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Easy Christmas Cookies: 1 Dough, 3 Recipes (+ Secret Ingredient)

One Christmas Cookie Dough, Three Ways

yield: 40 SERVINGS

Ingredients

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)

Directions

1

To make the dough base:

In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed to combine butter and sugar until fluffy, about one minute. Add in the vanilla and both eggs, one at a time, until mixed in.

2

Add pudding mix, baking powder, and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour and beat on medium until dough forms, about a couple of minutes.

3

Divide dough into thirds and chill for an hour or two. This is optional but recommended so they don't spread as thin.

4

For the Pecan Toffee: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix in toffee bits and pecans to the dough. Drop tablespoon-sized cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

5

For Thumbprint cookies:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll tablespoon-sized balls cookies onto a baking sheet. Press indentation into each cookie using your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of jam onto the cookies. Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar.

6

For Peppermint Chocolate Drizzle:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoon-sized mounds of dough on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in a glass dish for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Drizzle over the top of each cookie using a spoon. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top. Move cookies to a cooling rack.

7

Once cooled, cookies can be stored in a covered container at room temperature for about 3 days, or 5-7 days in the fridge. Dough makes about 40 cookies.

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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!

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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.

cookie dough ingredients on a counter

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. 

cookie dough christmas cookies recipe – toffee pecan cookies on a baking sheet

Pecan Toffee Cookies

For this variety, I mixed in some milk chocolate toffee bits and chopped pecan pieces to the dough before baking. I’m sure a chopped up Heath candy bar would work great, too!

thumbprint cookies in a pan

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!

cookie dough christmas cookies recipe – peppermint chocolate drizzle cookies on a cookie sheet

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!  


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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.

Ingredients

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)

Directions

1

To make the dough base:

In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed to combine butter and sugar until fluffy, about one minute. Add in the vanilla and both eggs, one at a time, until mixed in.

2

Add pudding mix, baking powder, and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour and beat on medium until dough forms, about a couple of minutes.

3

Divide dough into thirds and chill for an hour or two. This is optional but recommended so they don't spread as thin.

4

For the Pecan Toffee: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix in toffee bits and pecans to the dough. Drop tablespoon-sized cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

5

For Thumbprint cookies:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll tablespoon-sized balls cookies onto a baking sheet. Press indentation into each cookie using your thumb or the back of a measuring spoon. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of jam onto the cookies. Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar.

6

For Peppermint Chocolate Drizzle:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoon-sized mounds of dough on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in a glass dish for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Drizzle over the top of each cookie using a spoon. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top. Move cookies to a cooling rack.

7

Once cooled, cookies can be stored in a covered container at room temperature for about 3 days, or 5-7 days in the fridge. Dough makes about 40 cookies.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from CookieDoughandOvenMitt.com

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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!

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