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Yummy Christmas Cookie Recipes

Updated on November 28, 2015

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Cookie Recipes for Christmas

Christmas cookies are traditionally sugar biscuits and cookies (though other flavors may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences) cut into various shapes related to Christmas.

Modern Christmas Cookies can trace their history to recipes from Medieval Europe biscuits, which when many modern ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, almonds and dried fruit were introduced into the west. By the 16th century Christmas biscuits had become popular across Europe, with lebkuchen being favoured in Germany and papparkakor in Sweden, while in Norway krumkake were popular.

The popular Christmas cookies are the following:

Gingerbread - existed in some form since sugars and spices were brought back to Europe from soldiers in the Crusades. However it wasn't until Queen Victoria and Prince Albert included it with a variety of other German Christmas traditions that the gingerbread cookies became primarily associated with Christmas.

Fattigmann - A traditional cookie which dates from the Middle ages in Norway, Fattigmann cookies are deep fried in unsalted fat.

Krumkake - are centuries-old cookies from Norway. They were originally baked over open fires using decorative irons, however modern cooks use electric or stovetop irons to bake these wafer-thin biscuits. Krumkake are wrapped in a cone shape, and are named for the crumbles left in your hand after taking the first bite.

Pepparkakor - are crisp, thin gingersnap biscuits from Sweden, traditionally cut out in flower and heart shapes.

Pfeffernüsse - originate in Scandinavia and date from medieval times when spices were used exclusively in holiday baking.

Reposteria - is a Mexican type of shortbread-like cookie that's lightly baked and dipped into a cinnamon sugar blend until the cinnamon sugar surrounds the cookie. These are often served with coffee or hot spiced Mexican chocolate.

Sandbakelse - are sugar cookies from the nineteenth century Norway. The dough is pressed into tins, then baked in an oven.

Springerle - have been traditional Christmas cookies in south Germany ((Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg) and Austria for centuries. They are anise-flavored cookies made from a egg-flour-sugar dough. They are usually made in a simple shape, such as rectangles or circles. After shaping, they usually have a picture or design pressed into the soft dough with specially carved rolling pins or presses. After they are baked, the designs are sometimes colored if the intention is to use the cookies as decorations.

Sugar Cookies - Also called Amish sugar cookies or Nazareth sugar cookies, the modern sugar cookie was created by the Moravians, who settled in the Nazareth area from Germany during the mid-18th century. Pennsylvania adopted the Nazareth sugar cookie as the official state cookie in 2001.

Here are the different cookie recipes that might interest you.

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Gingerbread Flapjacks

Delight both kids and kids-at-heart with this breakfast treat.

(Bonus: These pancakes are a tad healthier, too, with ginger and whole-wheat flour in the batter.)

Makes 1 dozen


1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup freshly brewed dark coffee

1/4 cup melted butter

1 tablespoon molasses

2 small eggs


1 Sift together whole-wheat flour, flour,baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add brown sugar and mix to combine.

2 In another bowl, whisk together milk, coffee, butter, molasses, eggs. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture; whisk until smooth. Cook on a nonstick griddle pan over medium heat using Christmas-themed metal cookie cutters.

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

Chewy on the inside, crispy on the edges! Raisins, maple extract, and just the right mix of spices make these cookies simply irresistible.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes

Baking Time 12 to 15 minutes


2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 small eggs

1 teaspoon maple extract

1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin (1 can), mashed


1 Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

2 Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Pour in maple extract. Then fold in canned pumpkin, mashed. Scoop the dough into balls and bake in a preheated 350ºF oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Chocolate Star Cookies

This double-chocolate treat would make cute Christmas gifts.

Makes 20 cookies


1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup melted dark chocolate (we used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1 Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons softened butter, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Add all-purpose flour and baking soda. Then add melted dark chocolate (we used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate); mix well. Add another all-purpose flour and mix by hand until incorporated.

2 Flatten dough with rolling pin until about 1/3-inch thick. Cut dough using a star-shaped cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet and bake in a 350ºF preheated oven for about 12 minutes. Cool. Drizzle with melted red chocolate.

Cookie Molders and Cutter Set from Amazon

Cookie Pops

Sneak these into the kids’ snack boxes or better yet, enlist their help in making these goodies.

Makes 10 to 15


10 to 15 chocolate sandwich biscuits

melted dark or milk chocolate

1 cup melted chopped red chocolate

1/4 cup all-purpose cream

2 tablespoons melted butter

candy sprinkles


1 Take out the filling of the chocolate sandwich biscuits and fill insides with melted dark or milk chocolate, place lollipop stick in the middle, and press firmly. Chill for 5 to 10 minutes.

