5 Best Holiday Cookie Recipes!

December 23, 2017

So far during 12 Days of Burgmas we've learned that Santa does in fact love cookies, but that they aren't the only thing he eats. While we offer him cookies on Christmas Eve to provide him with energy for his night of gift-giving, he would like a little bit of variety in cookie options. So…

So far during 12 Days of Burgmas we’ve learned that Santa does in fact love cookies, but that they aren’t the only thing he eats. While we offer him cookies on Christmas Eve to provide him with energy for his night of gift-giving, he would like a little bit of variety in cookie options. So here are some of our favorite cookie recipes that we found for you to try, even if they’re just for you and your guests. Get your children involved and let us know how your cookie baking went!

5 of the Most Delicious Cookie Recipes for Christmas

Not all your cookies for Santa need to be the standard sugar cookies in the shapes of trees and mittens. Try these 5 alternatives to the classic treat, and see if Santa doesn’t leave you a special thank you!

Extra Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

snickerdoodle cookies

We stole this recipe from Tasty.co and we love that they are still a standard cookie, but are just a little special. To make them Christmas-ready add in some crystal red and green sprinkles!


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon until evenly incorporated. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whip the butter with vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the sugar and brown sugar and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Add the eggs and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Using a sift add the flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and sift into the dough. Combine until evenly mixed.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
  8. Using your hands roll dough into ping pong sized balls.
  9. Dip the dough into cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around covering the dough ball completely.
  10. Place cookie dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool and serve.
  12. Enjoy!

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

We stole this cookie recipe from Sugar Apron because we love to make these with our families! They are an easy, minimally messy, cookie which we think Santa will love!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats


  1. Add the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla, and oats and drop onto parchment paper.
  4. Let cool until set, about 10-15 minutes.

Aquarium Cookies

aquarium cookies

These amazing and fun cookies are great for kids and Santa Clauses! He’ll love it if you swap out the “aquarium” aspects and replaced them with Christmas sprinkles! We found this recipe also on Tasty.co, so go watch the video of them making these if you really need more motivation.


  • 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 20 pieces hard candy
  • sprinkle, to taste
  • ¼ cup white chocolate, melted


  1. In a medium bowl, mix softened butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and stir well to combine. Sift in the flour and fold until fully incorporated.
  2. Cover the dough with plastic and rest in a fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  4. Sprinkle flour on the work surface and rolling pin so the dough won’t stick. Roll out the dough to ¼- to ⅛-inch (6-3 mm) thickness. Using a 3-inch (7 ½ cm) round cookie cutter, cut out the dough.
  5. Cut out center of each cookie with using a 2-inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter.
  6. Place the cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Take out the sheet from the oven and place hard candies in the center of each cookies. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until the hard candy melts and spreads out.
  8. Let the cookies cool completely.
  9. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate, about 10-15 seconds.
  10. For the bottom cookies, add your favorite sprinkles onto the hard candy. Take the top cookies and drizzle melted chocolate around the rims. Immediately sandwich the 2 cookies and put them in fridge for 15 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

Twix Cookies

Everyone loves Twix, right? Well, we found this delicious recipe from This Grandma is Fun, and we think Santa would love a change of pace with a little bit of candy in his cookies.


  • 1½ cups softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz caramel **See notes
  • 2 cups milk choc chips
  • 2 tsp shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add your vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to ½ inch thick.
  4. To cut cookies you can use a biscuit cutter or I just used a small glass that was 2 inches wide.
  5. Place round cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool.
  8. Melt caramel and spread the caramel over the cooled cookies.
  9. Let caramel cool completely.
  10. Add your shortening into the chocolate chips and melt in the microwave. Use a microwave-safe bowl and watch so that the chocolate does not burn.
  11. Spread melted chocolate over cooled caramel.
  12. Let chocolate set before serving.
  13. Do not put in the refrigerator as it will discolor the chocolate.

The Softest Sugar Cookies Ever

Tasty.co really just gives us the best ideas for desserts and meals! Try these pretty sugar cookies for Santa if you want to go a little more traditional with your Christmas cookies. These are sure to please, and are easy to make Christmas-themed by adding a little red and green sprinkles.



  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 300˚F (150˚C).
  2. In a bowl add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, add the butter, sugar and cream together using a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  6. Add the flour mixture, one third at a time, until fully combined.
  7. Shape the dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic wrap.
  8. Chill dough for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  9. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough and lightly flour an even surface.
  10. Roll out dough about ½-inch (1 ¼ cm) thick. Cut out circles using a glass or cookie cutter.
  11. Transfer cookies to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch (2 ½ cm) in between cookies.
  12. Bake for 8 minutes until bottom is golden brown, and the top of cookie are pale.
  13. Let cookies cool on pan or wire rack.
  14. In a bowl, beat the butter until fluffy with a hand mixer. Sift in powdered sugar and mix until incorporated. Add milk and continue to beat until mixture smooth and velvety.
  15. Frost cookies and decorate as you wish.
  16. Enjoy!

We can’t wait for Santa to come to our homes and eat all the delicious cookies that we made for him. We hope that you each have found a fun recipe to try with your little ones, and that you have a good time making them together. Thanks for reading each day, and check back for the next day in our 12 Days of Burgmas!

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