Inside: A collection of the very best old fashioned Christmas cookies for a plate of vintage sweet treats this holiday season.
- Getting ready for baking
- 1. Classic Molasses Cookies
- 2. Christmas Snickerdoodles
- 3. Black Forest Crinkle Cookies
- 4. Spicy Gingersnaps
- 5. Soft Oatmeal Cookies
- 6. Potato Chip Cookies
- 7. Christmas Spritz Cookies
- 8. Polish Kolaczki Cookies
- 9. Swedish Crescent Cookies
- 13. Classic Snickerdoodles
- 14. Snowball Cookies with Macadamia Nuts
- 15. Raspberry Cheesecake Thumbprints
- 16. Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies
- 17. Classic Snowball Cookies
- 18. Chocolate Covered Shortbread
Christmas cookies! What’s not to love?
Well, plenty. In an already busy time of year, the cookie expectations can be overwhelming. Piping bags? Meringue? Cookie cutters? No thanks. Even if you love to bake, it can all feel like a bit much.
The good news is this: some of the best holiday recipes are simple drop cookies and other old fashioned favorites that you can make without a big fuss.
Find your favorite, grab a large bowl, and let’s preheat that oven to 350 degrees and get to work.
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Getting ready for baking
If you like to have a few big baking days leading up to the holidays, be sure to save all the cookie recipes you’ll. be using. Either print them, bookmark them, or save to Pinterest.
Then gather all your cookie-baking essentials:
- Parchment paper sheets for easy clean up
- Pretty Christmas sprinkles that aren’t too trendy.
- Plenty of cooling racks!
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1. Classic Molasses Cookies
There’s nothing like a classic recipe! This molasses cookie recipe makes no apologies for being made with shortening and rolled in sparkling sugar.
They are perfectly soft with slightly crisp edges.
As a bonus, the sweet smell of Christmas spices will make you happy while they’re baking.
2. Christmas Snickerdoodles
Christmas snickerdoodles are just like cinnamon-dusted holiday classic you know and love, but with a twist! These are loaded with chocolate chips and cranberry for a delicious twist. When you’re looking for something delicious and vintage-inspired but with a little creativity, this recipe fits the bill.
3. Black Forest Crinkle Cookies
These are a soft, rich delicious chocolate cookie loaded with chocolate chips and tart dried cherries. They look extra festive and beautiful with their crinkly texture covered in powdered sugar.
A Christmas cookie recipe you will definitely want to try if you’re looking for something new this year!
4. Spicy Gingersnaps
There’s boring gingersnaps, and then there are these gingersnaps! Loaded with warm spicy flavor and a secret hot ingredient, these are a special twist on a Christmas classic.
They can be baked thin and snappy, or thick and soft, however you like them. If you don’t like the idea of spice in your cookies, just leave it out. You will have a perfect classic gingersnap!
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5. Soft Oatmeal Cookies
Soft, chewy, with a buttery oat taste. These are a sweet and delicious old fashioned cookie that is timeless but extra welcome at Christmastime. It is extra special to make them with a marshmallow cream filling for the something the little Christmas helpers will love.
6. Potato Chip Cookies
Would you believe that potato chip cookies are an old fashioned favorite? When potato chips first cam out, housewives were encouraged to save the crumbs at the bottom of the for these cookies. And they are a delightful blend of sweet and salty, and soft and crunchy.
7. Christmas Spritz Cookies
A true family favorite, these buttery spritz cookies are totally essential on every cookie tray. When you don’t feel like cutting out shapes with cookie cutters, you can still have festive shaped cookies with a cookie press, and this recipe is absolutely perfect!
You can even add food coloring to a portion of the dough for a little variety!
8. Polish Kolaczki Cookies
These are SO good and tender, as well as a great way to use up cream cheese!
They are rich and soft from butter and cream cheese, with a filling of any filling you choose. You simply mix and roll out the dough, then fill. One of our favorite Christmas treats.
9. Swedish Crescent Cookies
The subtle flavors of almond and lemon combine with a tender and buttery cookie for a cute treat with old fashioned flavor.
Super easy to make, you just mix up the dough and shape these by hand!
13. Classic Snickerdoodles
A great snickerdoodle recipe with a nice soft cookie and classic cinnamon sugar topping. You can use the basic dough and make then crispier or softer, depending on how you like them! This recipe is very flexible. Roll them in colored sugar for extra Christmas flair.
You’ll appreciate the detailed instructions for making the dough ahead of time and freezing for a bulk cookie making day in December.
Probably one of the MOST popular Christmas cookies from the 60’s and 70’s.
14. Snowball Cookies with Macadamia Nuts
Snowball cookies definitely have that vintage cookie look, don’t they? This recipe has macadamia nuts in it for an extra sweet, buttery flavor. They look so beautiful on a plate of mixed goodies. One of those iconic holiday treats!
15. Raspberry Cheesecake Thumbprints
One of our VERY favorite recipes on this list! Classic thumbprint cookies with a hint of cheesecake flavor. Our favorite filling is the raspberry jam, but you could use any flavor you like.
Another one that looks beautiful on a mixed tray. (But we also make these for Valentine’s Day.)
16. Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies
So soft they are almost like little cakes, these sour cream cookies are topped with a glaze and whatever your favorite Christmas sprinkles might be.
They. are easy to make and you can make the dough ahead of time and chill until you’re ready. Perfect for someone who doesn’t like super sweet desserts.
17. Classic Snowball Cookies
These are a super soft classic snowball cookie. When you’re really trying to channel the past, this is the recipe you need! They can be a bit of a challenge to make compared to drop cookies, but oh so worth it!
18. Chocolate Covered Shortbread
A recipe for super easy shortbread cookies, dipped in melted chocolate. Add holiday sprinkles if you’d like!
I know there are many recipes here that you will love!