Best Christmas Cookie Recipe Ideas for Winter Vacation

One of the best (and most delicious) holiday traditions is gathering with family and friends to bake homemade Christmas cookies. There’s something about the sweet aroma coming from the oven that puts us in the holiday spirit and cooks up those warm Christmas memories. Whether sugar-coated, frosted, jelly-filled or candy-covered, cookies are fun and easy-to-make, and best of all, can be made in any kitchen – anywhere! To put a twist on your holiday traditions this year, plan a winter vacation where you can celebrate with Christmas dinner (and cookies). Find a vacation rental home in a central gathering place, and try your hand at these festive recipes:

Top Holiday Recipes

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog takes on a delicious new form in this inventive recipe from Cooking Classy. With a classic sugar cookie base and rich and creamy eggnog-flavored frosting, these cookies do just as their name suggests – melt in your mouth! Whip some up and savor the traditional Christmas cookie flavor.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These easy-to-make, brownie-style cookies from Sugar Dish Me celebrate the mouthwatering combination of chocolate and peppermint. Chocolatey with hints of peppermint crunch, biting into these cookies is like taking a comforting sip of minty hot chocolate on a cold night.

Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies

This recipe from Brooklyn Farm Girl takes standard sugar cookies to a whole new, delicious level with the addition of cream cheese for a soft, chewy texture along with vanilla glaze and festive red and white sprinkles for an extra touch of sweetness! Try out this new twist on a much-loved classic cookie recipe.

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Santa will smile when he sees these festive peanut butter cookies from Thrifty Jinxy. With pretzel antlers, chocolate chip eyes and a red candy nose, these cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat! Get the little ones involved in making this cheerful and yummy cookie.

Holiday Cookie Ideas

Cranberry Pistachio Tea Cookies

The classic Christmas colors of red and green shine in these cookies from Garlic and Zest. Similar to Mexican wedding cookies, they are crumbly, buttery and slightly sweet with crunchy pistachios and chewy cranberries. Enjoy them with a hot cup of tea or box them up and give them as a gift!

Milk and Cookie Cups

Looking for a crowd-pleasing cookie for adults? Family, friends and party guests will love these creative cookie “shots” from Delish. They can be made in a hurry too with pre-made cookie dough, chocolate chips and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Make some non-alcoholic, kid-friendly versions by filling them with regular milk instead.

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