Christmas cookies good enough to give

13 Christmas cookie recipes

Hallmark staff
Christmas cookies

Something about Christmas cookies triggers a flood of memories—and one person’s happy memory makes another’s perfect present. We’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen of traditional Christmas cookie recipes that are perfect for making, baking and giving. Whip up a batch of one (or all) of these 13 holiday favorites and give a tinful of tradition and sugary goodness:

1. Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Good enough to give tip: Secure stacks of sugar cookies with bakery string or pretty ribbon before placing in a container.


2. Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Hawaiian Lace Cookies, Apricot-Walnut Lace Cookies, Cranberry Lace Cookies With Lemon Glaze and Lacy Orange Florentines.

Good enough to give tip: A glassine envelope sealed with a round office label makes every cookie perfectly presentable. Stamp the label with a festive design for an extra-special touch.


3. Giant Gingerkids

Giant Gingerkids

Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Iced Rounds, Rum-Tum Gingerbread and Raisin Gingerbread.

Good enough to give tip: After the cookies have cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar through a doily to make a pretty pattern.


4. Lavish Lemon Bars

Lavish Lemon Bars

Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Orange Creamsicle Bars, Chocolate-Orange Bars, Lime Bars and Lemon-Raspberry Bars.

Good enough to give tip: Nestle bars in cupcake liners to keep them from sticking.


5. Season’s Greetings Shortbread

Season’s Greetings Shortbread

Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Lemon-Drizzled Shortbread and Petticoat Tails.

Good enough to give tip: Line your container with festive wrapping paper to add a dash of holiday cheer.


6. Pumpernickel

Pumpernickel

Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): White Chocolate-Dipped Pumpernickel and Chocolate Chip Pumpernickel.

Good enough to give tip: Line the bottom of a jar with parchment paper and cover the lid with festive paper or fabric.


7. Chocolate Kris Krinkles

Chocolate Kris Krinkles

Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Mocha Krinkles, Almond Krinkles, Dulce De Leche Sandwiches and Sprinkle Krinkles.

Good enough to give tip: Line a box, tin or bread pan with red-and-white tea towels to add an extra layer of protection for these sweet-and-soft chocolate goodies.


8. Traditional Pizzelles

Traditional Pizzelles

Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Pumpkin-Pie Spiced Pizzelles, Pizzelle Cannoli and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Good enough to give tip: Present pizzelles in a pretty floral container to complement their elaborate patterns. Add a handwritten recipe card for the finishing touch.


9. Santa-Sweet Wafers

Santa-Sweet Wafers

Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Espresso Wafers and Hazelnut Wafers.

Good enough to give tip: Punch four holes on both sides of each corner on a plain bakery box. Then lace pretty ribbons through the holes to create a gorgeous gift.


10. Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Good enough to give tip: Present individual linzer cookies in paper brioche molds (found at baking supply stores).


11. Danish Wreaths

Danish Wreaths

Good enough to give tip: Tie each wreath with a fun ribbon and stack in a narrow, paper-lined box.


12. Russian Tea Cookies

Russian Tea Cookies

Good enough to give tip: Wrap a box in pretty paper, nestle the cookies inside, and finish with a coordinating ribbon.


13. Christmas Kipfels

Christmas Kipfels

Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Apricot Kipfels, Jam Half-Moons and Cherry Cream Kipfels.

Good enough to give tip: Line a vintage tin with old-fashioned doilies.



Ideas' Articles

Select Section

You might also be interested in…