Welcome back to baking.
You may not like to bake, or maybe you just don’t know how yet. In either case, don’t let that stand in the way of Santa getting his cookies this Christmas. The holidays are when the once-a-year bakers come out of their pastry-making retirements and we can’t wait to welcome you back into the kitchen this season. However, when baking is a once-annual affair, the recipe you choose is a big decision. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite Christmas cookie recipes that are guaranteed to be worthy of the occasion. These treats will wow at your festive cookie swap or on your holiday dessert sideboard.
These also just so happen to be our easiest-ever Christmas cookies, meaning that you don’t have to worry about your once-yearly baked goods crumbling under the pressure. Our cookies ask for no fancy techniques or baking know-how, but promise scrumptious outcomes. It’s all the flavorful frills without needing any of the skills. So when it comes time for this year’s outing to the oven, choose one of these impressive and impressively easy cookie recipes that just might make you rethink your once-a-year rule.
Crisp and crumbly on the outside, these cookies will take you by surprise with how soft and gooey they are on the inside. This recipe have a few other tricks up its sleeve, too; Don't skip the espresso powder or powdered sugar!
These aren't your average chocolate chip cookies. They're soft and chewy like the best of them, but forgo the usual chips in favor of merry chunks of white chocolate and tart, dried cranberries. We can't imagine a tastier way to celebrate the season.
Especially for those of you who save baking for just one special occasion annually, the products are truly a labor of love. You're not going to share your yearly yield with just anyone! Show your affection to the lucky few who get to indulge on your once-a-year baked goods by serving cookies with a kiss.
The beauty of these cookies is how customizable they are. Start with an easy dough, switch your chocolates or add in nuts as you please, and drop it onto your baking sheet. They're irresistible with some chocolate icing.
These cookies are easy as snap—or rather, a stamp—or your fingers. Lemony cookies are finished off with dollop of tart raspberry preserves for even more fruity flavor.
Peanut butter and chocolate are one of our all-time favorite dynamic duos. We can't get enough of them in this easy-as-pie cookie recipe that comes together in under an hour.
A long-time favorite Southern Living recipe, these sweet cookies sing with warm, holiday spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Everyone at the cookie swap will be falling over themselves for your recipe.
Sugar cookies are the simplest but always tasty treat that we love around the holidays—especially when they're cut into fun, festive shapes. Top them with icing, or let straightforward star- and tree-shaped cookies do all the talking.
Kick off your foray into baking by letting your butter sit at room temperature for several hours before whipping up these nostalgic cookies. After that, this recipe is as easy as combining all the ingredients, forming the dough into balls, and letting the oven take it from there.
The holiday season calls for cookies, but we haven't forgotten about our other favorite hand-held dessert: brownies. These fudgy sweet treats are the best of both worlds.
These light-as-air cookies are going to be eaten up fast, and you'll miss them when they're gone. Don't worry though; You can have a new batch ready to go with just 20 minutes of active baking time.
What Santa wants, Santa gets. When the pickings are this tasty and easy though, you won't hear us complaining. We'll be much too busy eating salty-sweet cookies packed with M&Ms, pretzels, and marshmallows.
These snappy cookies are made with only four ingredients that you probably already have. Reluctant bakers and expert ones alike will delight in this recipe, and guests will savor every single bite.
Cookies that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside are easy to achieve thanks to this four step recipe. Serve these cookie that have two types of chocolate with glasses of chilled milk and you've got the ultimate feel-good holiday treat on your hands.
With just a few easy adjustments, tried and true oatmeal cookies take on new, delicious life. Butterscotch chips, toasted oats, and brown sugar are a flavorful trio you won't be able to wait a full year to taste again.
With a name like this, Cowboy cookies have some big cowboy boots to fill. And we promise, they live up to their name. This recipe from former First Lady Laura Bush makes enormous cookies packed with all our favorite sweets including coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips.
Fudge? Not so easy to make. Fudgy cookies? Couldn't be easier. These nutty, flourless cookies are soft on the inside with pockets of gooey chocolate.
Roll the dough balls in powdered sugar just before baking for the best crinkle effect. These cookies are crowd-pleasers from the fun crackle exterior to the minty surprise beneath.
Cookies that require less than 10 minutes of hands-on time? Sign us up. This family recipe is easy as can be and tasty to boot.
These cookies couldn't be more festive or effortless. Cake mix is the not-so-secret key to deliciously easy desserts.
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