My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Today I’m sharing my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Baking cookies is #6 on my Christmas Bucket List. Last weekend, I made Snowball cookies and Christmas Crack. Before next weekend, I’ll make another batch of Christmas Crack, Grandma’s Christmas Cookies, and Snickerdoodles. YUM!

snowball cookies, mexican wedding cookies, russian tea cakes

Snowball Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies)


  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar plus 1 cup for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Cream butter in a mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually add sugar (½ cup) and salt.
  4. Continue creaming until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  5. Add nuts and vanilla extract.
  6. Blend in flour gradually. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Shape into teaspoonful balls.
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 325F for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle some of the confectioner’s sugar over cookies while still on the sheet. Cool before removing from cookie sheet.
  11. Place some confectioner’s sugar in a plastic bag and place some of the cookies inside. Gently shake well so the sugar completely coats the cookies.

christmas crack, saltine cookies

Christmas Crack


  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray generously with cooking spray.
  3. Cover cookie sheet with one layer of saltine crackers.
    Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring continuously for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add one teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
    Pour mixture over crackers, then bake at 400F for 6 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, pour a bag of milk chocolate chips on top of crackers.
  6. Allow to soften for a minute or two, then spread chocolate evenly on top of crackers.
  7. Cool, then break up into bite size pieces.

cherry christmas cookies

Grandma’s Christmas Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups red and green candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until fluffy.
  2. Add flour; mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans. Chill for 1 hour.
  3. Shape dough into three 10in rolls; wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Cut frozen rolls into 1/8in slices.
  4. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks.




  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup flour

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. With mixer on medium speed add in egg, yolk and vanilla and beat for another minute, scraping the sides as necessary.
  5. Turn mixer to low and mix in baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix for 30 seconds, scraping sides as necessary.
  6. With the mixer on low, add in flour, mixing until just combined.
  7. In a separate small bowl, make your Cinnamon Sugar by mixing together cinnamon and sugar, stirring until evenly combined.
  8. Roll about 2 Tbsp of dough into a ball. Then roll each cookie dough ball into the Cinnamon Sugar mixture.
  9. Place dough balls on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning cookie sheet halfway through baking.

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Please share in the comments below!

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