It’s cookie season, so get ready to spread the cheer. Below I’ve rounded up 30 of my favourite cookies to make and share during the holidays. Whether you’re creating cookie boxes or just want a gorgeous cookie platter for your Christmas table, you’ll find plenty to choose from here. From Christmas shortbread to sugar cookies and ginger-filled cookies, it’s all here. Let’s get baking.

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1. Spiced Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Closeup of a stack of star-shaped shortbread cookies on a sheet of crumpled baking paper

These spiced shortbread Christmas cookies are a family favourite. Butter shortbread cookies dusted with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and other festive spices make a perfect Christmas treat or gift.

2. Chewy and Soft Ginger Cookies

A pile of ginger cookies on a sheet of baking paper.

These perfectly chewy and soft ginger cookies, with their crispy edges rich ginger flavour are so easy to make. Loaded with ginger flavour from ground and crystallised ginger, these cookies are irresistible.

3. Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

A batch of square shortbread cookies.

Cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies are buttery, crumbly and perfect for the holidays. Filled with tart cranberries, crunchy pistachios and a secret ingredient that makes them extra special, you’ll love these for gifting or just for snacking on.

4. Dark Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Cookies

A cookie broken in half showing the gooey chocolate inside.

Filled with chocolate chunks, dried cranberries and walnuts, these festive dark chocolate walnut cranberry cookies taste absolutely wonderful. Easy to make and no chilling required!

5. Peppermint Chocolate Rolled Cookies

A row of chocolate roll cookies on a sheet of baking paper.

These peppermint chocolate roll cookies are a chocolate cookie tube, filled with peppermint fondant filling, then sealed with more chocolate. These unique Christmas cookies will make your cookie boards extra fun this year.

6. Garibaldi Biscuits

A hand taking a biscuit of a stack.

A layer of currants squashed between two layers of dough, then baked, Garibaldi biscuits are buttery, fruity and easy to make. Also known as flies graveyard or squashed fly biscuits, these cookies have a crispy exterior and soft centre and are perfect with a cuppa.

7. Ginger Shortbread

A stack of ginger shortbread on a white platter

Crumbly, buttery ginger shortbread filled with a combination of crytallised and ground ginger is the perfect holiday shortbread. With just 6 ingredients, these biscuits are easy to make and also wonderful for gift giving.

8. Caramel Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

A stack of 3 thumbprint cookies with the top one with a hersheys kiss on top.

Caramel peanut butter thumbprint cookies are a basic, soft peanut butter cookie recipe taken to the next level. Filled with caramel and topped off with melted chocolate or Hersheys kisses, these cookies are fun and very quick to make. They’re crisp on the outside with a slight crunch of granulated sugar and soft and chewy on the inside and they don’t need any chill time. This peanut butter cookie recipe will become a family favourite and it’s perfect for gifting too.

9. Easy Iced Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

A stack of colourful cookies covered in sprinkles

The best iced sugar cookies are easy to make and delicious and these ones are both of those things. This post is packed with everything you need to know from the classic sugar cookie recipe to making perfect royal icing for cookie decorating. Cut them into Christmas shapes and decorate to your hearts content.

10. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A pile of heart shaped iced sugar cookies on a stone surface.

These chocolate sugar cookies are soft, chocolatey and taste amazing. They’re easy to make and hold their shape so they make the perfect chocolate cut out cookies. Ice them, frost them, dip in chocolate or serve them straight up.

11. Jam Filled Speculaas Cookies

These Jam Filled Speculaas cookies (also known as speculoos cookies) are crunchy, full of warming spices and easy to make. They’re sandwiched together with strawberry jam and make the perfect Christmas cookie.

These jam-filled speculaas cookies (also known as speculoos cookies) are crunchy, full of warming spices and easy to make. They’re sandwiched together with strawberry jam and make the perfect Christmas cookie.

12. Biscoff Butter Cookies

A batch of Biscoff butter cookies on a baking tray.

