16 Creative and Easy Holiday Cookies

Photographer Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist Chelsea Zimmer, Prop Stylist Claire Spollen People Food Stained Glass Lime Cookie Cup
Photographer Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist Chelsea Zimmer, Prop Stylist Claire Spollen People Food Stained Glass Lime Cookie Cup

These adorable Christmas confections will get you maximum accolades for minimum effort!

1. STAINED GLASS COOKIE CUPS
These edible candy vessels from My Cupcake Addiction’s Elise Strachan are fitted with little “stained glass” lids made from melted hard candy. Get the recipe HERE.

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2. NO-BAKE CHRISTMAS TREES
Not having to turn on the oven means less opportunity for error – and kids can help, too. These adorable little Christmas trees are bound with shredded coconut and require no flour (so they’re gluten free, too!). Get the recipe HERE.

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3. MERINGUE SNOWCAPS
If you’ve never made your own meringues before, it’s time to start. These require only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt) and taste like little clouds of holiday heaven. Get the recipe HERE.

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4. GINGERBREAD MISTLETOE
Okay, lovebirds, nothing says “winter romance” like scratch-made baked goods. Simply dip standard gingerbread cookies into melted white chocolate and adorn with red and green royal icing. Get the recipe HERE.

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5. SNOWFLAKE SUGAR COOKIES
For lovers of super-soft sugar cookies, make this your new go-to recipe. The homemade powdered sugar icing requires only 3 ingredients and comes together in literally 30 seconds, tops. Get the recipe HERE.

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6. SNOWMAN THUMBPRINTS
It’s like two cookies in one – and double the cute, too. The dough and icing are from scratch (and super easy), but if you wanted to make it even easier you could go store-bought for one or both. Black and orange gel paste make decorating a breeze. Get the recipe HERE.

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7. HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIE CUPS
All the flavors of hot cocoa in one lil’ bite! Using store-bought sugar cookie dough make these the easiest way to have all of your guests think you are a complete baking genius. Get the recipe HERE.

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8. PEANUT BUTTER CUP CHRISTMAS TREES
Two of our favorite candies – Reese’s and Hershey’s kisses – come together in the most adorable of ways in these festive treats. Don’t forget to put the star on top! Get there recipe HERE.

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9. RED VELVET THUMBPRINTS
There’s nothing like a rich, cocoa-filled red velvet cookie to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here, the classic cream cheese frosting is replaced with a peppermint white chocolate kiss to really bring the holiday cheer. Get there recipe HERE.

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10. CHOCOLATE-DIPPED OREOS
The simple Oreo gets instantly glammed up when you dip it in chocolate and decorate with your favorite holiday symbols. If you’re really adventurous, you could try it with one of their crazy new flavors. Get the recipe HERE.

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11. GINGERBREAD REINDEER
Here’s a fun way to repurpose the classic gingerbread man cookie – flip him upside down! The glossy chocolate frosting and easy candy toppings instantly turn him into a reindeer. Get the recipe HERE.

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12. CHOCOLATE SANTA HATS
Another epic Oreo transformation. Simply crush up the cookies, mix with cream cheese, then form into Santa hat-shaped cones and refrigerate. When they are set, dip them in red and white candy melts – no baking required! Get the recipe HERE.

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13. GRINCH’S HEART COOKIES
Dye basic sugar cookie dough Grinch-green and decorate them with his tiny, Christmas-hating heart. If you want to go all out (and convey a more optimistic message), decorate them in successively bigger sizes to represent the tear-jerking moment when he finally has a (literal) change of heart. Get the recipe HERE.

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14. MELTING SNOWMEN
This too-cute decorating technique works on any round cookie – even your favorite store-bought ones. Simply frost them with white icing, then top with a marshmallow that’s been (briefly) microwaved. Use different colored decorating gels to add the finishing touches. Get the recipe HERE.

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15. CORNFLAKE WREATHS
Just melt down butter and marshmallows in a pan, add green food coloring, then toss with corn flakes mold them into wreaths. (This is the same technique used for Rice Krispies treats, if that’s more your thing). Get the recipe HERE.

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16. PEPPERMINT BROWNIE COOKIES
Why choose between brownies and cookies when you could have both in one? The 5-ingredient peppermint cream cheese frosting really takes these over the edge. Get the recipe HERE.

SOURCE: PEOPLE, Shay Spence