Best Holiday Cookie Recipes for Santa (Make These with Your Kids!)

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Try these 3 yummy holiday cookie recipes for Santa that you can make at home wth your kids!

Who out there is ready for Santa cookies? We are! Making cookies with your family to leave out for Santa can become one of the sweetest memories and traditions that your kids will remember forever, and perhaps pass on to their children in the future. Instead of just going with boring old chocolate chip cookies this year, why not let the kids get creative? We’ve compiled a list of the best kid-friendly holiday cookie recipes out there, that you just need to try!

3 Holiday Cookie Recipes 

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

These cookies, take the standard sugar cookie up notch, plus they are super fun to decorate for the holidays. Break out the cookie cutters, icing, and sprinkles and get started. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package cream cheese (3oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, cream cheese, egg, vanilla and almond extracts and salt. Beat the mixture until it’s a smooth texture. Dough will need to chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  • Sprinkle a light coating of flour on a flat surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten out the chilled dough to the desired thickness (not too thin). Use your favorite holiday cookie cutters to make fun shapes with the dough, then transfer cookie to a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes, or until a light golden brown. Make sure cookies are completely cool before frosting and decorating.

Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe

Nothing screams “Happy Holidays” like ginger cookies! This recipe creates soft, chewy, delicious cookies that are practically addicting. Here’s how to make them:


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup granulated organic sugar
  • Extra sugar for coating


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until well blended. Using a beater, mix in the egg, water and molasses.
  • Slowly add the the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until a dough forms. Shape dough into balls and roll in the extra sugar until coated. Place the dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Bake the cookies for 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. Try not to eat them all before Santa comes!

Santa’s Garbage Cookies Recipe

This cookie recipe includes everything but the kitchen sink! Santa loves it, and so will your family. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup crushed Lays potato chips
  • ⅓ cup crushed pretzels
  • Red and green sprinkles


  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugars until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly stir the dry ingredients in with the wet until a dough forms.
  • Once you have your dough, carefully stir in the chips, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Form dough in balls and roll in the red and green sprinkles to coat.
  • Line the dough balls along cookie sheet and flatten slightly, making sure the cookies don’t touch each other.
  • Bake for 8 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

So what cookie recipes do you turn to every Christmas? Tell us about your favorite family traditions in the comment below!


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