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15 Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes From the Yankee Archives

Here at Yankee, we’ve been making and sharing classic Christmas cookie recipes since 1935. To help celebrate the season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite bar, cutout, ball, sandwich, and drop cookies from the Yankee archives. We hope they’ll help make your holiday season extra-sweet!

15 CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES FROM THE YANKEE ARCHIVES

Gingerbread Puffs

Aroostook Gingerbread Puffs

Michael Piazza

GINGERBREAD PUFFS

We’ve updated these 1930s gingerbread puffs so they have a soft, moist texture, with the added pleasure of making good use of leftover mashed potatoes.

Greek Nut Crescents

Greek Nut Crescents

Michael Piazza

GREEK NUT CRESCENTS (Kourabiedes)

Essentially shortbread with nuts, Greek Nut Crescents (kourabiedes) are similar to Russian tea cakes and Mexican wedding cookies. You can make them with any nuts you like: hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, or walnuts.

Split-Second Jam Cookies

Split-Second Jam Cookies

Michael Piazza

SPLIT-SECOND JAM COOKIES

These jam cookies take less than 20 minutes to put together and another 20 minutes to bake. They’re tender and buttery, with great contrast from the tart jam.

Lemon-Glazed Caraway Cookies

Lemon-Glazed Caraway Cookies

Michael Piazza

LEMON-GLAZED CARAWAY COOKIES

This recipe takes us back to the very beginning of American cooking. In fact, its roots are in the first cookbook ever published here, a 1796 work called American Cookery, printed in Hartford, Connecticut, by Hudson & Goodwin. The cookies were delicious but a little plain, so we made some adjustments, including a lemon glaze. Now they’re perfect: fragrant, buttery, and just sweet enough.

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Michael Piazza

OLD-FASHIONED SUGAR COOKIES

These old-fashioned sugar cookies are based on a 1939 recipe. Top with icing and sprinkles for a colorful (and kid-friendly) treat.

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Favorite Crispy Cookies

Favorite Crispy Cookies

Michael Piazza

FAVORITE CRISPY COOKIES

Been hunting for a delicious, super crispy cookie recipe? With these nutty brown-sugar crispy cookies, the search is over!

Honeymoon Cookies

Honeymoon Cookies

Michael Piazza

HONEYMOON COOKIES

In 1960, a reader sent us this recipe for her grandmother’s soft sugar cookies, filled with minced apples, nuts, spices, and raisins (we substituted dried cranberries). They’re like tiny apple pies. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients; these honeymoon cookies are very simple to make.

Potato-Chip Cookies

Potato-Chip Cookies

Michael Piazza

POTATO-CHIP COOKIES

Intrigued by their period authenticity (the ’70s are, after all, when the term “junk food” was coined), we gave these potato-chip cookies a try and found that they were not only delicious but fun to serve with a “guess what’s in them?” quiz. They’re worth making at least once, both for their flavor and for the surprise factor.

Iced-Cranberry Spritz Cookies Recipe

Iced-Cranberry Spritz Cookies

Heath Robbins

ICED CRANBERRY SPRITZ COOKIES

Buttery and sweet, these cranberry spritz cookies get a tangy kick from the addition of dried cranberries, which also gives them a moist texture. Lightly dipped in a simple glaze, they’re pretty enough for gifting.

Treasure-Chest Bars

Treasure-Chest Bars

Michael Piazza

TREASURE-CHEST BARS

Here’s a fruitcake variation that people actually love: tender frosted bars studded with dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate (that’s the “treasure”). Treasure-chest bars were popular in the ’60s and ’70s, and we published this version of the recipe in November 1978.

No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls

No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls

Michael Piazza

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE RUM BALLS

Since 1971, the 40 or so women of the now-famous Wellesley Cookie Exchange have gathered each December to swap dozens of Christmas cookies and recipes. In 1986, we published The Wellesley Cookie Exchange Cookbook, compiled and edited by Susan Peery, and the book has become a classic. One bite of these delicious no-bake chocolate rum balls will make you understand why.

Semi-Retro Chocolate Chip Cookies

Semi-Retro Chocolate Chip Cookies

Michael Piazza

SEMI-RETRO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Remember the 1990s obsession with white chocolate? You’ll find both white and bittersweet chocolate in these classic chunky chocolate chip cookies, and the combination is lovely.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlets

Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlets

Michael Piazza

CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT TARTLETS

A hazelnut shortbread forms the base of these little gourmet tartlets, which are filled with raspberries and chocolate ganache.

Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Michael Piazza

CHOCOLATE-PEPPERMINT SANDWICH COOKIES

These delicious Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are a nod to “gourmetified” junk-food classics. In fine bakeries around New England, we now see tongue-in-cheek artisanal interpretations of Oreos, whoopie pies, and Pop-Tarts. Here, we took the Oreo meme a step further, adding crushed candy canes for a little holiday pizzazz.

Gluten-Free Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies

Gluten-Free Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies

Michael Piazza

GLUTEN-FREE CORNMEAL THUMBPRINT COOKIES

A startling number of people these days are reporting gluten sensitivities, and gluten-free baking has become an important subspecialty for recipe developers. We love the flavor and texture of these tender gluten-free cornmeal-based cookies, and the way the raspberry flavor complements the corn.

Which classic Christmas cookie recipes are your favorites?

This post was first published in 2016 and has been updated. 

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