Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids and Fun Loving Adults

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Isn’t the Christmas season more fun with kids around, but if you do have some precious little joys running around or even just visiting from out of town during the holidays, you may want to find some good Christmas cookie recipes kids love.

These easy Christmas cookie recipes have the color and tastes that appeal to kids while adding a little flair for the Christmas holiday season.  And for those grown ups who still enjoy the sweet and simple things in life, these cookie recipes are for them  (you) as well.

After all, the tradition of Christmas cookies never grows old, so why should a person’s taste buds?

These easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids should probably work for just about everyone in the family who enjoys Christmas and a good Christmas cookie to go with it!

Mini Chocolate Chips Snowball Cookies

Christmas Cookies for Kids

What cute Christmas cookies, and they are so simple to make too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1 2/3 cup mini sized (preferred) or regular white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. red and green decorative candy sprinkles (like the kind you purchase from the cake decorating section)
  • Additional powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray, and set aside for use.
  3. In a large bowl, combine butter, the 3/4 cup powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.  Beat with a mixer on low to medium speed until batter is smooth and creamy.
  4. Add flour and ground pecans (or walnuts) by hand, and mix until well combined.
  5. Then add the white chocolate chips and red and green sprinkles to the batter, and stir gently to mix throughout.
  6. Shape batter into 1 inch balls, and place on prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake approximately 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees until the outside is VERY lightly browned.
  8. Remove from oven, and let cookies the cookies sit on the sheet for 1 to 2 minutes.  Then dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Remove from sheet and let the cookies cool completely.

Note:  The powdered sugar dusting after a couple minutes cooling should be plenty for your cookies, but if you desire a lighter, fresh snow kind of look, you can also sprinkle a tiny bit more powdered sugar on top of the cookies when they are completely cooled.

Holiday Red Raspberry Streusel Bars

Christmas cookie bars are quick and easy to make since you only need to bake one batch, and you’re done with all the baking!  Then, when you find an cute and quick holiday cookie recipe that has healthy ingredients like oatmeal and whole wheat flour too, your kids can have it all.   Easy.  Quick.  Cute.  Healthy.  Happy Holidays!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup uncooked quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 7 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled a little
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup raspberry all fruit spread
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Ingredients For Streusel Icing:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 8 inch square pan with cooking spray, and set aside for use.
  3. In a large bowl, mix oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until well mixed.
  4. Add melted butter and milk, and mix until mixture is combined and crumbly.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture in a separate small to medium sized mixing bowl.
  6. Press the rest of the crumble mixture into the bottom of an prepared 8 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven.
  7. Spread the raspberry all fruit spread over the partially baked cookie bars, stopping about 1/4 inch from the edges, and set aside for the moment.
  8. AIn the small to medium mixing bowl you set aside, add the coconut flakes, ground walnuts, and white chocolate chips to the reserved crumble mixture that was not baked.
  9. Sprinkle crumble mixture over raspberry fruit spread.
  10. Return to oven and bake for about 25- 30 more minutes.
  11. While streusel bars are baking, mix 3/4 cup milk, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract in a small bowl, and set aside for use as a drizzle.
  12. When cookies are done baking, remove them from oven.
  13. Let the cookies set for about 10 – 15 minutes, then drizzle icing on top.
  14. Continue cooling in the baking pan until the cookie bars are completely cool, then cut into squares.

Makes 16 servings.

Holly Cookies – Rice Crispy Treats for Christmas

Half cookie maybe, but this Christmas treat is cookie enough to make it on the list of favorite kids Christmas cookies!

With their dark green holly leaves that taste like Holiday Rice Crispy Treats and the little red candy berries on top, perfect for little fingers to pull off first, these are simply cute cookies that are also fun to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. green food coloring
  • 3 1/2 cup corn flakes
  • Red Hots cinnamon candy

Directions:

  1. Either grease a baking sheet or spray waxed paper with cooking spray, and set aside for use.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and marshmallows.
  3. Add vanilla extract and green food coloring.
  4. Add corn flakes quickly, stirring to mix all ingredients and cover corn flakes.
  5. Then QUICKLY drop mixture by teaspoons onto the greased baking sheet or prepared wax paper.  Do not mash down!  You want the textured leaves of a holly bush!  You’ll also need to complete this step ASAP as this mixture doesn’t take long at all to set, thus stopping your work in its tracks.
  6. Quickly, before holly cookies set, add 3 Red Hots cinnamon candies on top center of each cookie.  Press ever so gently to place cinnamon candies firmly in place, but don’t push down in a way that would small the leaves.  Don’t worry…  as long as the candy pieces have come in contact with the corn flake-marshmallow mixture, they’ll stay there.
  7. Let the cookies sit for a while until they are firmly set.

Makes approximately 24 cookies.

 

How to Decorate a Sugar Cookie to Make it Look Like Santa Clause

I saw this at Six Sisters Stuff blog (aren’t they amazing gals) and thought I would share it with you.  Actually, I used to do this myself but had forgotten how.  Thanks Six Sisters for reminding me of a very special activity I used to do with my kids!

If you’re baking cookies with the kids and want a quick activity for them to do, here’s an idea:  Bake and decorate refrigerated sugar cookies (or make your own round sugar cookies) and let the children decorate them in the likes of Santa!  It’s easy to do.  Here’s how.

Bake round sugar cookies according to directions on package.

Top with some white icing, your own or from the store.

Then place a small bowl right over the bottom two thirds of the cookie, and sprinkle the top of the cookie with the red sugar crystals.

Next, sprinkle white coconut flakes on the bottom third of the cookie, coming up to the red sugar hat on one side and almost up to the hat on the other side.

In the bare space between the red sugar hat and the coconut flake beard, place a miniature marshmallow at the tip of the red to serve as the ball of Santa’s hat.

Finally, add two chocolate chips for Santa’s eyes and a Red Hot cinnamon for his nose.

Hey Mr. Santa Clause Cookie, you look good enough to eat!

Kids Christmas Cookies

Get the above Six Sister’s Santa sugar cookies recipe and their recipe for sugar cookie icing at http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/12/santa-sugar-cookies.html

There are some really great recipes for Christmas cookies that are easy to make and fun to do.  If you have any good Christmas cookie recipes for kids you would like to share, please feel free to do so!   One can never seem to get enough sweets at Christmastime!

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