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5 from 2 votes

26 Absolutely Delicious Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookies

These cookies will bring you right back to Grandma's kitchen. The perfect thing to bake for your coziest Christmas ever.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old fashioned christmas cookies
Author: Katie Shaw


  • cookie sheet
  • Stand mixer


  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • cups all purpose flour
  • toppings of your choice sprinkles, nuts, melted chocolate


  • Prep. Preheat your oven to 325° Fahrenheit with two racks. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Make dough. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups of flour and mix on low until the flour is mixed in. The cookie dough will appear very crumbly, but do not add any liquid. Turn it on onto a floured surface and knead in the remaining ¼ cup of flour by hand.
  • Shape into a log and cut. Shape the cookie dough into 2-inch log using your hands. You may find it easier to place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap before shaping, then unwrap. Cut into half-inch slices.
  • Bake. Arrange the cookies on two baking sheets, spaced ½ inch apart in all directions. (They won't spread much.) Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes, until the edges and bottoms of the cookies are golden brown. Let them cool completely before adding the caramel and chocolate.


This is a base shortbread recipe that can be made into just about any cookie you'd like.  Try filling it with jam, dipping in melted chocolate, or adding colored sprinkles.