If you’re looking for easy Christmas cookies you can make that will still knock their socks off this holiday season, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the best tasting, easy-to-make recipes you’ve ever seen and you won’t believe that some of these are easy based on how they look. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen getting flour all over yourself. Take it easy and still impress with the quick Christmas cookie recipes below.
1. White Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookie Balls
These white chocolate dipped Oreo cookie balls sounds like they’d be pretty hard to make, but in reality they are actually pretty easy. They don’t require you to dip each individual cookie, but instead have you using the Oreo cookie as a solid mass of chocolatey goodness on the inside. You then cover the entire ball with white chocolate, sprinkle on some decorative candy balls and it’s finished. The nice part about this recipe is you can make the cookies look however you want by changing the sprinkles that go on top. They are sure to be a huge hit since Oreos are one of the most popular cookies around.
2. Holiday Cake Mix Cookies
These cookies feature red and green holiday M&Ms so they look very festive, and the secret you’ll keep is that they’re very easy to make. They’re actually made from cake mix, so they’re going to have a cakey flavor to them, and they also include a little bit of vanilla so they’ll taste like vanilla cake mixed with the chocolate from the M&M candies, and this is a sure winner. The beauty of the recipe is its simplicity, and they don’t need to add a lot of extra add ons to this to make it work. It basically relies on just a few ingredients to get the job done.
3. Easy Norwegian Christmas Cookies
People will be so impressed that you made European style Christmas cookies that they won’t ever guess how easy it was to make them. These cookies are traditional Norwegian cookies that get made up for the holidays. The cool part is that they don’t how many ingredients in them, but they turn out tasting great and looking good too. They give you the recipe to make 50 cookies, so you can easily divide it up and take care of many of your friends and family with just one batch. They also show you a few different ways you can package these up, and also how to decorate them.
4. Chocolate Amaretto Crinkles
These chocolate Amaretto crinkles are just what the doctor ordered if you have a chocolate craving over the Christmas holiday. They’re using cocoa powder to provide the chocolate flavor, and that mixes with two different types of sugar and they’ve even managed to sneak some banana in there. Amaretto flavor of course comes from Amaretto liqueur, and will make these taste incredible. With a little dusting of powdered sugar on the outside you have a look of a traditional Christmas cookie, and you’ll love how easy it is to make them.
5. Peppermint Meringues
No holiday cookie collection would be complete without something red and white and pepperminty in it. These meringues hit on all those levels, so they are sure to give your holiday cookie set just the right amount of color and minty flavor. The fantastic part about it is they are super easy to make, and really hard to get wrong. You can bet they’ll look like it takes a long time to make, or at least some serious baking skills are required. But you can rest easy because it j
st takes a few minutes of prep time to make them look great.
6. Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Chocolate Chip Bars
These chocolate chip bars have a lot going on, and they satisfy many of the holiday flavors you are expecting. Most of the time when you make gingerbread cookies they don’t come out chewy, and in fact they are usually crunchy and a little dry. But these bars turn it on its head by making them nice and chewy, including chocolate chips and plenty of molasses so they’ll be sweet mixed with the spicy flavor of the ginger bread. They are also new and original, so you can serve up something a little different this year to wow friends and family.
7. Red Velvet Cookies
Red velvet cookies are appropriate at this time of year because they provide the red coloring that’s so ubiquitous in December. These cookies take what usually is a cake, and put it into cookie form, satisfying both fans of red velvet cake, as well as cookies. If someone happens to be a lover of red velvet cake as well as cookies they are in for a double treat. Make these a part of your Christmas cookies once, and you’ll be expected to make them again and again year after year.
8. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
When you make vegan cookies you’ll be making cookies that don’t use any animal byproducts, so you get a healthier cookie without necessarily losing anything in the flavor department. These chocolate coconut macaroons are made with plenty of al-natural ingredients, and you’ll get coconut flavor from a combination of creamed coconut, coconut milk, and shredded coconut. The chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder, there’s a bit of sugar, and just a little bit of salt. A very easy recipe to follow, and put together in no time.
9. Snowflake Cookie
You can’t beat these snowflake cookies when it comes to ease of making them. That’s because they are using an Oreo as a base, and they use a bit of marshmallow fondant to make the snowflake design. All it requires is covering the Oreo with the fondant, and then making be snowflake design with melted chocolate, and then sprinkling sparkling sugar on top of it. This cookie has the look of taking a long time, but in reality the hard part is already finished because you don’t have to bake the cookies, just design and decorate them.
10. Chocolate Chip and Peppermint M&M Cookies
These cookies mix peppermint M&M candies with chocolate chip cookies to invent an all new creation. You get the classic flavor of chocolate chip cookies, which everyone loves but aren’t necessarily a holiday treat, and you holiday them up with some peppermint candies in the form of M&M’s. You’ll get the benefit of a proven winner in a chocolate chip cookie, and also credit for making these holiday themed by adding the peppermint M&M’s. You know people will like them, especially if they like things like mint chocolate chip ice cream, or York Peppermint Patties.
11. Toffee Club Crackers
Perhaps like the recipe creator you remember your grandmother making these types of crackers during the holiday season. The interesting part about them is how easy they are to make, and how scant the ingredients list as. With just a few common ingredients you can put together these crackers and have a sweet and salty treat that has been described as nearly addictive. They should be a hit at any holiday gathering this year, and the only complaint you might get it is that people are upset that they can’t stop themselves from eating more of it. Almonds, chocolate, sugar, and butter never tasted so good!
