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!

Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Man in Your Life

Christmas Cookie Recipes
Christmas Cookie Recipes

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In addition to celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is the time for love, family and….  cookies, and cooks all over the country, the world even, seek out those Christmas cookie recipes that brighten the holiday spirit, show their love for others, and make the Christmas season more memorable for all.

This year, along with all the cute Christmas cookies for kids and Christmas cookie recipes for a cookie exchange, why not make some cookies that specifically appeal to the man in your life!

Now we know fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and boyfriends are generally agreeable family members that usually love ANYTHING made just for them.  However, we think these easy Christmas cookie recipes with bold Christmas flavors and a unique holiday appeal will be just the thing to add to your holiday baking plans this year anyway.  They are simple recipes that don’t take a lot of effort or thought (easy if your cooking with kids), yet they aren’t your normal, every day kind of holiday cookie.

These “men’s favorite Christmas cookie recipes” are distinctly his kind of cookie.  After all, you’ve got a keeper there… isn’t it nice to show him he is special enough to get his own batch of homemade Christmas cookies?

Fudgy Fruitcake Drops

We MUST give fruitcake to Dad every year!  Who else will love us no matter what!  The good news is that these fruitcake cookies are actually one of the best Christmas cookie recipes you can find to eat.  With a little chocolate and an interesting combination of walnuts, raisins, and grape jelly, this isn’t just a recipe to make Christmas cookies for Dad, it is a Christmas cookie recipe for kids, for gift giving (and they won’t get thrown away like fruitcake), for holiday guests, and  for Christmas parties too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add granulated sugar, and best until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  5. Beat in egg, graped jelly, and vanilla.
  6. Beat in flour mixture.
  7. Stir in nuts, rasins, and chocolate pieces by hand.
  8. Spray a baking pan with cookie spray, and drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or just until set.
  10. When you take them out of the oven, let them set for about 1 minutes before transferring them to a rack to let cool.
  11. When cooled, sift or sprinkle some powdered sugar over the cookies.

Makes about 48 cookies.

Eggnog Thumbprints

These eggnog cookies with rum butter icing used as a thumbprint filling is sure to capture the holiday spirit for your hubby.  While you fortunately don’t need real rum for this unique Christmas cookie recipe, the old fashioned taste will make Dad think he’s sitting by the fireplace inside a quaint Victorian home.

Ingredients:

For cookies:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 slightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • Nutmeg to sprinkle (when cookies are done and filled with icing)

 

For the Rum Icing Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. rum extract
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. milk

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add sugar and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  3. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
  4. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer; then stir in any remaining flour by hand.
  5. Cover and chill for at least one hour or overnight.  This makes the dough easier to roll in handle.
When ready to complete your batch of eggnog cookies: 
  1. Make the rum icing filling by mixing the 1/4 cup butter with the 1 cup powdered sugar, the 1/4 tsp. rum extract, and 1 to 2 teaspoons milk, to right consistency to fill cookies, mixing with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Then spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in egg whites, then in the chopped walnuts to coat.
  4. Place balls on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart, and press your thumb into the center of each ball to make an indention.  (Can you tell this is a great Christmas cookie recipe for kids to make?)  🙂
  5. Bake in the 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  6. When done baking, let cookies set a minute on the sheet, then transfer to cool.
  7. When cookies are completely cool, pipe or spoon the rum butter icing into the indention of each cookies.
  8. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Makes about 40 cookies.

 

Peanut Brittle Cookies

These are more like soft oatmeal cookies with peanut brittle baked in.  With peanut brittle as an ingredient, they are on the men’s favorite cookie list  for Christmas, but they’re so good, you might even want to keep this peanut brittle recipe around for National Peanut Brittle Day on January 26 too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed peanut brittle

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with aluminium foil, and grease the foil.  Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Beat until combined.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  6. Beat as much of the flour as possible with the mixer, then add remaining flour by hand, stirring as you go.
  7. Then stir in rolled oats, chopped chocolate, and 1/2 cup of the crushed peanut brittle.
  8. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.  Flatten each mound slightly.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.
  10. Remove cookie sheet from oven, and sprinkle each cookie with the remaining crushed peanut brittle, carefully pressing in slightly again.
  11. Bake for about 4 to 5 more minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  12. Remove from oven; cool for about 2 minutes, then remove from sheet to cool completely.

Makes about 24 cookies.

These are only some of the best Christmas cookie recipes awaiting your family’s holiday season.  Feel free to look through our site for other great holiday treats that are sure to please each one of those people you care greatly for and for whom you wish to spread good cheer, good wishes, and the good news that they are loved.

And throughout this holiday season, don’t forget to share the most important love of all with someone…

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3: 16

Here’s to a very merry Christmas for all!

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