Christmas Cookies: Recipes, Icing Tips & More

Christmas Cookies: Recipes, Icing Tips & More

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, and we’re making the occasion even sweeter with some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes. But first, check out these essential cookie icing tips and piping bag hacks that’ll make decorating as easy as hanging ornaments. From frosted sugar cookies to traditional gingerbread, it’s time to make and bake some holiday memories.

How to Make Christmas Cookies

Whether you’re looking for the perfect homemade gift or a fun project to do with the kids, decorated sugar cookies are an excellent choice. To begin, simply pick out the cookie cutters you want and decide on a theme – holiday imagery or a festive color scheme are great places to start. You can decorate classic trees, snowmen or festive hats, or have fun turning everyday shapes, such as circles or stars, into jolly fun sweets.

How to Make Cookie Icing

The secret to creating professional-looking frosted cookies is in the icing. If you want your sugar cookie icing to dry smooth and glossy, try a glaze icing. For precision or intricate designs, try a royal icing. These icings harden in a way that keeps the designs in-tact and allows your cookies to be stacked for storage, overlapped on the dessert table or wrapped individually for gifts. The best part is that you don’t have to be a trained artist to draw up fun and festive designs – all you need is a piping bag and a little creativity.

How to Make a Piping Bag

If you’ve never used an icing piping bag before, you’ll quickly understand why this tool is essential to adding the finishing touches to your holiday cookies. If you don’t have one on-hand, don’t worry! You can easily make your own icing bag using a resealable plastic bag. Simply fill the bag with as much as icing as you need, seal it at the top then use scissors to snip off a corner. Remember, the size of your cut will determine how much frosting will come out when you squeeze the bag – the bigger the hole, the more icing will come out, which might make intricate designs more difficult.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Let’s get baking! These easy Christmas cookies are so good they might have Santa making two stops at your house this year.

Chocolate Blossom Cookies with Sprinkles

There’s no Christmas cookie icing needed to make these gorgeous treats – just some milk chocolates and holiday sprinkles will do the trick! Total: 55 minutes

Serves: 16

Ingredients:

  • 11⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 3⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup holiday sprinkles
  • 36 Hershey’s® Kisses® Milk Chocolates, unwrapped

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Fold in flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Place the sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1” balls, then roll into sprinkles.
  5. Place dough on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven and immediately press 1 milk chocolate candy into the center of each cookie.
  6. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Gooey Gingerbread Cookies

A perfect addition to your winter celebration, these gooey cookies are buttery, tender and sweetened just right.

Total: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Serves: 24

Ingredients:

  • 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Kroger Brand Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  2. In bowl of an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in granulated sugar, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract and salt. Mix until light and fluffy. Add in egg and egg yolk. Beat until creamy.
  3. On low speed, gradually add in flour mixture; mix until fully incorporated. Dough will be sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4-12 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with a nonstick silicone mat or parchment paper. Place powdered sugar in small bowl; set aside.
  5. Using a cooking scoop, form dough into generous 1.5” balls; roll in powdered sugar to lightly coat. Place dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet at least 2” apart. Roll each ball of dough in powdered sugar once again.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes, until cookies are puffed and crackly. Be careful to not overbake.
  7. Let cookies to cool on baking sheet at least 10 minutes, then carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For even more inspiration, check out our bonus cookie recipes below! Or explore more seasonal magic at our Holiday Meal Shop.

Christmas Cookies: Recipes, Icing Tips & More

Christmas Cookies: Recipes, Icing Tips & More

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, and we’re making the occasion even sweeter with some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes. But first, check out these essential cookie icing tips and piping bag hacks that’ll make decorating as easy as hanging ornaments. From frosted sugar cookies to traditional gingerbread, it’s time to make and bake some holiday memories.

How to Make Christmas Cookies

Whether you’re looking for the perfect homemade gift or a fun project to do with the kids, decorated sugar cookies are an excellent choice. To begin, simply pick out the cookie cutters you want and decide on a theme – holiday imagery or a festive color scheme are great places to start. You can decorate classic trees, snowmen or festive hats, or have fun turning everyday shapes, such as circles or stars, into jolly fun sweets.

