21 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes for the Non-Baker

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I’m not a baker so I’ve gathered 21 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes for those who are baking challenged!

Disclaimer: only a few of the recipes are my own 🙂

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not crazy about sweets or that baking requires precision and as a cook, I do things more by taste than by measurement.

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This holiday season, we won’t be home much but if we were I would like to have some holiday cookies for the cookie jar.

The Easiest Christmas Cookies

The easiest recipes to make are no-bake Christmas cookies.

For me, the easiest cookies to make would be melting some white chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips in the microwave and dipping pretzels or oreo cookies into the chocolate, and then topping with some Christmas Sprinkles. White Chocolate thin mints with white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy on the top seem very festive.

There are hundreds of versions of simple cookies, sweets, and savory snacks dipped in chocolate.

Another easy cookie idea is to buy store-bought cookies and add a chocolate ganache on the top or sprinkle store-bought goodies with powdered sugar.

What could be easier?

There are so many no-bake Christmas Treat recipes.

plate with several varieties of christmas cookies

Cookie Swaps or Cookie Exchange

What is a cookie swap? It’s a party in which guests each bring a few dozen cookies to share and swap with their friends. This way, you only bake one recipe and get to enjoy lots of different types. It’s a delicious way to spend an afternoon or an evening, and it’s fun to discover new-to-you cookie recipes, too

chocolate chip cookies tied up with twine for a gift

Easy Baked Christmas Cookies

For this category, I chose recipes with easy recipes using basic ingredients.

Spritz Cookies

Classic German Christmas Cookie
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German Spritz Cookies, Spritz Cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Grandma Simonson


  • Kitchen Aid Mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Sheet
  • cookie press
  • Parchment Paper


  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 pound butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus a little more)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • Mix the flour, soda and salt together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Blend the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together with mixer.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until well combined.
  • Put dough in cookie press and press cookies onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until just slightly golden brown

I have successfully made potato chip cookies and the vanilla crinkle cookies sound wonderful as the ingredients include a cake mix and cool whip. I can handle that!

Potato Chip Cookies

Easy Cookie Recipe
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato chip cookie
Servings: 2 dozen


  • Kitchen Aid Mixer
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • Baking Sheet


  • 4 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup crushed up potato chips
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • chocolate chips for drizzle


  • Cream the butter and sugar. Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Let cool. Dust with sugar and drizzle with chocolate

The gingerbread cookies are made with Einkorn flour, my favorite flour however the recipe gives you options to use other flours, make it gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free.

gingerbread christmas cookies

I have always wanted to make Gingerbread Men, not just for a delicious Christmas treat but also to hang on my Christmas Tree.

Other Easy Christmas Desserts

Here are some ideas other than baking cookies.

Cookie Dough

There are many recipes out there for raw cookie dough. What a fun treat in a sundae dish with Christmas sprinkles on top.

When we were kids, my brother Scott and I used to sneak butter, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips from the kitchen and meet in one of our bedrooms, mix it all together and eat it. There was no measuring and it always tasted heavenly. We called it Brother/Sister! It probably tasted so good because it was our little secret.

Naked Cake Hack

I recently saw the best naked cake hack by Kara @littlehouseonchestnut Kara bought a grocery store cake and scraped the frosting off, dusted it with powdered sugar, and topped it with sugared cranberries. Genius!

best naked cake hack ever

Easiest fudge ever! I have successfully made this recipe as well.


Rich Chocolate Bars
Prep Time15 minutes
Refrigerate1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudge, Easy Dessert, fudge, microwave fudge
Servings: 12 servings


  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


  • Combine cocoa and sugar in a bowl, add milk and butter DO NOT STIR
  • Cook in microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Remove and stir.
  • Add the vanilla and nuts
  • Pour into 8" shallow dish and refrigerate until set

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Before Christmas Should You Start Baking Cookies?

There are so many recipes that you are able to freeze so if you have the freezer space you should start with those months in advance so you’re ahead of the baking game. If you plan to keep them at room temperature, make them within two weeks or less, and be sure to store them in cookie tins or air-tight containers.

Why Do People Bake Christmas Cookies?

At a time when most families were not that well off, people started making cookies and sweets as a way to share gifts during the medieval Christmas season. Christmas in many cultures was a time of visiting friends and family. Since it was cold outside and the ground was hard and frozen solid, farming was not an option

On the naughty list of cookies, Americans gave the lowest win records to anise cookies, which only won 29%.

sugar cookies with beautiful icing

If you are like me and aren’t a very good baker, I hope I’ve given you a few options to try this holiday season.

I’m going to give the Chocolate Carmel Wafers a try!

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  1. Lynne,
    So many great recipes! I cannot wait to try a few. I have never made gingerbread men but I want to make a few this year.
    Have a Merry christmas!

    1. Hi Elizabeth – I’ve never made the either but I’m going to give it a try!

  2. I love these ideas. I’m not much of a baker. It’s genius. Merry Christmas, my friend. Hugs and blessings to you.

    1. I’m always baffled by being able to cook but not bake. Probably because I don’t typically measure and baking you have to be precise. 🙂