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Christmas Cookie Recipes for Holiday Baking

Updated on March 9, 2017
Santa Hat Beside Cookies and Milk
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Easy to Make Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

This page offers you three recipes for Christmas cookies. Before you start your holiday baking, be sure to check out these out. One recipe is fast to make. Two take a little extra work but they are well worth it.

What would Christmas or the Winter Holidays be without homemade cookies? If ever there was a heart-warming Christmas tradition, the baking of special, home made cookies is it! They make great gifts as well as saying "love" to family, friends and guests throughout the holiday season.

Here you will find a number of tried and tested Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to be a big hit at your home. Most of them are easy cookie recipes; other take a little more work but are so worth the effort.

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Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe: Mom's Lemon Drops

use a time-saving cake mix

Mom's easy lemon drop cookies are so good nobody will guess that you "cheated" by using a cake mix as the base. They're slightly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and festively decorated with sifted confectioner's sugar (or icing sugar).


  • 1 lemon cake mix (between 18 and 19 ounces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup of confectioners sugar or icing sugar

Preparation Method

Preheat your oven to 375 F.

Put cake mix in a bowl. Add all other ingredients except the confectioners sugar. Mix until they are blended.

For best results, refrigerate your dough overnight. You can bake the cookies now, but the dough will be sticky and difficult to handle. Refrigerating solves that problem nicely.

When you are ready to bake these Christmas cookies, place the confectioner's sugar in a small bowl. Scoop up one teaspoon of cookie batter and swirl it around in the confectioners sugar until it is coated. Place your cookie on an ungreased cookie pan. Repeat until all dough is used up.

Bake for about six to nine minutes. Do not over bake.

You can modify this cookie recipe by using less or more lemon extract, lemon juice or lemon zest.

You can also use other types of cake mix with other flavorings. Mom's Easy Lemon Drop Cookies are yummy to eat and the recipe is versatile.

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Candle and Seasonal Dainties | Source

Christmas Cookie Recipe #2: Baked Ice Cream Cookies

yep -- you add ice cream to the dough.

Adding ice cream to the dough gives these cookies a wonderfully rich and creamy texture. Vanilla ice cream is the typical choice but you could use any other flavor that strikes your fancy. Cinnamon or peppermint might be lovely. Or how about a coffee flavored ice cream? Yumm.


  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream (or other flavor)
  • 2 cups of butter
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of filling -- suggested fillings are fruit preserves, cooked fresh fruit, jam, nutella, etc.
  • confectioners sugar or icing sugar for dusting on top of the cookies

Preparation Method

Mix the butter and flour together. Using a pastry blender is a good idea. Next, work the ice cream into the dough. Your hands will be very cold unless you use gloves. Better yet, use a mixer with a dough hook.

When well mixed, refrigerate the dough overnight.

When you are ready to cook your cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F.

Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll this dough out so it is about 1/8 inch thick. If necessary, use additional flour so they will roll okay. Take a round cookie cutter or use the top of a glass, and cut out circles.

Place the circles on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make a thumbprint in the middle of each circle. Fill the thumbprint with a small amount of the fruit preserve or whatever filling you have chosen to use.

Bake your cookies for twenty minutes, or until done. When they have cooled, dust them with icing sugar or confectioners sugar.

Optionally, you could roll the cookie dough as thin as possible, cut in squares or circles, add filing, then fold the dough to make pop-overs. Both are great recipes.

Star Shaped Shortbread Cookies
Star Shaped Shortbread Cookies | Source

Christmas Cookies Recipe #3: Perfect Sugar Cookies

exceptionally fine sugar cookies

Sugar cookies are a staple among Christmas cookie lovers. You can cut them into fancy shapes. You can dust them with colored sugars. You can ice them with fancy or plain icing. You can sandwich them by sticking two together with an icing filler. You can add a candied cherry, nut or other fruit to the top before baking.

This particular recipe for sugar cookies is especially good and rich.


  • 3 cups of flour plus some additional for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • decorations as desired

Preparation Method

Sift the dry ingredients together. Melt the butter. Cream together the butter and sugar, beating until the mixture is fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Add the dry ingredients, stirring until all is absorbed.

Chill your sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350 F.

Using small chunks of the cookie dough at a time, roll the cookie dough out so it is 1/4 inch thick. Do not make this too thick. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter, and transfer to a greased cookie sheet.

If desired, add a candied cherry or nut to the top, or sprinkle with colored sugars or icing sugar.

Bake for approximately six or eight minutes. Do not over bake. The cookies should be only sightly tinged with brown. They will continue baking somewhat after removing them from the oven.

When cool, ice if desired, or fill with jam or icing and create "sandwiches."

You'll soon decide that this is your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

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© 2009 June Campbell

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      6 years ago

      Iced Sugar Cookies are my Favorite, I actually make them All Year Long!! :D

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      6 years ago

      Iced Sugar Cookies are my Favorite, I actually make them all Year Long! ;)

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      ChrisDay LM 

      8 years ago

      Only 253 days to go?

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @piedromolinero: Oh yes, Christmas is no time for being good! Dietwise, that is

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      8 years ago

      Christmas and cookies belong together. I don't need cookies for a whole year, but for Christmas it is a must.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      You are right - it just isn't Christmas without cookies. They are so much easier to prepare with a Kitchen Aid too.


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