Biscoff butter cookies – the name really does say it all. Buttery cookies, filled with Biscoff spread and topped with Biscoff cookie crumbs, these cookies are soft and chewy with a crisp edge. Utterly perfect.

13. Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

A small stack of chocolate marshmallow cookies, surrounded by more.

These chocolate marshmallow cookies are a fudgy, chewy, brownie-like cookie stuffed with marshmallow and they’re so easy to make. No fancy equipment and they’re ready in half an hour.

14. Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Top down view of a cookie that's been torn apart to show the gooey chocolate and marshmallows.

Loaded with melty chocolate and gooey, toasty marshmallows, these marshmallow chocolate chip cookies will be your new favourite. With the added flavour of browned butter, these are like s’mores in cookie form.

15. Baci di Dama (Italian Almond Shortbread Cookies)

Closeup of a pile of baci di dama cookies on a marble surface.

Italian cookies are some of the best and Baci Di Dama are an easy 5 ingredient recipe. Most often made with hazelnuts, this recipe uses almonds melt in the mouth. Filled simply with chocolate, these are the perfect cookies for gifting. Try these as a Mother’s Day food gift.

16. Coconut Jam Drop Cookies

7 Coconut Jam Drops on a white background with a spoon of jam next to them

These incredibly simple coconut jam drops are the perfect quick treat for afternoon tea or as a lunch box filler. Buttery coconut cookies, filled with a dollop of your favourite jam makes these a winner every time.

17. Chocolate Chip Shortbread

A batch of chocolate chip shortbread stacked up against each other

A chocolate chip shortbread recipe with just 5 ingredients that takes 15 minutes to make, this chocolate twist on a traditional shortbread is a sure-fire winner. This buttery, crumbly melt in your mouth shortbread is perfect with a cuppa or glass of milk.

18. Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

A batch of dark chocolate shortbraed cookies, sprinkled with freeze-dried raspberries on a sheet of brown baking paper

These easy, 5 ingredient dark chocolates shortbread cookies are rich, dramatic and totally luxurious. Using dark cocoa, these short, bittersweet chocolate cookies are dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed freeze-dried raspberries. This is a perfect recipe for edible food gifts at Christmas too.

19. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

A batch of nutella sandwich cookies in a gift box.

Nutella chocolate sandwich cookies are not only delicious chocolate cookies filled with Nutella but also super simple food processor cookies.

20. Buttery Sultana Cookies

A pile of sultana filled cookies with a small bowl of sultanas.

Chewy, crisp and soft all at once, these buttery sultana cookies will become a family favourite. Taking around 30 minutes and with only 7 ingredients these copy-cat British fruity biscuits are incredibly easy to make and perfect for gifting too.

21. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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White chocolate macadamia cookies are an absolute classic. This buttery cookie recipe is results in crispy edged, soft and chewy middle coookies, loaded with white chocolate and macadamias.

22. Orange Almond Crescent Cookies

A batch of almond crescent cookies on a metal tray.

Buttery, melt-in-the-mouth cookies, with a good kick of orange, these orange almond crescent cookies are irresistible. So easy to make, they’re great for giving as gifts at the holidays too.

23. Florentines

florentines cookies on a sheet of white baking paper surrounded by glace cherries

Crunchy and sweet, these Florentines Biscuits are a favourite classic cookie. These delightful almond cookies are filled with dried fruit and a simple caramel, and are baked until baked until golden and crisp. They’re often made for edible gifts at Christmas.

24. Easy Peppermint Meringues

A small white tin filled with a batch of peppermint meringues.

These peppermint meringues are a light, crispy, minty Christmas treat. This easy recipe for meringues flavoured with peppermint, then dipped in chocolate and crushed candy canes only has 6 ingredients and will become a holiday favourite.

25. Swirled Chocolate Meringues

7 chocolate meringues on a sheet of brown baking paper

Crispy, crunchy and melt in your mouth, these are the very best swirled chocolate meringues. With just 4 ingredients and this easy recipe using real chocolate, meringues are perfect for everything from morning tea to gifting.

In the comments below, tell me your all-time favourite Christmas cookie!