Whether you are baking old fashioned Christmas cookies for a cookie exchange, gifts for friends and family, your children or grandchildren, or for Santa Clause, Vintage Recipes has compiled a collection of traditional Christmas Cookie recipes. The recipes below represent the most viewed cookie recipes from our site that are Classic Christmas Cookies.  If you don’t find a cookie recipe that you are looking for, please browse our complete collection of cookie recipes; we currently have over 120 recipes in our cookie and brownie recipe collection!

Vintage Recipes hopes that you find a few recipes from the ones that we have selected so that you can add them to your recipe collection.  Here are our selections for our 2019 Twelve Days of Cookies, Merry Christmas, and Happy Baking!

1. Sugar Cookies

It is no surprise that our most view cookies are sugar cookies; we have collected four classic sugar cookies for you. 

Sugar Cookies – This recipe calls for sugar and brown sugar, the other ingredients are the standard shortening, cream of tartar, vanilla, baking soda, and flour. 

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookes – This recipe came from a collection originating from Rhode Island.  “Mrs. R.” as I call her must have been an outstanding cook as her recipe and menu collection is extensive.  This recipe is your classic traditional sugar cookie with butter, sugar, cream/milk, vanilla, eggs, salt, baking powder, and flour. 

Good Sugar Cookies – This recipe is almost identical to the “Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies” containing butter, sugar, baking powder, eggs, salt, milk, flavoring, and flour.  A simple classic cookie, great for Holiday baking or anytime!

Lucille Ames’ Sugar Cookies – This is another classic sugar cookie recipe with Butter or oleo, sugar, baking soda, eggs, flour, salt, and baking powder.  However, Ms. Ames’ recipe calls for you to dip the cookie refrigerated cookie dough in a mixture of sugar and nutmeg before baking. 

2. Sandies


Sandies – this is a classic cookie no matter what you call them – Sandies, Pecan Sandies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Danish Wedding cookies.  This simple shortbread recipe calls for butter, chopped nuts, confectioner’s sugar, flour, vanilla, and water; bake these, cool slightly and roll in confectioner’s sugar. 



3. The Best Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

The Best Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies – This a great classic oatmeal-raisin cookie. Oatmeal-raisin cookies were always a favorite of Santa Clause when I was growing up. 


4. Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies – This is a classic butter cookie made with shortening, butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, lemon juice, salt, and flour. Use a cookie press to create various shapes and figures that you can decorate for the Holidays.  


An almost identical recipe from a collection from the same recipe box, but made with powdered sugar and cream of tartar.  The recipe suggests you can use orange or lemon for the zest and juice. 

5. Miss Staton’s Fruit Balls

Miss Staton’s Fruit Balls – Well, these are not cookies, but close enough and would make a great addition to any Christmas Cookie selection.  These would be a great “cookie” for those who are looking for gluten-free alternatives. 


6.  Brown Sugar Spritz

Brown Sugar Spritz – This recipe is from Blue Bonnet Margarine and gives your standard spritz cookie recipe a twist by using brown sugar.  Made with margarine and light brown sugar, then the cookie dough is pressed through a cookie press to make festive shapes that you can, and the kids can decorate. 


7. Fluffy Ruffles

Fluffy Ruffles –  This recipe is a variation of a Date Cookie made without butter.  

8. German Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen – German Honey Cookies – This is a traditional German Christmas Cookie made with honey, molasses, and spices, very similar to a gingerbread cookie.  The conventional Lebkuchen cookie is frequently topped with sliced almonds or finished with a glaze made of powdered sugar, water, lemon juice, or your favorite liqueur. 


9. Nellie’s Melt Away Cookies

Nellie’s Melt Away Cookies – This is a simple five-ingredient cookie, will be a favorite of Santa Clause as it melts in his mouth on Christmas Eve!  This recipe is from the same collection that the Butter Cookie recipe that has the note on it from “Nellie at Lepp’s” in the upper right corner. 


10. Cherry Cookies

Cherry Cookies – This is a simple, seven-ingredient Cherry Cookie recipe. 


11. Jumbals

Jumbals – Jumbals or “Jumbels as Americans call them” are traditional English cookies, this recipe gives credit to “The Compleat Housewife,” by E. Smith published in Lonon in the eighteenth century.  Mrs. R. notes that they are quick to assemble and have a very plain but subtly flavored cooky. 


12. Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles – This classic cookie rolled in sugar and cinnamon before baking is always a favorite with the kiddos. 

One Response

  1. Hi,
    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence but you had a sugar cookie recipe card where the handwriting looks just like that of my mother’s, and it says “Ann” in the upper right hand corner. My mother had a very dear friend named Ann. She also had many of her recipes on index cards in a little box. Do you know where you got that particular recipe card from?
    Thank you!

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