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Picture this: laughter throughout the entire house, Christmas music playing in the background, and hot chocolate being passed around simply as you roll out cookie dough to bake. Sounds wonderful right; who doesn’t love to bake Christmas cookies? 

In my house, baking Christmas cookies every Christmas season has been an unforgettable holiday table tradition. My mom and I always dedicate a day to baking all types of Christmas cookies. We take cookies very seriously in our family; there are classics, new recipes, or ones requested by family members. After, we take most of the batches and give them to friends and family we know, spreading holiday cheer and yummy desserts. Being an avid baker, I always look forward to being in the kitchen baking cookies that can help others (as well as me) to feel the Christmas spirit with a smile on my face and love in my heart. 

This holiday season, bake some cookies for your family or friends you know and give back to one another. As long as you have the Christmas Spirit and holiday cheer shining through your hard work, you will definitely make someone’s holiday one to remember, especially with these Christmas Cookies. 

Snowman Cookies

Growing up, I would always look forward to these in particular because they’re different from your normal drop-cookies. A drop is cookie dough scoped and dropped directly onto a baking sheet, think chocolate chip cookies. These snowman cookies bring a smile to all, no matter the age, and provide lots of fun when decorating them fresh out of the oven. They’re great to bake with your friends too!

Recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/snowman-cookies/ 

Chocolate Crinkles

These were another classic I absolutely loved! I recall some holiday evenings where my family and I would watch Christmas movies together, and on each plate full of cookies, there were Chocolate Crinkles. Think of chewy, chocolatey cookies covered in powdered sugar and small in size (so you can definitely eat more than one). These cookies are always a hit! 

Recipe: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/double-chocolate-crinkle-cookies/ 

Lime Meltaways

These were always my mom’s favorite out of all the cookies we baked. A not-too powerful punch of lime wrapped up into an elegant, easy-to-make, and buttery cookie? What more is there to want?

Recipe:https://www.marthastewart.com/316576/lime-meltaways-from-the-martha-stewart-s 

Gingerbread Men

You can never forget Gingerbread men, I mean, after all, they are a holiday staple. Fun to make, and delicious to eat these Gingerbread Men will always be a crowd-pleaser!

Recipe: https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/dessert/gingerbread-men-cookies 

Sugar Cookies

Another Christmas cookie classic that pairs well with Gingerbread Men. I remember I always used to eat the delicious sugar cookie dough from the bowl before we even went to scoop it onto the pan using cookie cutters. 

Recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sugar-cookies-recipe-1914697 

Peanut Butter BLossoms

These are a perfect blend of creamy peanut butter and rich milk chocolate flavors. You’ll recognize them immediately and want to savor every last bite! Recipe: https://www.hersheyland.com/recipes/peanut-butter-blossoms.html 

Red and Green M&Ms Cookies

A classic replacement for chocolate chip cookies. Except with colorful and festive M&Ms! What’s there not to love? These are one of my favorite cookies to make!

Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/mm-cookies-christmas-style/ 

Classic Spritz Cookies

A beautiful and festive design meets buttery and decorative cookies! These cookies are bite-sized and require a special tool to make. They are definitely worth your time!

Recipe:https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-spritz-cookies/aa68df04-bd64-4f1b-8421-0df82064bca4 

Now there are many kinds of different Christmas cookies you can bake, so don’t feel overwhelmed trying to choose just one recipe to bake. Bake them all! That’s what the holidays are all about, cookies! Right?! All jokes aside, the holidays are all about spending time with loved ones and remembering the real reason that we celebrate during this time. This holiday season, recognize what you are grateful for, and if it’s someone special, start a new tradition and bake some cookies with them.

Olivia Madera

Cal Lutheran '25

Hi, my name is Olivia Madera and I'm a writer/editor for Her Campus Cal Lutheran! I'm majoring in communications (with an emphasis in journalism) and minoring in film/tv. I love to read, write, bake, and travel (especially to the beach)!
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