5 Simple & Delicious Christmas Cookies to Make With Kids

Christmas cookies to make with kids

While a family holiday baking session sounds magical, detailed prep work and complex ingredients can make it a recipe for disaster. What are some simple Christmas cookies to make with kids? Little ones will love using pretzels for antlers in our quick-cooking Reindeer Cookies. Try these easy cookie recipes for kids that make holiday baking fun for the whole family.

The Best Christmas Cookies to Make With Kids (That Adults Will Love Too)

Simple ingredients, easy preparation, and quick cooking times are the keys to happy holiday baking with your young chefs. Our favorite Christmas cookies to make with kids focus on the fun so all ages enjoy the process as much as the results.

White Chocolate Confetti Christmas Cookies

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Sprinkles always up the festive factor and these red and green beauties add a pop of holiday color to simple cookie dough. Meanwhile, bakers of any age can drizzle melted white chocolate on the cooled cookies for extra flare.


  • Butter
  • Sugar 
  • Flour
  • Red and green sprinkles
  • White chocolate chips

When there are basic ingredients and no chilling required, these are Christmas cookies kids can make with ease. The hardest part will be waiting for the cookies to cool before drizzling them with chocolate. However, this step is key so the chocolate quickly hardens and they’re ready to be devoured.

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Reindeer Cookies

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With adorable pretzel antlers and a candy face, grandparents will find these are the perfect Christmas cookies to make with grandchildren. The easy peanut butter dough mixes up in minutes, leaving plenty of time for bakers to add these simple details.


  • Peanut butter
  • Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Small pretzel twists
  • M&M candies

Make use of little hands to flatten the rounded dough balls into upside-down triangles resembling a reindeer head. Three M&M candies for the eyes and nose and two pretzels for antlers make Santa’s fleet oven-ready in minutes. 

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3-Ingredient Holiday Thumb Prints

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When there are just three ingredients, you know these will be easy Christmas cookies to make with kids. Packaged sugar cookie dough and store-bought icing simplify the prep so even young bakers will have the patience to participate.


  • Packaged sugar cookie dough 
  • Flour
  • Red and green decorator’s icing

As this is a large recipe, the best cookie baking sheet may be a non-rimmed option to accommodate more cookies. As soon as they come out of the oven, use the handle of a wooden spoon to create a well in the middle of each cookie. Cool for 30 minutes before piping red or green icing into each well.

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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls

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Simple Christmas cookie recipes are always made easier when no baking is required. While chilling in the fridge calls for advanced preparation, these flavorful balls can be quickly packed up for local Christmas events and parties.


  • Powdered sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Vanilla
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Flaked coconut

After combining all the ingredients in one bowl, chill briefly before shaping the dough into 1-inch balls. Then, it’s back in the fridge on parchment-covered cookie sheets for a 2-hour chill until the dough is firm. Want to add some extra crunch? Roll each ball in crushed nuts before chilling.

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Santa Hat Cookies

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Image Source: Pillsbury

Santa’s hat will get instant recognition with this simple frosting piled high on a sugar cookie. Sliced, premade cookie dough and a jar of marshmallow creme simplify the time and effort for every baker.


  • Slice and bake sugar cookie dough
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Red food coloring
  • Miniature marshmallows

After the cookies are baked and cooled, add red food coloring to the marshmallow creme so it’s the perfect shade of holiday red. Next, pipe the icing onto each cookie so it piles high in a hat shape. No piping bag? No problem! Just snip a tiny tip off the corner of a resealable food storage bag and fill it with frosting. Little ones will love adding white sprinkles and a marshmallow for the final decorative touch. 

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A ready list of easy Christmas cookies to make with kids is always a recipe for success. Happy holiday baking from all of us at Action Appliance Repair!

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