Christmas Cookies for Kids  

From yummy cookie flavors to fun decorating ideas, here are the best kid-friendly cookies.

  • Wreath Cookies
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    Wreath Cookies

    Take a snack your kids love, like shredded wheat cereal, and transform it into a cookie dream come true. Melted vanilla candy holds the crispy wheat together. Let the little helpers in the kitchen adorn the wreaths with any on-hand candies that you have.
  • Iced Sugar Cookies
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    Iced Sugar Cookies

    Decorate with dragée (sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar, and tint the frosting with food color paste.
  • Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies
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    Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies

    Add extra crunch to your peanut butter cookies by including chopped peanuts and a secret ingredient: crispy rice cereal. They're salty, sweet, crunchy, soft, and oh-so delicious.
  • Gingerbread People Cookies
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    Gingerbread People Cookies

    Get creative in the kitchen with the help of a little homemade icing. Let the kids make a cookie version of themselves or a favorite family member. Make extras so you can save a few for decoration and still enjoy a tummy full of cookie.
  • Chocolate Sugar Cookies
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    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    Spend a fun afternoon decorating cookies. Start at a craft or kitchen supply store and let kids select a favorite cookie cutter. Think outside the holiday box. You may just invent the first holiday butterfly angel.
  • Silver Bells Cookies
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    Silver Bells Cookies

    Want to know a secret? Once decorated, store-bought cookie dough can look completely homemade. If you're short on time, bake the cookies according to package directions, then top with glistening silver candies.
  • Gingerbread Sailors and Mermaids
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    Gingerbread Sailors and Mermaids

    Decorate with icing, sprinkles, and dragées for a sweet and spicy coastal treat!
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
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    Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

    Don't let your eyes fool you – these "candies" are anything but. Roll red and white dough into a colorful spiral then top with delicious peppermint frosting. Package the treats and send with the kids to school for a holiday gift for friends or favorite teachers.
  • Snowflake Shortbread
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    Snowflake Shortbread

    Top with sparkling sugar so these shortbread cookies glisten like snowflakes.

  • Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies

    Sugar cookies are the perfect backdrop for delicious flavors. Try any of the varieties that come with this recipe: Chocolate Kiss, Peanut Butter Cup, Lemon, or Lemon Thumbprint. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed rave reviews.
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