Whether you’re an expert-level baker or a beginner who doesn’t know the difference between baking powder and baking soda, you need these easy Christmas cookie recipes in your arsenal. Especially now that there are only a few days left until Christmas. If you haven’t started your holiday baking yet, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
December calendars are packed with parties and travel, so it can be hard to bake one batch of cookies, let alone the requisite assortment for a cookie plate. Chowhound to the rescue! We developed five cookie recipes (and two candy recipes) that had to fit three criteria: super easy, super delicious, and beautiful to boot.
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There’s no rolling out dough, no icing required, no candy thermometers, no multiple steps. Internally, we referred to this as our “slacker cookie plate.” But anybody who eats these will think you’re a winner.
Click each cookie below to go to its recipe, or keep scrolling for a list.
What’s On the Plate
Take a closer look at each member of the easiest-cookies-ever family.
Consider this a Hanukkah twist on the easy confection known as Christmas crackle (or Christmas crack), where matzo stands in for the usual Saltines under layers of toffee and chocolate. We sprinkle with toasted almonds and salt to finish but you can play around with toppings, like colored sprinkles or crushed candy canes. Bring it to a party or wrap it up as a great homemade food gift. Get our Matzo Brittle recipe.
A snowy coat of powdered sugar that cracks apart as these dark chocolate cookies bake lends drama and festive flair. The texture and taste is like a brownie-cookie hybrid. Get our Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe.
These might look intimidatingly thin and lacy, but they’re incredibly easy; you make the batter in a saucepan and simply spoon it out onto a baking sheet. Get our Florentine Cookie recipe.
The secret to this easy fudge’s lush texture and fabulous taste? Nutella! Simply melt it with chocolate, butter, and cream, and let it firm up in the fridge. No candy thermometer, no chance of ruining it. Get our Hazelnut Truffle Fudge recipe.
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Chewy coconut macaroons are even better with a drizzle of melted chocolate, but there’s no need to be fussy about it. Get our Chocolate-Drizzled Coconut Macaroon recipe.
Thumbprint cookies aren’t exactly difficult, but these are even easier, and you can fill them with whatever jam you like. Do take into account the time the dough needs to chill; other than that, they’re a breeze. Get our Split-Second Cookie recipe.
With warm winter spices (cinnamon, ginger, and cloves) mingling with dark, sweet molasses, these cookies need nothing more than a roll in coarse sugar before baking to make them sparkle. Get our Molasses Crinkle Cookie recipe.