Make holiday memories with the kids with these super easy Christmas cookies for kids. These 10 recipes are my favorite holiday cookies to share with the kids during the holidays!
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 Christmas 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 less sugar than the traditional cookies—which you can’t tell when you taste them, but just to share more into on what makes them different from some other recipes out there!
You don’t need anything fancy to make these simple cut out cookies. You can use whichever cookie cutter shape you like and the kids can paint on the frosting. They are great all year round, but especially at the holidays.
Classic gingerbread people are always fun and this recipe delivers a perfect texture that the kids will love. They are just a little bit spiced and are fun to decorate too!
With a perfectly soft-baked texture and a simple method, these are a perfect oatmeal raisin cookie to make and share with the kids. You can even freeze the baked cookies to save some for later if you’d like.
These are just like the Apricot Balls my grandma used to make around the holidays, so I make them each year—but they are such a yummy snack or treat to share with the kids. We call them “snowballs!”
Yes! I feel like that name says it all and really, there’s nothing quite like a chocolate chip cookie with all of the add-ins in my book. Use any dried fruit you like to go with your chocolate chips and YUM.
With veggies right in the mix, these cookies are easy to mix up and bake. And the simple yogurt frosting is so fun to drizzle over the cooled cookies. My middle kiddo LOVES these.
Fluffy, easy, and no electric equipment required, these are a nearly perfect batter to mix up with the kids. And they’re delicious!
Shredded apple makes these cookies sing and they are a fun one to have in the mix for Christmas. My kids love helping with the icing (of course they do!)
With just a few healthy ingredients, you can mix up these No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls in minutes to share with the kids. They have less added sugars than most similar cookies, pack in protein and whole grains, and are a not-too-sticky treat or snack that stores well for days. Win, win, win!
Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies
This is a version of my Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies with a holiday spin. You can get the easy recipe below!
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.
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!Print
Here’s the recipe for the Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies, as well as links to the rest of the recipes for easy access!
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and use your hand to mix together to form a dough. (If the dough is a little crumbly, be sure that it is throughly combined. If it’s still crumbly, add 1/2-1 tablespoon additional liquid until it comes together.)
- Make a flattened disc of dough and place onto a piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment on top and roll the dough ¼-inch thick. (Using parchment helps to ensure that the dough doesn’t stick.)
- Cut out the dough with a cookie cutter and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet. Add icing if desired.
Store, once cooled, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or freeze in a freezer storage bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
To Make these Gluten-Free: Use this gluten-free flour.
To Make these Dairy-Free: Use plain unsweetened nondairy milk in place of dairy milk. Use coconut oil instead of butter. If your coconut oil is super firm, you’ll want to soften it a little by warming it very briefly. It should squish easily between two fingers, but not be melted.
If making smaller shapes, bake for the lower end of the baking time range. If making larger shapes, they may need an extra minute or two.
And here are the links to the rest of the holiday cookie recipes: