19 Cheerful Christmas Cookies That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired December 16, 2015

From red velvet cookies, to snickerdoodles, to shortbread – we’re your one-stop shop for every kind of Christmas cookie you could hope to bake! Read on and choose one or more recipes to make your holiday season bright!

No. 1: Red Velvet Cookies

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Grant’s red velvet cookies feature everyone’s favorite secret ingredient – cream cheese! These beautiful treats would work for any occasion, but the festive combination of red and white make them perfect for your holiday cookie swap!

No. 2: Kelsey Nixon’s Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

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This delish and nutrish recipe starts with protein-rich quinoa, adding in heart-healthy oats, potassium-rich bananas and good fat-laden coconut and pecans, to result in a treat that packs a healthy punch!

No. 3: Cookies and Cream Fudge

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This fudge has only three ingredients, and the recipe was created by a kid! Just melt some white chocolate with a can of sweetened condensed milk and mix in a whole package of crushed Oreos. Pour into a wax-paper-lined dish, let set, and slice!

No. 4: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen knows baking – after all, it’s his job to test and perfect recipes! His peanut butter sandwich cookies feature two levels of peanut butter deliciousness – moist and fluffy cookie and peanut butter cream.

No. 5: Cookie Monster’s Favorite Molasses Crackle Cookies

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These delicious and spice-laden cookies are made with a mix of all purpose flour, whole wheat flour and oat bran, and feature only a small amount of sugar, so they are a treat you don’t have to feel guilty about!

No. 6: Grant’s Coconut Macaroon Brownies

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These festive brownies are the perfect marriage of chocolate and macaroons. Grant tops prepared brownie mix with an easy homemade macaroon topping and bakes.

No. 7: Buddy Valastro’s Classic Cannoli

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It’s not exactly a cookie, but what could be more festive than a homemade cannoli? Cake Boss Buddy Valastro shares this amazing recipe and reveals the secret ingredient that gives the shell its signature bubbles – white vinegar! Who knew?

No. 8: Gingerbread Hugs

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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!

No. 9: Grant's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Grant sets his chocolate chip cookies apart by using a blend of all purpose flour and homemade oat flour. He makes his oat flour by simply grinding up oats in a food processor!

Tip: Always be sure you have soft, room temperature butter if you want your cookies to come out perfectly every time!

Bonus Tip: Grant always mixes in his chocolate chips by hand in order to not smush them.

No. 10: Minty Thin Cookies

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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!

No. 11: Almond Florentine Cookie Sandwiches with Chocolate Honey

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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!

No. 12: Snickerdoodles

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We love this classic Snickerdoodle cookie recipe! This decadent sugar cookie 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.

No. 13: Giant Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

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For a different kind of Christmas cookie, why not make a giant one in a skillet? This giant chocolate chip cookie is fun to make (and eat!) with kids, and cleanup couldn’t be easier, since the batter mixes right up in the skillet you’re cooking it in! Grab a spoon and dig in!

No. 14: Fluffernutter Truffles

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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!

No. 15: Chocolate-Mint Crinkle Cookies

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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.

No. 16: Peanut Butter Oats Granola Cookies

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For a healthy option, try these 2-ingredient treats. They feature oats and chunky peanut butter -- that’s it!

No. 17: Salted Peanut Shortbread

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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!

No. 18: Basic Chewy Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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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.

No. 19: Snow Ball Cookies

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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.

What’s your favorite holiday cookie? Share below, and watch to see how easy it is to make the Cookies and Cream fudge below!


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