12 Cookies To Bake This Christmas

By: Lydia Davies on December 16, 2015

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Everyone loves a good cookie especially during the holidays. However, a good cookie can be hard to find and even harder to make. So I made it my mission this Christmas to find 12 cookies that are easy to bake, kid friendly, and absolutely delicious.

Finding a cookie that was easy for my daughter to help make but also tasted good was quiet the challenge, but I think we did a pretty good job.

These cookies are ranked in no particular order (although I do have my favorite.) I found cookies to please everyone on your holiday list, from the chocolate lovers to the ones who love a spiced cookie, I have you covered.

Whether you are planning a cookie exchange, passing them out to your neighbors, or baking cookies for Santa, sit back and let me plan your cookies for you.

Snowman Cookies

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These cookies were so much fun to bake. The dough smells amazing and when it is in the oven it smells even better. My daughter loved decorating these. You could really make them any size snowman you want.

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Vanilla

2 Eggs, lightly beaten

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1-½ cups (3 sticks) of butter (room temp)

¼ tsp. salt

1-¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups all-purpose flour

See, not a lot of ingredients, which is so covenant especially when baking with children. Actually it is covenant even for adults, everyone loves an easy recipe.

Directions:

  1. Mix together salt, flour, and cocoa powder.
  2. In a separate bowl beat butter and sugar, until light and fluffy (try it on medium speed.)
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla.
  4. Reduce speed to a low setting and slowly add in the flour mixture, mix until combined.
  5. Divide the dough in half (kind of strange I know, but you’ll see why!) Form each half into a disk shape, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm (about an hour.)
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Pull the dough out of the fridge, one at a time. Roll the dough out until it is about ¼ in thick (lightly flour the counter or use parchment paper.) Freeze the flattened dough until it is firm (15 min.) While it is in the freezer work with your other half of dough.
  8. Use cookie cutters to make the circles for the snowmen, if you don’t have cookie cutters use round glasses. Cut the cookies making one set at a time. Reroll scrapes as needed.
  9. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and transfer the cookies over. Bake until cooked through, 12-15 min. Let cookies cool completely before icing.

Icing ingredients:

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

5 tsp. meringue powder

1/8-cup water

Directions:

Mix the sugar and meringue powder with the water at a low speed until icing is smooth, usually about 5 min.

Like I said my daughter loved decorating these, we used mini M&Ms for the eyes and noses. These cookies, taste like a homemade Oreo, so if you like Oreos this is the recipe for you.

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Next up is a cookie that can work wonders in your love life. A cookie that can score you a date, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or make your spouse’s taste buds go into shock it is so good.

 

The Boyfriend Cookie

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These cookies are delish and can really be made with water is in your candy bowl at home. That’s what I love about it. The dough is an amazing base and could really be used anyway you like.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

¼ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

3 ½ oz instant vanilla pudding

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup white chocolate chips

½ cup peanut butter chips

½ cup M&Ms

½ cup Reese Pieces

All of the candy in this recipe can be switched out for other chips. If you love butterscotch add in a ½ cup instead of something else or add it all. It is very versatile. Also, I often add in nuts to cut some of the sweetness, use pecans, walnuts or whatever you like.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  2. Add the pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add the flour and baking soda.
  4. Mix in all of your chips (the batter is going to be extremely thick, just turn up the speed on your mixer.)
  5. Scoop out the dough in a table spoon size onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-13 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  7. Cool

These cookies have quickly become one of my families favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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Next up is for the chocolate lover, these cookies when warm out of the oven are like a bite size gooey brownie. They are so good. This is one of my favorite new cookies.

Crinkle Cookies

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First off, how cute is that name?!?! Secondly, if you loved chocolate, you are going to fall in love with these cookies. THEY ARE AMAZING.

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. butter

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 egg

½ cup sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

¼ cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Microwave butter and cocoa in a microwave safe bowl for about 45 seconds. Stir until mixed well, set aside.
  3. Whisk together egg, sugars, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add egg mixture to chocolate mixture, whisking until well blended.
  4. Whisk flour and baking powder together. Stir flour into the chocolate mixture, until well blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes or until firm.
  7. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.
  8. Scoop the dough out and roll into a ball. Cover in powder sugar.
  9. Place on a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper.
  10. Bake 5 – 8 min.

