Best-Ever Christmas Cookie Collection: Top 5 Classics

It’s December and the weekend is upon us. Know what that means? There’s gonna be some serious Christmas cookie baking up in here, y’all! But with so many recipes out there, where to start? I took the hard work out of it for you and searched for the very best, most highly-rated Christmas cookie recipes out there. So introducing my BEST-EVER CHRISTMAS COOKIE COLLECTION. All complied in one place! You’re welcome. And don’t forget to pin the image below so you can come back to this collection year after year!

Sugar Cookies

I couldn’t even finish counting how many 5-star reviews this recipe from Alton Brown at Food Network received! (I think I stopped at 317.) Alton recommends chilling the dough before rolling it out and working with it. Yay, no more misshapen Salvadore Dali-esque snowflakes and stars!

Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookies (

Christmas Bark

Wait up a second! This Unicorn Bark from Elizabeth Labau from The Spruce Eats is hands-down the PRETTIEST I’ve ever seen! My inner little girl can’t wait to make a batch with the kids this weekend. And she’s telling me it only takes 15 minutes to make? Girl, I’m sold!

Elizabeth Labau’s Unicorn Bark from The Spruce Eats (

Gingerbread Cookies

This recipe has been pinned over 77,000 times! Say what?! And I love that Meredith, a Clevery Simple contributor, uses BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES in this recipe. My girl don’t play! Blackstrap molasses is what gives gingerbread it’s warm depth of flavor—it’s a must in my recipe playbook, too.

 Meredith’s Gingerbread Cookies at Clevery Simple (

Snickerdoodle Cookies

If 4,000 almost 5-star reviews are wrong, I don’t want to be right. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and rolled in cinnamon-sugar, these cookies are calling to me. Do you hear their siren song, too? Make sure your baking soda and cream of tartar are fresh if it’s extra fluffy snickerdoodles your sweet tooth is set on.

Beth Sigworth’s Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles from All Recipes (

Meringue Cookies

“These are fantastic! I made them yesterday but ate them all, so made another batch today.” Now that’s a reader review I can get behind. Meringues may be hard to spell, but made with only 4 ingredients (salt doesn’t count), they couldn’t be any easier to make. This vanilla version from Taste of Home has me swooning.

Taste of Home’s Vanilla Meringue Cookies (

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