25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Perfect for Beginner Bakers!

by Nancy Reynolds

This Post: 25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Perfect for Beginner Bakers!

Do you have a teen (or tween) who loves to bake? Or, maybe you have a teen who’d love to try their hand at baking, but the thought of it is just a little too intimidating?

Well… ’tis the season to get baking whether you think you have the skills or not!

I mean, seriously, when you’re spending time with family and friends, it really doesn’t matter if the cookies turn out perfect or not. It’s about getting in the holiday spirit and making lasting memories.

My kids LOVE baking Christmas cookies, and I love seeing and hearing them together in the kitchen – even if it does result in a messy kitchen. It’s music to this mama’s ears!

To get your teen in the baking spirit, we’ve rounded up a bunch of GREAT Christmas cookie recipes that kids of all ages can have fun making! Yep… even tweens and teens who have never stepped foot in the kitchen!

Whether they make them for themselves or wrap them up to give as gifts to their friends, baking them will surely get them in the holiday spirit. Be sure to crank up the Christmas music! Here are our favorite easy Christmas cookie recipes that are perfect for beginner bakers!

25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Perfect for Beginner Bakers


1. Grinch Christmas Cookie Recipe

These adorable Grinch cookies are just too cute and SO easy to make! The recipe calls for boxed cake mix and cream cheese, which means you’ll have a delicious cookie that’s scrumptious with a glass of milk or just on its own. 

Find the recipe at Mom Dot HERE


2. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Anyone can make these, and they’re easily put together, baked, and ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Use white sugar as suggested or switch out and use brown sugar for an even softer texture. 

Find the recipe at All Recipes HERE


3. No-Bake Christmas Cornflake Cookies

These easy Christmas wreath “cookies” are easy to make with just seven ingredients and no baking necessary. Cornflakes provide the crunch, and a little bit of green food coloring and mini candies make them look like real holiday wreaths.

Find the recipe at Pretty Providence HERE


4. Chocolate Caramel Kiss Cookies

This recipe has a few more ingredients than the other recipes we’ve posted, but they’re still pretty darn easy to make! And, who can resist the combination of chocolate and caramel?

Find the recipe at Taste of Home HERE


5. Snowy Mountain Cookies

These are such cute cookies and would make the perfect snack after your family is out having fun in the snow over winter break. If you don’t have a triangle-shaped cookie cutter, just have your teen use a pizza cutter to cut the dough. 

Find the recipe at Taste of Home HERE


6. Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies

According to Taste of Home, “Don’t skip the important step of chilling the dough—it helps the butter solidify, which will make the cookies delightfully chewy. It’s one of our favorite cooking-baking secrets!”

Find the recipe at Taste of Home HERE


7. Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This classic Christmas cookie tastes delish and it’s not too difficult to pull off –  even for teens who don’t (quite) know their way around the kitchen. 

Find the recipe at Klein Worth Co HERE


8. Rolo Pretzel Bites with M&M Candy

It doesn’t get any easier than this recipe! No baking, no mixing, and no mess in your kitchen when your teen makes these tasty treats. The perfect combo of sweet, salty, and nutty makes it hard to resist these little caramel-y turtles.

Find the recipe at Courtney’s Sweets HERE


9. 5-Ingredient Saltine Cracker Toffee

These are truly addictive and make for a lovely gift when presented on a cute holiday tray or in a festive little box. You can use saltine crackers for your base like this recipe suggests or use graham crackers as well. Both are delicious.

Find the recipe at On My Kid’s Plate HERE


10. Basic Chocolate Pinwheels

These pretty cookies look too fancy to be easy, but with only 15 minutes of prep time, they really ARE easy! Let your teen whip up a batch of these for their friends – they’ll get tons of compliments!

Find the recipe at Taste of Home HERE


11. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

These adorable cookies don’t require many ingredients, but they do need to be piped to create a fun Christmas tree look. Tell your teen not to be intimidated… piping is a whole lot easier than it sounds! 

Find the recipe at This Silly Girl’s Kitchen HERE


12. 4-Ingredient Twix Cookies

If you or your teen loves Twix, they’re gonna flip over these delicious cookies! And… the best part is, they only take 4 ingredients! 

Find the recipe at The Frugal Girls HERE


13. 4-Ingredient Lemon Cake Mix  Cookies

Lemon cake mix and only 3 other ingredients are all it takes to make these bakery-style cookies! Plus, they’re just so pretty!

Find the recipe at The Frugal Girls HERE


14. Hot Chocolate Fudge

Well… technically these are NOT a cookie, but they looked too scrumptious not to include in our line-up! With only 8 ingredients and tons of delectable flavor, these are bound to be a hit with your teen AND all their friends!

Find the recipe at Lemon Peony HERE


15. Melting Snowman Oreo Balls

These might look tricky but they only have 7 ingredients! And, even if they don’t turn out just perfect, who cares!? It’s just the fun of it all!

Find the recipe at Lemon Peony HERE


16. Peanut Butter Blossoms

Who doesn’t love a chocolate kiss smashed into the top of their peanut butter cookie? These have become a classic holiday treat and are always gobbled up quickly at any gathering or cookie exchange.

Find the recipe at All Recipes HERE


17. 4-Ingredient Devil’s Food Cake Chocolate Cookies

If your teen can’t get enough chocolate, then these are the cookies for them! And, the best part is, the recipe only takes 4 ingredients!

Find the recipe at DIY Thrill HERE


18. Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

The flavor combo in these cookies is sheer perfection! In fact, they taste like something your grandma made all those years ago. Be sure to chill the dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes before baking to help them keep their shape.

Find the recipe at Sally’s Baking Recipes HERE


19. 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

Also known as “Buckeyes,” these are a holiday favorite around our house. Teens can easily individualize these by topping them with holiday-colored sprinkles, sugar crystals, white chocolate drizzles, or chopped nuts. Easy and delicious!

Find the recipe at My Heavenly Recipes HERE


20. Chocolate-Dipped Oreos

What teenager could possibly resist Oreo cookies covered in creamy chocolate and decorated with snowflakes and Christmas trees? You seriously can’t go wrong with this easy recipe!

Find the Recipe at I Heart Naptime HERE


21. Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is one of the easiest Chocolate chip Cookie recipes you’ll find. And, it has LOTS of great reviews! No mixer is necessary and no chilling is needed, so they’ll be munching on these in no time! 

Find the recipe at I Heart Eating HERE


22. Peppermint Bark Oreos

Oreos are scrumptious by themselves, but when you add white chocolate coating and peppermint, it takes them to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Find the recipe at Happy Brown House HERE


23.  Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

There aren’t a lot of ingredients needed to make this festive treat, but it does require a bit of prep and patience. But can we agree they’re absolutely adorable? How fun!

Find the recipe at The Gunny Sack HERE


24. Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies with Andes Mints

Definitely one of the more “tricky” cookie recipes in our round-up, but with a little patience, even newbie bakers can make these! Give these to friends and watch them say “WOW!”

Find the recipe at Your Cup of Cake HERE


25. Stained Glass Star Cookies

These crisp buttery cookies are cut into festive shapes and filled with hard candies, then they’re baked and the candy melts into an even layer for a beautiful stained glass effect. Just too cute with a serious WOW factor!

Find the Recipe at Cooking Classy HERE


*Remind your teens to always read the comments before starting to bake or cook when using online recipes. There they will find great tips and suggestions from others who have already tried the recipe and they can learn from others’ experiences.

May your home be filled with peace, happiness, and warm cookies this Christmas!

If you enjoyed reading, “25 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Perfect for Newbie Bakers,” be sure to check out these other posts, too!

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