Treat Santa With a Plate of These Homemade Cookies
Nothing compares with ho-ho-homemade!
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
Skip the slice-and-bake cookies this year and give Santa a true treat when he comes to visit! Go the homemade route and fill a plate of cookies with holiday favorites. If you’re lucky, there might even be a few extras that you can snack on while you try to get a peek at the big guy delivering all the gifts!
Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies
Chefs under the age of 5 might want to hold off on the intricately decorated sugar cookies and turn to drop style Christmas cookies instead. Hear me out on this one: everyone can help make the dough regardless of their baking skills, there's no wrong or right shape to form them in, and you can add in all of the red and green sprinkles that your heart desires (or however many come in the bottle!). They might look a little rustic, but they’re charming, and they definitely taste better than a sugar cookie dripping in royal icing.
Snowball Kiss Cookies
Sure, Santa is normally the one with all the surprises, but that doesn't mean you can't switch things up! Spice up the cookie selection this Christmas with a snowball kiss cookie. From the outside, Santa might think it's a simple cookie covered in powdered sugar. However, after one bite, his tastebuds will tell him he is in for a surprise: this cookie is actually stuffed with chocolate!
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
It's a good thing Santa looks good in red. Could you imagine him having to wear that color year after year and it not be flattering? You might as well set out a few cookies that complement his holiday lewk, and these red and green pinwheel cookies do just that. Don’t be scared by the intricate design: this recipe by Lemon Blossoms will break it all down for you. Plus, it will look as impressive as Santa in his signature red suit.
Christmas Cookie Sparkles
Meet sanding sugar – the shinier, sweeter, shimmering cousin to sprinkles. This sugary alternative can be used just like sprinkles to bring a pop of color to any recipe. Use them to steal the show this holiday season and wow Santa at the same time by adding a few Christmas Cookie Sparkles to your plate. Sally’s Baking Addiction takes classic sugar cookies and rolls them in red and green sanding sugar to create dazzling holiday cookies.
Christmas Tree Brownies
Listen, I know cookies and Santa are supposed to be the ultimate holiday pairing. But has anyone ever stopped to ask him if maybe he wanted a brownie instead? They're basically the cousins of cookies, so why not switch it up and add one to the plate? Try it out this holiday season with these Christmas tree brownies. They even have a candy cane stick so Santa can take them to go and enjoy them in his sled.
Thumbprint Jam Cookies
Think Santa has a jam preference? He's probably partial to the classic berries, but I have a feeling he'd be super into fig jam as well. Or maybe even a good orange marmalade. Let him decide for himself and set out an assortment of thumbprint jam cookies for Christmas.
Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Remind me again why we only eat chocolate crinkle-cut cookies around the holidays? I mean, I know they have that whole snowy look going on, but I'd happily eat them poolside in July. Regardless of their seasonality, Santa will be thrilled to see them sitting on his plate of cookies at your house. You might as well double the batch to keep some for yourself in the freezer, so you can snack on them all year round.
Soft Sugar Cookies
Word on the street is that soft sugar cookies are a favorite of Mrs. Claus. While this might just be a rumor, it's a solid choice when it comes to cookies. With a soft and chewy texture combined with a melt-in-your-mouth frosting, what's not to like? See if she's a fan this Christmas and leave a to-go bag for Santa to take back to the North Pole so he can share all the goodies.
Milk & Cookie Shots
Wouldn't it be funny if Santa was moonlighting as a food influencer on social media? I mean, with all the cookies he sees in one night, he would be set on content for the year! If he's on FoodTok, he's bound to have come across these milk and cookie shots. Part drink, part cookie, and fully delicious. Set them out and watch to see if your plate goes viral.
Hot Chocolate Cookies
I know Santa is a fan of all kinds of cookies, but something tells me these hot chocolate cookies would fall in his top five — top three, even — favorite cookies of all time. Full of melty chocolate and gooey marshmallows, they are pretty much the perfect cookie. Plus, we all know Santa's favorite drink is hot chocolate, so it only makes sense it would be his favorite cookie as well.
Linzer cookies have everything you want in a holiday cookie. Consider these delicious facts: they have a seasonal look with the powdered sugar snow coating, and you can cut them with cookie cutters to be just as festive as your typical sugar cookie. Plus, the jam shining through the cookies makes them sparkle like lights on a Christmas tree. Oh, and also: They are delicious. Treat yourself and Santa to a plate full of Linzer cookies this Christmas — you won't regret it.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas cookies may get all of the attention during the holiday season, but true cookie fans know that the chocolate chip cookie is just being generous, letting other cookies have some time in the spotlight. While chocolate chip cookies might not be filled with festive sprinkles or powdered sugar snow, they're a classic that is very, very hard to refuse. Let the number one cookie connoisseur make the decision and leave a few out on the plate for Santa. The evidence will all add up when you see what's left over in the morning.
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