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These 16 Chocolate Christmas Cookies will please the casual chocolate lover and the most dedicated chocoholic. An excellent variety of rich and flavorful cookies that make the perfect addition to a cookie platter.

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These chocolate Christmas cookies are decadent, fun and festive. Some cookies highlight the flavor of chocolate and others have balanced pairings with peppermint, nuts, citrus, or spices. You’ll find a variety of types of cookies like chocolate pecan tassies alongside more familiar favorites like chocolate crinkle cookies.

The 16 cookies are grouped in categories to make it easier to find the perfect cookie or cookies for your holiday gathering! Start with easy chocolate cookies and then move through a variety of chocolate peppermint cookies and more. Add a few cookies from The Best Christmas Cookies or these traditional Christmas cookies to your list this year!

Why You Will Love these Chocolate Christmas Cookies

  • Varied in flavor, texture and type. We have collected a list of chewy chocolate cookies, crunchy cookies and bar cookies. Each cookie flavor and texture is unique. Some have combinations of flavors while other are purely, unapologetically chocolate!
  • Divided into categories for easy selection. We’ve done (almost) all the work for you by subdividing all the cookies into categories. You can easily select a few from each, and a few of traditional Christmas cookie recipes, for a perfectly varied cookie tray!
  • Professional quality recipes. These recipes are all created or perfected by a professional pastry chef for the best texture and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store Christmas cookies?

The general guidelines for storing Christmas cookies are a week at room temperature or up to 3 months frozen. Crunchy cookies should not be stored in the refrigerator or they will absorb moisture and soften. For the freshest cookies, store the dough in the freezer and bake them fresh.

How long do Christmas cookies last?

Typically a week at room temperature and 3 months frozen. Some Christmas cookies are better for longer storage like linzer cookies or Mexican wedding cookies. These crunchy or crumbly cookies will last up to 12 days at room temperature but chewy cookies are best consumed or frozen by 4 days at room temperature. I prefer to freeze the cookie dough and bake the cookies fresh.

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16 Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Find the best chocolate Christmas cookies sorted by variety below. There are simple drop cookies made with cake mix {like Christmas crinkle cookies} alongside made from scratch chocolate biscotti. Each recipe is by a professional pastry chef and they are sure to delight!

Easy Chocolate Christmas Cookies

These are those cookies that are mixed, dropped and baked. They are ready in 30 minutes or less with no fuss! Some aren’t even baked for the easiest cookies ever. See our easy Christmas cookie recipes for additional easy cookies!

Chocolate Crackle Cookie with powdered sugar on black surface Easy Chocolate Desserts.

Chewy, soft chocolate crinkle cookies are made with devil’s food cake mix for the easiest cookie you’ll make this year. It is always a favorite and they are made in just 17 minutes without the need to chill the batter!

Chocolate Crackle Cookie with powdered sugar on black surface Easy Chocolate Desserts.
5 from 4 ratings

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are chewy and richly chocolatey. Made from only 4-ingredients in under 20 minutes, they’re devilishly delightful and easy!
Make Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!
Black Forest Brandy Balls Sideview.

These easy no bake chocolate brandy balls are flavored with chocolate cookies, cherries and brandy! They are as simple as combining all the ingredients, shaping and refrigerating. Their flavor even improves over time making them the perfect make-ahead cookie!

Black Forest Brandy Balls Delicious Overhead
4.75 from 4 ratings

No Bake Chocolate Cherry Brandy Balls

Chocolate Cherry Brandy Balls are easy, no bake cookies flavored with chocolate cookies, cherries and brandy! Simply soak the cherries and combine all the ingredients in a bowl!
Easy No Bake Chocolate Brandy Balls!
Fudgy Brownie Cookies Crumb Easy Chocolate Dessert.

These delicious fudgy brownie cookies have the flavor and texture of your favorite fudgy brownies! Chewy, fudgy chocolate cookies with that crackle on top!

Fudgy Brownie Cookies Delicious Stack
5 from 3 ratings

Brownie Cookies

Brownie Cookies are fudgy, chewy, and have the elusive flaky brownie top! Three types of chocolate and a no-chill dough combine to satisfy even the most intense chocolate craving in under 30 minutes!
Make Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Tis the season for all the chocolate peppermint treats! There are lovers and haters out there, but these are my favorites. Chewy, crunchy, bar cookies, we have it all!

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies White Background chocolate christmas cookies.

These chocolate peppermint swirl cookies are stunning and delicious. This recipe makes a tender chocolate dough swirled with a peppermint dough. The cookies are buttery and light with a balanced peppermint flavor.

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies White Background chocolate christmas cookies.
5 from 2 ratings

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies are the marriage of my two favorite holiday flavors: chocolate and peppermint. Two easy sugar cookie doughs are swirled together to create a delicate, tender and show-stopping Christmas cookie!
Make Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies!
stack of iced brownies with red sprinkles chocolate Christmas cookie.

These peppermint chocolate brownies have cocoa powder, melted chocolate and chocolate chips in chewy brownies plus a creamy (and easy) peppermint buttercream on top. They are perfect for a crowd or a holiday bake sale!

Peppermint Triple Chocolate Brownies stacked
5 from 1 ratings

Peppermint Triple Chocolate Brownies

These Peppermint Triple Chocolate Brownies are rich, decadent and festive! Chewy brownies topped with an easy peppermint frosting!
Bake Chocolate Peppermint Brownies!
iced chocolate cookies with crushed peppermint candies on top.

Soft dark chocolate cookies topped with a white chocolate buttercream with crunchy peppermint pieces. These double chocolate peppermint cookies are sure to be a new favorite.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Fudgy dark chocolate peppermint cookies with a white chocolate buttercream frosting and crunchy mint-sugar topping. The perfect Christmas cookies!
Bake Chocolate Peppermint Cookies!
Double Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies Bitten.

These candy cane kiss cookies are a double chocolate cookie with a peppermint kiss pressed into the center. The combination of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint is fabulous. Almost like peppermint bark in cookie form.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies Bitten.
5 from 1 ratings

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

These Double Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies are rich and fudgy. A secret, unexpected ingredient gives them an extra fudgy texture!
Bake Candy Cake Kiss Cookies!

Classic Chocolate Cookies & Brownies

You can’t go wrong with these classic recipes. They are your chewy, decadent cookies and bars that are always a hit. You can always peruse all our bar cookie recipes for further fan favorites.

Browned Butter Brownie stacked detailed texture.

Thick, chewy and packed with flavor. You’ve never tried brownies like these! Browned butter adds a subtle hazelnut flavor to the chewy, soft brown butter brownies. Top them with an easy chocolate buttercream or a cream cheese buttercream for a Christmas treat.

Browned Butter Brownie stacked detailed texture.
5 from 2 ratings

Brown Butter Brownies

Looking to elevate your brownie experience? Look no further than these brown butter brownies; they are chewy and fudgy and have a hit of a nutty flavor from the beurre noisette!
Bake Brown Butter Brownies!
A cream cheese chocolate chip cookie broken on sheet pan.

These cream cheese chocolate chip cookies are soft, thick and chewy. They have the perfect balance of chocolate chips and brown sugar cookie. If you don’t have cream cheese, try these thick chewy chocolate chip cookies instead. Or just break open a block of cream cheese and make kolacky cookies too!

Three stacked cream cheese chocolate chip cookies broken in half.
4.89 from 76 ratings

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft batch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies are sent straight from Heaven! These cookies have an outstanding texture that hits that sweet spot of chewiness! They are soft, chewy, dense and fabulously chocolatey! The mixture of semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate takes them to the next level!
Bake Chewy Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Stacked next to milk

These double chocolate chip cookies are for the chocolate lovers out there. No matter the season, you are the person who is reaching for or ordering the most chocolaty item on the menu. I stand with you! These chewy chocolate cookies have cocoa powder, melted chocolate AND chocolate chips. They will blow you and Santa away.