2 In a double boiler, melt chopped red chocolate with all-purpose cream and melted butter.

3 Dip each cookie lollipop in the mixture, place on a nonstick baking mat, and decorate with heart-shaped candy sprinkles. A cute idea: stick in a pot filled with colorful jellybean candies! Refrigerate until set.

Strawberry Yogurt-Cookie Cups

Delicious and refreshing! A dessert the kids will absolutely go loco about. A cinch to make, it’s perfect to prep for impromptu guests too.

Makes 4

Prep Time 15 minutes plus 30 minutes chilling time


1 1/2 cups strawberry yogurt

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder

2 tablespoons hot milk

1 /2 cup all-purpose cream, chilled

1 cup sliced strawberries

24 mini chocolate chip cookies


1 Whisk gelatin in hot milk until dissolved.

2 Beat in yogurt and all-purpose cream.

3 Assemble in each of 4 dessert glasses: 1/4 cup yogurt mixture, 1/4 cup strawberry slices, 6 mini cookies, and another cup 1/4 yogurt mixture.

4 Chill for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

Candy bark

Looking for a fun (and interactive!) treat-slash-gift for the kiddos? This one’s it!


white chocolate

crushed candy toppings (We used chocolate candies and Nestle Butterfinger on this one.)


1 Melt white chocolate over a double boiler or microwave.

2 Pour and spread chocolate onto a baking tray lined with foil.

3 Sprinkle with your favorite toppings and leave to set.

4 Cover with plastic wrap and tie with ribbon. Let the kids have fun with this part—give them spoons or cookie cutters for breaking!

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are so much fun to make—and eat. It’s so yummy—crunchy on the outside but moist and chewy on the inside (think brownie in a cookie). But the recipe is reminiscent of the Death By Chocolate cookies that I first encountered whil

Yield 1 dozen

Prep Time 30 minutes

Baking Time 12 to 15 minutes


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons butter, cubed

2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cups dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup walnuts, chopped


1 Preheat oven to 350 degree Farenheit. Heat 2 cups chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-proof bowl on low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, just until melted. Mix until smooth.

2 In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients—all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

3 In another mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla by hand until well combined. (If you've got an electric mixer, whip the eggs with the sugar and vanilla at high speed until light and fluffy for a more crackly effect on the cookie.)

4 Gradually add the melted chocolate mixture. Then add the dry ingredients. Lastly, fold in 2 cups chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.

5 Drop a scoop of dough onto a baking sheet, 2 to 3 inches apart. (The dough can be refrigerated for at least 1 hour to make the dough firmer.) Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through until cookies are shiny and a bit crackly but still soft in the center. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Baking tip Watch the time—this is crucial for good, consistent cookies. Take them out just right before they’re done. Cookies should look firm around the sides and still a bit soft in the center.

Strawberry Mascarpone Cheesecake with Shortbread Cookie Crust

Got an hour? This divine dessert will surely earn rave reviews.

Makes 1 cake (10 servings)

Prep and Cooking Time 1 hour


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup shortbread cookies, finely ground

2 pounds (4 bars) cream cheese, softened

1 cup mascarpone cheese

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated

2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup strawberry jelly

16 to 20 fresh strawberries, stems removed


1 Preheat oven to 350°F.Make the crust

2 Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on high speed, about 3 minutes. Add flour and ground shortbread cookies—blend for 5 to 10 seconds until incorporated. Press the mixture evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

3 Bake the crust for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.

4 Make the cheesecake: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the mascarpone cheese and sugar, and continue to beat on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, then the lemon zest and juice.

5 Pour the mixture into the crust. Place the cheesecake pan in a larger roasting pan; pour enough water into the roasting pan to cover half the cheesecake pan. Bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 60 to 65 minutes.

6 Transfer the cheesecake pan to a cooling rack. Cool slightly, then refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

7 Make the topping: In a small saucepan, whisk strawberry jelly over medium-high heat until melted. Cool.

8 Arrange strawberries upside down on the cheesecake. Pour melted jelly over the cheesecake to glaze the berries.Lemon zest adds high notes to the creamy texture while mascarpone adds indulgence. In place of shortbread, you can use graham crackers for the crust. Add as many fruits on top as you like—the sloppier, the better.

Choco-Mint Thins

These treats are perfect as an after-dinner treat or a gift idea.



melted chocolate

crushed candy canes

crushed peppermint patties


1 Dip crackers in melted chocolate, place in a silicone mat or foil, and sprinkle top with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies; leave to set.

Cheating tip No time? Cheat! Microwave store-bought chocolate-covered biscuits for

5 to 7 seconds, then top with crushed peppermint candies. Minty!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm visiting others who finished the cookie quest. You have some original recipes here which is nice. Angel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      thanks for sharing.. like your cookie recipes!

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      7 years ago

      great cookie recipes... just need more recipes! :)

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      7 years ago

      nice cookie recipes! more recipes though!


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