Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Man in Your Life

Christmas Cookie Recipes
Christmas Cookie Recipes

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In addition to celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is the time for love, family and….  cookies, and cooks all over the country, the world even, seek out those Christmas cookie recipes that brighten the holiday spirit, show their love for others, and make the Christmas season more memorable for all.

This year, along with all the cute Christmas cookies for kids and Christmas cookie recipes for a cookie exchange, why not make some cookies that specifically appeal to the man in your life!

Now we know fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and boyfriends are generally agreeable family members that usually love ANYTHING made just for them.  However, we think these easy Christmas cookie recipes with bold Christmas flavors and a unique holiday appeal will be just the thing to add to your holiday baking plans this year anyway.  They are simple recipes that don’t take a lot of effort or thought (easy if your cooking with kids), yet they aren’t your normal, every day kind of holiday cookie.

These “men’s favorite Christmas cookie recipes” are distinctly his kind of cookie.  After all, you’ve got a keeper there… isn’t it nice to show him he is special enough to get his own batch of homemade Christmas cookies?

Fudgy Fruitcake Drops

We MUST give fruitcake to Dad every year!  Who else will love us no matter what!  The good news is that these fruitcake cookies are actually one of the best Christmas cookie recipes you can find to eat.  With a little chocolate and an interesting combination of walnuts, raisins, and grape jelly, this isn’t just a recipe to make Christmas cookies for Dad, it is a Christmas cookie recipe for kids, for gift giving (and they won’t get thrown away like fruitcake), for holiday guests, and  for Christmas parties too!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add granulated sugar, and best until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  5. Beat in egg, graped jelly, and vanilla.
  6. Beat in flour mixture.
  7. Stir in nuts, rasins, and chocolate pieces by hand.
  8. Spray a baking pan with cookie spray, and drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or just until set.
  10. When you take them out of the oven, let them set for about 1 minutes before transferring them to a rack to let cool.
  11. When cooled, sift or sprinkle some powdered sugar over the cookies.

Makes about 48 cookies.

Eggnog Thumbprints

These eggnog cookies with rum butter icing used as a thumbprint filling is sure to capture the holiday spirit for your hubby.  While you fortunately don’t need real rum for this unique Christmas cookie recipe, the old fashioned taste will make Dad think he’s sitting by the fireplace inside a quaint Victorian home.


For cookies:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 slightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • Nutmeg to sprinkle (when cookies are done and filled with icing)


For the Rum Icing Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. rum extract
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add sugar and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  3. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
  4. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer; then stir in any remaining flour by hand.
  5. Cover and chill for at least one hour or overnight.  This makes the dough easier to roll in handle.
When ready to complete your batch of eggnog cookies: 
  1. Make the rum icing filling by mixing the 1/4 cup butter with the 1 cup powdered sugar, the 1/4 tsp. rum extract, and 1 to 2 teaspoons milk, to right consistency to fill cookies, mixing with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Then spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in egg whites, then in the chopped walnuts to coat.
  4. Place balls on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart, and press your thumb into the center of each ball to make an indention.  (Can you tell this is a great Christmas cookie recipe for kids to make?)  🙂
  5. Bake in the 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  6. When done baking, let cookies set a minute on the sheet, then transfer to cool.
  7. When cookies are completely cool, pipe or spoon the rum butter icing into the indention of each cookies.
  8. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Makes about 40 cookies.


Peanut Brittle Cookies

These are more like soft oatmeal cookies with peanut brittle baked in.  With peanut brittle as an ingredient, they are on the men’s favorite cookie list  for Christmas, but they’re so good, you might even want to keep this peanut brittle recipe around for National Peanut Brittle Day on January 26 too!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed peanut brittle


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with aluminium foil, and grease the foil.  Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Beat until combined.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  6. Beat as much of the flour as possible with the mixer, then add remaining flour by hand, stirring as you go.
  7. Then stir in rolled oats, chopped chocolate, and 1/2 cup of the crushed peanut brittle.
  8. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.  Flatten each mound slightly.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.
  10. Remove cookie sheet from oven, and sprinkle each cookie with the remaining crushed peanut brittle, carefully pressing in slightly again.
  11. Bake for about 4 to 5 more minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  12. Remove from oven; cool for about 2 minutes, then remove from sheet to cool completely.

Makes about 24 cookies.

These are only some of the best Christmas cookie recipes awaiting your family’s holiday season.  Feel free to look through our site for other great holiday treats that are sure to please each one of those people you care greatly for and for whom you wish to spread good cheer, good wishes, and the good news that they are loved.

And throughout this holiday season, don’t forget to share the most important love of all with someone…

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3: 16

Here’s to a very merry Christmas for all!

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