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Stacked next to milk
5 from 1 ratings

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies are decadently chocolatey, thick and chewy! They have just a hint of salt to really make the chocolate pop!
Bake Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fun and Festive Chocolate Cookies

These are chocolate Christmas cookies that are a bit unexpected! Mix up your cookie tray with some of these treats to really wow your guests! Some have unexpected shapes and others unexpected ingredients. All bring that wonderful Holiday cheer and flavor!

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe.

This is my great-grandmother’s recipe for pecan tassies, but transformed with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips, and they are phenomenal! An easy cream cheese press-in dough filled with chocolate chips and pecan pie filling. These chocolate pecan tassies will be a win for any holiday dessert table or passed dessert.

These Chocolate Pecan Tassies are like mini pecan pies with a cream cheese crust! Based on my great-grandmother's recipe!
5 from 2 ratings

Chocolate Pecan Tassies

In these Chocolate Pecan Tassies a flakey, cream cheese crust holds the perfect amount of chocolate pecan pie goodness! Perfect for a Christmas tray or a sweet treat for you!
Make Chocolate Pecan Tassies!
chocolate nutella linzer cookies with sanding sugar on top.

Chocolate Nutella linzer cookies take traditional linzer cookies into the realm of chocolate. Nutella and chocolate lovers will both swoon over these delicious and decadent cookies.

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Chocolate Nutella Linzer Cookies

Chocolate-Nutella linzer cookies feature soft and chewy chocolate sandwich cookies filled with creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread.
Make Chocolate Nutella Linzer Cookies
Chocolate Orange Shortbread Stars Sideview.

Not only are these chocolate shortbread cookies dressed up for the holidays with sparkle, but they are tender and flavorful too! The chocolate dough has a hint of orange zest and vanilla. You will love these shortbread cookies.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Stars Delicious Overhead
5 from 2 ratings

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

These soft, tender Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies are flavored with orange zest and orange juice! They can be easily rolled and cut with cookie cutters into any shape, or sliced and baked.
Make Chocolate Orange Shortbread Stars
chocolate cardamom cookies on tray.

I love a gentle sprinkling of cardamom in baked goods like these hazelnut crescent cookies and cardamom snowballs. Chocolate and cardamom shine in these easy chocolate cardamom cookies. They are chewy and perfect.

chocolate cardamom cookies

Chewy-soft oversized chocolate cardamom cookies from “The Vanilla Bean Baking Book” by Sarah Kieffer. Perfect for the holidays!
Bake Chocolate Cardamom Cookies
Biscotti close up crumb Valentine's Day Desserts perfect chocolate Christmas cookie.

Once upon a time a pastry chef (me) went to Italy and tasted the best biscotti of her life. She came home and vowed to replicated it. It took some time and some butter but I did it. These double chocolate biscotti are one Italian inspired recipe. They have an impactful chocolate flavor and are perfectly crunchy without being hard. My professional advice is make extra.

The best Double Chocolate Biscotti one piece
4.50 from 4 ratings

Double Chocolate Biscotti

These crisp and easy-to-make double chocolate biscotti have a rich chocolate flavor and the perfect crunchy cookie texture for dipping into coffee, tea or hot chocolate!
Bake Double Chocolate Biscotti

Before You Go

I hope you enjoyed this chocolate Christmas cookies. You might also enjoy these traditional Christmas cookies, the 24 easy Christmas cookies or peruse all our 100+ Christmas cookie recipes!

Hi, I’m Chef Lindsey!

I am the baker, recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Chef Lindsey Farr. I believe in delicious homemade food and the power of dessert!

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  1. wow I missed so many delicious recipes, these all look incredible! Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas Lindsey!

  2. Great summary! Thank you for the tips on how easy, hard, time required etc. Very helpful and nice to have all the choices in one place!