Kid-Friendly Christmas Cookies Almost Too Cute to Eat

Christmas Sweater Cookies
Dane Tashima
Mark the days before Santa's arrival with these adorable holiday sweets. We trimmed a lot of the baking steps so kids can get to the favorite parts—decorating and eating. Your kitchen will be overflowing with homemade treats and happy children in no time.
Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Winter Dream Scene Cookie Cake

Baking sweet treats for a large crowd? Consider one giant cookie cake! We love this pretty winter dream scene, but let your kid channel her inner Picasso and decorate to her heart's content.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Candy Tree Cut-Outs

The hard-candy "ornaments" on these cornmeal cookies sparkle in the light.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Red-Nosed Reindeer

Slice pieces from Pillsbury's Simply Peanut Butter cookie dough in half. Shape into 1-1/2" triangles and place 3" apart on cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. While they're still warm, push a mini chocolate pretzel (we used Flipz) on each side to resemble antlers. Let cool completely. Ask the kids to make the face: Attach brown M&M's Minis for eyes and a red M&M nose with frosting. Makes 24.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Snowman Cookies

He'll melt in your mouth: Microwave canned white frosting on high for 10 seconds. Dunk 24 plain doughnut holes in frosting; allow to set. On half of the holes, squirt on eyes and a mouth with chocolate tube frosting. Stick in a dried papaya triangle for the nose. Make a hat with half an Oreo Mini and a piece of an Oreo Cookie Stick. Place a fruit-leather scarf on top of an undecorated doughnut hole. Top with the face.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Gingerbread Village

These whole-wheat cookies are an easy alternative to one big house.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Christmas Sweater Cookies

Skip the measuring and mixing! These adorable Christmas sweater treats are made with store-bought pie crusts, which make for a more relaxing family cookie day.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

There's a surprise inside these cookies: a gooey marshmallow. Start with a 14-oz. package of Immaculate Baking Company's Chocolate Peppermint cookie dough (immaculatebaking.com). Slice each piece in half and reshape into a ball. Place 2" apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350?F for 8 minutes. Push a marshmallow half into the top of each cookie; bake another minute. Cool. Frost with chocolate icing and top with crushed peppermint. Makes 48.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Cookie Grams

Let your kids write a note to friends, family, or even Santa Claus on Keebler Vanilla Wafers. Use food coloring to tint store-bought or homemade Royal Frosting; thin with a few drops of water if needed. Frost the cookies and allow to dry for several hours or overnight. Then print on letters with white tube frosting.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich

What do you get when you combine festive gingerbread with a refreshing summer treat? These addicting ice cream sandwiches!

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Caramel Posies

Squirt vanilla tube frosting in the center of 16 Anna's Ginger Thins (find out where to buy them at annasthings.ca), and sprinkle on colored sugars. Shake off excess sugar. Meanwhile, melt 24 soft Kraft Caramels and 2 Tbs. whipping cream in the microwave on high until smooth, about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Spread about 1 to 2 tsp. caramel on each plain cookie and have the kids top with their decorated ones.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Snowflake Chips

Make your favorite chocolate-chip dough (or use our yummy recipe) but leave out the morsels. Instead, use Wilton's Jumbo Snowflake Sprinkles and Nestlé Toll House Premier White Mini Morsel Toppers. Roll the dough into teeny balls and bake.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Sparkly Streamers

These flaky treats add texture and dimension to any holiday dessert spread! All you need is frozen puff pastry, apple pie spice, and sparkling sugar or nonpareils. 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Stenciled Chocolate Wafers

Ask the kids to put a stencil on top of Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers and sift powdered sugar on it. You can get these tree and gingerbread stencils (plus six others) as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookie kit at shopparents.com. To make your own, trace a cookie on paper. Draw or trace a design in the center. Cut out the circle and center design.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Iced Spritz

Whip up a batch of these dainty treats on a day your little princess wants to throw a holiday tea party. You make them with a cookie press -- we like the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra Plus ($25; readershopping.com). It's so simple even a 4-year-old can use it. It's easy to clean too.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Shining Stars

Knead 2/3 cup flour into 1 lb. refrigerated sugar-cookie dough; roll to about 1/4" thick. Make the stars using an assortment of 2" to 3-1/2" cookie cutters. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets about 2" apart and have your artists in residence squirt on dots with Cake Mate decorating gels. Bake at 350?F until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Candy Ornaments

Knead 1 lb. store-bought sugar-cookie dough and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour. Roll to 1/4" thick. Cut ornament shapes with a 2-3/4" cutter; use a straw to remove a small circle at the top. Place 2" apart on cookie sheets and bake at 350°F for 7 to 9 minutes. Tint store-bought or homemade Royal Frosting the color you want. Frost the cookies and let dry at least 4 hours. Microwave Tootsie Roll Fruit Chews for a few seconds, then flatten with a rolling pin to 1/8" thick. Ask the kids to cut into strips with a pizza wheel. Secure on cookies with a drop of water. Thread twine or ribbon through holes if desired..

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Crunchy Cereal Wreaths

No baking necessary for these crispy treats that kids will love to shape -- while getting sticky hands! Marshmallow, coconut, and candy bows round out festive wreaths worthy of wowing a cookie swap gathering.

Rick Lew
Rick Lew

Gingerbread Men

The iconic Christmas cookie is a blank canvas for little artists. A palate of edible beads, buttons, and icing brings each gingerbread man to life.

James Baigrie
James Baigrie

Spice Crackles

Pumpkin pie spice and cocoa make basic sugar cookies unique, and colorful finishing sugars give kids free reign to make original crackles.

Mary Ellen Bartley
Mary Ellen Bartley

Sweet Stockings

Sugar cutouts of Christmas stockings are perfect stocking stuffers! Colorful royal icing and sprinkles make decorating as exciting as finding a full stocking on Christmas morning.

Jim Franco
Jim Franco

Snowflake Cookies

Icing, sparkly sugar crystals, and creativity in the kitchen prove that no two snowflakes are the same. These cutouts are as beautiful as they are buttery.

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Peppermint Puffs

It's as if a little bit of Christmas magic turns wispy whips of sweetened, billowy egg whites into light crunchy puffs. Flavored with peppermint, these meringue clouds are fancied up with a sprinkle of crushed candy canes.

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

Candy Cane Twists

Kids will love rolling and twisting colorful cookie dough into the shape of Christmas' favorite candy.

Mary Ellen Bartley
Mary Ellen Bartley

Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes

These sandwich cookies will go down in history -- just like Rudolph -- as a famous Christmas favorite. From-scratch gingerbread dough cut in the likeness of Santa's trusted sleigh-pullers come together two-by-two with creamy icing centers.

Mary Ellen Bartley
Mary Ellen Bartley

Mouse Macaroons

Candies, icing, and a little imagination turn these simple, chocolaty almond treats into cute Christmas critters. Shaping and decorating them is almost as much fun as opening Christmas gifts!

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Chocolate Malt Crinkles

Surprise Santa with a malty twist on a basic chocolate cookie. Kids will love rolling the dough in powdered sugar and watching the crinkles form as the cookies bake.

Rita Maas
Rita Maas

Pecan Snowballs

The finishing touch of rolling cookies in powdered sugar makes kids feel like they're actually rolling snowballs, and nabbing the last cookie of the batch will give new meaning to snowball fight! A coating of melted white chocolate adds extra sweetness to pecan treats.

Instructions for making a snowman Christmas treat using meltable white candy.

These melted snowmen will be the hit of your holiday party. Bonus: They take only minutes to prepare.

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