Looking for delicious Christmas cookies to make this year? Check out my roundup of 70 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients!
70 Christmas Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients
Love making Christmas cookies? Looking for quick and easy Christmas cookie recipes to try this year?
Then you’ll love today’s roundup of 70 Christmas Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients!
From classic Christmas cookies like sugar cookies, spritz cookies, and butter cookies, to delicious family favorites like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and easy cake mix cookies, this list has it all!
Even better, all of these Christmas cookie recipes are made with 8 ingredients or less – perfect for stress-free holiday baking, and allowing you more time to watch this list of the best family Christmas movies together.
I hope you enjoy this roundup of delicious Christmas cookie recipes as much as I do, and be sure and share this post with a friend!
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients
Tips for Making Easy Christmas Cookies
To make your Christmas baking even easier, I’ve included a ton of helpful cookie tips below with some of my favorite affordable baking tools.
I’d also recommend checking out my 30 Essential Baking Tools for Beginners to ensure you have everything you need!
Use 2-3 Large Baking Sheets
If you’re going to be making several batches of cookies, I’d recommend having at least 2-3 large trays.
These large baking sheets are my absolute favorite for getting the perfect cookies every time.
Plus, the larger size makes the cookie baking process quicker because you can fit more on the tray at a time.
Always Use Parchment Paper
Skip the non-stick cooking spray and opt for parchment paper instead.
Not only does this prevent burning and help ensure your cookies bake more evenly, but it also makes clean-up a breeze.
I love these pre-measured ones that perfectly fit on the half-sheet baking sheets I recommended above.
Use An Electric Hand Mixer
If you’re planning on baking a lot of cookies, you NEED an electric hand mixer.
It will save your arm from falling off and will help ensure all your cookie dough mixes up perfectly.
I’ve used this affordable mixer for YEARS and it’s never failed me yet.
Use Cookie Scoops
Baking cookies can be time consuming when using regular spoons and can result in different sized cookies.
Do yourself a favor and grab some of these spring-loaded cookie scoops.
It makes it much easier and quicker to scoop out your cookies, and they will all be a uniform, even size.
Make Sure You Double Check Your Ingredients
One of the worst things that can happen when baking cookies is to realize you are missing an ingredient, or worse that one of your ingredients has expired.
Before getting started, double check all of the cookie recipes you’ll be making and make a shopping list, if needed.
I’d personally recommend buying all fresh ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, since this will ensure the cookies taste amazing.
Use a Wire Cooling Rack + Airtight Container
After baking your cookies, I recommend using a wire cooling rack to cool your cookies completely before storing away.
After cooling, place your cookies in an airtight container and store at room temperature to maintain optimal freshness.
70 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
Now that we’ve covered all the important baking tools you’ll need to make your Christmas cookies, let’s dive right into the most important part – the recipes!
Below, I’ve rounded up 70 Delicious and Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes that are sure to impress all your family and friends this Christmas season.
Be sure and pin all your favorites for later, and drop a comment below with what cookies you’ll be making this year.
No Chill Sugar Cookies via I Heart Eating
These one-bowl, no chill sugar cookies are both easy to make and delicious!
Cut them into your favorite shapes and decorate with your favorite icing and sprinkles.
Honey Sugar Cookies via Live to Sweet
These honey sugar cookies are slightly crisp, chewy, and sweet!
The honey flavor makes them unique and delicious.
Colorful Christmas Sugar Cookies via Curry Trail
These beautiful and delicious sugar cookies feature brightly colored Christmas sprinkles to make them extra festive and fun!
They’re great for making with little ones.
Chewy Rolo Sugar Cookies via Baking Ginger
These sugar cookies are super simple to make and even the kids can help.
They feature a yummy chocolate and caramel rolo center, which tastes delish!
Christmas M&M Sugar Cookies via Bakers Table
These Christmas M&M Sugar Cookies are soft, chocolate-y, and perfectly sweet.
Both kids and adults will love them, and the colorful candies make them great for parties.
Almond Cookies via It’s Not Complicated Recipes
These simple almond cookies are made with just 5 ingredients and are dairy and gluten-free.
