Glazed Italian Christmas Cookies with Colored Sprinkles

The one spot where you will find 25 of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes here on Grumpy’s Honeybunch! Where you will find cookies to make for friends and family, and Christmas Cookies worthy to leave out for Santa Claus!

I have been sharing recipes on Grumpy’s Honeybunch since 2007. Some of the most popular and best recipes on my website are christmas cookie recipes! Because of this, I wanted to bring them all together in one spot to make it convenient for my readers to find!

25 top Christmas Cookie Recipes on Grumpy's Honeybunch

Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes

Drop Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies is the top Christmas Cookie Recipe on Grumpy’s Honeybunch. This is a big batch recipe that is perfect to make for christmas cookie exchanges or to take to holiday parties. Everyone loves this soft dough cookie coated in icing and sprinkles!

Glazed Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe with Colored Sprinkles

Sour Cream Drop Cookies are a recipe from one of mom’s old cookbooks. This tried and true old fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipe is an excellent cookie to frost with your favorite icing and sprinkles!

Sour Cream Drop Christmas Cookie Recipe

Chewy Mocha Toffee Chip Cookies are my favorite drop Christmas Cookie! I love the chewy cookie with a combination of coffee, toffee, and nuts! Santa loves them too!

Chewy Mocha Toffee Chip Christmas Cookie Recipe

These Italian Ricotta Cookies are super delicious. Soft, tender and full of lemon flavors. This is a recipe was given to me from a friend I met after we moved to the Albany area. I make it every year now!

Italian Ricotta Christmas Cookie Recipe

Cutout Cookies

Sugar Cookie Cutouts are one of my favorites Christmas Cookie Recipes. They are perfect for any holiday as you can cut them out into many different shapes and decorate them as desired! My favorite is the snowflake cookie shape!

Snowflake Christmas Cookie Recipe

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies bring together delicious flavors of the holidays. A buttery Christmas cookie recipe with orange extract and cranberries will have you eating one after another!

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Christmas Cookie Recipe

The first year I made these Macadamia Eggnog Cream Cookies was for a Christmas cookie recipe exchange at my workplace of the time. They went over super well and turned out so pretty. Not to mention they are really delicious too!

Macadamia Eggnog Cream Christmas Cookie Recipe

Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies are full of delicious browned butter flavors and the chocolate dipped ends with grey sea salts put this over the top delicious. These are easily portable (mailable!) and make a great Christmas cookie recipe to send to family out of town.

Hazelnut Shortbread Christmas Cookie Recipe

Ball Shaped Christmas Cookie Recipes

Poinsettia Ball Cookies are a fun and festive Christmas Cookie Recipe! So pretty for the Christmas cookie tray and they have a nutmeg flavoring that is delicious!

Poinsettia Ball Christmas Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Mint Creams are chocolatey, chewy, and have a delightful mint topping! A pastel mint in placed on top of the cookie the last few minutes of baking. Then, you spread it out like an icing when they are removed from the oven. Even though the colors are pastels, this makes a great Christmas cookie recipe to put on a gift tray!

Chocolate Mint Cream Christmas Cookie Recipe

Snowman Cookies are a special Christmas Cookie Recipe to me! I call my sons my little “snowmen” because their last name is Snow! Because of this, I have always had a thing for the cute little snowmen you see at Christmas time! This shaped cookie is 3 balls of dough that are baked close together, then decorated to complete the visual!

Snowman Cookies

Peppermint Meltaways are just that! Full of peppermint flavor, this Christmas cookie recipe melts right in your mouth. It’s hard to stop eating these, especially if your a peppermint cookie fan!

Other Christmas Cookie Shapes

Candy Cane Cookies are so fun to make with the kids! I remember making these when I was a young girl with my Mom. They are also fun to add to Christmas Cookie Trays for gift giving!

Candy Cane Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies

Pistachio Fingers are fun, fancy, and different! This is a crisper cookie, although it is not crunchy. The pistachios make it super special and they are a nice, different Christmas Cookie cookie to add to your line up this year!

Santa’s Whiskers are so fun, and are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve! This shortbread cookie is a refrigerator cookie full of cherries, pecans and coconut!

Santas Whiskers
Santa’s Whiskers

Filled Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Filled Bonbons are super cute and delicious! My favorite candy, the peppermint patty, is the filling of this Christmas cookie recipe. Everyone will love taking a bite!

Butter Pecan Nuggets are a shortbread dough wrapped around a toasted pecan and drizzled with a little sweet icing. You can’t stop with just one of these! This festive Christmas Cookie recipe is perfect for that special someone who loves pecans!

Butter Pecan Nuggets
Butter Pecan Nuggets

Chocolate Hazelnut Gingerbread Cookie Cups have that delicious gingerbread flavor made even tastier by filling the little cups with nutella! Sprinkled with orange scented sugar, it is a Christmas cookie recipe that will likely be one of your most popular cookies on your cookie tray!

Chocolate Hazelnut Filled Gingerbread Cups
Chocolate Hazelnut Gingerbread Cookie Cups

Tiny Holiday Tarts, also known as Pecan Tassies are a long time family favorite Christmas Cookie recipe. My mom has made this recipe for years and every year for as long as I can remember. They are like mini pecan pie cookies that you don’t want to stop eating!

Tiny Holiday Tarts are a tasty christmas cookie recipe perfect for gift giving
Tiny Holiday Tarts

Thumbprint Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints are just so pretty! This is a soft thumbprint cookie filled with yummy mint chocolate candies.

Peppermint Red Velvet Thumbprint Christmas Cookie Recipe
Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints

Coconut Lime Thumbprints are not super traditional in flavor, but in colors they rock! This is a delicious cookie recipe that you can make year round and fill with any flavor jam or frosting you desire. However, this recipe is pretty perfect to me as is!

Coconut Lime Thumbprint Christmas Cookie Recipe
Coconut Lime Thumbprints

Hazelnut Thumbprints are one of my first thumbprint Christmas cookie recipes I started making for the holidays. This nutella filled cookie is one everyone clamors for!

Eggnog Thumbprints are my favorite thumbprint cookie recipe. The eggnog flavored filling is divine and is a great cookie to take to parties!

Not-so Christmas Cookies – but still great for the cookie tray!

These Soft Blueberry Cookies may not seem like a Christmas Cookie Recipe, but I have included these cookies because they are our absolute number one favorite on Grumpy’s Honeybunch. They are a special cookie recipe because it was my Nanny’s recipe that I adapted to add blueberries and lemon. Which, by the way, are one of my favorite flavor combinations. These are great to put out alongside other Christmas cookies and they will disappear quickly!

A stack of 3 lemon glazed cookies on a plate with a few fresh blueberries beside them and some lemon zest sprinkled over top.
Soft Blueberry Cookies

Nanny’s Raisin Filled Cookies may not be decorative, but they are still a great Christmas cookie recipe to add to your list. Updated with a with a rum raisin filling, these cookies are a favorite of our entire family. I’m even pleased that my oldest son has baked these on his own, which means these cookies will continue to be a family tradition!

Nannys Raisin Filled Cookies
Nanny’s Raisin Filled Cookies

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


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