Easy Christmas Cookies: 1 Dough, 3 Recipes (+ Secret Ingredient)
Need a simple way to make Christmas cookies?
Consider making one type of cookie dough, dividing it, and then adding a few different types of ingredients! This idea is actually pretty genius because you’re essentially making the dough once and then using it a few different ways to bake a variety of delicious homemade cookies!
Holiday baking made easy!
I love anything that makes spending time in the kitchen easier, so this is a great idea to streamline your holiday baking, all while also scoring multiple flavors of Christmas cookies!
Whether you’re baking cookies for your family or as gifts, anyone will LOVE to bite into a soft, delicious cookie.
It all starts with a YUMMY cookie dough!
This is a nice all-purpose dough that you can turn into a wide variety of cookie variations by simply adding different chopped candies, baking chips, nuts, etc. The secret to this dough is a package of instant vanilla pudding. It creates such a soft, yet still chewy texture you’ll love. Even if you just bake plain vanilla cookies, with no add-ins, they are DELICIOUS – and my new favorite cookie!
The possibilities are endless, and today I’m sharing just three of the many different cookies you should consider making with a batch of this versatile dough.
Pecan Toffee Cookies
Thumbprint Jam Cookies
Use your favorite jam to bake these fun cookies. Make a ball with the dough, press with your thumb or the bottom of a measuring spoon, and fill with a 1/2 teaspoon of jam before baking. I finished them with a little bit of a powdered sugar sprinkle after they had cooled. SO DELISH!
Peppermint Chocolate Drizzle
I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzled that over the top of these cookies! Then I just topped with crush candy canes! So good, and these were my kids’ favorites!
One Christmas Cookie Dough, Three Ways
yield: 40 SERVINGS
Make this soft vanilla pudding dough, and use it as a basis for many different cookies! Here are three yummy ways I used it.
For the Cookie Dough:
- 1 cup butter
- 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3.4 oz box vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
For Pecan Toffee Cookies:
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
For Peppermint Chocolate Drizzle:
- 3 candy canes, crushed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
For Thumbprint Cookies:
- any flavor fruit jam (I used strawberry and orange)
- powdered sugar (for dusting)
My family flipped for these cookies!
Even my husband, who doesn’t get really excited over a Christmas cookie, loved this dough. These would be so much fun for a family baking day at home with Hallmark movies and hot cocoa! I’m sure this recipe would double and triple well if you wanted to make more varieties, as well!
Want more cookie recipes? Check these out!
- Giant Cookie Cake
- Boxed Cake Mix Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
- Keto White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Flourless Fluffernutter Cookies
- Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Dough
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sugar-Free Snowball Cookies
- Keto Chocolate Brownie Cloud Cookies