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Learn how to make recipes for easy Christmas cookies, desserts, and treats with cute decorations and designs from scratch or cake mixes. All recipes are quick under 30 minutes, 5 or fewer ingredients, or no bake sweets.

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 11 minutes make, 21 minutes total
These soft and chewy vanilla pudding cookies with M&Ms and milk and white chocolate chips are perfect to leave out with milk on Christmas Eve. (via Klein Worth Co)

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Time to make: 15 minutes prep, 12 minutes bake, 27 minutes total
Decadent with rich chocolate and melted marshmallow. (via Glorious Treats)

Rolo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time to make: 20 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 30 minutes total
Dark chocolate thumbprint cookies filled with a piece of Rolo candy and decorated with holly sprinkles. (via Living Locurto)

Double Chocolate M&M Cookies

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 12 minutes bake, 22 minutes total
Twice the chocolate fun. (via Sarah Joy Blog)

Black Forest Cookies

Time to make: 20 minutes total
Chocolate cherry cookies with bits of cherry and chocolate chips for texture. (via The First Year Blog)

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Stovetop cookies with oats and holiday sprinkles. (via Buns in My Oven)

Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies

Time to make: 15 minutes prep, 12 minutes make, 27 minutes total
Add refreshing peppermint flavor to a classic crunchy chocolate crinkle cookie. (via Tabs and Tidbits)

Truffles and Cookie Balls

Buckeye Balls

Peanut butter cookie balls dipped in white or regular chocolate with sprinkles. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles

Time to make: 45 minutes
A no-bake treat with pink and white outside, and chocolate with sprinkles inside. (via Inside Bru Crew Life)

Eggnog Latte Truffles

Time to make: 20 minutes total
This eggnog espresso flavor wrapped in white chocolate is a delicious combo of sophisticated flavors. (via Morgan Manages Mommyhood)

Lemon Snowball Cookies

This 5-ingredient recipe doesn’t require any dough chilling for more convenience. (via Live Well Bake Often)

Holiday Nutella Bites

Time to make: 30 minutes
The only 3 ingredients you need to make these bites are Oreos, Nutella, semi-sweet chocolate chips. (via Klein Worth Co)

Christmas Cookies with Cheese

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Sandwich Cookies

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 20 minutes total
Easy to make from red velvet cake mix and cream cheese. (via Your Cup of Cake)

Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

Time to make: 5 minutes prep, 14 minutes make, 19 minutes total
This soft, chewy cookie is made from muffin mix. (via Dessert Now Dinner Later)

Spritz Cookies

Time to make: 20 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 30 minutes total
Another cream cheese cookie, in wonderfully colorful decorations. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

Ricotta Cheese Cookies

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 20 minutes total
Interestingly, this one’s an eggless recipe. (via Christmas Cookies)

Other Holiday Cookies

Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies are fun for kids and adults to make and we couldn’t just stick to featuring one type of thumbprint Christmas cookies so we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of the tastiest and most creative recipes including:

  • Double chocolate nutella peppermint
  • Cherry almond oatmeal
  • Cute designs like snowman, Rudolph, Christmas trees, and Santa hats
  • And many more

Hershey Kiss Cookies

We also created a roundup of all kinds of festive Hershey Kiss cookies, many of which fit the Christmas theme such as:

  • Chocolate mint snowball truffles
  • White chocolate gingerbread blossoms
  • Cookies with the Hershey Kiss decorated as a Christmas tree
  • And lots more

Gingerbread

Time to make: 15 minutes prep, 15 minutes make, 30 minutes total
Can’t forget this classic Christmas flavor. (via Bigger Bolder Baking)

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Time to make: 15 minutes prep, 10 minutes bake, 25 minutes total
A soft and chewy cookie infused with traditional holiday drink flavor. (via Love from the Oven)

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes make, 30 minutes total
Perfect Christmas colors and sweet and salty taste. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Pinwheel Cookies

This recipe requires just 3 ingredients. (via The Slow Roasted Italian)

Pumpkin Caramel Crinkle Cookies

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 20 minutes total
This recipes uses spice cake mix with caramel and applesauce. (via Melanie Makes)

Festive Christmas Decorations

Melting Snowman Cookies

Time to make: 20 minutes
This fun design just makes you wan to laugh. (via Cook Craft Love)

Christmas Holly Cookie Cups

Time to make: 20 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 15 minutes assemble, 45 minutes total
Use muffin tins to make these cute peanut butter and white almond cookie cups. (via Design Eat Repeat)

Christmas Lights Cookies

Such clever use of mini M&Ms. (via Emily Enchanted)

Rudolph Reindeer Cookies

These brownie cookies with cake mix use chocolate frosting, Nilla wafers, pretzels, M&Ms to create these funny reindeer faces. (via Your Cup of Cake)

Santa Hat Cookie Cups

Time to make: 10 minutes prep, 8 minutes make
Another muffin tin cookie, with clever 3D buttercream frosting. (via Two Sisters Crafting)

Grinch Cookies

Use food coloring to achieve the perfect color to this cookie without using any icing. (via Simply Whisked)

Stained Glass Cookies

The “glass” is made from colorful hard candies like Jolly Ranchers or Lifesavers. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

Christmas Desserts and Treats

No Bake Christmas Cookies, Desserts, Treats

We’ve got a whole array of holiday sweets that don’t require an oven at all in round-up of no bake Christmas desserts, including:

  • White chocolate thin mints
  • Raspberry Oreo dessert shot
  • Milk and cookies bark
  • And loads more

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

Time to make: 20 minutes prep, 10 minutes make, 30 minutes total
A design that’s just as fun to decorate as it is to eat. (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)

Santa Munch Popcorn

Time to make: 10 minutes
A sweet and savory Christmas dessert snack of funfetti popcorn with pretzels, M&Ms, andn sprinkles. (via Cooking Classy)

Hot Cocoa Brownie Cups

Time to make: 15 minutes make, 25 minutes make, 40 minutes total
How absolutely adorable are these 5-ingredient cookies? (via Delish)

Christmas Crack

Time to make: 30 minutes
Saltine cracker toffee that’s sweet, salty, and crispy. (via Culinary Hill)

These fun and easy Christmas cookies, desserts, and treats are sure to bring as big a smile to the faces of those who eat them as to yours for how simple they are to make these festive holiday sweets.

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