They can also be prepped in advance for your parties and are freezer-friendly.
Classic Spritz Cookies via Fun Cookie Recipes
These no-chill, buttery spritz cookies are a must-make for Christmas!
They’re made easy with a cookie press and can be made in all kinds of fun shapes and colors.
Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies via Alpine Ella
These buttery cream cheese spritz cookies are so fun and easy to make with no chilling required!
Use a cookie press to make Christmas shapes and decorate with sprinkles and melted chocolate.
Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
If you’re a chocolate lover, then these Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies are for you! You only need just 5 ingredients and they are so fudgy and delicious.
Plus the red color is perfect for Christmas.
Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies via I Heart Naptime
Cake mix chocolate chip cookies are chewy and delicious, and take quick and easy cookie recipes to another level using just a boxed mix, oil, eggs, and loads of chocolate chips!
Chocolate Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies via The Forked Spoon
These yummy cake mix cookies are made simple with a chocolate cake mix and peppermint chocolate kisses for a festive and delicious Christmas cookie!
Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies via The Kitchen is My Playground
These cookies taste just like classic snickerdoodles but are even easier to make with a simple boxed cake mix.
Enjoy them warm with a glass of cold milk or hot cocoa for a Christmas treat.
Andes Mint Cake Mix Cookies via Belle of the Kitchen
Cake Mix Sugar Cookies via A Cedar Spoon
Easy Cake Mix Sugar Cookies are made with just 3 simple ingredients for a delicious sugar cookie.
You can even add sprinkles, chocolate chips, or icing to make them extra yummy and festive.
Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies via Fun Cookie Recipes
You’ll only need 4 simple ingredients and 30 minutes time to make these easy Christmas Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies.
Color them red and green to make them even more fun.
Christmas Cake Mix Cookies via Boulder Locavore
These quick and easy cookies are festive with red and green and perfect for the holiday season!
You’ll love the soft and chewy texture.
Soft Gingerbread Men Cookies via Practically Homemade
Forget complicated gingerbread men cookies, and make these soft and easy cookies instead!
They’re made with a spice cake mix and taste absolutely incredible!
Caramel Spice Cake Mix Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
These Caramel Spice Cake Mix Cookies are perfect for making during the Fall and holiday season and are great whenever you’re craving something yummy and sweet.
Even better – you only need 4 ingredients to make them!
Brownie Mix Cookies
Buckeye Brownie Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
Just like the famous Ohio buckeye candy, these chewy, fudge brownie cookies feature a sweet and creamy peanut butter ball center and are topped with a delicious milk chocolate drizzle.
Caramel Brownie Cookies via Simply Scrumptious Eats
Love caramel? These decadent brownie cookies feature a fudgy and sweet caramel middle that is ooey gooey and delicious!
Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies via The Kitchen is My Playground
These classic chocolate crinkle cookies are made quick and easy with a simple boxed brownie mix and taste so yummy!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mom’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
This classic chocolate chip cookie recipe is my most popular recipe on the blog and hands-down THE BEST chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat.
They’re perfect anytime of the year but especially at Christmas with some milk or hot cocoa.
Basic Cookie Dough Recipe via Fun Cookie Recipes
Need a versatile cookie dough recipe? This easy and yummy cookie dough can be used to make 8 different cookies!
Best M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
When in doubt, you can never go wrong with my classic M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These easy cookies are perfect for Christmas, the holidays, or making year-round whenever you want a colorful and delicious treat.
Peanut Butter Cookies
These delicious and easy cookies are a peanut butter lovers favorite cookie and perfect for gifting since they can be decorated multiple ways!
Flourless S’mores Peanut Butter Cookies via The Monday Box
Made with chewy marshmallows and a load of chocolate chips, these peanut butter cookies are an indulgent treat!
Plus, they’re made flourless – perfect if you’re gluten free.
Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms via Wheat By The Wayside
Peanut Butter Blossoms are always a favorite at Christmas, and these yummy cookies are made gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free.
Magical Peanut Butter M&M Christmas Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
The combination of the best chocolate chip cookie dough and Christmas peanut butter M&Ms make these easy cookies truly magical!
