15 Slice-and-Bake Cookies for Easy Holiday Baking
While chestnuts roasting on an open fire sounds nice, Southerners would much rather homemade cookies baking in the oven. Whether you’re heading to a church potluck, bake sale, or cookie decorating party, we love an excuse to break out our tried-and-true recipes. There’s just one problem: many cookie techniques tend to be complicated and time-consuming. With the holiday season comes jam-packed schedules, so most folks don’t have extra time to spend in the kitchen. Slice-and-bake cookies are a holiday miracle.
Simply mix together your favorite ingredients and freeze the dough in a log-shape in advance of your festive occasion. They’ll be ready to pop in the oven when the time comes. Slice-and-bake Christmas cookies come in a variety of indulgent flavors. Ginger shortbread, Belgian spice, chocolate-orange swirls, and pinwheel cookies are just a few of our favorite recipes. Read on to find your perfect match.
These Holiday Cookies Are as Easy as They are Delicious
Recipe: Pinwheel Cookies
Two sinfully indulgent cookies doughs are twisted together in this holiday recipe to create the distinctive pinwheel swirl.
Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Perfect for a holiday cookie swap, cream cheese Christmas cookies are coated in red and green sugar crystals for a Yuletide flair.
Ginger Shortbread Cookies with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
It isn’t officially the Christmas season without a ginger cookie on the table, and this recipe includes a delectable lemon-cream cheese frosting that’s light and refreshing.
Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies
Orange zest and dried cranberries make this cookie recipe festive and flavorful.
Belgian Spice Cookies
Recipe: Belgian Spice Cookies
These adorably festive slice-and-bake cookies are embellished with a powdered sugar snowflake design for a cozy Christmas touch.
Recipe: Pecan Sandies
Pecan sandies are as classic as they come. This beloved holiday cookie recipe features a crumbly shortbread that’s sure to keep you coming back for more.
Recipe: Chocolate-Orange Swirls
The eye-catching swirl pattern on these slice-and-bake Christmas treats will instantly capture the attention of your holiday guests. Freshly grated orange rind beautifully complements the rich flavor of chocolate in this recipe.
Date Pinwheel Cookies
Recipe: Date Pinwheel Cookies
Date pinwheel cookies are unassumingly delicious. Made with crunchy walnuts and sugary dates, simplicity is key in this recipe.
Espresso Shortbread Cookies
Recipe: Espresso Shortbread Cookies
Espresso Shortbread Cookies are an excellent after-dinner treat. After all, there’s no flavor combination quite like coffee and chocolate.
Coconut-Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies
Sick and tired of basic chocolate chip cookies? Spice things up with this coconut-macadamia nut shortbread recipe. It’s sure to impress even the pickiest cookie connoisseur.
Lemon-Rosemary Slice 'n' Bake Cookies
You’ll love the fresh, tangy flavor of these lemon-rosemary slice and bake cookies. Make the dough in advance to save time on the day of your Christmas occasion.
Fruitcake Slice 'n' Bake Cookies
Recipe: Fruitcake Slice 'n' Bake Cookies
These slice-and-bake Christmas cookies put a modern twist on a holiday classic: fruitcake. This sweet treat has all of the flavor with none of the hassle.
Make-Ahead Cane Syrup Slice 'n' Bakes
Recipe: Cane Syrup Slice 'n' Bakes
Made with sweet-smelling cane syrup, this holiday cookie recipe is just as fragrant as it is tasty.
Icebox Butter Cookies
Recipe: Icebox Butter Cookies
If you’re planning to throw a Christmas cookie decorating soiree, this icebox butter cookie recipe forms a flawless blank canvas.
Dark Chocolate Sablés
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Sablés
Known for its gentle, crumbly texture, this classic French butter cookie is dipped in melted chocolate for the ultimate holiday confection.