Christmas Recipes

7 Simple Holiday Cookie Recipes

The holidays are coming, and you might be starting to feel the time crunch. There’s so much to do and so little time left, especially when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Hallmark movies.

But what’s Christmas without Christmas cookies? Even if you’re short on time, you probably want at least a little something to leave out in case Santa comes. Making Christmas cookies doesn’t need to be a difficult or time-consuming process. With these seven simple recipes, you can crank out some awesome cookies without even missing the snow-covered, fairy-tale ending of your favorite holiday flick.

Whipped Shortbread with Peanut Butter Cups via This is Not Diet Food

Shortbread is so popular this time of year, and we don’t mind it! The rich, buttery cookies seem appropriately indulgent. We’ve included this recipe on the list because it incorporates a bit of a twist: a candy core. You don’t even need to chill the dough, so these can come together super quickly! We also think you could get a little creative here. If you don’t like peanut butter cups, you might try a different candy, like Hershey’s Kisses or Miniatures. Just check to make sure the candy didn’t get too hard in the oven before you hand them out.

Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies via Dear Crissy

If the appealing name doesn’t draw you in, the simplicity of this recipe might. We’ve included it on this list because it contains just seven ingredients, and you may already have a lot of them in your pantry and in your fridge. Plus, you make the dough ahead of time and then cool it in the fridge, which might be convenient if you don’t have time to finish making the cookies in just one session.

Butter Snowballs via Kristine’s Kitchen

This classic variety of cookies goes by so many names. You might also know them as Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, or a wide variety of other names. But whatever you call them, they’re super popular around Christmas. This recipe makes the cut because it produces a common, popular cookie that many people associate with Christmas, but it doesn’t require a ton of work. And since the dough needs to be chilled, you can enjoy a nice break. Hey, you deserve it.

Gingerbread Cookies via Babysavers

We couldn’t resist including this recipe on the list because gingerbread cookies are such a classic. We’ll acknowledge that this recipe has more ingredients than the other recipes on this list, but that’s primarily because of the spices, which you might already have in your pantry. Other than that, the recipe isn’t overly complex, and the most time-consuming step is chilling the dough.

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe via In Katrina’s Kitchen

Decorating cutout cookies can be a fun family tradition, but finding the right recipe is hard. Some recipes are too complicated, take too much time, or just don’t turn out right. That’s why we’ve selected this recipe for the list. You don’t need to chill the dough, it comes together quickly, and you can double the recipe if you want to make sure you have enough.

No-Bake Holly Berry Cluster Cookies via Mrs Happy Homemaker

Your oven is probably getting quite a workout this time of year. We wanted to share this recipe with you because it doesn’t require any baking, so you can whip it together while other cookies are already in the oven. And since they look so festive, they can make a great addition to a holiday cookie tray!

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Jam via Vegan Huggs

If you’re not an avid vegan baker, some vegan recipes can look downright intimidating. They often contain long lists of unfamiliar ingredients that can scare often even the best bakers. That’s why we love this recipe. The vast majority of the ingredients are easy to recognize and widely available; in fact, you probably already have many of them in your house. Plus, your vegan friends and family might appreciate getting to indulge in these treats!

Do note, however, that some vegans do not consume some types of granulated sugar. If in doubt, you might want to check with the vegans in your life to learn their beliefs/preferences or consider using organic sugar, unrefined/raw sugar, or beet sugar.

What are your favorite quick and easy Christmas cookie recipes? Share your family favorites in the comments section below!

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