12. Chocolate Fluff Cookies
These chocolate fluff cookies look so good that you might help yourself to a few as you’re making them. But when they are deconstructed you can tell that they are not very hard to make, it’s just a matter of layering the different ingredients on top of each other, and smothering the whole thing in chocolate. It’s like getting a S’mores all wrapped up in chocolate, because you’re using crackers, marshmallow fluff, and melted chocolate on top of it all. But there is no campfire needed to enjoy these, and they’re sure to get quite a good reaction from anyone who tries them.
13. Rudolph Loves Cookies
These Rudolph cookies are super cute, and people will think you are so clever that they will have no idea just how easy these are to put together. It starts off with cookie dough of your choice, and in this case they have used ginger spice. These include chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chips, and red M&M’s. The chocolate pretzels make up the ears, the chocolate chips are the eyes, and the red M&M candies make up his nose. These are so cute, but they also taste great because you’re getting the saltiness from the pretzel, the crunchiness from the M&M candy, and the chocolateness from the chocolate chips.
14. Chewy Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
You know you’ve got a winner whenever you see double chocolate used to describe a cookie. It means that the base of the cookie is chocolate, but there will also be chocolate added to them. In this case you’ve got chocolate cookies, with chocolate chips in them, as well as natural peppermint extract to give it a peppermint flavor throughout. There is also a candy cane that has been crushed into fine pieces. Those that bite into one of these cookies are going to be treated with nice dark chocolate flavor, with a cool peppermint taste in the background.
15. Toffee Ritz Bars
These bars might sound fancy, but they are made from two readily available items: Ritz crackers and Heath toffee bits. You can get the Heath Toffee already pre crunched up in a bag, so you don’t have to worry about finding the candy bar and then crunching it up. They’ve already done the hard work for you, so all this involves is mixing up the crackers with the toffee, and putting it into bar form. The result is you get a salty and buttery flavor from the crackers, and also a buttery and chocolatey coffee flavor from the Heath bar bits. Put them in these Christmas gift bags for a nice gift.
16. Ginger Icebox Cupcakes
The ginger cookies are turned into something that looks like a fancy cupcake by being stacked onto layers of whipped cream, so you end up with a crunchy yet squishy cupcake without actually having to bake anything. Here they’ve made it really easy because you don’t even have to bake the cookies, you can use store bought cookies instead. Along those lines, you could even buy whipped cream from the store, but here they’ve made up their own batch from scratch. If you want to keep them as easy as you can, just use shortcuts when you can and assemble these lickity split.
17. Nutter Butter Reindeer Cookies
This recipe shows you how to turn ordinary Nutter Butters into cute little reindeer that are just begging to be eaten. You’ve got the peanut butter flavoring of the Nutter Butters, mixed with the salty crunchiness of the pretzel, and a bit of chocolate flavor from the red M&M for the nose. One interesting part of these is they’re using black licorice to form his mouth, so you can make him smile, or give him a deadpan expression by making it a flat piece of licorice, so you can really add some personality to these and no two have to be the same.
18. Rolo-Filled Chocolate Cake Cookies
If Rolos are a holiday hit in your family these cookies are sure to be a big success. They have a Rolo stuffed right into the center of them, so you’re getting a nice caramel treat with each bite. Surrounding the Rolo is a chocolate cookie made from devil’s food cake mix, so these have a cakey flavor to them, in addition to the sweetness from the caramel and chocolate of the Rolo. The neat part about them is they look like ordinary cookies, until you bite into them and realize they are filled with caramel and chocolate.
19. Turtle Candies
Turtle candies are loved by many, and that’s because they are a great mix of nuts, caramel, and chocolate. These candies here have deconstructed the flavors, and figured out how to recreate them in a fast and easy way that will give you 100% of the turtle flavor, in about 10 minutes flat. You take a pretzel, smush a Rolo onto it, and then add a pecan to the top, so you get chocolate, caramel, nuts, and crunchiness all in one little bite size package. Sure to please even the pickiest turtle connoisseur, and they’ll never know how easy it was for you.
20. Peppermint Icebox Cookies
These stack of peppermint goodness is going to be a cookie that eats like a cupcake. Although they look like a lot of thought went into them, they are really just a few items stacked on top of each other. You start with a chocolate cookie as a base, add whipped cream, and just keep alternating between the two until you form a respectable tower. They refer to them as cupcakes, but these require no baking, but still have an impressive look to them. There is no shortage of peppermint flavor, so there is a nice mixture of chocolate and peppermint throughout.
21. Easy Gingerbread Man Cookies
Gingerbread men don’t have to be hard to make, and this recipe proves it. The key is having a gingerbread man cookie cutter and the rest is pretty standard. It’s just a matter of mixing up the listed ingredients, rolling it out, and cutting your men out of the dough. The fun part is decorating them to make them look finished, and this is where you can get creative or keep it simple. They’ve kept it pretty simple for you here with just a smiling face, and a few buttons down his front. Nothing too elaborate but it gives it a classic look.
22. Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
These cookies are going to appeal to two types of people, those that are addicted to coffee, and those that are addicted to chocolate. Make no mistake, these ingredients act as a drug on the body, so when you combine them together you make one powerful cookie in a little package. They’ll definitely taste the coffee because it’s infused with ground coffee beans. They’ll also taste the chocolate because it uses plenty of mini chocolate chips. Coffee and chocolate go great together and these cookies are a fitting example.