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!


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



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




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!

Grinch Rice Krispie Treats

These Rice Krispie Treats are perfectly ooey , wonderfully crunchy and adorable to look at! They are easy to whip up with the kiddos and are ready in 5 minutes, making them the perfect treat for decking the tree.

How could I not share something Grinch inspired this year with the new animated movie that just came out?! The Grinch is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies so I thought it would be fun to do a fun take on the classic Rice Krispie Treats by dying them green, covering them in fun sprinkles and of course red Grinch hearts.

Christmas Rice Krispie Treats


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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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3 Ingredient Chocolate Caramels – Day 12

Ahh I can’t believe we are already on day 12 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy, where has the time gone?! Today we have a very special and VERY EASY treat, my Chocolate Caramels!!! They are the cutest thing you can make for your tray and the kiddos can even help with these ones, and the best part?? They are only 3 ingredients…yep they are a “cheat” goodie that will save you time and energy as you wind down your Christmas Baking and making.

Chocolate Caramels - Only 3 ingredients for this tasty Holiday Caramel! The chewy caramel is covered in milky chocolate, a perfect flavor combination!

Chocolate Caramels – Only 3 ingredients for this tasty Holiday Caramel! The chewy caramel is covered in milky chocolate, a perfect flavor combination!



Look at how the chocolate just envelopes the caramel, eee it makes me drool just looking at them!! We add red and green sugar to make them a little more festive but you could easily leave them as is or even drizzle white chocolate over them! Remember how I said they were sooo easy and only 3 ingredients? Bet ya thought I was lying or hiding something…but I didn’t! Follow along and see how incredibly simple these Chocolate Caramels are to make.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Caramels

These 3 ingredient Chocolate Caramels will be the easiest thing you make this Holiday season, and are the perfect treat for any goodie tray!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Refrigerate30 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Candy, Christmas Treat
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Choclate Caramels, Homemade Caramels
Servings: 30 caramels
Author: Melissa


  • 1 package of store bought caramels you will have to unwrap them, but it's part of the fun!
  • 1/2 c milk or dark chocolate you can do both like we did
  • 1/2 tbsp shortening
  • sprinkles for decorating


  • Unwrap your caramels and set aside. (Aprox 30-35 per package)
  • Over a double broiler melt chocolate with the shortening, keeping the water to a low simmer beneath so you don't scorch the chocolate.
  • Once melted remove from heat and dip caramels.
  • Place coated caramels on a cookie sheet as you go, allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding your sugar so it doesn't melt into the chocolate.
  • Place in the fridge to harden and then you can place them in little truffle cups before packaging or serving!

One of the things I love about these caramels is that you can freeze them and pull them out when you need them! We make these a month before we put our trays together and have never had an issue with their quality…they are equally as delicious as the day they are made (yes you need to taste test when you make them…like everything you make from our 13 Days!)! So go ahead and get making, we only have one day left for this years frenzy…but don’t worry I have lots of goodies and tips coming your way between now and Christmas!!

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies – Day 11

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies- A perfect blend of tangy sweetness that compliments any Christmas tray!

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies- A perfect blend of tangy sweetness that compliments any Christmas tray!

These Lemon Snow Drop Cookies are guaranteed to melt in your mouth and combine the perfect mix of tangy lemon with sweetness according Meegan from Meegan Makes who was gracious enough to share this delectable cookie recipe with us for our 13 Day Christmas Baking Frenzy! These are a nice and easy cookie, with basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand, so you can whip them up anytime you are in the mood! I think they will be the perfect addition to our goodie trays this year, and a nice compliment to all the chocolaty goodness that normally fills our tummies!

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

These Lemon Snow Drop Cookies are guaranteed to melt in your mouth and combine the perfect mix of tangy lemon with sweetness!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: Easy Lemon Cookies, Lemon Snowdeop Cookies
Author: Meegan


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powered sugar +more for rolling
  • the juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Follow along for all 13 days of Christmas Baking! Find the cooking instructions linked below!
full cooking instructions at meegan makes: click here! 

Have you checked out the other 10 days yet?! Here are a couple of my favorites so far this year:

Enjoy <3