Here are my top 10 Christmas cookies for the 2023 holiday season! If you are looking to fill your cookie tray, heading to a cookie exchange, or need a great dessert or gift idea, look no further than this post where I share some of my favorite Christmas cookies for 2023!
1. Chocolate Kiss Cookies
These chocolate kiss cookies went viral on Instagram with over 1.1 million views! Reminiscent of classic peanut butter blossoms, these cookies are made with a soft dark chocolate cookie, holiday nonpareil sprinkles, and of course, Hershey’s kisses.
These little bites of chocolate goodness are perfect as is, but if you are longing for a peanut butter twist, substitute the Hershey’s kiss with a mini peanut butter cup!
2. Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies
Cranberry orange is such a delicious holiday flavor, so why not turn it into a cookie? These cranberry orange linzer cookies are not just stunning to look at, but they taste absolutely amazing. The orange almond cookies are soft and buttery and the cranberry curd filling is sweet and tart. A dusting of powdered sugar add the perfect touch to these little beauties.
Not a fan of cranberry? Substitute the cranberry curd for some raspberry jam!
3. Sugar Cookies
Sometimes the simplest treats are the best, and these sugar cookies prove that hypothesis. These sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and have amazing vanilla flavor. The cookie dough comes together in no time at all.
Eat these sugar cookies exactly as they are, or feel free to add vanilla buttercream frosting and Christmas sprinkles for a festive twist.
4. Cherry Pistachio Snowball Cookies
Snowball cookies are one of my favorite kinds of Christmas cookies and these cherry pistachio snowball cookies just might be my favorite variation. Based off the classic recipe for pecan snowball cookies, these cookies have amazing flavor from maraschino cherries and pistachios with a buttery almond flavored cookie base.
These little snowballs pack a flavor punch that Santa will love to see for his Christmas Eve snack!
5. Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
The best kind of cookie is a cookie with a surprise in the center. These chocolate hazelnut cookies will knock your socks off. The chocolate cookies are chewy and full of chocolate flavor, filled with creamy Nutella, covered in chopped hazelnuts and drizzled in chocolate.
If you are obsessed with Nutella, bake up a batch of these chocolate hazelnut cookies for your next holiday cookie exchange.
6. Toffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are perfect for the holidays. You can make them in so many different flavors and variations. These toffee pecan shortbread cookies are buttery, nutty, and not overly sweet. A quick dip in a little milk chocolate adds the perfect sweet touch.
Grab your ingredients and baking sheets, because these slice and bake cookies are irresistible.
7. Gingerbread Cookie Bars
These gingerbread cookie bars are truly addictive. The gingerbread bars are soft, chewy, and full of flavor from molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. A thick layer of cream cheese frosting is the perfect sweet and tangy complement to the cookie bars.
If you love ginger molasses cookies, this is the recipe to try!
8. Holiday M&M Cookies
These holiday M&M cookies are colorful, festive, and have amazing flavor! The cookies are made with a brown butter cookie dough that is packed with semisweet chocolate chips and holiday M&Ms candies. The cookies are slightly crisp on the edges and chewy in the center.
Chocolate chip cookies lovers will enjoy this simple and delicious cookie recipe. Bet you can’t eat just one!
9. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Chocolate and peppermint is a classic holiday flavor combination! These chocolate peppermint cookies remind me of peppermint bark! The chewy chocolate cookies are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.
These chocolate peppermint cookies will look stunning on your holiday cookie platters!
10. Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Pumpkin is not just for the fall! These pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are perfect for pumpkin spice lovers. The cookies are soft, chewy, and flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
You can never go wrong with a snickerdoodle cookie on your Christmas cookie tray!
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I hope you enjoy my top 10 Christmas cookie recipes of 2023. If you make any of these cookies, please post pictures on Instagram and use #cakemehometonight or tag @cakemehometonight so I can see your beautiful cookie creations!