Make holiday memories with the kids with these super easy Christmas cookies for kids. These recipes are my favorite holiday cookies to bake with the kids—and to eat right along with them!


Christmas Cookies for Kids

Baking with kids is one of my very favorite holiday traditions and I love doing one each weekend as we head towards the holidays. This list includes my go-to easy cookies for kids—whether you want to make them together or you want to just make a batch to share with the kids.

TIP: Each of these is designed to be very straight-forward to make and they all contain a little less sugar than the traditional cookies. And they are fun to make together!

healthy sugar cookies

Cookies for Kids

As soon as the weather starts to cool off, I immediately want to bake. Here are some of our favorites.

Easy Sugar Cookies

This dough is so easy to work with and doesn’t need any electric mixers—just clean hands.

Easy Sugar Cookies (Healthy and Delish!)
This makes a small batch of lightly sweet cookies. Double it to make more. If at any point the dough seems too sticky, pop it into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up a bit. Or dust your parchment paper and cookie cutters with flour.
Easy Sugar Cookies (Healthy and Delish!)

Easy Gingerbread Cookies

Little gingerbread men are fun to make, decorate, and eat. This is always one of the first holiday cookies we make each year.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies
Flavorful, whole-wheat gingerbread with just a hint of natural sweetness. These are a perfect holiday cookie to make with the kids. Double the batch to make more.
Easy Gingerbread Cookies
healthy gingerbread cookies on round plate

This easy to work with dough is one of our favorite holiday activities (right up there with Salt Dough!).

Easy Christmas Cookies for Kids (Fun Cut-Outs!)
You can use any cookie cutters you like to make these Christmas Cookies for kids—the timing Is for 2-3 inch ones so scale up or down if yours are bigger or smaller. And feel free to make half of the dough at a time (and stash the other Into the fridge for a future day).
Easy Christmas Cookies for Kids (Fun Cut-Outs!)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

A little fluffy, a little chewy, these are a classic oatmeal cookie to share.

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Try these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies the next time you're looking for a classic cookie that's a little less sweet and still SO good. They're soft-baked, and so yummy.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
healthy oatmeal raisin cookies on wire rack.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie is so airy and light—and has a perfect mix of flavors.

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips
These fluffy cookies are not super sweet, so you can add 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar to the batter if desired. (We like them just fine as is with the chocolate chips for sweetness!)
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips
pumpkin cookies on plate

Sweet Potato Cookies

If you find yourself with some sweet potatoes to use up, these are a great option!

Soft-Baked Sweet Potato Cookies
Bake up an easy batch of Sweet Potato Cookies for a fun dessert to share with the kids for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any day of the week.
Soft-Baked Sweet Potato Cookies
sweet potato cookies on baking sheet.

Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A little cocoa powder in the batter goes a long way in these delicious (and lightly sweet) cut-out cookies.

Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Like a cross between an animal cracker and a sugar cookie, these less sweet cookies are easy to make with the kids. The amount of cookies you can make from one batch will depend on how large your cookie cutters are.
Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Chocolate sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s always a good day for a loaded chocolate chip cookie!

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies have lower sugar but all the flavor and texture you crave. Choose your add-ins based on the kinds your family enjoys most.
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Apple Cookies

Put some fresh apple to good use in these fruit-filled cookies.

Favorite Apple Cookies (with Oatmeal and Raisins)
These hearty apple cookies are plenty sweet, yet low in added sugars. You can also serve them as breakfast cookies (you may just want to leave the icing off!)
Favorite Apple Cookies (with Oatmeal and Raisins)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Add these to a cookie tray or make them to share with the family—they’re easy and delicious.

Favorite No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
With just a few healthy ingredients, you can mix up these No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls in minutes to share with the kids. They pack in protein and whole grains, and are a dessert or snack that stores well for days.
Favorite No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
no bake peanut butter balls

No-Bake Apricot Balls

Just 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes are all you need to make these delicious cookie bites.

Easy No-Bake Apricot Balls
These healthy holiday cookies require only 10 minutes and 5 simple ingredients. And they store well so they're a great option to make ahead!
Easy No-Bake Apricot Balls

Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Balls

Think the flavor of S’mores in a fridge-stable format and you have these no-bake bites!

Graham Crackers Peanut Butter Balls
These should chill for 30 minutes before serving to allow the oats to soften up a bit. (You can eat them immediately, they’ll just be a little chewy.)
Graham Crackers Peanut Butter Balls
Amy and girls
Photo by Andy Lyons for All Recipes

Best Tips for Baking with Kids

If you make these recipes with your kids, here are some resources to help.

  • Invest in a Kids Apron to help them stay clean (and feel like a pro!) in the kitchen.
  • Remember these easy tips for sane baking with kids and you can do as little or as much together as works for you and your kids.
  • A learning tower can help keep the kids safely at counter height.
  • Some basic kids cooking tools can help make those little hands get right to work.
  • My Food Play cookbook for kids is a great option if you want no-cook recipes to make together.

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I’d love to hear if you have a favorite Christmas cookie for kids that you make each year. Please share below and let me know how you like these recipes too!

This post was first published November 2020.

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