With the holidays knocking on our seasonal door steps, many of us are decking the halls and all of the jazz. Christmas trees are going up and holiday plans are strategically being set into motion. For us, we have decided to forgo the very cliché “Ugly Christmas Sweater” soiree and have opted for a more old-fashioned Christmas Cookie Exchange. Christmas Cookies are some of my absolute favorite treats.

While I was planning on saving this post for my 25 Days of Christmas Baking Series – our Cookie Exchange invitations warrant a premature Blogmas post to tender a little cookie inspiration.

From a classic shortbread to a timeless thumbprint cookie all your favorites are in this list. I have explored the finest blogs for the most appetizing cookies on the internet. You are sure to find a little Christmas cookie spirit.

Drop Cookies

Drop cookies are the most common style of cookie for the at-home baker. Think about the process you take to make a chocolate chip cookie – same thing! These cookies are baked by dropping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. The heat of the oven will flatten the dough nicely.

  1. Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies | Live For Cakes
  2. Soft & Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip | The Domestic Rebel
  3. Cake Batter Christmas Cookies | Sally’s Baking Addiction
  4. Hot Chocolate Cookies | Love From The Oven
  5. Soft Baked Gingersnap Cookies | Girls Dish


Molded Cookies

Just like the name suggests, molded cookies are made from slightly stiffer dough and then formed into shapes before baking. These cookies can gain their shapes by hand or a mold. We see these cookies most often as crescents, logs, and balls.

  1. Christmas Candy Cane Cookies | Home Cooking Memories
  2. Crinkly, Cranky Grinch Cookies | Simplistically Living
  3. Almond Cresent Cookies | An Italian In My Kitchen
  4. Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies | Chef In Training
  5. Gingerbread Madeleines | Fortune Goodies


Rolled Cookies

Rolled cookies are made from firm dough that is then chilled before being rolled out and cut into their desired shape. The most popular variations of this method are gingerbread men and sugar cookies. More often than not these cookies can be time-consuming due to their prolonged chill times and decorating once cooled.

  1. Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies | One Little Project At A Time
  2. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies | Art And The Kitchen
  3. Christmas Chocolate Chip Cutout Cookies | Sweet And Delish
  4. Gingerbread Cookies | Gimme Some Oven
  5. Perfect Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies | Sweetopia


Refrigerator Cookies

Similar to the rolled cookies, this method can be time-consuming given their chill time. While they may take more time then you were planning on spending for a simple cookie, they render stunning results. They are made from dough rolled up into cylinders, chilled to become stiff, and then sliced before baking.

  1. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies | I Love MY Disorganized Life
  2. Easy Icebox Shortbread Cookies | Hello Creative Family
  3. Toffee Butter Icebox Cookies | Mom On Timeout
  4. Checkerboard Cookies | Martha Stewart
  5. Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies | Baked By Rachel


Sandwich Cookies

These little delights are extremely simple – think of an Oreo. A sweet confection or filling is placed between two cookies.

  1. Peppermint Twist Macarons |Savory Experiments
  2. Hazelnut Shortbread with Salted Ganache Sandwich Cookies | Vanilla and Bean
  3. Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches | Life, Love and Sugar
  4. Jam Sandwich Cookies | If You Give A Blond A Kitchen
  5. Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies with Eggnog Frosting | Just So Tasty


Filled Cookies

Filled cookies are made from wrapping cookie dough around a sweet filling. These cookies have become very popular over the last few years. One of the easiest methods to successfully creating filled cookies, is to use a mini muffin tin and pressing the filling into the center of the cookies dough.

  1. Hershey’s Secret Kisses Cookies | Cakescottage
  2. Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies | Girls Dish
  3. Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups | Liv For Cakes
  4. Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Buttons | Mom On Timeout
  5. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies | The Kitchen Is My Playground


No-Bake Cookies

While many people would like you to believe that no-bake recipes are not technically cookies – I think they offer some of the most beautiful treats during the holidays. No-bakes are really hybrids between cookies and candy. They typically use a combination of fillers and binders (like marshmallows).  The best part? No baking time at all – so they are extremely simple for the novice baker.

  1. Traditional Newfoundland No-Bake Snowballs | Lord Burton’s Kitchen
  2. Buckeye Balls | Dinner At The Zoo
  3. No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints | The View From Great Island
  4. Eggnog Truffles | The Gunny Sack
  5. Oreo Polar Bears | Noshing With The Nolands


Bar Cookies

Just like the no-bake cookies, this method is considered a hybrid combination of cake and cookie. These are amongst some of the easiest and yummiest recipes you will ever indulge in. Simply layer the ingredients into a pan, bake and cool. Once cooled completely, cut into bars and serve.

  1. Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Holiday Bars | Averie Cooks
  2. Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Fronting | Cooking Classy
  3. Christmas Magic Cookie Bars | One Little Project At A Time
  4. Christmas Crack | Simply Recipes
  5. Cranberry White Chocolate Bars | Celebrating Sweets

Am I missing your favorite cookie? Share your favorites in the comments!

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