13 Christmas Cookies You Must Bake Right Now

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, December 16, 2014

Rachael Ray Show

Aired December 16, 2014

Whether you’re looking for a classic Christmas cookie recipe or a twist on an oldie, but goodie, look no further. We have all of your favorites, including a few new kinds to try! Take these to your next office party, cookie swap or a family get together.

1.) Grant's Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s hard to explain how amazing these Chocolate Chip Cookies really are. They’re so delicious that we had to beg our resident Cookie Man, Grant to give us his recipe. And luckily, he did! We use all the classic ingredients, of light-brown sugar, butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and add in old-fashion oats. Once the cookies come hot, out of the oven, sprinkle a little sea salt on top of the chocolate chip cookies. You'll need a tall glass of milk to wash down this chewy-salty-sweet goodness.

2.) Minty Thin Cookies

This Minty Thin cookie is actually a fake-out recipe! With only three ingredients this recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious to make. Take your favorite salty cracker, dip in dark chocolate and add in mint extract. Once the crackers are cooled and harden, enjoy!

3.) Cookie Heart

These Cookie Hearts are too cute! Sweet and zesty lemon make this sugary dough really stand out. Add a sweet center with your favorite jam like strawberry or raspberry. Or use chocolate-hazelnut spread, like Nutella.

4.) Floretine

You know how much we love our sammies, but what about a cookie sandwich? We took the traditional Florentine Lace cookie and made them using ground almonds. They’re a buttery, crunchy and crispy cookie that’s super simple to make. The secret ingredient is the sweet center. We mix dark chocolate morsels, melted butter, cream and orange marmalade. The sweet chocolate and orange mixture is slathered on between, two crispy almond cookies. It’s mind-blowingly delish!

5.) Snickerdoodles

We love this classic Snickerdoodle cookie recipe! This decadent shortbread mix uses all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, vegetable shortening, butter and cream of tartar. We then create a sweet ground cinnamon mixture to dust on top! It’s festive and delicious.

6.) Gingerbread Hugs

The adorable Gingerbread Man is the cutest Christmas cookie ever. Fold over his arms to hug peppermints, sprigs of rosemary or candies. It’s almost too adorable to eat…almost!

7.) Fluffernutter Truffles

We love a no-bake cookie! Simply add peanut butter cookies, marshmallows, marshmallow cream, and a full cup or peanut butter all into a food processor. Roll them up into balls and for an extra touch, dip them in melted chocolate. Happy Holidays!

8.) Chocolate-Mint Crinkle Cookies

Calling all of our Chocolate lovers out there! This one is for you. Coco powder and mini dark chocolate chips are melted together with our super-secret ingredient—grinded loose-leaf mint tea leaves! Once your dough is formed, roll into balls, coat in powdered confectioner’s sugar.

9.) PB & J Cookies

We're taking this classic sandwich and replacing the white bread with cookies! Simply take your favorite sugar cookies, spread creamy peanut butter on both sides to avoid sogginess and add your grape jelly.

10.) Peanut Butter Oats Granola Cookies

Quick! Grab a tall glass of milk! You’re going to want to dunk a few (OK, a lot) of these Peanut Butter Oat Cookies. Using just two ingredients—oats and chunky peanut butter-- this recipe is like Christmas Cookie Baking 101.

11.) Salted Peanut Shortbread

These bite-sized Salted Peanut Shortbread cookies may be small, but they’re mighty good! These decadent cookies are sweet and salty and are the perfect addition to your Christmas Cookie tray or Cookie Swap! Wrap them up into little tins and give them as gifts, too!

12.) Basic Chewy Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

 Who doesn't love a warm, chewy cinnamon sugar cookie? This is the perfect cookie recipe to add all of your favorite, decorative toppings, too! Get the kids involved by having them decorate the tops with mini colorful candies, colored sugars, and caramels to make their cookie unique and personal. 

13.) Snow Ball Cookies


These adorable Snow Ball cookies are cute, delicious and super simple to make. After your sweet dough is made with flour, rich vanilla extract, bold cinnamon and soft butter. After the dough is made, roll into balls and toss in powder sugar. The vanilla cookie is then tossed in sweet powdered sugar. They're highly addictive. You've been warned. 


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