Christmas Cookies for Kids
From yummy cookie flavors to fun decorating ideas, here are the best kid-friendly 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
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
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
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
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
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
Decorate with icing, sprinkles, and dragées for a sweet and spicy coastal treat!
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.
Christmas Cookie Puzzles
Choose cutters with simple shapes; they're easier to handle and less likely to break. If you want to make small puzzles, cut dough into 4-inch squares, and use a single cookie cutter to punch out the center of each square while still hot from the oven.
Cookie Press Sandwiches
Pick your favorite filling for this classic sandwich cookie: We tested with peppermint, orange, and lemon extracts and used food coloring to match each flavor.
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.