These cookies barely move, so do not be afraid to place them close to each other. Eat one when it warm and let it melt in your mouth. You will thank me later.

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Ok so this next cookie my mom has made since I can remember. My grandmother absolutely loves them. They are perfect for Christmas and really easy to make!

Sand Tarts

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Seriously they only have six ingredients, how simple. However these do have nuts, so anyone with a nut allergy this would not be your cookie!

Ingredients:

½ cup margarine

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1-cup flour

1-cup pecans

Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat margarine until creamy
  2. Add sugar & vanilla, mix well
  3. Add flour, mix well
  4. Stir in pecans
  5. Roll into balls
  6. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 min. on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. While hot, roll in powdered sugar.

These cookies are great, they aren’t too sweet either. They barely expand so once again do not be afraid to place them closely together on the sheet. Even though we always have these cookies during Christmas, I imagine that people would eat these while having a cute little tea party.

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Alright so this next cookie is to die for. If you love Reese cups or chocolate peanut butter anything, then this is the cookie for you.

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookie

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Seriously though, who doesn’t love a good peanut butter cookie? But then add chocolate to it and it will make your mouth water just thinking about them.

Ingredients:

¾ cup peanut butter (you can use whatever kind is your fav.)

½ cup Crisco (use the Crisco sticks for cookies, it will make life easier)

1 ¼ cups brown sugar

3 tbsp. milk

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

¾ tsp. salt

¾ tsp. baking soda

1 bag of Hershey kisses

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine peanut butter, Crisco, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended.
  3. Add egg, beat until blended.
  4. Combine in separate bowl, flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to the creamed mixture.
  5. Mix until just blended.
  6. Drop by heaping spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.
  8. While the cookies are still hot, add the kiss to the top.

This cookie will be a party favorite; I have never met anyone who hasn’t loved these! They are great hot when the kiss is melted over the top and they are great when you get to the middle and have that little piece of chocolate. Enjoy!

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This next cookie reminds me of a brownie cookie, it is so good and chocolaty. So grab a glass of milk and enjoy this cookie.

Chocolate Drops

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This recipe makes 3-dozen cookies, which I love because you can freeze the dough for another time without having to remake a batch of cookies.

Ingredients:

12 oz. chocolate chips

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

2 tbsp. butter

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree.
  2. Melt Chocolate, condensed milk, and butter in the microwave.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and pecans. Stir into the chocolate mix.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Drop on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 8-10 min.

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Super easy, this cookie is a little dense and really a chocolate lovers dream. However the nuts do break the sweetness. Try it with or with out the nuts!

I am always looking for a good, easy to make shortbread cookie, and I have finally found one.

Buttery Short Bread Cookie

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The best part about this cookie? It has just three ingredients. You heard me right only THREE!

Ingredients:

2 cups butter – cold and cut into pieces

1 cup light brown sugar

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

* Optional * Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in 3 ½ cups of flour and mix until combined.
  4. Sprinkle ½ cup of flower on a large counter. Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes, adding as much of the remaining ½ cup of flour as needed. (The dough should end up soft, similar to play dough.)
  5. Form a ball, wrap tightly, and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll the dough out to about ½ inch (or less.) Use cookie cutters to make the shapes that you want. If you do not have cookie cutters, cut into squares or triangles. This is also when my daughter added the sprinkles before they went into the oven, in order for them to stick better.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

These cookies were so good. I love a good shortbread cookie and this is my new favorite recipe. Plus it is so easy to make.

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Ok so it has taken me years to find a sugar cookie that I like, I just think they are either too sweet or not sweet enough, but behold I have found perfection in the form of a sugar cookie and I am about to share it with you.

