With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to start thinking of some new recipes that you can impress your guests and loved ones with. Although many families have traditional recipes, it is never a bad time to pull out some new holiday cookie ideas and let your culinary juices flow. Check out these recipes for some creative holiday cookie ideas that don’t require you to be a five-star chef!
Red Velvet Candy Cane Cookies
Just the name of these cookies should make your mouth water. These particular holiday cookie ideas smush together two classics: red velvet cake flavors and traditional candy cane twists.
- 1 (16.5 oz) Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1 (3.25 oz) bottle of Red Sugar sprinkles
- 1 pkg of Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with a silcone making mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- 2. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the edd and extract and cream together until fully incorporated and a smooth consistency. Gradually add the cake mix approximately one cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Batter will be thick. In a separate medium bowl (like a cereal bowl) pour about half of the red sugar sprinkles.
- 3. Roll batter into 1″ balls, and then roll in the the dough balls in the red sugar sprinkles. Place about 1 dozen cookie balls onto prepared cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes. While cookies bake, unwrap the kisses, so they are ready to go when cookies come out of the oven.
- 4. When cookies are done baking, immediately press a kiss into the center of the cookie, and let cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.
- 5. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely. Serve right away or store in airtight container at room temperature. Can also freeze cookies, and bring to room temperature prior to serving.
Cherry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies
These holiday cookie ideas just keep getting better. These melt-in-your-mouth drop cookies are sweet yet tangy, perfect for getting into the fun holiday spirit.
- 1/2 c . butter softened
- 8 oz . cream cheese softened
- 1 c . granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp . vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 c . all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp . baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Graham cracker crumbs
- 21 oz. can Cherry Fruit Filling and Topping
- 1. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- 2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy and well- combined.
- 3.Beat in egg, scraping down the sides as needed.
- 4. Stir in vanilla extract until incorporated.
- 5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- 6. Stir in flour mixture until just incorporated.
- 7.Cover, and refrigerate dough at least 3 hours (up to 24 hours). The cookies will hold their shape better if you refrigerate the dough for 8-24 hours.
- 8. Toward the end of the chilling time, preheat oven to 350 F.
- 9. Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop (1 ½ tablespoons).
- 10. Roll/fold in graham cracker crumbs, and place on prepared baking sheet.
- 11. Bake for 8-12 minutes. You want the edges to be just barely golden brown.
- 12. Remove from oven, and immediately press 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon into each cookie to create an indentation.
- 13. Fill indentation with fruit filling.
- 14. Let cool for 5-10 minutes on the cookie sheet.
- 15. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Holiday cookie ideas come in all shapes and sizes. These pecan snowball cookies are buttery, flaky, and sugary – yum. Simple to make and a surefire crowd-pleaser, these should be a new tradition in your household!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 cup chopped pecan
- 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- 2. In stand mixer cream butter and powdered sugar. Turn to low and mix in salt, vanilla, flour and pecans.
- 3. Roll into one inch balls. Place on parchment covered baking sheets a few inches part.
- 4. Bake for 11 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake.
- 5. Remove from oven and allow to cool just enough to handle them. Pour 1 cup powdered sugar in large Ziploc bag. Gently add 3-4 cookies at a time and roll them gently in the bottom of the bag. Use fork to scoop under each cookie and gently shake to remove excess powdered sugar. 6. Place on cooling racks. Once completely cooled roll in powdered sugar bag again.
Spritz cookies are one of the best holiday cookie ideas we know of. These classic German cookies are sweet, crunchy, and a bit nutty. Perfect for dunking into your eggnog or your cider – or for leaving out for Santa.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspon almond extract (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1. Heat oven to 400°F.
- 2. Combine all ingredients except flour in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Prepare dough as directed by variations below, if desired. (If dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate, 30-45 minutes.)
- 3. Chill dough for approximately 20 minutes in refrigerator.
- 4. Place dough into cookie press fitted with template. Form desired shapes, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- 5. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Note: while Spritz cookies can be drop-cookies, their fun designs come from a cookie-press. You can pick one up from a store such as Target for less than $20.
Maple Sugar Cookies
To round out our holiday cookie ideas list, we felt we had to include the maple sugar cookies because of their chewiness and flavor that is absolutely perfect for a cold winter day. Enjoy these cookies with some tea, friends, and perhaps a fire in the fireplace.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 tbs. pure maple syrup
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- 2. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add the next 6 ingredients (through the salt). Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed.
- 3. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat in flour.
- 4. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (tops will still look slightly soft).
- 5. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Centers will dip as cookies cool. Drizzle with maple icing.
- 1. Stir together 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk with 1/4 cup melted butter and 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Whisk in 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar to make icing drizzling consistency.
What are some of your favorite holiday cookie ideas? We are always on the lookout for new sweet treats to try, so give us a shout in the comments!