One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the food that comes with it — especially Christmas cookies. There are so many different types to bake, and the options are endless when it comes to decorating, which means there’s no excuse not to whip up a fancy batch! If you need some inspiration, here are five of the most beautiful Christmas cookies you’ll see this season.
1. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
These cookies are not only super cute, but loaded with delicious goodies as well. A peppermint chocolate kiss tops off a sugar cookie covered in festive sprinkles.
Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction
2. Snowflake Sugar Cookies
If elegance is more your thing, you’ll love these gorgeous snowflake sugar cookies. They’re decorated with royal icing and pearls, making them fit for a queen.
Recipe: Annie’s Eats
3. Peppermint Patties
You can make your own delicious—and aesthetically pleasing—peppermint patties at home. Top them off with some crushed candy canes for an even prettier cookie.
Recipe: The Gunny Sack
4. Cinnamon Wreaths
Wreaths don’t have to belong just on the doorway. Make your cookie in the shape of a wreath and decorate it with some M&M’s and little icing bows.
Recipe: The Seasoned Mom
5. Snow Globe Cookies
Impress your guests with these snow globe cookies. All you need is sugar cookies and icing to make your own snow scenery.
Recipe: Cookie Connection
6. Mitten Cookies
If you’re having guests or a holiday party, you can make these cute mitten cookies and personalize one for each person attending. They’re perfectly frosted, colorful and festive, and you’ll make everyone who walks through your door feel extra special.
Recipe: The Hungry Housewife
7. Candy Cane Cookies
These candy cane cookies are not only incredibly adorable, but they also happen to be fun to make as well. You can experiment with different colors for a tray of cookies that look like your favorite holiday candy.
Recipe: Self-Proclaimed Foodie
8. Santa Moon Cookies
Talk about a unique take on Santa. These cookies decorated like St. Nick also happen to be in the shape of the moon, and they err on the side of elegance, making these cookies a beautiful choice for a more mature Christmas gathering.
Recipe: The Baking Sheet