They’re my boys’ favorite Christmas cookie.
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies via 365 Days of Baking and More
Look no further for the easiest peanut butter cookies EVER!
You only need 3 simple ingredients and 13 minutes time to make them.
Grandma’s Shortbread via She’s Not Cookin
These delicious, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies are made with just four ingredients and require no chilling.
These easy shortbread cookies are made with just 3 ingredients and are ready in just 15 minutes time!
A classic Christmas cookie everyone loves.
Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies via Kelly Neil
These easy brown sugar shortbread cookies are buttery and crisp with a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
You can even use a cookie stamp to make them beautiful for Christmas!
Walnut Crescent Cookies via Living Sweet Moments
These melt-in-your-mouth crumbly Walnut Crescent Cookies are super easy to make and perfect for the holidays.
Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies via Barley and Sage
These chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies are simple to make and look so festive with white chocolate and crushed peppermint.
Peppermint Crunch Cookies via Mommy Evolution
Add a little crunch to regular shortbread with this simple recipe! They’re the perfect sweet treat for a holiday snack.
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie Dippers via The Toasty Kitchen
If you need a cookie to pair with your favorite Christmas coffee, hot Cocoa, or glass of milk, these shortbread cookie dippers are it!
They’re buttery, tender, and filled with chocolate chips for one incredible cookie.
Cranberry Shortbread Cookies via Everyday Delicious
Featuring dried cranberries and orange zest, these shortbread cookies are full of delicious flavor!
They’re also quick and easy to make.
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies via Practically Homemade
Take classic shortbread to the next level with mini chocolate chips and melted chocolate.
You won’t be able to eat just one of these yummy cookies!
Mexican Shortbread Cookies via In Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
These yummy Mexican shortbread cookies (aka Hojarascas) are coated with a sweet cinnamon sugar mixture that is irresistible.
Snowball Cookies via If You Give A Blonde a Kitchen
You only need 5 ingredients to make these classic snowball cookies.
These delicious pecan shortbread cookies are coated in powdered sugar just like snowballs.
Italian Wedding Cookies via Pinch and Swirl
These crumbly Italian Wedding Cookies are both delicious and beautiful!
And with a salty, sweet, and buttery flavor, everyone will love them!
Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
Do you prefer snowball cookies without nuts? Try my delicious and easy chocolate chip version instead!
They seriously melt in your mouth and are both egg-free and nut-free.
Easy No Bake Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
My Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies are made quick with just 7 ingredients and 10 minutes time, with no mixer or oven required. Delicious and easy!
Chocolate Roll Cookies via Xoxo Bella
These chocolate roll cookies are delicious and simple for even beginners to make! They look extra pretty on a Christmas tray.
Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Cookies via Good Things Baking
If you love chocolate and raspberry, then give these delicious flourless cookies a try!
They’re chewy and gooey on the inside, and the gorgeous white chocolate and raspberry bits make them look extra pretty.
Hershey Kiss Cookie Recipe via Sustain my Cooking Habit
These classic Christmas cookies are the perfect choice for any Christmas party!
These delicious shortbread cookies are coated in powdered sugar and feature a sweet chocolate Hershey kiss center that everyone will love.
Easy Thumbprint Cookies via Joy Food Sunshine
Use your favorite jam to make these easy, 5-ingredient thumbprint cookies. They’re delicious and beautiful for serving at parties.
Raspberry Hazlenut Thumbprint Cookies via xoxo Bella
These classic thumbprint cookies combine the delicious flavor of raspberry and hazelnut for one divine cookie!
Cherry Cheesecake Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
These cherry thumbprint cookies are decadent, beautiful, and perfect for Christmas and the holidays!
Chocolate Caramel Cookies via Tasty Treats and Eats
These cookies are delicious, easy to make, and fun to eat!
Perfect for the holidays or any time of year!
Melt Away Christmas Cookies via Mommy Mouse Clubhouse
These simple and sweet cookies have a tangy cream cheese icing that melts in your mouth!
Both kids and adults will love these delicious Christmas cookies.
