Do you tackle some Christmas baking with your kids each year? These beautiful Christmas cookies are absolutely perfect to bake with children!
When I was growing up, Christmas baking with my Mum was one of my absolute favourite traditions in December. Each year, on top of the piles of cookies we pumped out, we would also spend a day making beigli, a Hungarian rolled cake filled with walnut or poppyseed paste (we always made half a dozen of each for family and friends).
Sadly, I don’t think my 5-year-old and 2-year-old are quite ready to spend an entire day baking beigli yet! So for the foreseeable future, it will be Christmas cookies for us. Which is awesome, because Christmas cookies are so darn festive.
This year, I can’t wait to create some of these Christmassy treats in our kitchen. I’m going to let Jackson scroll through this list and choose which ones he’d like us to bake together. He’s five, and this is the first year that he’s actually proving himself helpful in the kitchen! Sure, he still steals handfuls of batter from the bowl every single time I turn my back, but he can also measure, scoop, pour, chop (with help!), mix and even operate my stand mixer.
This is going to be fun!
(If you haven’t cooked or baked much with your kids yet, be sure to check out my tips for getting your kids in the kitchen a bit! I started when mine were both very young, and it’s messy and crazy. But it gets better, I promise!)
20+ Christmas Cookies To Bake With Your Kids
Simple, sweet, and festive. These little drop cookies tick all the right boxes when it comes to Christmas baking. Plus – they’re perfect for little hands to get involved with as they’re not meticulously, carefully styled – just roll and drop!
Cannoli is one of my favourite Italian treats. These gorgeous creations capture everything that is wonderful about cannoli, and roll it into a cookie instead. Bliss!
Your kids will love crushing and sprinkling candy canes on top of these chocolatey treats before you pop them in the oven. Yum!
“It’s because I’m green, isn’t it?” These green, grinchy cookies are a pure delight for children – a surefire winner!
I’m clearly not afraid of food colouring (!) so these cherry-red blossom cookies look amazing to me.
I absolutely love the crinkly, frosted look of crinkle-top cookies. They’re so simple to throw together, but so effective – especially when doused with confectioner’s sugar.
These cookies feel fancy as heck – but can be decorated as imperfectly as you (and your kids) like! They’ll still be totally beautiful.
Mmmm. So many wonderful Christmas flavours crammed into such a cute, round, inviting cookie.
I’m absolutely in love with the colours in these cookies – as well as the fact that you literally don’t need to do anything to make them look gorgeous. The candy-red cranberries do it for you.
This adorable chap is probably more suited to save for older kiddos. He’s a little more fiddly than some of the other recipes above, but absolutely worth it because LOOK HOW CUTE!
These pretty trees are deceptively simple to ice and decorate, but very striking.
Clearly I have a thing for crushed candy canes on my Christmas cookie baking ventures. It’s just such an easy, delicious way to “Christmas up” basically any cookie recipe!
If you have a bit of time (and patience) up your sleeve, these stunning stained glass window Christmas cookies are well worth the effort. Be prepared to have a lot of people ask you “How did you do that!?” when you post it on Facebook that night.
Another adorable blossom cookie recipe. If you can get your hands on a bag of Hershey’s candy cane kisses, these are seriously simple to create.
Chocolate and caramel… it’s a heavenly combination. These cookies are a must-have addition to your Christmas baking ventures this year!
16. Snowball Cookies
These simple-but-sweet Christmas cookies apparently melt in your mouth as you eat them. Uh… yum. Deliciousness aside, your kids will absolutely love rolling these snowball cookies in their little hands and proudly plopping them on the tray.
Pecans feature greatly in our Christmases each year – I always find myself whipping up a couple of batches of my cinnamon sugar candied pecans. So naturally, these pecan pie cookies really appeal to me too.
I love the concept of hot chocolate cookies, especially in our Aussie Summer climate, when a Christmas hot chocolate often sounds less cozy and inviting, and more a terrible idea unless the aircon is pumping right above your head. These cookies have all the goodness of a Christmas hot chocolate, minus the toasty warmth. Unless you eat them fresh out of the oven. And why wouldn’t you?
I love all things red velvet. At Christmas time, anything red is a perfectly festive addition to your baking plans.
I see you, subtle sprinkle of candy cane.
These sweet snowball cookies are easy for kids to help with, and they are pink when you bite into them. Heck yes.
Which Christmas cookies are you planning on baking this year?
Do you like to try new recipes, or stick to a handful of traditional favourites? Let me know in the comments what your baking plans are this December!