I’ve been learning a lot lately about how to resist the pressure to do all the things at Christmas and the urge to compare my efforts to everything I see on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. (Oh, Pinterest!) But there’s one activity I absolutely will not cut out of my list of holiday to-dos — making Christmas cookies and treats.
Baking up something yummy and festive is one of my Christmastime priorities — mostly because I love creating in the kitchen and because of the wonderfully fond memories I have of making Christmas cookies every year with my own mom.
If it’s not at all a priority for you, that’s cool! It certainly doesn’t have to be.
But if making Christmas cookies and treats is something that puts you in the holiday spirit, then this is the post for you!
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Today, I’m sharing 15 wonderfully simple (because I am so not in the season of complicated) recipes for Christmas cookies and Christmas treats that are sure to bring a little extra cheer to your house — and joy to your bellies!
(Don’t want all that sugary temptation in your house? They’re also perfect for cookie walks and exchanges, family gatherings, and sharing with neighbors and friends!)
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15 Simple, Festive Christmas Cookies & Treats
Sugar Cookies — I used the recipe from my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
Snowball Cookies — I use the recipe from my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
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Chocolate spoons (for hot chocolate)
Chai-Spiced Bread — I used the recipe from my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
Chocolate Marshmallow Dip — recipe from my Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
Pretzel Rolo Turtles — I’m not sure this one even needs a recipe, but here are the quick instructions:
- Place pretzel rings (twists work, too) on a cookie sheet and put a Rolo in the middle.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes, until the chocolate just begins to melt.
- Remove from oven and immediately press a pecan into the chocolate.
Those are just a few of the delicious Christmas treats we’ve enjoyed making (and eating!) over the years.
Now it’s your turn — what are some of your family’s favorite holiday goodies? Share in the comments below!
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