Danish Butter Cookies via Anna Banana
These Danish butter cookies are elegant, light, and delicious – perfect for any Christmas cookie tray.
Serve them plain or dip them in chocolate for a nice, festive touch.
Christmas Butter Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
These soft and delicious butter cookies are a classic Christmas cookie you’ll want to make every year. Decorate them with sprinkles or enjoy them plain.
Peppermint Butter Cookies via Boulder Locavore
These simple butter cookies don’t require chilling or any special equipment.
You’ll love them plain OR give them a peppermint touch for the holidays!
Fun Christmas Cookies for Kids
Grinch Cookies via Nourish Plate
Next time you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you’ll definitely want to make a batch of these easy and cute cookies.
They’re soft and gooey and made with a simple boxed cake mix.
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via Kindly Unspoken
These adorable reindeer cookies are made with simple decorations and feature my delicious peanut butter cookie dough.
Both kids and adults will love them!
Gingerbread Cookies via A Dozen Sundays
These easy spiced gingerbread cookies are made without molasses for a sweeter Christmas cookie you can decorate for friends and family.
Melted Snowman Cookies via Amanda’s Cookin
These simple melted snowman cookies are undeniably cute!
Make them for your next cookie exchange or holiday party.
Stained Glass Cookies via Nourish Plate
These Christmas cookies are both pretty and delicious featuring a crispy, buttery cookie and melted candy center.
Cut them into different shapes and fill them with any color you like!
Classic Christmas Cookies Around the World
Hojarascas Cookies via Maricruz Avalos
Mexican hojarascas cookies are a delicious and crumbly cookie coated in cinnamon sugar. The star shape makes them perfect for the holiday season!
Swedish Dream Cookies via Family Favorite Holiday Recipes
These easy cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and require just a few basic pantry staples!
Vanilla Sable Cookies via Good Things Baking
These classic French cookies are a lightly sweet and tender cookie that pairs perfectly with coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.
Polish Kolachki Cookies via Craving Something Healthy
These easy pastry-like cookies have a delicious jam filling and are a perfect afternoon snack.
German Cinnamon Stars via Recipes from Europe
German cinnamon stars or Zimtsterne are a simple holiday cookie featuring a delicious white glaze on top. They look beautiful on Christmas trays.
Easy Anise Biscotti via Waiting for Blanc Mange
These simple anise biscotti are a Christmas staple featuring a delicious recipe passed down through the generations.
Italian Pignoli Cookies via Brunch and Batter
Italian pignoli (aka pine nut cookies), are a light and airy cookie staple in Italy and amongst Italian American bakeries.
Delicious and simple with just 4 ingredients!
Vanilla Bean Meringue Cookies via Kit’s Kitchen
These vanilla bean meringue cookies are perfect for the holidays and only have 4 ingredients! They are light as air, easy to make, and always a hit!
2-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons via Life Currents Blog
If you’re a coconut lover, then you’ll LOVE these easy macaroons made with just 2 ingredients.
Simple Chocolate Macaroons via Mommy Evolution
These simple macaroons feature a crispy coconut and chocolate drizzle outside and a chewy soft inside for one delicious treat!
How to Package Christmas Cookies for Gifts
As a baker, one of my favorite gifts to give to others for Christmas is cookies. I mean is there anything better than a tray of freshly baked cookies?!
Even better, its super easy to gift cookies to others using simple and affordable holiday trays, tins, boxes, or gift bags.
You can often find really cute cookie gifting products at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, or even Amazon.
Personalize it with a thoughtful note, gift tag, or even a copy of the easy Christmas cookie recipes you used, and I promise you will absolutely make someone’s day!
Easy Christmas Cookie Gifts
Place your cookies in a cute holiday themed tin with a simple bow and note attached.
I like the ones with clear tops so they can see what’s inside, but the other types of tins are also great for keeping the element of surprise until the very end.
Tip: If you have several types of cookies, use muffin liners to keep them separated.
Use either a new Christmas platter or vintage plate to arrange your cookies in an even layer.
Wrap with plastic wrap or cellophane to keep them fresh.
