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9 Holiday Cookies The Entire Family Will Want To Bake

These kid-friendly cookie recipes taste as good as they look.

Margo Gothelf · about 1 year ago

Would the holiday season truly be complete without an overabundance of cookies? From baking to decorating, the entire family will have a blast making any of these cookies. Check out the list below for some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.

1. Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Inside BruCrew Life

If your family has trouble keeping a pack of Oreos in the pantry for very long then these Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies are the perfect treat for your crew. These incredible cookies are loaded with Oreo cookie chunks and peppermint chips. There’s also a whole box of cake mix in the batter too!

2. Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

Clementine County

Sometimes traditional cookies need a festive spin. Case in point: these holiday-themed thumbprint cookies. The thumbprint cookies are made with a red velvet base and topped with a seasonal white chocolate Hershey kiss. Grab the recipe over on Clementine Country’s blog. 

3. Marble Sugar Cookies

Marble Sugar Cookies

Two Sisters Crafting

Sugar cookie dough is pretty much edible playdough and can be molded into any shape and color. Because of that, it’s the perfect dough for these marble holiday sugar cookies. Let each family member pick a cookie cutter to make their favorite shape or design. Two Sisters Crafting has all of the details up on her website. 

4. Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies


Looking for a cookie that will wow your family? Look no further than these holiday-themed stained glass cookies. They get their stained-glass effect from melted hard candies. Have the kids use multiple candies to get a full tie-dye effect, but be careful, because these cookies just might be too pretty to eat. Watch the cookies in action over on Pilsbury’s YouTube page. 

5. Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Beyond the Chicken Coop

Holiday cookies don’t have to be covered in frosting to be fun to make. These cranberry orange swirl cookies are the perfect example of that. Once the dough is set, use a rolling pin to make it nice and flat. Then load up on the cranberry orange filling to get that perfect swirl. Head over to Beyond The Chicken Coop to grab all the details on these swirl cookies.

6. Snowflake-Filled Snowman Cookies

Snowflake-Filled Snowman Cookies

Hungry Happenings

These snowflake-filled snowman cookies are almost too pretty to eat. Don’t let this cookie illusion intimidate you. With a little patience and stacking skills, your family can easily recreate these one-of-a-kind cookies at home. To make the clear bellies of the snowmen, Hungry Happenings recommends using Isomalt or clear mint candies. Head over to her blog for the full recipe. 

7. Christmas Light Cookies

Christmas Lights Cookies

Dessert for Two

What’s better than Christmas lights? Christmas lights that you can actually eat. These adorable sugar cookies use frosting and M&Ms to create edible Christmas lights. Dessert For Two has put together a family-friendly recipe that will get everyone involved in the decorating.

8. 3D Present Cookies

3D Present Cookies

Family Fresh Meals

These 3D present cookies take holiday cookie-making to a new level. To make them, stack several layers of the finished cookies to create a box. Once the box is sealed with frosting, you can fill it with whatever you want. Think candies, sprinkles, or even a little holiday note. The possibilities are endless. I’m not sure who will have more fun with this one, the kids or the adults.

9. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies


It doesn’t get more classic than gingerbread cookies during the holiday season. While the cookies are in the oven, gather all the supplies for the decorations. Then let each family member decorate their own gingerbread cookie as they please. When you’re finished, compare your creations to see who was the most creative.