How to Make Cookie Icing

The secret to creating professional-looking frosted cookies is in the icing. If you want your sugar cookie icing to dry smooth and glossy, try a glaze icing. For precision or intricate designs, try a royal icing. These icings harden in a way that keeps the designs in-tact and allows your cookies to be stacked for storage, overlapped on the dessert table or wrapped individually for gifts. The best part is that you don’t have to be a trained artist to draw up fun and festive designs – all you need is a piping bag and a little creativity.

How to Make a Piping Bag

If you’ve never used an icing piping bag before, you’ll quickly understand why this tool is essential to adding the finishing touches to your holiday cookies. If you don’t have one on-hand, don’t worry! You can easily make your own icing bag using a resealable plastic bag. Simply fill the bag with as much as icing as you need, seal it at the top then use scissors to snip off a corner. Remember, the size of your cut will determine how much frosting will come out when you squeeze the bag – the bigger the hole, the more icing will come out, which might make intricate designs more difficult.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Let’s get baking! These easy Christmas cookies are so good they might have Santa making two stops at your house this year.

Chocolate Blossom Cookies with Sprinkles

There’s no Christmas cookie icing needed to make these gorgeous treats – just some milk chocolates and holiday sprinkles will do the trick! Total: 55 minutes

Serves: 16

Ingredients:

  • 11⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 3⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup holiday sprinkles
  • 36 Hershey’s® Kisses® Milk Chocolates, unwrapped

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Fold in flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Place the sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1” balls, then roll into sprinkles.
  5. Place dough on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven and immediately press 1 milk chocolate candy into the center of each cookie.
  6. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Gooey Gingerbread Cookies

A perfect addition to your winter celebration, these gooey cookies are buttery, tender and sweetened just right.

Total: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Serves: 24

Ingredients:

  • 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Kroger Brand Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  2. In bowl of an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in granulated sugar, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract and salt. Mix until light and fluffy. Add in egg and egg yolk. Beat until creamy.
  3. On low speed, gradually add in flour mixture; mix until fully incorporated. Dough will be sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4-12 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with a nonstick silicone mat or parchment paper. Place powdered sugar in small bowl; set aside.
  5. Using a cooking scoop, form dough into generous 1.5” balls; roll in powdered sugar to lightly coat. Place dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet at least 2” apart. Roll each ball of dough in powdered sugar once again.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes, until cookies are puffed and crackly. Be careful to not overbake.
  7. Let cookies to cool on baking sheet at least 10 minutes, then carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For even more inspiration, check out our bonus cookie recipes below! Or explore more seasonal magic at our Holiday Meal Shop.

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Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs with Quick Frosting

These holiday cookies are sure to be a hit at any size gathering. Get the kids involved by having them decorate their own cookies.
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Prep: 1 Hour 30 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Total: 1 hour 40 minutes | Serves: 8

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • Decorating sugars, if desired
cookie image

Prep: 1 Hour 30 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Total: 1 hour 40 minutes | Serves: 8

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • Decorating sugars, if desired

Directions

Step 1
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Cream together until well-combined. Add egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; beat until combined.

Step 2
On low speed, slowly add flour, baking powder and salt into mixture. Beat until just combined.

Step 3
Form dough into two disks and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Step 4
Preheat oven to 350°F. After dough is chilled, roll out on a floured surface. Add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Roll to 1/6” thick.

Step 5
Use desired cookie cutters to cut shapes out of dough and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until edges are lightly golden brown. Allow cookies to cool completely.

Step 6
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, corn syrup and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is achieved. If using food coloring, divide frosting into separate bowls and color as desired.

Step 7
Transfer frosting to piping bags and decorate cookies. Sprinkle with decorating sugars, if desired.

Step 8
Allow frosting to harden, then serve

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