It’s holiday baking season! If you’re looking for easy Christmas cookies that you and your kids will enjoy making together, look no further. There are cookie recipes here that will work whether you have toddlers preschoolers, or older kids.
We’ve all seen the holiday commercials: A mother, smiling beatifically at her sweet children with matching Christmas sweaters as they carefully ice perfectly shaped cookies.
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But you know the reality: The cookies come out in wonky shapes, your preschooler gets bored while waiting for cookies to come out of the oven, and suddenly there are sprinkles all over the kitchen floor. It feels like a disaster.
But here’s the secret: Your kids aren’t the problem. Your ability as a mother isn’t the problem. The problem is probably that you’re choosing projects that are just too hard for little kids.
Young children, especially toddlers and preschoolers, have a short attention span. When you combine that with a desperate desire to play with sprinkles and sticky icing, well, no wonder they get so overwrought (and you get so stressed out).
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Would you prefer to just melt, mix, or dip with your kids instead of official “baking?” No judgement here! Try out one of these super simple, tasty no-bake holiday cookie options.
If you’re like me, you prefer cookie baking to be fun instead of stressful, even if you don’t get Pinterest-perfect results. So try out one of these super-easy no-bake Christmas cookie recipes with your kids today.
No bake corn-flake wreaths
These cookies are super-cute, and they remind me of childhood Christmas parties at school. Plus, they can easily be made gluten-free.
Get the recipe here.
Easy wreath cookies
If you want to go even simpler with the wreath cookies, you can opt for store-bought shortbread cookies and a can of white frosting. Your kids will get all the fun of decorating with none of the agony of waiting for cookies to come out of the oven and cool.
Get the recipe here.
First of all, I adore basically everything Deb at Smitten Kitchen does. And secondly, although I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, I have found usually found buckeyes too sweet for me.
Deb solves this problem by subbing some of the powdered sugar used to make the filling with graham cracker crumbs and a little cream cheese. These buckeyes are perfection (plus, your little one will enjoy rolling out balls and chasing them around in melted chocolate with a spoon).
Get her recipe here.
Nutter Butter Reindeer cookies
I do love me some Nutter Butters. These googly-eyed reindeer are adorable, and they’re on a stick!
Check the recipe out here.
Milano reindeer cookies
Not a peanut butter fan? Don’t worry, we can still be friends. Choose your favorite filling to make these reindeer cookies with Milanos instead of Nutter Butters.
The recipe can be found here.
Creme de Menthe bars
These chocolate mint treats are perfect for the holidays. Plus, your kids will get to see how the process of melting and then chilling ingredients works to make delicious cookie bars.
Find the recipe here.
Marshmallow Frosty hats
This one was new for me. And while it looks like it could be hard for little fingers, it’s really not – you just dip the bottom of the marshmallow to make the red “ribbon” at the bottom.
Get the instructions here.
If your kids like coconut flakes, chocolate, and marshmallow, this pretty no-bake log is for them. Your kids will get a big kick out of forming the log and then rolling it in the coconut.
Check out the recipe here.
Chocolate covered Oreo balls
It’s like a cookies and cream cheesecake truffle, ya’ll.
Plus, your kids will have a ton of fun rolling balls with you.
Click on over to get the recipe.
Peanut butter lumps of coal
I don’t know that any of us still threaten our kids with lumps of coal in their stocking, but this is a super cute idea. Make them with your kids, and then leave them as a silly treat in their stocking for Christmas morning.
Plus, they’re basically like peanut butter truffles, except the balls don’t need to be “pretty.” Perfect for making with kids and delicious!
Here’s how to make them.
Simple and tasty – you don’t even have to melt marshmallows to make these gooey cookies. Your kids will enjoy dipping graham crackers to make these cookies.
Find the recipe here.
Conclusions on no-bake holiday cookies
Hopefully at least one of these recipes sparked your interest. Just remember, the most important part of making cookies with your child is having fun and making memories. Let me know how your cookie making party goes in the comments!