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Christmas Cookie Recipes

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One of the traditional Christmas recipes is a basic sugar cookie dough that kids can roll out and cut with cookie cutters. This cookie is great for kid's to decorate however they'd like. We have a few more cookie ideas and kids Christmas cookie recipes they will love to put together for the holidays or throughout the year.

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Kids Christmas Cookie Recipes Cut Out Cookies

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Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

1/2 Cup butter or margarine, softened
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1/4 Cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
2 1/2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

In mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts. Blend together. In separate large bowl, add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture and blend together. Form into a ball and chill 2 hours. Roll dough out on floured surface and cut out with desired cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Decorate with Royal Icing or buttercream frosting.

Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe
One box of white cake mix
1/2 Cup shortening
1/3 Cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond or lemon extract
1 egg
In mixing bowl blend together cake mix, shortening, butter, extract and egg. Form into a ball. If the dough is too sticky to roll out, chill for 30 minutes. Roll dough onto floured surface and cut out with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
christmas cookies
Brown Sugar and Spice Cut Out Cookies
½ Cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups flour
1 Cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg or ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets. Cream sugar and butter together in mixing bowl. Add egg and vanilla and blend together. Stir dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Roll out dough and cut out with cookie cutters. Bake 12-15 minutes. Decorate with Royal Icing or buttercream frosting.

Kid's Cookie Decorating Party Idea
Have your kids invite friends over to decorate cut out cookies and have fun creating together. Here are some tips.
  • Make the cookies and the frosting ahead of time so everything is ready to go the day of the party.

  • Have several colors of frosting, plastic knives, a variety of sprinkles and a flat shirt box for each child to bring their cookies home in.(or use two paper plates stapled together)

  • Instead of knives you could try new, clean paintbrushes for frosting cookies.

  • Other candy decorations may include licorice ropes, cinnamon candies, lemon drops, gumdrops, mini marshmallows, chocolate candies or jelly beans.
Let the kids be creative and enjoy this holiday tradition.

For more planning ideas and a party to do list see our Cookie Decorating Kids Cooking Party Page.

Jam Filled Wreaths
jam wreath cookies
1 Cup butter or margarine
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Cups flour
Powdered sugar for dusting the top
1/4 Cup red jam of choice
In a mixing bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour. Roll into ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours. Then roll out on floured surface. Cut out with round cookie cutters. Each cookie will have two parts to it. For half the cookies cut out a small circle in the middle with a bottle cap or small round cookie cutter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Dust the top cookies (the ones with holes in the centers with powdered sugar.) On the bottom cookies spread jam over the top and place a powdered sugar cookie wreath on the top so the jam will be seen through the hole.

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Kids Christmas Cookie Recipes

picture of peanut butter mice cookies with Christmas cookie recipesMice Cookies
This Christmas cookie recipe will keep the kids quiet as a mouse.
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
½ Cup butter (no subs), softened
½ Cup sugar
½ Cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ Cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ Cup peanut halves (ears)
2 Tablespoons green and red mini M&M’s (nose)
4 teaspoons mini chocolate chips (eyes)
red shoestring licorice (tail)
In bowl, cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour and baking soda and add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Pinch each ball at one end to taper into a tail. Insert two peanut halves in center of each ball for ears. Add one M&M baking bit for nose and two chocolate chip eyes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail.

reindeer peant butter cookies with Christmas cookie recipesReindeer Cookies
Following the peanut butter recipe above, add two chocolate chips eyes and a red hot or red M&M nose. Bake. Add knotted pretzels for antlers to cookies when they just get out of the oven. Cool.


Christmas Cookie Recipes for Gingerbread Men
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1/3 Cup shortening
1 1/2 Cups dark molasses
2/3 Cup cold water
7 Cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
In mixing bowl, add brown sugar, shortening, water and molasses. Blend together. Then add flour, baking soda, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Mix well and form into a ball. Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll dough onto floured surface and cut out with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Attach two mini chocolates chips for eyes, one for a nose and three raisin buttons down the middle by adding a dot of frosting as the "glue". Decorate with Royal Icing or buttercream frosting.

Also see our Gingerbread House Recipes and Ideas.

gingerbread house decorating

Cornflake Wreath Cookies
1 Cup white corn syrup
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup peanut butter
8 Cups Corn Flakes
Prepare a cookie sheet by placing waxed paper over the top. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a pan and have an adult heat to a boil. Stir until well dissolved. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until peanut butter melts. Pour over corn flakes. Stir together until corn flakes are completely covered. With a spoon or with buttered hands, drop mixture on waxed paper to form a circle. Work quickly and, if needed, warm up corn flakes again in a microwave safe dish to soften. Place a green and two red M&M's or other candies to look like a holly berry and leaf. Let cool. Makes about 10 wreaths depending on size.

cornflake wreaths

Candy Cane Fun Christmas Cookie Recipes
1 1/4 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
2/3 Cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red food coloring
In mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, powdered sugar, egg, almond and vanilla extract. Blend together. Add in salt and flour. Divide dough into two portions and add one teaspoon red food coloring to one portion.

red and white cookie dough

Take a small amount of dough from each color and roll into snake shapes. Press two dough strips together and twist.

Curve the top to resemble a candy cane and place on a cookie sheet. Continue with remainder of the dough. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool.

candy canes

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Decorative Graham Cookies
creamy peanut butter
1 package graham crackers, broken into rectangles
milk chocolate candy for dipping
Spread peanut butter on a graham cracker and top with another cracker to make a sandwich. Melt chocolate in microwave. Dip grahams into chocolate and place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with red, green or other cake sprinkles. Allow to dry until chocolate is set.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Switch this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe into a Christmas cookie recipe by adding peppermint candies. You can also substitute red and green chocolate candies, such as M&M's, with the chocolate chips.
1 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 Cups flour
1 Cup milk chocolate chips
½ Cup crushed peppermint candies
In mixing bowl cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla together until well blended. Add in baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Blend together. Stir in chocolate chips and peppermint candies. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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