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12 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes with Just a Few Ingredients

Do you need some easy Christmas cookie recipes with just a few ingredients? All of the ones listed below are perfect additions to your holiday cookie plate. Anyone who has a sweet tooth will love at least one (or all) of these wonderful and easiest cookie recipes ever!

plate of Christmas cookies surrounded by holiday decorations

So Many Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to Try

All of the following recipes deliver treats that taste like they took forever to make. But they’re all quick and easy, and all of them only have a few ingredients. 

With the holiday season knocking, it’s high time to talk about something very, very important – easy Christmas cookie recipes. Yes, I’m talking about buttery, delicious cookies that don’t require a shopping cart full of ingredients or the baking skills of a pastry chef. 

Whether you’re prepping for a Christmas party, a cookie exchange party, need cookies to go with coffee, or just want something to pair with your hot cocoa, I’ve got you covered.

plate and pan of decorated Christmas cookies

I’m a self-professed cookie monster, so I’m always looking for new recipes. All of the recipes you see here are absolutely fabulous!

Let’s dive into the world of festive treats that will spread holiday cheer with minimal effort!

I’ve included the list of ingredients and instructions for the first one. It’s also in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

1. Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

plate of decorated christmas cookies

Okay, these are a game-changer. Cake mix cookies are tasty treats that come together with just a few ingredients that you can find in any grocery store. Or you might even have them in your pantry and fridge.

And since you’ll be baking these cookies for Christmas, you’ll want to add something on top. I usually pick a few traditional Christmas colors (red, green, and white) sprinkles, colored sugar, and frosting.

2. No-Fuss Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter and chocolate, anyone? Easy peanut butter cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction, especially peanut butter blossoms, are the real MVPs of the holiday cookie world. 

They’re simple cookies requiring just a few staples: peanut butter, brown sugar, flour, and the star of the show, chocolate chips! Roll your cookie dough into balls, and press a chocolate chip into each before baking. 

These are a great addition to any holiday party, and storing them in an airtight container keeps them fresh (if they last that long!).

3. Butterscotch Pecan Cookies

butterscotch pecan cookies on a plate

These cookies are absolutely wonderful! No one will ever guess how few ingredients they have or how easy they are to make.

They taste like something you’d get at an upscale bakery. The butterscotch adds a distinctive sweetness, and the pecans add just the right amount of nutty flavor.

Butterscotch pecan cookies are perfect to spread out among the more heavily decorated ones. And once people try them, they’ll dig around until they can get more.

4. Shortbread Cookies: Your Buttery Dream Come True

Nothing screams ‘easy recipes’ like the classic shortbread cookies from Julia’s Simply Southern. With basic ingredients like butter, flour, and sugar, these buttery cookies are a delight. 

The best part? You just mix, chill, shape, and bake until they’re golden brown. 

For a holiday twist, dip half of each cookie into melted white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Voila! You’re in the holiday spirit.

5. Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of peanut butter cookies and a jar of peanut butter

Anyone who wants or needs to be gluten-free will appreciate these amazing peanut butter cookies without flour. There’s no flour. Just lots of melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter goodness in every single bite!

Don’t be surprised if everyone loves these cookies. Make these and you may never go back to adding flour to your peanut butter cookie dough, ever again.

6. The Easiest-Ever Sugar Cookies

Here’s one of the best holiday cookies that everyone adores – the classic sugar cookie. If you’re looking for a sugar cookie recipe that you can make into your favorite holiday shapes, this one from Out of the Box Baking is perfect!

Mix up a simple dough, roll it out, and get to town with your favorite cookie cutter shapes. Stars, Christmas trees, reindeer – go wild! 

Bake these beauties until they’re just right and decorate with a simple icing or enjoy them as-is. The best way to celebrate Christmas Eve? A platter of these easy sugar cookies, of course!

7. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry thumbprint cookies on a plate beside a napkin

You’ll love these deliciously soft cookies with a burst of tangy raspberry jam in the center. They’re perfect for tea time or holiday gatherings. 

Taste nostalgia with every bite—homemade sweetness in a thumbprint! Also, these are made with a cake mix. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.

8. Festive Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? They’re classic cookies, and making them is so much fun. 

The easy cookie recipes for these delicious treats often call for ingredients you already have. The secret? Make sure your butter is at room temperature for that perfect cookie dough consistency. 

Try this one from Back to My Southern Roots. It’s so delicious! Toss in some chocolate chips, and you’re golden. Bonus tip: Add a sprinkle of crushed candy canes for that festive vibe.

9. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

skillet chocolate chip cookie in a pan and on a plate with ice cream

If you’re baking for a small group or just you and someone else, try this chocolate chip skillet cookie.

It’s easy to make, and it’s absolutely wonderful! Plus I love how romantic it can be to share a single cookie with one other person.

It’s good as-is. Or you can add ice cream, whipped cream, or even your favorite sweet sauce. This one is a winner during the holiday season.

10. Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix Cookies

plate of cake mix chocolate caramel cookies

Here is another cookie recipe that starts with a cake mix. Add another few ingredients to make a wonderful cookie that is sure to disappear from the plate as soon as you set it out.

If you want to decorate it, try adding red and green sugar. Or top them with a few silver and gold sprinkles. As soon as you make them, they become your cookies, so do whatever you can to dress them up for the season!

11. Easy Peasy Gingerbread Cookies

No Christmas season is complete without gingerbread cookies! You’ll love how these easy gingerbread cookies come together. 

With simple ingredients like molasses, ginger, and cinnamon, this cookie dough is a joy to make. Roll it out, use your cutest cookie cutter, and create characters that will almost be too cute to eat. Almost.

Or follow the directions at Southern Bite and add a yummy eggnog drizzle to add an even more festive touch. The flavor will send your taste buds into blissful orbit!

12. Coconut Macaroon Cookies

2 macaroon cookies with cherries on top

You’ll love these coconut macaroon cookies: irresistibly chewy, sweet, and oh-so-coconutty. These little delights are super easy to whip up, and perfect for satisfying those tropical cravings. 

Plus, they’re naturally gluten-free. Perfect companions for your coffee breaks or sneaky late-night treats during the holiday season. 

It’s All About the Christmas Cookies

Before I’m done, here’s a quick tip: Cookie platters are the ultimate Christmas party showstopper. Mix and match different types of cookies for a colorful, delicious selection that screams holiday cheer. 

plate of Christmas cookies surrounded by holiday decorations

Don’t forget to store any leftovers in a cookie tin to keep them fresh (that is, if they last!) These easy recipes are the perfect way to bake cookies without the fuss this festive season. 

So, put on your favorite Christmas tunes, gather your few, simple ingredients, and bake up a storm of delicious Christmas cookies. Here’s to sweet treats, happy taste buds, and a whole lot of holiday fun!

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