Fabulously Unique Christmas Cookies That’ll Wow Your Guests

With Christmas comes Christmas cookies, and all sorts of other delightful goodies. Are you tired of making the same old, same old?  If you’d like to try something new, here are a few recipes for you to consider that we’ve rounded up from around the internet. But first, here are a few tips to get you started, if your culinary skill isn’t especially high-level – and that’s okay.

Christmas Cookie Tips

Butter – You’re going to want to use REAL butter. Splurge a little – you’re not going to get the best results if you opt for margarine or some other substitute.

Baking and Chill Times – Even if you think times listed seem unnecessary, they’re that way for a reason. The chill times especially matter so you get the right dough consistency. Always check if cookies are done by the lowest bake time first, not the highest available.

Measuring Flour – When you measure flour into a measuring cup, don’t just dunk the entire cup into the bag, as this will cause the flour to become packed down and your cookies will end up being dense in texture.  Instead, spoon the flour into the measuring cup for optimal results.

Room Temperature, Preferred – Ingredients are best added to a recipe at room temperature unless the recipe states otherwise.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Here are our tried and true, unique Christmas cookie recipes that are not only a great way to surprise your guests, they’re also fun to make!

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

These are my absolute personal favorite cookies to bake around the holidays.  Guests usually expect sweet cookies, but these have a savory kick, which helps to make them stand out from the norm.

Snowshoe Cookies

If you’re short on time or simply want to create a more varied cookie selection in a short amount of time, then you’ll definitely want to add these to your cookie making list. You take store-bought cookies and add a few festive touches, and voila!

Peppermint Kissed Meringue Miniatures

These melty meringue cookies look absolutely fantastic, and your guests will likely be unable to resist trying one just to see what they taste like. This one definitely goes on the nice cookie list.

Austrian Nut Cookies

Here’s a fun tip if you choose to make these cookies – the slivered almonds can be fashioned into a poinsettia shape.  How cute is that?

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

Children really love this one!  You bake simple circle-shaped cookies in various sizes and arrange them to appear like miniature Christmas trees. Kids and adults both enjoy pulling them apart, kind of like Oreos.

Peppermint Stars

Much like the rosemary cookies, these peppermint stars help to provide an unexpected taste at the cookie swap. They’re both buttery and minty, while also being very pleasing to the eye.  Even better? They’re very easy to make!