Easy and delicious Christmas Cookie recipes that make great Christmas gifts!
Every year my sister and I try to make a point to get together before Christmas to bake cookies. It’s become something of a hard-won tradition, trying to make our schedules match up for a long enough block of time to get multiple batches of cookies baked, cooled and divided. We wear Santa hats and listen to Christmas music or put on one of our two favorite movies; Fred Claus or A Christmas Story. It’s a time I look forward to every year, but most especially this year. Since I’ve moved, instead of living 5 minutes apart we now live an hour apart. Luckily for me, she’s been attending school near me, so I get to feed her dinner once a week before she heads all the way home.
After baking all of these batches of cookies, I divide my half up and give them as presents to everyone at Christmas time. I know, try as we might, there’s no way that we alone will eat all the cookies that my sister and I baked! What better way to treat family at Christmas time than with treats?
Tools you may need:
- A mixer. No-one wants to make all these batches of cookies and mix them all by hand. My splurge is a KitchenAid stand mixer, which was a dream come true when my husband bought it for me for Mother’s Day. However my save option will also do the trick just fine. Need it fast? Amazon Prime that baby!
Splurge: KitchenAid Classic Plus Mixer
2. Baking Mats. I rarely burn anything when I bake with a baking mat. My splurge is a Silpat baking mat, which I don’t own but wish I did. My save option is Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets. They’re pre-cut parchment paper that you can use up to 3 times per sheet!
Splurge: Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Mat
3. Cookie Sheets. I have the save option but again the splurge option is on my wishlist!
Splurge: Rachel Ray Yum-o 3-Piece Baking Set
4. Cooling Rack. I don’t have a splurge and save option here because Wilton is hands down the best. I have them and I don’t know how I baked without them!
7 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
These recipes I’ve included are none of my own. They were all found on Pinterest, and their website links will all be included. A few we have made in the past and they were so good, we had to make them again!
My sister insists on making these every year. Truth time: we don’t make these from scratch, she usually buys the tub of refrigerated dough. I don’t complain because it’s less mess haha! But I included the link incase anyone was interested in the recipe.
Recipe and image via VeryBestBaking.com
These babies are to die for! It takes a lot of will power to not eat them all before they’re packaged for gifting! The recipe is on page 2 if you click through the link above!
Recipe and image via Backforseconds.com
Recipe and image via BettyCrocker.com
We chose this recipe because it doesn’t need refrigerating before rolling out the dough and it also includes a royal icing recipe! I love not having to go back and find recipes for extras while baking cookies!
Recipe and image via InKatrinasKitchen.com
I don’t know about you, but nothing is more Winter – nay more Christmas, than mint. And these cookies don’t disappoint if you’re a mint lover like me!
Recipe and image via Galonamission.com
We made these last year and they were soo good! I had never had these before, and now I’m hooked!
Recipe and image via Cakescottage.com
I haven’t made these cookies yet, they will be a new addition to our repertoire. The kids will love these the most being that they are green and they love the Grinch movie. I almost want to make them mint flavored, but I’m not sure if I want to mess with the original recipe!
Recipe and image via Therecipecritic.com
What kind of cookies do you bake for the holiday season? Do you go the homemade route too or do you stick with store bought? No judgment here!! Leave me a comment telling me what your cookie traditions are and connect with me on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, I’d love to hear from you!!