10 Easy Christmas Cookies to Make With Your Kids

Gingerbread Men
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From adding icing and sprinkles, to creating mini reindeer and gingerbread men, there are lots of ways to get kids excited about making of each of these easy holiday cookie recipes. Kids of all ages will enjoy making these easy Christmas cookies. Keep things simple with classic Christmas cookie flavors, like gingerbread men, cut-out sugar cookies, and peanut butter balls. Add decorative flair with colorful sprinkles, sugar, and candies.

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Snow Flakes

Snow Flakes

Get your cookie press ready for this recipe! Home cook Lisa says this is "the BEST spritz cookie dough I have ever made! Cookies can be dressed up or down and my kids loved playing around with different candy sprinkles."

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Christmas Wreaths

Six Christmas wreath cookies on a red tray.

Corn flakes are coated in melted marshmallows, then topped with cinnamon candies to create these sweet little edible Christmas wreaths. This no-bake recipe is great for a quick cooking project that will keep little ones busy and result in a fun holiday treat to eat.

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Peanut Butter Balls IV

Peanut Butter Balls IV

These chocolate-covered peanut butter balls are kid-approved, according to home cook, Di J, who says: "Wow—these were fantastic. My kids said they tasted like Reese's peanut butter cups." Kids can help decorate with colorful sprinkles and candy toppings.

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Reindeer Cookies

reindeer cookies with pretzel antlers

Recipe reviewer Bakerwoman is in constant search of ways to keep little ones entertained: "As a daycare provider I am always looking for creative things for the kids to do," she says. And the verdict? "The kids and I enjoyed making these!"

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Sour Cream Cut-Outs

Sour Cream Cut-Outs

Sour cream and cake flour make these cookies a little softer than your average sugar cookie, which means they can be decorated like a cupcake! Let kids swirl on icing and top with colorful sprinkles. Allrecipes home cook giland says, "I had so much fun making these cookies with my two year old last night. This dough was so easy to work with. I rolled mine really thick so my son could pick up the cookies easily once they were cut out without tearing or breaking."

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Gingerbread Cookies

decorated gingerbread men

These top-rated gingerbread cookies pack a lot of flavor and are easy to cut into any shape.

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Soft Christmas Cookies

Soft Christmas Cookies in gingerbread man, candy cane, and tree shapes on a white plate

"Baked them with my 6-yr-old daughter," says Allrecipes home cook Maria Ramirez. "Cookies came out great, with soft texture and not as sweet."

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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

thumbprints with raspberry filling and icing drizzle

These cookies give kids lots to help with: pressing "thumbprints" into cookies (use small bottle caps like those found on an empty bottle of vanilla extract to make indents), filling with jam (spoon jam into small resealable plastic bags with one corner snipped off to make it easier for kids to aim), and drizzling with icing. And remember—uniform-looking or not, it'll still taste delicious!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
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"Fail-proof," raves home cook Steph. "I followed the directions and everything turned out perfectly." She does have one extra tip, though, to keep the peanut butter cups from melting into the just-out-of-the-oven cookies: "Freeze unwrapped PB cups (or put in fridge)—it's easier to press the frozen candy into the hot cookie without it falling to pieces."

michaux98 adds, "Huge hit in my house. And so easy and fun for my 8- and 4-yr-old to make."

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Chocolate Crinkles II

chocolate crinkle cookies with powdered sugar

Chocolate cookie dough gets coated in confectioner's sugar before baking, giving these cookies a bit of a snowy vibe that's perfect for the holidays. Little ones will love shaping these into balls and rolling them around in powdered sugar.

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