5 Mostly Quick and Absolutely Delicious Christmas(ish) Cookies

Christmas cookies are a time honored tradition and you can find them in all sorts of ways. I can still smell my childhood kitchen as my mom baked cookie upon cookie all. day. long. I don't have that kind of time to devote to cookies, but I like to pretend I do. If you follow my blog, you know that I don't like to re-invent the wheel, so 4 out of 5 recipes are my favorites from around the web. I have personally made and taste tested these recipes. The only original recipe below is my Mom's Famous Graham Cracker Toffee, which is pretty much the best indulgence ever. So here, I present to you my five favorite cookie recipes for your holiday season. Spoiler alert, most of these are so good you can, and absolutely should, eat them all year long!

Grandma Kitty's Graham Cracker Toffee

This recipe is at least circa 1985. Some tweaks that I make:

  • IDK what a candy quick is, but I like to use semi sweet chocolate bars from Trader Joe's or about 8 oz of another semi sweet chocolate. 

  • I prefer finely chopped pecans, and they are really easy to achieve using a mortar and pestle or smash them in a plastic bag with the smooth end of a meat tenderizer.

  • Frothing the sugar and butter together can lead to some separation. If you don't have time, don't worry about it, just make sure you distribute the mixture evenly over the graham crackers.

  • I always double this recipe, it yields about 2 gallon zip top bags. I also like to store the extra in the refrigerator because I think it is so much better cold!

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These cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Most of my chocolate chip cookies never turned out, until I found this bad boy. A few of my own tips:

  • I have used brown, regular and coconut sugar where it calls for Sugar in the Raw, all three choices were great and none of my taste testers noticed a difference.

  • I use a tablespoon to scoop these cookies into round balls, it makes the perfect sized cookie.

  • I use the same semi sweet chocolate for this recipe as I do for the toffee above. I just take the meat tenderizer to the bar before I open it.

Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Oh my, these are incredible. I am NOT a gingerbread fan at all, but these are like soft, fluffy clouds of the holidays. I omitted the ground ginger and upped the cinnamon and I thought the flavor was incredible. They smell like those cinnamon ornaments I used to make when I was a kid. The best part is that the caramel oozes out when you break the cookies in half, YUM! Pro-tip, I used Werther's Soft Caramels and had my kids unwrap all of them to make for a quicker process.

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No Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

These are easy as can be and my kids can do everything except melt the chocolate (we do not have a microwave, so I have to do this on the stove top). You can use pre-made sugar cookies from the bakery section, make your own sugar cookie dough and make then crumble or use even a packaged sugar cookie like Pepperidge Farm, they all taste equally as good, so save yourself the effort and buy one of the premade. It is a nice holiday stress reliever to smash the cookies in a Ziplock bag with a rolling pin!
Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
This cookie dough is so easy, comes together very nicely and requires no chilling time! It bakes very nicely and the baked cookies are strong enough to handle the decorating skills of a 6, 4 and 2 year old! The Royal Icing recipe she provides works very well too, if you are up for making your own icing!

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BONUS: I like to snag super cute Christmas tins at the Dollar Tree and wrap my cookies in parchment paper and twine if I am giving any as gifts.

Questions, comments? Post your favorite Christmas cookies below!