Must-Bake Christmas Cookies

Looking for awesome recipes for your Christmas cookie plate? You’ve come to the right place! Here are twelve must-bake Christmas cookies.


I’m obsessed with these cookies. They last a long time, they’re easy to make, they’re super soft, and they taste like holiday joy. Get the recipe here.

Christmasdoodles | The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe

Fiori di Sicilia Sugar Cookies

The sugar cookie to end all sugar cookies! This delightful orange-vanilla treat is as fun to decorate as it is delicious. They’re super soft and “fancy” tasting, according to my niece. Don’t have fiori di sicilia extract? Use half orange, half vanilla. Get the recipe here.

Fiori di Sicilia Sugar Cookies | The Rose Table

Russian Teacakes

I hated Russian Teacakes growing up but my grandpa insisted we bake them. After he passed away, I vowed never to have a Christmas without teacakes, and to improve upon the recipe! These are without a doubt the best Russian Teacake recipe you’ll find. Get the recipe here.

Russian Teacakes | The Rose Table

Chocolate-Dipped Christmas Shortbread

This festive recipe involves buttery shortbread, rich chocolate, and holiday sprinkles. Need I say more? Get the recipe here.

Christmas Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread

German Chocolate Fudge

This fudge is filled with pecans and coconut. Yum! Get the recipe here.

Easy German Chocolate Fudge | The Rose Table

Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies

I’m a sucker for chocolate and mint. These cookies are so soft, they’re more like brownies in a cookie shape. The only mint in them is a bag of Andes mint chips but they pack a punch. Get the recipe here.

Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies

Bailey’s Fudge

This recipe is NEW this year and it’s a must-make. With just three ingredients, you won’t believe how easy or delicious this is. My dad said, “Oh, WOW” when he tried it and he doesn’t even really like chocolate! Get the recipe here.

Saint Patrick's Day Dessert, Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

These are such a fun holiday cookie! Pomegranate arils and pomegranate juice is baked into fudge cookies. The ruby jewels burst in your mouth like a holiday surprise. Get the recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies | The Rose Table

Maple Walnut Fudge

It’s important to have a variety of flavors on a cookie plate and I love how easy this maple walnut fudge is. Get the recipe here.

Maple Walnut Fudge | The Rose Table

White Chocolate Lemon Bars

Speaking of variety, winter is citrus season! Make use of those gorgeous Meyer lemons with my white chocolate lemon bars. I like to cut these into triangles for further variety. Get the recipe here.

White Chocolate Lemon Squares

Candy Cane Brownies

I love this recipe because it freezes wonderfully. You could bake these before Thanksgiving, pop them in the freezer, and have them ready to go for Christmas. I like to wrap big squares up individually so if unexpected guests drop by, I can set a couple on the counter straight from the freezer and they’ll be thawed in no time. Get the recipe here.

Candy Cane Brownies | The Rose Table

Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes on The Rose Table! These are absolute heaven. I make these quite large during the rest of the year – as you can see – but during the holidays, I’d make them much smaller to share the love on Christmas cookie plates. Get the recipe here.

Snickerdoodle Sandwich Recipe with Cream Cheese | The Rose Table

Dark Chocolate Maple Truffles

How glamorous are these homemade truffles? They aren’t very difficult to make and little elves could help by rolling them into balls for you. Don’t have edible gold to top them with? Use maple sea salt or holiday sprinkles. Get the recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Maple Truffles

Maple Gingerbread Men

A gingerbread recipe for people who don’t really like gingerbread. This recipe uses maple syrup instead of molasses, goes light on the ginger, heavy on the cinnamon, and leaves out cloves entirely. Get the recipe here.

Maple Gingerbread Men Cookies

Are you making any Rose Table recipes this holiday season? I would LOVE to see photos! Be sure to tag @therosetable or #therosetable.

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Christmas Cookies

Happy holidays,

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