I feel like from Thanksgiving to New Year’s it’s basically a free for all when it comes to eating. I scrap all the restrictions and the diet ideas and just go for broke. My biggest weakness when it comes to food is cookies. I’ll take a cookie over a cake or a candy bar or a steak any day. Not that I have anything against any of those other foods, but cookies are #1 for me. My husband has a theory that if you make your own homemade treats, it’s probably a little healthier (he’s wrong. dead wrong), so in his honor, I have found 15 Awesome Christmas Cookies to Make This Year. ***This post contains affiliate links. If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you!***
These Ginger Cookies from Cooking Classy are beautiful. They are so sophisticated, but at the same time, I don’t think they would be that difficult to replicate. I love the idea of a Ginger cookie, too, because it isn’t overly sweet. So, when you need a break from the super chocolate everything else, you can go for one of these.
When I make cookies, my absolute favorite cookie sheet is the one I got from Pampered Chef years and years ago. It is not cheap, but you will never burn a cookie again. I mean, within in reason. I will say my husband has actually burned cookies on it but that is because he doesn’t set a timer and only checks his cookies when there is a commercial or timeout break from whatever he is watching on tv. You can’t really blame Pampered Chef for that, can you?
Of course you have to make sugar cookies for Christmas. These are so much fun to do with kids. You can use frosting and candy and get really creative with these. The Sugar Cookie, however, can be difficult to get right, so I’d love to try this “perfect” version from One Little Project.
You know what is often overlooked when baking cookies? The importance of using a cooling rack after you’ve baked. I very often skip this step because I am lazy, but if you really want your cookies to keep a nice shape, you really should use a cooling rack to cool them. If you go straight from the cookie sheet to a plate, they will get all wonky looking.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies are a staple cookie. I remember in my household growing up we were more of a straight up chocolate chip cookie family. When I finally discovered the peanut butter blossom cookie, my eyes were opened to a whole new realm of cookie possibilities.
I’ve made Peanut Butter Blossoms a bunch of times and I especially love to make the peanut butter cookie with this gluten free recipe. There are no crazy flours or sorghum to buy. You can make them with ingredients you have in your kitchen. Just three, ingredients, actually!
These are 100% happening in my house this year. I love the mix of dark chocolate and mint. I usually reserve those flavors for peppermint bark and/or Andes candies, but I think they would be amazing in cookie form. Thank you Live For Cake for bringing these cookies into my life.
Those dark chocolate candy cane cookies are perfect for gifting! Wrap them up in a cute box and some baker’s twine and they are a perfect hand made gift for your kid’s teachers, the crossing guard, your bank teller, your hair dresser… You know how long your list. Never ending, amiright?
First of all, best blog name of the day goes out to The Salty Marshmallow. Love that! And I love these adorable Sprinkle Cookies. These are so simple and at the same time so festive. My kids would love decorating these.
Wilton has a great set of cookie decorating sprinkles that would be great to have on hand all season. There is nothing more Christmas-ey than being able to have a spontaneous cookie decorating party. So be prepared and buy the sprinkles!
These Grinch Cookies from Simplistically Living are genius. Totally adorably, a little off the beaten path. I love this idea. You know your whole family is going to sit down and watch the Grinch this year. Make it super special with these cookies.
And if you can’t wait for the Grinch to come on tv, or if you just don’t want to deal with the commercials, or maybe you want the Grinch all year long… you can buy the dvd from Amazon!
These little meringue trees are too cute. If you’ve never made meringue cookies, you have to try them! They are delicious and sweet, super easy to make and can be easily made gluten free (if you’re making these, just make sure your vanilla and food coloring and sprinkles are gluten free!).
To make those trees, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and get some tools for piping. This is a bit of a splurge, though not an expensive one, but, I promise, once you get comfortable working with these, you’ll find reasons to use them all the time!
These pinwheel cookies will take a little patience. But they are festive enough to be worth it. Plus, you should have to work a little hard to earn all of these extra calories, right?
Those pinwheel cookies are reminding me of the adorable Santa plate we have for our Christmas cookies. Amazon has some really cute ones!
Snowball Christmas Cookies from Wicked Good Kitchen
These snowball cookies are one of my favorites. They are so in season and they are delicious. I would love to give these a try this year.
You better have something special for Santa when he gets to your house. That man works HARD on Christmas and he needs every last cookie to sustain him through this arduous night. These gussied up chocolate chip cookies are perfect.
I have another cookie tool to share with you. This is one of my favorites. It’s a cookie scoop. It works just like an ice cream scoop, except smaller. All of your cookies come out the same size and it is so much easier than using spoons!
If you’re going to make something special for Santa, you might want to make something for Rudolph, too. We usually leave out carrots for the reindeer, but perhaps they would prefer these adorable cookies?
Now these cookies are intriguing. I don’t believe I’ve seen anything like them before. They are totally adorable and I love the fact that they are no bake. I may need to give these guys a whirl this year.
These Candy Cane cookies are so lovely with their red accents. AND! You can use the cookie cutter to make J’s for your best friend Joe’s birthday party. It’s a win all around!
And if you want a bunch of different cookie cutters, this set is great!
Here’s an adorable play on the classic Rice Krispies treat. It’s a reindeer! This would be very simple to replicate. I love the idea of eating them from a stick, too. Kids like anything on a stick. And if you’re not sure where to get those sticks, don’t worry, amazon has you covered!
I saved these precious snowflake cookies for last because I love how dainty they are. I can imagine sitting and decorating each one would be very zen. No two alike, right? This small white frosting tube would be perfect for these!
Now I’m dying to get in the kitchen on a cold morning and do some baking! Which one’s would you pick? I’m definitely trying those dark chocolate and peppermint ones!
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