Let’s be totally honest here: The very best part of Christmas is the cookies, right?Ā Getting in the kitchen and bakingĀ with my kidsĀ is one of my favorite traditions of the season. Of course, we can’t choose just one, so we end up making six or seven different Christmas cookie recipes. Soft molasses cookies, chocolate snowballs, thumbprint cookies, and always a huge batch ofĀ Spritz.

If you’re looking for some new inspiration for your classic Christmas cookie baking session this year, look no further than these mouthwatering, tested-and-approved recipes that we absolutely love.

Top:Ā Vegan Snowmen Meringue Cookies at Vegan Huggs

Related: The great 2016 holiday cookie gift guide.

Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Soft Ginger Molasses cookies at I Heart Eating

No matter how hard I try, I cannot resist Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies. This recipeĀ atĀ I Heart Eating is guaranteed to be soft and chewy, thanks to a combination of shortening and butter. And a BTDT tip from a busy mom whose spice cabinet runs low sometimes: You can substitute pumpkin pie spice for the ginger and cloves in a pinch.


Best Christmas cookie recipes | Spritz at Valya's Taste of Home

Every year, my mom pulls out her vintage cookie press to makeĀ Spritz cookies. This recipeĀ atĀ Valya’s Taste of Home is pretty much the same as the one I grew up with, and my favorite part about this recipe is thatĀ it makes around six dozen cookies. Perfect if you’ve been pegged with the job of bringing snacks to the school party this year.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Twix cookies at Mandy's Recipe Box

You guys, theseĀ Twix Cookies at Mandy’s Recipe Box are amazing. Amazing!Ā I’ll confess that I skipped a step and bought a box of my favorite shortbread for the base — and still! The caramel can get a little hard if it’s cold, so keep these in a warm place to make sure that you don’t break a crown. But other than that, these are a perfect creamy, caramel-y bite of sweetness to go with your decaf after dinner. Or your full-caf after breakfast. We won’t judge.

Related:Ā Super helpful tips for baking with kids. Phew.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Chocolate snowball cookies at a trEATs affair

My kids love to help make theseĀ Chocolate Snowball cookies at a trEATs affair, because it’s so fun to watch the balls covered in powdered sugar pop open and crack in the oven. And that rich chocolate center is exactly what I’m craving when the holiday stress gets a little too much to handle.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Grinch cookies at In Katrina's Kitchen

How fun are theseĀ Grinch Cookies at In Katrina’s Kitchen? We’ll definitely whip up a batch of these again this year — it’s easy to do thanks to the cake mix base (so smart) — andĀ serve them whenĀ friends come over toĀ watchĀ How the Grinch Stole ChristmasĀ with us. It isĀ a really fun idea for a kids’ holiday party too.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Raspberry Almond thumbprint cookies at Dear Chrissy

My grandmother loved her jam thumbprint cookies, so I make theseĀ Raspberry Almond Shortbread cookies at Dear Crissy every year in her honor. Also, because they’re delicious. Of course, you can use any flavor jam — store-bought or homemade — but I do think raspberry is perfect.

Related: One sugar cookie dough recipe, ten easy Christmas cookies.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Marshmallow Brownie cookies at Cooking Classy

The recipeĀ that I am now requiredĀ make every year for my family is this one forĀ Marshmallow Brownie Cookies at Cooking Classy. Oh my goodness, you guys. The batterĀ is built off of a box of brownie mix (easy!) and the marshmallow and chocolate drizzle on top is so tempting. Even my non-sweets-eating husband grabs a couple of these each time I make them.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Chocolate Peppermint Crunch cookies at Two Peas & their Pod

These deliciousĀ Chocolate Peppermint Crunch cookies at Two Peas & Their Pod go so nicely with a cup of coffee (and Bailey’s, if you wish) or hot cocoa for the kids. I’ll whip these up for us to munch on while we drive around in our PJs to see the Christmas lights set up all over town.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Vegan Snowmen Meringue cookies at Vegan Huggs

Meringues are the perfect Christmas cookie, because they have almost zero calories. Magical, right? And theseĀ Vegan Snowmen Meringue Cookies at Vegan Huggs (above and top) are particularly adorable. My kids would flip if they found these on their plates at Christmas brunch this year.


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Frosted eggnog cookies at Dear Chrissy

If you have not tried eggnog cookies before, stop what you’re doing and make a batch of theseĀ Frosted Eggnog Cookies at Dear Crissy right now. They’re so rich and spicy that I actually like them more than a straight-up glass of the stuff. Then again, if you’re baking for an adults-only party, you could add a dash of bourbon or cognac (or both) to the icing for the little extra kick some expect inĀ their eggnog. Cheers!


Delicious Christmas cookie recipes | Christmas Wreaths at Dinner at the Zoo

TheseĀ Christmas Wreath Cookies at Dinner at the Zoo are so retro and, more importantly, so delicious. They’re another must-have on our list, which is fine with me since they’re soĀ easy to make. The hardest part is getting them to lookĀ like wreaths. Follow her tips for shaping them easily, and you’ll be able to finish these in under half an hour. Or just do what I did and turnĀ them into bars like Rice Krispie treats. That works too!

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