Christmas biscuits and Christmas cookies are quick and easy to make, from glitzy festive cookies to skiing teddy bear biscuits.
Delicious little Christmas cookies and biscuits bring out the magic of Christmas for everyone. We’ve got loads of lovely ideas to get you started, from gingerbread houses to twinkle stars, teddy bears to tree decorations. Let’s get cracking!
What is the difference between cookies and biscuits?
The main difference between a cookie and a biscuit is all down to the ingredients. Cookies are a more decadent dessert packed with ingredients like chocolate and fruit, whereas a biscuit has much simpler recipes, often comprising of flour, sugar and butter. A biscuit is much easier to decorate using royal icing to help make wonderful christmas creations, perfect for gifting!
How long will decorated sugar cookies last?
Once decorated your cookies will keep for one week when stored in an air tight container so you want to make sure you bake them fresh if they’re being made for gifting purposes! Make sure the icing decorations have had plenty of time to dry and set before attempting to stack your biscuits, you wouldn’t want them to smudge!
Christmas cookies and biscuits
Don't confine cranberries to the sauce this season, we think putting them in a cookie is a much better use for them. With sweet and creamy white chocolate, these biscuits have a lovely sweet/sour balance. They make the perfect treat for Christmas day with their red and white colouring and are easily turned into a gift with a little bit of ribbon and a handmade gift tag.
Get the recipe: White chocolate and cranberry cookies
By using a few simple ingredients this nifty little recipe turns plain sugar biscuits into twinkly trees. Made a couple of days before they will keep well in an air tight tin and can be eaten across the festive period.
Get the recipe: Almond Christmas tree biscuits
Just because you're being good this year doesn't mean you can't have any treats, in fact we think it's even more of a reason that you should have a reward! These fun biscuits from Slimming World are flavoured with Christmas spices and make pretty additions to any Christmas tree.
Get the recipe: Slimming World Christmas biscuits
If you're having a party this Christmas then look no further for biscuit ideas! Putting them on a plate is boring, it's all about piling them into a towering tree and making them your table top centre piece!
Get the recipe: Iced gingerbread tree
Mummy blogger Anneliese Giggins's skiing teddy bear biscuits are some of the cutest Christmas biscuits we've ever see. Make them as a fun Christmassy project with your child, and we promise you'll have everyong 'ahh-ing' when you share them round.
Get the recipe: Skiing teddy bear biscuits
What better way to get your Christmas cookie fix than to pop them on sticks? The kids are going to love this fun way to present your biscuits and they make the perfect party food with no need for plates!
Get the recipe: Christmas cookies on sticks
Why not have a go at making your own gingerbread house this year? With our simple video it makes the whole thing a doddle and the kids will love decorating it. We like to think there are no rules when it comes to gingerbread houses and the kids can make it as colourful, fun and glittery as they like.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread house
These colourful little baubles are much better than those that you can't eat! Hang them up and let the kids have a treat each day during the holidays by picking their favourite one off the tree to have as a naughty snack.
Get the recipe: Brilliant baubles
Dunked in chocolate and sprinkled with festive sugar decorations, these star biscuits taste like the ones you find in Christmas markets. These is no need to be neat with these ones as they are meant to look rustic so are perfect for the more novice cook or to make with your little chefs!
Get the recipe: Spiced chocolate covered stars
People won't believe you made these tree decorations yourself. By enlisting the help of some boiled sweets you can very easily make these stained-glass like little beauties.
Get the recipe: Spicy orange tree cookies
Packed with warming spices and sweet honey, these little biscuits will fill your home with the smell of winter baking. By using biscuit cutters you can easily whip them up as special but cost-effective gifts for family and friends.
Get the recipe: Sugar and spice cookies
Sometimes you need a more grown up version of the cookie and these are just that. Chocolate florentines with dried fruit and nuts make the perfect sweet pairing to a cup of coffee and look ever so pretty when presented simply in tissue paper. Why not make a batch for all those aunties and uncles? They'll love them!
Get the recipe: Florentines
This is a great way to make gifts from those store cupboard essentials. With their brightly coloured tops these little biccies make eye catching gifts for any chocolate lover and look great hung on the tree too!
Get the recipe: Smarties cookies
Buttery shortbread is a seasonal favourite north of the boarder and we love how easy it is to make into festive shapes. These fancy star ones are deliciously crisp and buttery with a simple sugar topping. Why not add edible glitter for an even brighter holiday treat?
Get the recipe: Shortbread star biscuits
Santa will be even happier to stop at your home this year with all these little stockings hanging around. You can use any shaped biscuits with this easy guide on how to decorate. The perfect thing to get the kids to help with in the holidays when it's chilly outside.
Get the recipe: Striking stockings
Even if it isn’t snowing outside, make your Christmas a white one with these festive snowman biscuits. These are best eaten the day they’re made, but trust us – they won’t last longer!
Get the recipe: Melted snowman biscuits
Brighten up any Christmas party or gathering with these adorable marshmallow snowmen. The marshmallow is quickly softened in the microwave, then adorned with chocolate button, peanut cups or Mini Rolos, so there’s no baking involved.
Get the recipe: No bake marshmallow snowmen
Did you know that the classic gingerbread man shape can be flipped upside down and turned into a reindeer? The kids are just going to love helping you create these reindeer themed treats which are absolutely perfect for Christmas parties or as quirky food gifts.
Get the recipe: Reindeer brownies and gingerbread
Nothing beats a home-made touch at Christmas and these edible decorations are simple, effective and, utterly delicious! These Gingerbread Christmas tree decorations are also perfect for decorating your Christmas cake and for giving as gifts to family and friends.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Christmas tree decorations
These vegan biscuits with fruit and nut are a real treat. Vegan cream cheese and cashew nuts make these biscuits rich and creamy, without using any animal products!
Get the recipe: No bake vegan biscuits
The kids are going to love making these classic gingerbread men with you this Christmas.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread men