One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is making and decorating Christmas cookies, but that joy can quickly turn to frustration if you try to attempt a recipe that’s way too complicated.
Making holiday desserts should be enjoyable, not stressful, which means you need to pick out the right recipes that will make baking feel like a breeze. Not sure where to look? We’ve got you covered.
These seven Christmas cookie recipes are insanely easy. They’ll keep you loaded up with a steady supply of cookies all season long, but they’ll also leave you with plenty of time to eat, drink and be merry.
1. Santa’s Swirl Sugar Cookies
These festive, swirly cookies may seem fancy, but all you need are your basic sugar cookie ingredients along with some red and green sugar. There’s no right or wrong way to scatter your sugar, making these a low-pressure choice with high-end results. Get the recipe at Renee’s Kitchen Adventures.
2. Thin Mint Oreo Cups
These indulgent peppermint and chocolate cups are as easy to make as they are delicious. The best part is all you need are Oreos, cream cheese and Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips — and maybe some sprinkles if you feel like getting creative. Read the full recipe at Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
3. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
If you’re sick of the run-of-the-mill Christmas sugar cookie, you can add some more spice to your holiday with these ginger molasses cookies. They take less than 30 minutes to make, and the cinnamon, cloves and ginger baking in the oven will make your house smell amazing. Get the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven.
4. Reindeer Sugar Cookies
These reindeer cookies are wonderfully low-maintenance — you don’t even need to frost the whole cookie when you decorate. With just a little decorating gel and an M&M, you can create an adorable, minimalistic reindeer cookie that will have everyone saying, “Aww.” Read the recipe at One Little Project.
5. Three-Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies
You can go to the grocery store and not have to worry about much with these three-ingredient shortbread cookies. With just butter, brown sugar and flour — and your choice of cookie cutters — you can make these elegant cookies that yield enough for 40 — perfect if you’re hosting a holiday party. Read the full recipe at Chew Out Loud.
6. Peppermint Snowball Cookies
Nothing screams Christmas more than snowfall and candy canes. These cookies are reminiscent of snowballs, and they’re spiked with a minty candy-cane flavor. In just under an hour, you can enjoy these chewy cookies and bask in the Christmas spirit. Read the full recipe at Mom On Time Out.
7. Snowman Cookies
These simple snowman cookies will charm adults and children alike, and thankfully, making them is a cinch. Bake a batch of mini cookies, stacking them to form snowmen, and then get out your M&Ms and chocolate kisses for a quick decoration that brings these cookies to life. Read the full recipe at Taste of Home.