For gifting smaller amounts, stack cookies on top of one another and wrap with cellophane or place in a Christmas goodie bag like this.
Tie it with a bow and add a cute gift tag.
Gift cookies in a Christmas decorated Mason jar.
You can add ribbons, bows, decorative cloth, or stickers to make them look extra festive.
Use cute Christmas boxes wrapped with ribbon for gifting your cookies.
It’s a simple yet classic choice.
More Easy Christmas Cookie Gift Ideas
Grab a few packets of hot chocolate mix (store-bought or homemade) and gift alongside your Christmas cookies for the ultimate holiday snack.
Mason Jar Cookie Mix:
Does your recipient live far away or do they love to bake too?
Instead of gifting them baked cookies, gift them the dry ingredients in a cute mason jar with the recipe attached.
This is a thoughtful way to remind them how much you care.
How to Store Christmas Cookies
If you put in all that hard work making Christmas cookies, make sure you take these extra steps when storing your Christmas cookies.
1. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, unless directed otherwise.
This is the best way to keep your cookies remaining fresh for several days.
2. If you have made cookies in advance and don’t plan to serve them for over a week, I recommend freezing them.
Let cookies completely cool, flash freeze on a baking sheet in your freezer, and then transfer to a freezer safe container or freezer safe bag.
Once ready to eat/serve, you can thaw them in the fridge overnight or at room temperature.
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – FAQ’s
What are the best Christmas cookies to gift?
Making batches of cookies during the holidays can be a time-consuming process, so my recommendation is to KEEP IT SIMPLE
Although it ultimately comes down to personal preference, I believe the best Christmas cookies to gift are ones made with just a few, simple ingredients, which is why I love this list of easy Christmas cookie recipes so much!
It’s even better if you’re able to take one cookie dough recipe (like my Mom’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies) and make multiple types of cookies with it.
Also, if you know you’ll be making several batches or making cookies ahead of time, I’d recommend choosing a cookie recipe that is freezer-friendly, so that you can save time during the busy holiday rush.
How many types of Christmas cookies should I make?
This is completely up to you, but I always like choosing 2 or 3 favorites for a nice variety.
If serving on a large tray or gifting to others, you can also serve any of these cookies alongside other holiday dessert items such as fudge, candies, and nuts.
These items are delicious additions and take minimal effort to add to any holiday cookie tray.
How early can you make Christmas cookies?
If you like to plan ahead and make cookies in advance, the good news is you have a ton of options.
It ultimately depends on when you plan to serve or gift your Christmas cookies, but unbaked cookie dough can be prepared 2-3 days ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to bake.
You can also bake your cookies ahead of time and store in advance, if preferred.
Depending on how you store it, baked homemade cookies will remain fresh in an airtight container up to 5 days at room temperature, up to 10 days in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer.
How do you keep homemade Christmas cookies fresh longer?
To ensure your homemade Christmas cookies remain fresh longer, it’s important to store them in an airtight container at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer.
The location will depend on how long you need the cookies to remain fresh, but regardless of location you need to store it in a container that’s sealed airtight.
How long will homemade Christmas cookies stay fresh?
To make it easy, I’ve included a simple storage guide below:
Airtight container at room temperature – cookies will remain fresh up to 5 days
Airtight container in the fridge – cookies will remain fresh for 7-10 days.
Airtight container in the freezer – cookies will remain fresh up to 6 months.
Can You Freeze Christmas Cookies?
Yes! The great thing about most cookies is they freeze easily and can be enjoyed anytime you get a craving.
My preferred method is to freeze the unbaked cookie dough and bake them fresh whenever I want them, but you can also freeze baked cookies.
If freezing baked cookies, I recommend flash freezing them first by letting them freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet for 1 hour.
This helps prevent the cookies from sticking to one another when frozen/thawing.
After 1 hour, transfer to a freezer safe bag or freezer safe container, and freeze up to 6 months.
Once ready to eat, thaw in the fridge or on the counter at room temperature.
I hope you enjoyed today’s roundup of 70 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients! Which of these easy Christmas cookie recipes are you going to make this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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