Cookies for Santa – 12 Scrumptious Recipes

Whether you are looking for a cookie recipe that is easy and fun, or something a little more over the top to leave out for Santa, we have got you covered! These 12 Cookies for Santa ideas will leave you wanting it to be Christmas Eve stat! 

These cookie recipes are for all levels of bakers, including the kiddos, so you can rest assured that everyone will have fun making a treat to leave out for the big guy. And be sure you don’t forget about the rest of the seasons baking either,  check out our full list of recipes from our Christmas Baking Frenzy to get prepared for the yummiest time of the year!

1. RUDOLPH PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES – MOMMY MUSINGS 

These are your favorite peanut butter cookie but all dressed up with candies and pretzels to make them look like Rudolph! Easy and adorable!

 

Peanut Butter Cookies for Santa - made to look like Rudolph with pretzels and candy

 

2. gingerbread man cookies – confessions of a disney aholic-mom

Everyone knows that Santa loves a good gingerbread cookie, they are slightly spiced and everything nice! And these ones are done with a simple icing outline, perfect for the kiddos!

Gingerbread Man Cookies on a cookie tray

 

 

3. nutella s’more christmas cookies – teaspoon of goodness

A fun no-bake cookie the kids can make for Santa! All the classic flavours of a s’more finished off with dipped chocolate and covered in sprinkles for an extra magical touch.

Nutella S'more Cookies on parchment paper with sprinkles

 

4. CHRISTMAS PINWHEEL SPIRAL COOKIES – MELANIE COOKS 

A simple cookie recipe that requires no chill time, these can be made on Christmas Eve to ensure optimal freshness for Santa!

Colorful red and green Pinwheel Christmas Cookies for Santa

 

 

5. christmas sprinkle cookies – the olive blogger

One of our favorite cookies from our Christmas Baking vault! You will love how easy these festive cookies are to make.

Festive plate of Christmas Sprinkle Cookies for Santa

 

 

6. ICELANDIC CHRISTMAS MERINGUE COOKIES – VEGGIE DESSERTS

These are a traditional cookie from Iceland that use cornflakes and chocolate to make a delicious treat even the elves would eat!

Meringue Cookies on parchment paper with chocolate drizzle

 

 

7. easy grinch crinkle cookies – eating on a dime

Every kid knows the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and this cookie is the perfect treat for them to make in honor of it! Even Santa will give a big Ho Ho Ho when he sees these cute creations!

 

 

8. snowman cookies – down redbud drive

Adorable snowman faces that are super easy to make! Can be made using store bought sugar cookies if you don’t have the time to bake your own, though we have a great Sugar Cookie Recipe  you can use here!

Plate of Snowman Cookies for Santa

 

 

9. gingerbread holly cookies – the flying couponer 

Easy to make and loaded with that ginger spice we all crave at this time of year, then finished off with a simple chocolate dip and holly sprinkles!

Gingerbread Cookies with white chocolate dip and holly decoration

 

 

10. christmas lights shortbread cookies – super mom, no cape! 

A fun sprinkle-infused shortbread cookie that are made using Cookie Gun , the kids will be lining up to help with this festive  treat!

Christmas tree plate full of Shortbread Cookies for Santa

 

 

11. candy cane cookies – the kitchen is my playground 

A simple almond sugar cookie dough that is twisted together to create adorable candy canes that Santa will want to take home to Mrs. Claus!

 

 

12. mint sugar cookies with andes candy – our wasisabilife

Perfectly festive and chewy sugar cookies that are full of peppermint flavor thanks to the Andes Mint candies!

Red and Green Icing stripes on round Mint Sugar Cookies

 

 

Okay so be honest, how many of these cookies for Santa are you dying to make RIGHT NOW!? I hope you enjoyed following along with this years Christmas Baking Frenzy my friends, and don’t worry we will be posting for New Years starting next week!

A fun round-up featuring 12 unique and delicious Cookies for Santa!


Christmas M&M Cookie Bars – with a TWIST!

Not quite a cookie and not quite a brownie, these M&M Cookie Bars are sure to please everyone this Holiday Season! They are loaded with crunchy cookie pieces and white chocolate chips, and of course full of red and green M&M’s to give them a festive spin. They are so easy to make and each cookie bar has a crunchy outside with a soft and sweet middle…what’s not to love? 

Cookie Bars with M&Ms on Christmas Plate

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37 of the BEST Fudge Recipes -Perfect for the Holidays

Whether you like your fudge silky smooth, mixed with peanut butter or filled with nuts and berries, this round up of  over 35 Fudge Recipes will get you in the Holiday Spirit and ready to indulge your taste buds.

