‘Tis the season for lots and lots of new sweets recipes and experimenting in the kitchen! In fact, we’ve scoured the Internet for the perfect bites and found 15 Christmas cookies worthy of leaving out for Santa. Make that tradition a bit more delicious by offering up treats that St. Nick will be appreciative of, but the family will enjoy indulging in as well! Check out the recipes below!
1. Holiday Cake Mix Cookies
Dear Crissy made some holiday cake mix cookies – with the addition of some Christmas M&M’s – and they look scrumptious. Take a peek at the recipes and serve these up for Santa and the kiddos. Or, you could even make a treat bag as a DIY gift.
2. Santa’s Shortbread Cookies
If you ever wanted to know what the most perfect sugar cookie is, we’ve got your covered. Visit The Clever Carrot to learn how to whip up a batch of Santa’s favorite sugar cookies – ones that are the best for cutting into shapes. Add some powdered sugar on top and indulge!
3. Hot Cocoa Cookies
Hot cocoa cookies are a favorite staple of this time of the year. Top off with crushed peppermint or mini marshmallows for a complete bite! Check out Snapguide for an easy-to-follow recipe.
4. Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Cookies
Kip Fit gives us a cookie that tastes like the holidays and is healthy for us too! It’s a delicious chocolate chip cookie but with the addition of pomegranates. And that addition creates a nice pop and burst of fruity flavor that you’ll love paired with the chocolate.
5. Reindeer Cookies
Sugar cookies are always a good idea. But when you get to decorate them with a bit more festivity, then they get even better. Check out how to make some reindeer bites over at One Little Project.
6. Thumbprint Snowman Cookies
In Katrina’s Kitchen will teach you how to make some thumbprint cookies – which are fun to make as well! But with this recipe, you’ll learn how to turn them into mini, edible snowmen! The kiddos will love these ones.
7. Eggnog Cookies
Half Full went with a flavor that we all love around the holidays. Eggnog is the drink of the season, so why not use that as inspiration? Turn that sip into a yummy, dessert cookie. Learn how after the jump.
8. Snowball Cookies
Whipping up some snowball cookies seems like a good idea too. And you can make them come to fruition with a little bit of help from Raquel’s Kitchen. A cup of these for Santa and you’ll be sure to get a special gift for the big man in red.
9. White Chocolate-Covered Gingerbread Oreos
Oreos are always fun but when they’ve been dipped in chocolate and they had a bout of gingerbread flavors infused too, you’ve hit the Christmas lottery. Check out how you can make thee over at Pies & Plots. And we can’t help but mention what a great DIY gift these would be too!
10. Chocolate Coconut Cookies
A bit of coconut could make some snow-covered cookies even more scrumptious. Take a peek at the recipe for these chocolate and coconut bites over at Cravings of a Lunatic. We love the looks of these ones and we think old St. Nick will too.
If you’re searching for something extra special and festive, then look no further than Sally’s Baking Addiction! She’s got a recipe for some candy cane kiss cookies that have all the colors and flavors of the season we love. Leave them out for Santa and give packs out to the neighbors as a warm season’s greeting.
12. Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies
Half-Baked Harvest featured some beautiful vanilla bean cookies on their blog and we instantly fell in love. And we fell in love with more than their fun designs, but the recipe itself is great! From the vanilla bean bite to the icing on top, it’s a winner.
13. Candy Cane Monster Cookies
Candy canes are a staple of the holiday season, so using them as inspiration in our cookie making was a no brainer. Check out the recipe for these “monster” cookies over at Snapguide. Whip up a batch, indulge a bit, but don’t forget to save some for Santa Claus!
14. Red Velvet Cookies
Food Fanatic went with red velvet cookies and we’re in love with these too. They’re rich, topped with powdered sugar, and ready to bite into with a cold glass milk or hot cup of cocoa at its side. You could even add chocolate chips to this for a level up!
15. Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies
Finally, Bakerita leaves us with this chocolate peppermint patty cookie recipe that we’re swooning for too. Again, perfect with a glass of milk or setting out for Santa. Grab the kids and have them help out in the kitchen!