Just like today, food was an integral part of gatherings in those days. With a shift into celebrations instead of ritual, the parties became grander — less about sustenance before a bleak winter and more about feasting together to ring in the season.
Back in those days, sugar was considered a delicacy reserved for important occasions, and Christmas was one of the most important.
Unlike pies and cakes, cookies were more portable and easily shared with friends and family.
Most modern day Christmas dinners don’t end with cookies, but we’ve still carried on the tradition of baking cookies with the intent to share among family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, school bus drivers, favorite delivery drivers … the list goes on and on!
100 Easy Christmas Cookies
Baking Christmas cookies is a holiday tradition that so many people cherish year after year.
Growing up, my extended family lived within fifteen minutes of each other in the Washington D.C. suburbs. In early December we’d gather together and spend an entire Saturday baking all kinds of cookies, then package them up in themed tins to give out as gifts to neighbors and friends.
Even though making the same recipes over and over is fun, I also like finding new ones to add to the mix — the only catch is, they have to be easy to make!
100 Easy Christmas Cookies
This holiday season make a few of these easy Christmas cookies to give as gifts and to enjoy at home! Be sure to scroll to the bottom if you're looking for some vegan recipes to add to your collection. Happy baking!
These festive cookies feature a dark chocolate snowball cookie dough wrapped around a maraschino cherry for a fun Christmas cookie unlike any other! They aren't too sweet and just the right size for a couple bites and a smile.
These Crispy Clementine Cookies are a family favorite each Christmas with their Clementine flavor and sugary crispy topping! Easy enough for kids to make and make great gifts for teachers or family and friends!
An easy recipe for cannoli cookies with ricotta, chocolate chips, and pistachios! Fun Italian Christmas cookies, inspired by Italian cannolis, that will make a great addition to your Christmas cookie baskets and gifts this year!
The BEST Oatmeal Cookie Recipe – crispy edges with soft and chewy centers, these oatmeal cookies are easy to make (no chilling, simple ingredients) and out-of-this-world delicious. Add your favorite mix-ins for an extra special twist!
How do you make buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies taste even better? Dip them in chocolate, of course! I'm sharing three irresistible combos for chocolate dipped shortbread cookies that will wow your friends & family with hardly any work.
Another reason you should make my gingerbread is the recipe is that they are really easy! These Simple and Easy Low Sugar Gingerbread Cookies are a one bowl, 7 ingredient recipe that comes together relatively quickly (except the chill time). Which is what you want when you have little helpers.
Christmas Funfetti Cookies are super soft and chewy, bursting with the flavors of butter and vanilla, and packed with Christmas funtetti sprinkles. The perfect holiday recipe for those times when you want something uncomplicated, delicious, and fun, fun, fun.
These festive Snowman Peanut Butter cookies are perfect for your next Christmas or holiday party. This peanut butter cookie recipe results in soft and chewy peanut butter cookies decorated with powdered sugar, chocolate chips and Reese’s pieces.
An easy recipe for double chocolate peanut butter cookies that are thick, soft, cakey and heavenly straight out of the oven while the chocolate chips are all melty. Make a batch in about 20 minutes start to finish with simple ingredients from your fridge & pantry.
These Iced Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious cookie treat that will bring you a delicious chewy crunch and sweet icing in every bite. No need for fancy decorating - just dip them for perfectly easy icing!
Studded with bits of chocolate and dried cranberries and spiced with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice – these delicious Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Shortbread Cookies are unbelievably easy to make. Great for holiday baking.
These Triple Chocolate Meringue Cookies are dark, decadent, and bursting with flavor. A crispy chocolate meringue outside, a fudgy chocolate inside, and a delicious spattering of dark chocolate chips. This is the kind of cookie you make to celebrate, or to get that someone special to smile just a little wider than usual.
If you expect this post to be about gingerbread cookies for Christmas, then you’d be right. But you’d be forgetting that this recipe is one that results in soft centers, crisp edges, and yes … delicious everythings.
These Grinch sugar cookies are soft and chewy, the way a perfect sugar cookie should be. Add a bit of green frosting and a single heart sprinkle and you've got yourself a fun Christmas themed cookie, Grinch-style!
Looking for a fun and easy Christmas treat to make for your holiday festivities? Give these Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers a try! They're an easy, adorable, kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing festive treat that can even be made last minute if need be. Adored by both kids and grown-ups alike, a platter of these beauties will disappear in a flash.
Amaretti Style Cranberry and Orange Almond Cookies. These amaretti-style cookies use minimal flour and have a light airy finish, fit to accompany desserts and drinks light as a feather and fat-free too!
These Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are soft, irresistible and filled to the brim with sweet chocolate chips and ruby red dried cranberries. Enjoy a big batch of this Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for the holidays or as a special wintertime treat.
Keep your cookie swap super simple this year with these no-bake coconut chocolate macaroons! They're made of just a few simple ingredients, and are easy enough to make with kids! Use white chocolate or colorful red and green sprinkles for a festive touch!
Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!