Tie Dyed Swirly Sugar Cookie

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This cookie was so much fun to make! It was extremely easy and my 5-year-old daughter could help and actually enjoyed helping.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

1 egg

2 tsp. baking powder

3 cups all purpose flour

* Optional Ingredients *

Food coloring (I used 2 colors, use as many or as few as you want)

Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in extracts and egg
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder and flour. Add this slowly into the wet mixture. (This dough will become very stiff, hang tight.)
  5. Divide the dough into 3 sections (more if you are using more than 2 colors.) Add food coloring to the desired batters. Mix well.
  6. Using one batter at a time flattened it, once flattened, flatten the next, and so forth.
  7. Lay each dough on top of the other.
  8. Roll up as if you are wrapping up a taco.
  9. In a bowl dump in the sprinkles you wish to use.
  10. Cut the dough into pieces between ¼ – 1/8 in. roll the sides in the sprinkles.
  11. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  12. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

These are a really good and a really fun dessert for children to make. Plus they look super cute.

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All of my life I have been completely opposed to a snicker doodle cookie. I don’t know if it is because it is cinnamon (for some reason I thought it was the worst) or if it is because it is named SNICKER doodle and has absolutely nothing to do with the candy bar Snickers.

PERFECT Snicker Doodles

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So I give you a classic snicker doodle, and let me just say this cookie rocks. I am pleasantly surprised. Even though it doesn’t have any chocolate in it, it is still yummy.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (room temp)

¾ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 ¾ cup flour

Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients:

¼ cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix together butter and both sugars until fluffy
  3. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla, beat for a minute (or until mixed)
  4. Add baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Slowly add in the flour, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Scoop out dough (about 2 tbsp) roll into a ball, and cover in the cinnamon sugar
  8. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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And WAHHHLLLAAA there you have it, the PERFECT snicker doodle cookie.

So I know there are those people who completely dislike anything sweet, so I have found the perfect cookie for you.

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookie

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Honestly, this cookie sounded gross to me, but I was like “hey why not try it.” Plus I really wanted to bake a cookie that wasn’t extremely sugary or covered in chocolate. These cookies actually turned out way better than I thought they would.

Ingredients:

1 cup shortening

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup molasses

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ginger

You will need a little bit of sugar in a bowl for dipping.

Directions:

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  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar together.
  3. Add eggs and molasses.
  4. Sift flour with cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and ginger.
  5. Add flour mix into sugar mix and mix well.
  6. Roll into balls the size of walnuts (weird I know.)
  7. Coat with sugar.
  8. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 12 – 15 min.

 

These cookies will really be a hit, especially around the holidays when everyone is up to their ears in chocolate and pumpkin spiced everything.

Bare with me, we are almost done with all of these cookies. This next cookie has always been a favorite of mine and anyone who comes into contact with it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

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I know what you are thinking, “oatmeal? Gross,” but I am hear to tell you this is an amazing cookie. Seriously, a year round classic.

Ingredients:

¾ cup vegetable shortening

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup water

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups Oats (uncooked)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp soda

1 cup coconut (optional)

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips.

If you do not like coconut try adding nuts or raisins.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together sugars, egg, shortening, water, and vanilla until creamy.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients, mix well.
  4. Drop by tsp sizes onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 12-15 min.

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There you have, the best oatmeal cookie you will ever eat. It takes the original boring and gross oatmeal cookie and makes it into something soooooo good! I love it with the chocolate chips and the coconut. I am not a big coconut fan, but this adds a nice flavor.

Alright for my last recipe, I got a little tired of making cookies so I decided to make something a little different but equally delicious.

White Chocolate Pretzel Bark

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This recipe is so good and so effortless, I love it.

Ingredients:

2 cups of crushed pretzels (use any shape you want, just not jumbo)

2 cups of Spanish nuts

1 bar of white chocolate (16 oz)

You can find the white chocolate on the baking isle, it kind of looks like a brick.

Directions:

  1. Crush the pretzels
  2. Mix pretzels and nuts together
  3. Microwave the chocolate, stirring occasionally.
  4. Mix it all together (quickly)
  5. Once mixed spoon out onto parchment paper.
  6. Let it dry for about 15 min.

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There you go! Who knew it could be that easy! This is so good and it looks so pretty. Everyone will love it!

For all of these, I set out all of the ingredients into there own bags and labeled them. That made it extremely easy for my daughter to help in the baking process, I highly recommend doing this for children (shoot I do it for myself, it is helpful.) All of the packaging that I bought I actually found at Wal-Mart and didn’t pay over $3 for any of it! It makes a super cute gift bag or box for someone!

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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I did!

Merry Christmas!