friday favorites christmas cookies

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Are you on the hunt for some great last-minute Christmas cookie recipes to make with the kids? Need some treats for the neighbors or something simple to make for Santa’s visit down your chimney?

As a mama of 5 and a lover of all-things-Christmas, I’m thrilled to share my favorite tried and true kid-friendly Christmas cookie recipes from around the web with you! I included my own not-even-close-to-professional photos to show you that you that anyone can make these yummies treats.

christmas light cookie

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SUGAR COOKIES

Sugar cookies are a Christmas staple and this recipe is super simple. The whole family can get in on this one, from rolling the dough to cutting out the shapes, and decorating the Christmas lights on the top of the cookie. No smeared frosting and globs of sprinkles on these pretty cookies! Christina Lane shares this recipe on her blog, Dessert for Two. We tried it out and thought they were both delicious and fun.

GOOEY BUTTER COOKIES

Growing up in St Louis, I fell in love with Gooey Butter Cake at a young age. So when I found this recipe for Gooey Butter Cookies, I knew it would quickly become a favorite, and it did. It’s Santa’s favorite, as well! Littles who don’t mind getting a little messy will have fun rolling the dough balls in the bowl of powdered sugar… that is, if you can get them to stop eating the gooey batter right out of the bowl!  Try Caitlyn’s recipe from Earhardts Eat!

gooey butter cookies
christmas oreo truffles

OREO TRUFFLES

Oreo truffles aren’t exactly a Christmas “cookie”, but they’re certainly on our family’s list of favorite Christmas goodies. Made with crushed sandwich cookies, cream cheese, and candy melts, these treats are the perfect rich and creamy addition to your Christmas cookie tin. Little hands can help roll truffles into a ball and top with sprinkles. Try this recipe from Ashton over at Something Swanky.

PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

These cookies have been around forever and while they’re not nut allergy friendly, they’re still a holiday favorite at our house. If you’re not the most patient mama in the world (guilty!), this is a great recipe because while you’re mixing up the dough, your littles can be unwrapping the chocolate candies that you’ll plop on top when the cookies are done baking. They get to help, and you don’t have a mess! There’s a zillion peanut butter blossom recipes out there, but I like Sara’s at Dinner at the Zoo.

peanut butter blossom cookies
heather's everything cookies

EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS COOKIES

This recipe gets made more at my house than any other recipe all year long. It’s my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. It’s my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe. It’s my Everything Autumn Cookie recipe. And it’s my Everything Christmas Cookie recipe. It’s a recipe of my own making and after years of tweaking, I’ve developed the perfect recipe for soft, chewy, delicious cookies. I’m excited to share my recipe with you. So, from my kitchen to yours, Merry Christmas! And happy baking!

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Heather is a writer and homeschool mama living the dream in Central Florida. Her greatest titles include Mother of 5, Wife of a Wounded Warrior, and Unashamed Daughter of God. She believes life can be messy and beautiful at the same time which is why she enjoys writing stories with a little bit of grit and a lot of grace. When she's not writing, Heather can be found playing with her two furbabies (Murphy & Maisy), spending hours at the dinner table laughing with her family, reading a good book, or binge-watching a good period drama. Heather also donates her time to a wonderful non-profit that shines light into the dark places. She serves as the Communications Director at Love Missions Global, an organization that fights human trafficking by empowering survivors and educating the community. To follow Heather's writing and her quest to publishing her first novel, visit www.heathertabers.com.