It’s officially cookie season and kitchens everywhere are filled with the smell of holiday cookies baking. Here you will find over 40 Easy Holiday Cookies and Treats to adorn your cookie platter with or share as gifts. I hope you will be inspired to try something new this year too as well as indulge in some holiday classics!
Everyone has something to offer at Christmas to the family to help spread some holiday cheer whether it be the one who does the shopping, those who do the cooking or even though who tell the craziest story at dinner. We all have a role to play.
My role is the baker.
Every year, family members message me or flat-out ask for their favorite Christmas cookies to be made. I don’t mind, in fact, it gives me joy to share a platter of assorted Christmas cookies and watch them get gobbled up!
Plus, as the baker, I always have lots of cute Christmas cookies on hand for Christmas cookie exchanges as well and this list of easy holiday cookies has been a great resource for getting holiday ready on my end.
how many Cookies Go On a Holiday Cookie Platter?
This all depends on how many people are coming to the event! On average most people will nibble on 3-4 medium-sized cookies but if there are kids in the room bank on a few more per pint-sized human.
If you have leftovers, the host will likely be happy to have the leftovers!
How many Types of Cookies are On a Cookie Platter?
Again depends on the size of the Holiday Cookie Platters you plan to bring or how many people you are planning to serve. I like to have a variety of at least 5 choices on each platter for a platter that is serving 10 or more people.
I recommend having one butter cookie like shortbread, a sugar or decorated cookie recipe, one chocolate cookie option, and one fruit-filled option for color. Then add in some fudge, chocolates, or candies to fill in any gaps in the platter so that it looks full anywhere you look.
Tips For Storing Christmas Cookies
Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before storing them.
Store cookies in a tightly sealed container on the counter for up to 4 days. If the cookies have a cream filling, store them in the fridge for up to a week. Cookies that are to remain crispy though will soften in the fridge because of the added humidity. You may wish to consider assembling any cream-filled cookies just ahead of serving to maintain the texture.
Keep flavored cookies stored separately. Buttery cookies are fine to store in the same container but if you are also wishing to store chocolate, mint, ginger or anything that has a pronounced flavor or scent you will want to keep them in their own container.
Place parchment or wax paper between iced or jellied cookies if stacking so that they don’t stick together.
Most cookies freeze well. Once the cookies are completely cooled, place them in a tightly sealed container and freeze them. This way they will keep well for up to 3 months, they are quick and easy to thaw when you need them and you are less likely to eat them before you need them.
25 Easy Holiday Cookies and Treats
Below is the list of my favorite tasty Christmas cookies and treats to adorn your holiday cookie platters with this season. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Skor Bit Shortbread Meltaways
Skor Bits inside a shortbread batter that is so light these cookies just melt in your mouth…. guess that is why they are called Skor Shortbread Meltaway Cookies.
This recipe for Gingersnap Cookies has been in my family for 100 years and was passed down to me from my Grandmother Hughena McFeeters. It is soft, chewy and full of that ginger molasses flavour gingersnaps are famous for.
Made with butter, powdered sugar, and nuts this Danish Wedding Cookies recipe results in cookies with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s just as lovely at weddings as it is on Christmas cookie platters!
These brownies are made with chocolate chips not cocoa powder and then more chocolate chips melted together with peppermint extract and rippled throughout. Add some crushed candy canes for a crackly top and you have the best Peppermint Brownies ever!
These Christmas sugar cookies decorated like snowmen are delicious to bite into, with a sugary sweet buttercream topping and a soft-to-bite-into sugar cookie texture. They are the perfect cookie for a cookie swap or to leave out for Santa!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls make the perfect finishing touch to any holiday cookie platter. Rich peanut butter filling with a little crunch for texture rolled into two-bite size balls and then dipped in chocolate.
Date squares are like a big hug from Grandma. They are sweet, comfort food treats that bring back memories of childhood for me. Soft chewy dates macerated down with brown sugar and vanilla and then sandwiched between two buttery flaky layers of oatmeal crumble. Yum!
These Linzer cookies use a simple shortbread cookie recipe and are filled with delicious raspberry jam. They definitely make a statement with the peekaboo cutout, and they will be a hit when you serve them for dessert!
Vegan Kolaczki ~ These tasty little cookies are light and flaky and filled with an easy homemade almond apricot jam. They look fancy but are very easy to make! Perfect for dessert tables, gifting to family and friends, or nibbling while decorating and watching holiday movies.
Now that you have all the holiday cookies and treats you need to make the perfect Christmas cookie platter and then some. Check out these other holiday dinner and cocktail recipes to finish off the holiday festivities!
Triple Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies
Loaded with chocolatey goodness and made with gluten-free chickpea flour, these Triple Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies are easy to make and delicious.
Make these Christmas Oreos for a festive kid friendly family treat, beautiful homemade gift or as part of a Christmas spread. Christmas Oreos are the perfect no bake Christmas cookie. Simply melt some chocolate, dip your Oreo and decorate!
This recipe for Kourabiedes is a family favourite producing the most delicious traditional Greek butter cookies. Easy to make, studded with roasted almonds and always a favorite during the Christmas season, although they are also enjoyed year-round too!