Christmas Cookies Kids Can Help Make

From cute meringue mice to cheery holiday snowmen, these festive and simple sweets are fun to make with little ones.


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Marshmallow Snowmen
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Marshmallow Snowmen

    Sweet and good to eat, these portly pals create an afternoon of fun with the kids. Mini chocolate pieces make the eyes and buttons; pretzel sticks make the arms.

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Chocolate Gingerbread People

    For a fresh twist on classic gingerbread cutouts, add chocolate to the mix. Dress them up with Powdered Sugar Icing and your favorite candies.

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Cute L'il Meringue Mice

    These fluffy mice are as simple to make as they are cute. Almond slivers make the ears, licorice forms the tail, and chocolate decorating gel is all you need to create the eyes and nose.

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Chocolate Reindeer

    These cute cookies start with a chewy chocolate base. Your favorite chocolate candy makes the eyes, red gumdrops the nose, and salty pretzels the antlers.

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Sugar Cookie Carolers

    Make a batch of these cherubic carolers to hand out as party favors. Or set up a station in your kitchen and allow your child's friends to make their own.

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Decorated Christmas Balls

    Kids of all ages will love to decorate these easy cookies using colored sugars and sprinkles, gumdrops, and small candies.

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Holiday Snowman

    The simplest and sweetest way to decorate these sweet snowmen is with a glaze of powdered sugar icing, miniature chocolate chip eyes and buttons, and a gumdrop piece for a nose.

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Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

    It's hard to go wrong with this classic holiday favorite -- and these cookies are so simple that little fingers can easily put them together. The creamy cinnamon-and-honey filling features a delightful surprise: raisins.

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Gingerbread Friends Garland

    Sweet to eat and beautiful to look at, this classic cookie doubles as a gorgeous holiday decoration. Give each of them eyes, a nose, a mouth, and buttons using miniature cinnamon or cherry candies and icing.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Drops

    These moist cookies combine three kid favorites -- chocolate, peanut butter, and banana -- and they bake up with just four ingredients. Add an extra festive touch by decorating them with red coarse sugar.

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Two-Tone Cookie Crinkles

    Sandwich rich mocha frosting between these chocolate-and-vanilla cookies. For cute mini cookies, bake and frost the cut-out centers.

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Candy Cane Cookies

    The crisp chocolate cutouts are drizzled with melted white chocolate and then sprinkled with chopped peppermint candies. Present them in a small red bucket that's pretty enough to display on a holiday table.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pinwheels

    To save time, cut the chilling step of these homemade slice-and-bake icebox cookies in half by stashing the dough logs in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until they are firm enough to slice.

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Holiday Cookie Pizza

    A sugar cookie crust is topped with creamy frosting and an assortment of candy to create a simple dessert your kids will love. Set out bowls of candy and let the kids decorate it themselves.

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Chocolate Carnutty Bars

    With creamy chocolate, salty peanuts, and gooey caramel, these decadent bar cookies taste like a candy bar. For an extra-special treat serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Berry-Sage Thumbprints

    This recipe puts a fresh and fruity spin on classic holiday thumbprint cookies. Serve them with cinnamon ice cream.

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Banana Crunch Bars

    Fresh banana slices, creamy milk chocolate, and peanut butter pieces layered on top of a crisp chocolate crust creates the ultimate after-dinner indulgence.

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