‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry. If you’re not making cookies, you may not feel like it’s Christmas yet. There’s only one problem: For most of us, the holidays are also the most stressful time of the year, where we find ourselves stretching our limits to balance work, fun, and family. Who has time to bake?
11 creative Christmas cookies that are easier than they look
These simplified recipes are ideal for those days when your child’s class party totally slips your mind, or you forget to pick up something for the office cookie exchange. Or maybe you don’t fancy yourself a baker, but you want to try your hand at mixing up a few tasty ingredients this year.
With no more than half a dozen ingredients per recipe, one of these treats will fit the bill for a last-minute Christmas cookie that is fun to prep, fast to bake, and even easier to eat:
1. Almond Joy cookies
Sweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and salted almonds, oh my! These salty-sweet cookies will be gone in seconds.
2. Caramel-stuffed snickerdoodles
Cleverly cutting corners with a cookie mix to save time, this recipe brings the beloved snickerdoodle to the next level by hiding a melted caramel square inside.
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3. Cranberry white chocolate cake mix cookies
As we learned with the caramel-stuffed snickerdoodles, using a prepared mix isn’t cheating if you’re using it to improve upon a favorite holiday cookie. This tasty treat can also be made “deconstructed” and gifted as a mason jar holiday cookie kit.
4. Easy reindeer sugar cookies
Enlist your kids to help decorate these cute goodies — and consider using pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough in a pinch.
5. Funfetti shortbread bites
Funfetti wins all, even amidst the fanfare of Christmas foods. Try these funfetti shortbread bites, cut into squares, when you don’t feel like rolling out dough and cutting Christmas cookies.
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6. Grinch cookies
Green, grinchly cookies are always a hit with the kids. And these treats take only nine minutes to bake.
7. Hot cocoa truffles
Hot cocoa in the cookie form? Yes, please! This genius recipe, made with addicting Hot Cocoa-flavored Chips Ahoy cookies, requires only four ingredients.
8. Lemon fudge
Knowing that this fancy-looking lemon fudge recipe takes only five minutes may be enough to put you in the holiday spirit. Serve this treat to tantalize guests looking for a little zest among the many Christmas chocolates.
9. Nutella cookies
Like hot cocoa truffles, Nutella as a cookie is almost impossible to resist. Don’t expect a tempting treat made with Nutella and three other ingredients to last long on Christmas morning.
10. Protein peanut butter cups
Believe it or not, there are healthy, delicious, and easy treats you can sneak in at the dessert table. These high-protein peanut butter cups taste as good as the real thing, but they’re made with unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
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11. Vegan German marzipan balls
Vegans, we haven’t forgotten about you. Described as the “easiest Christmas cookies ever,” these two-ingredient German marzipan balls are yummy, vegan, and gluten-free.
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