both. If you see other mints flavors or colors feel free to subsitute with the one you like the most, although the peppermint is tried and true as a satisfactory complilment to the fudge brownies, such as Betty Crocker brownies that come in a mix.

  5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Ritz Crisps

    In this recipe you candy coat the ritz sandwiches with melted peanut butter chips. You spread a thin layer of Jif peanut butter on half of your crackers and a thin layer of jelly or all fruit spread on the remaining ritz crackers and set them aside while you prepare the candy coating. This might be the more difficult recipe of the bunch but you don't have to bake the cookie base so it's relatively easy and less of a mess than a cut out and ice sugar cookie operation. For your bark coating you could use white or chocolate if you prefer or you can melt the peanut butter chips with 1 tsp. of vegetable shortening in the microwave and then hold any of these over a pan of water placed on low heat to keep the coating the right consistancy for dipping.

  6. Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies from Pillsbury

    Once again, the ready made cookie dough keeps down the mess in the kitchen. Pillsbury has made a refrigerater cookie with images at the central core of different holiday icons. For Christmas investigate the reindeer, the Christmas tree and the Princess Party slice and bake cookies.

  7. S'mores in a Jar

    I have a practically no-bake S'mores recipe and this is the way to go. It is a jar cookie recipe also, so you can whip up a few cannisters or jars for the fellow ladies or bachelors on you list.

    Put this in your jar in layers:

    1/2 cup chocolate chips

    1/2 cup other chips peanut butter, white or you choose chips

    1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

    1/3 a cup of brown sugar

    1 package of graham crackers from a 1 lb. box-there are usually three in the box- crushed with a rolling pin or ground in your very well dry blender, do not grind the crackers when you are making other things in your blender at the same time, it can't dare be wet at all to crumb things.


    Empty the ingredients from jar into a bowl add 1 stick of melted oleo and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pop into a 350° oven 15 minutes. 


  8. Rice Krispie Treats

    We really need to remember to add some festively decorated Rice Krispie Treats for the kids and others who may like to hold back a little on calories. The Rice Krispie Treat may be similar in calorie count to a large cookie but it is even bigger so in that way it is calorie wise.

  9. Granola Chocolate Chip

    Granola Chocolate Chip cookies are a little fancier than regular toll house cookies, perfect for Christmas celebration. At Epicurious is a great Granola Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for you to try. These cookies are extra chewy and delicious and include one full cup of granola in the recipe.

  10. Bakery Christmas Cookies

    Decorated Christmas cookies from your nearest bakaery are a super choice for anyone pushed for time. There are absolutely so many darling and creative choices, some pre-fabricated and some very near home-made but usually even richer. They will have a selection of sugar cookies, thumbprint cookies and ginger cookies at most bakeries and some other surprises making visiting the bakery a perfectly suitable alternative to making the cookies yourself.

Why would anyone need more than 10 preferred cookie ideas for any special occasion even Christmas? This is why the list is ending at 10 ideas here. There are countless beautiful celebration cookies in all countries around the world that serve as cherished traditions. These could be a nice added touch occasionally also.

If you are into nutrition several of these cookies have added nutrition such as peanut butter in the Ritz Peanut Butter and Jelly, especially if you substitute all fruit spead for the jelly, oats in the Oatmeal Scotchies, graham flour in the S'mores and the vitamin fortified cereal in the Rice Krispie Treat.