Here at The Pigeon Coop, we are in the full Christmas swing. Our decorations are all up, we’ve gone to see the Christmas light display, and had a blast at the local Christmas festival. I’m a bit of a Christmas junkie and have been listening to carols since the day after Thanksgiving. Along with all of this holiday spirit comes Christmas cookies!
I am a cookie monster. There are very few cookies that I will not eat and I’m ok with that. When Christmas rolls around, I am in my happy place because of all of the magnificent cookies. I absolutely LOVE to bake but sometimes it’s difficult to find new and unique recipes. So, I thought I would share with you my list of Christmas cookies.
All of the cookie recipes I am about to share with you are delicious. They are sweet without being overly so, rich and flavorful, and none of them are dry. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than a dry cookie.
The Ultimate Christmas Cookie List
Chocolate Chip Cookies – I use a box of vanilla pudding mix instead of the white sugar. The result is a much softer cookie.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – Use the toll house recipe but replace the white sugar with a box of instant chocolate pudding mix and replace the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips. My husband LOVES these.
Snickerdoodles – We use an old family recipe that I’m not allowed to share with you. Sorry everyone!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – I have to keep these especially hidden. If anyone finds out that these are already baked, I won’t have any left come Christmas! Especially my husband and brother-in-law. I’m pretty sure they can eat a dozen each without any problems.
Cherry Blossoms – Make sure that you dice your maraschino cherries very well.
Turtle Cheesecakes – I always half the amount of graham crackers per cup because I don’t like such a significant crust layer. I want to enjoy as much of that cheesecake filling as I can get! Oh…and don’t bother melting the chocolate chips to drizzle on top. Use Hershey’s chocolate syrup. It saves you sooo much time!
Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies – Let’s just say not all of these made it to the cookie tin. I think I ate three or four before I packaged them up.
Christmas Light Cookies – These are a very simple cutout cookie and they are so adorable! They add a touch of fun to your Christmas cookie tray.
Oatmeal Cranberry Pecan Cookies – These are truly decadent cookies everyone. They are so rich and full of flavor. I highly recommend these ones if nothing else!
Ginger Snaps – Is Christmas really Christmas without having a ginger snap? It isn’t in our house! The decorations of this recipe are beautiful but I totally skip it when I don’t have the time.
Red Velvet Thumbprints – For all of the red velvet lovers out there…these are amazing. A little time consuming the first time I made them but totally worth it!
Peanut Butter Cookies – Again, old family recipe. I wish I could share because these cookies are TO DIE FOR.
Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies – These cookies totally embody the flavor of Christmas. Gob style cookies are always time consuming but they are so amazing!
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries -Oh my gosh they add such an elegance to your cookie tray. These are pretty simple to make, too.
Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels – So incredibly easy! Definitely the way to go to add some cranberry to your list.
Raisin Puffs – There is a very solid chance that if you aren’t from Pittsburgh, you’ve never had these. You need to make these. They are such a unique cookie and always a crowd pleaser.
Mini Oreo Cheesecakes – Oreos are my kryptonite. These mini Oreo cheesecakes are a must for all Oreo lovers.
Lady Locks – So I’ve been informed that lady locks (aka “clothespin cookies”) are also a Pittsburgh thing. No Christmas cookie tray is complete without lady locks. If you don’t have the time or skill for these cookies, you need to order them early so that the bakeries can be sure to have them ready for you.
Nut Horns – I love how easy this recipe is!
Butter Cream Wafers – If you can, make these bite size. They are very rich and if you eat just one that is of “average cookie size,” you won’t have room for any of the other absolutely amazing cookies.
So there ya have it! A list of only the most amazing Christmas cookies! As of today, 12.4.2017, I have the first nine cookies of this list baked, packaged, and in the freezer. It’s so incredibly difficult not to sneak into the freezer and grab one or two every now and then. I promise, I’ve only snuck in there once but OMG it was so worth it.
Do you have any cookies that are staples on your cookie tray? Please share them with me! I am always, always, always looking for new and delicious cookie recipes to try!