 I cannot believe we are in our 4th year of our Christmas Baking Frenzy! This year is our biggest and best one yet and I am so excited to share along in this tradition with you guys. Whether this is your first time here, or you are back for your 4th year in a row, WELCOME! We hope you find something special and delicious to whip up for your loved ones this Christmas season.

*Be sure to look below each photo for additional fudge recipes in that category you can try*

Classic chocolate fudge recipes

These are the best of the best, pure chocolate goodness!

This Traditional Chocolate Fudge  is from Cincy Shopper and it is a classic fudge recipe that everyone should have in their baking Rolodex! Simple and delicious ingredients come together in little time to make a decadent fudge for everyone to enjoy.

Traditional Chocolate Fudge Recipes

Also be sure to check out these scrumptious chocolate fudge recipes too:

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge – An Italian in my Kitchen 🎄 Vegan Chocolate Fudge – Rhian’s Recipes ❄️ Classic Chocolate Fudge – Attainable Sustainable ⛄️ Salted Chocolate Buttercream – Hybrid Rasta Mama 🎄 Wedding Favor Chocolate Fudge – A Bride on a Budget ❄️ Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge – The Olive Blogger  ⛄️

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Cookie Swap – Cookies with Fillings

Today we are sharing cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday baking. As part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy this year I asked for some of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite recipes and I was blown away by the response. I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did, now get your shopping list ready as I know there is at least one you will want to make.

easy raspberry filled sugar cookie cups: busy creating memories

This is a nice and easy recipe, using pre-made cookie mix and a delicious raspberry filling!

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chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies: 3 boys and a dog

Chocolate and peanut butter…do I need to say any more!? How about, no-bake (yes!) these are a winner for sure.

No-Bake-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Sandwich-Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

einkorn mint milano cookies: a modern homestead

We all know and love the classic Milano cookie, these are a simple homemade version with a delicious dark chocolate peppermint filling…yum!

Homemade-Einkorn-Mint-Milano-Cookies-Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

chocolate fudge cookies with sprinkles: dinner at the zoo

A deliciously soft sugar cookie that is rolled in sprinkles and then filled with a creamy chocolate fudge.

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linzer lemon raspberry cookies: norine’s nest 

How festive are these Linzer cookies? They are a delicious shortbread type cookie that has lemon zest in the batter and then filled with a raspberry jam…uh yes please!

Lintz-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rolo stuffed chocolate cookies: crayons & cravings

These cookies are a chocolate lovers DREAM, it’s chocolate upon chocolate to create this delicious treat.

Rolo-Filled-Chocolate-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

chocolate peppermint chip sandwich cookies: snappy gourmet

Delicious little chocolate chip cookies that are made into little “sandwich cookies” with the addition of a peppermint frosting! A classic Christmas flavor combination if you ask me!

Mini-Chocolate-Peppermint-Chip-Cookie-Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Well there you have it friends, cookies upon cookies that are (in some way) filled with everything from jams and frosting, to candy and peanut butter! What are some of your favorite cookies to make for the Holidays? Share them below and join in on the cookie swap fun on my Instagram @theoliveblogger .

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Here it is, day 5 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy!! These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are sure to become a new favorite, they are perfectly soft on the inside and crunchy and sweet on the outside! I find them perfect for dipping in a cuppa tea and just love how festive they are with their Christmas sprinkles. The best part though? How incredibly easy they are to make!

Christmas-Sprinkle-Cookie-Texture

 

Do you see what I mean?! Look at how adorable they are, just covered in yummy sprinkles (you could really do these any time of year and just switch out the color sprinkles you use).

These cookies will forever hold a special place in my heart too…you see, while making these with my mom we got a call that my Gramma was not well (she had been in the hospital after falling and breaking her hip) and my mom dropped everything to rush to be with her. I will never forget the sadness I saw on my moms face that day. Not even 2 days later my Gramma passed. But you see, I don’t share this story to make you sad, but instead to remind you to cherish the time that you have with your family and loved ones this holiday season! I will think of my Gramma every year I make these now, and will take the time to stop and remember just how special she was to me.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and perfectly festive to leave on Santa's plate!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, English
Keyword Christmas Sprinkle Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies
Calories 74 kcal
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 2.5 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract or peppermint if you prefer!
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Butter softened
  • 1/4 c Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 c Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and extracts (vanilla and almond) until smooth (about 5 minutes)
  2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mix and combine.
  3. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and line tray with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  5. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl, roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and roll in sprinkles to coat the outside (I gently pushed the sprinkles as I went to ensure they stuck!)
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes on middle rack, they will still look pale, only very slightly golden, but trust me they are done!

I couldn’t even wait for these Christmas sprinkle cookies to cool when they came out of the oven, they looked so scrumptious! I devoured 3 of them with a nice glass of milk and didn’t feel the least bit guilty! So what are you waiting for? Get your shopping list read and get baking friends. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our next treat.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes