34 Easy Cookie Recipes to Make With Kids
Think of some of your fondest holiday memories. While trips to the Christmas tree farm and visits with Santa certainly top our lists, there is one activity that stands out: baking with our loved ones. We first learned how to use a stand mixer in Grandma’s kitchen, churching out batches of dough and pressing chocolate kisses into those famous peanut butter blossoms. The best way to pass on this tradition (and your love for baking) is to get the kids in the kitchen with you this holiday season.
When you’re baking with kids, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Rather than focus on achieving perfection, the fun of baking with family is in the process. These recipes are simple enough to execute alongside your favorite little elves, but most importantly, they’re built for family fun. From festive sprinkles and icing designs to classic family favorites, these recipes will help you pass on the joy of baking to the next generation. Plus, if you’re gearing up for a holiday cookie swap, it’s always smart to recruit some help in the kitchen. Start ‘em young and pass on that baking gene.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip. Every good baker should have a homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe in her back pocket, and this twist on the classic recipe will be passed down in the family for generations.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Grandma's Chocolate Drop Cookies
Snowy Tree Cookies
Recipe: Snowy Tree Cookies
These cookies may call for a bit of construction, but the resulting 3-D Christmas trees are utterly breathtaking.
Recipe: Spritz Cookies
With a dough that takes 5 minutes to prepare and the endless fun promised by a cookie press, the kids won’t be able to get enough of these fool-proof holiday cookies.
Mrs. Iona's Shortbread Cookies
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies
Recipe: Cheesecake Cookies
These fluffy cookies are built to be bite-sized, which means your kids can snack on a few of them without slipping into a sugar rush.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Dress up that box of cake mix with this easy recipe, which results in chewy, Christmas-hued chocolatey cookies that your kids will adore.
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Recipe: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Sweet and salty, these creative cookies hit all the right notes. The recipe calls for chocolate chunks, almonds, corn chips, and oats, but feel free to toss in any of your family’s pantry staples (pretzels? Potato chips?) to customize the recipe.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These cakey cookies are packed to the brim with chocolate and coated with powdered sugar. AKA, they’re any kid’s dream.
Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
Recipe: Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
Jam adds a touch of fruity tartness to these simple thumbprints that pairs beautifully with a white chocolate drizzle.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Complete with a toasted marshmallow on top, these cookies are a heavenly winter cross between hot chocolate and s’mores. They’re prepared in the style of family-favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms, but they’re a great alternative for nut-free households.
Recipe: Peppermint Divinity
Making these fluffy, minty pillows of meringue with Mama will become a cherished holiday tradition.
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Cutout Cookies
You can cut this basic chocolate dough into any festive shapes you choose and decorate with fun holiday sprinkles.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
These drop cookies make a bulk batch for all your holiday gifting. Plus, they couldn’t be easier to prepare.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
What’s one easy way to bring a bit of cheer to your favorite sugar cookie recipe? Just add chocolate.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
If pumpkin pie is your go-to Thanksgiving dessert, these Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies will be a new household staple.
Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
A roll in red or green sanding sugar adds real holiday flair to these simple, fluffy cream cheese cookies.
Cathedral Window Cookies
Easy Santa Cookies
Recipe: Easy Santa Cookies
Your kitchen will look like Santa’s workshop as you set up stations to frost these whimsical Santa cookies.
Chocolate-Peppermint Swirl Sandwich Cookies
One of our most popular cookie swap recipes of all time, these Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are notorious crowd-pleasers.
Snowflake Sugar Cookies
Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe: Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Forget about the chocolate chips—this recipe will turn your kids into oatmeal cookie fans. Develop those habits young.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies
Recruit the kids to roll these cookies in powdered sugar—the recipe makes 4 dozen, so you’ll be thankful to have a few elves to help out!
Recipe: Marble Snickerdoodles
Southern Living’s Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans makes these two-toned snickerdoodles with his daughter each year. If that’s not reason enough to give this recipe a try, we don’t know what is.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Four ingredients and 35 minutes later, you’ll have a batch of scrumptious, naturally gluten-free cookies.
Recipe: Swoon Pies
Our twist on MoonPies has tender graham cookies dipped in chocolate and a few special toppings. Kids will love these handheld treats.
Kids will enjoy rolling the balls of dough in the sugar mixture. They will also enjoy devouring these sweet treats.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies are your little one's favorite, this recipe will be requested often.
Recipe: Cherry-Chocolate Thumbprints
These cookies feature the irresistible flavor combination of cherry and chocolate. Kids can help by pressing their thumbs into each ball of dough before baking.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
How do you sneak gooey melted goodness into every oat-filled bite without the extra fat? Replace half the butter with an extra bar of chocolate. The kiddos won't know the difference.
Fun Cookie Recipes for Kids
Get the little ones in the kitchen to bake up our cookie recipes for kids! They'll enjoy helping mix the batter and putting the finishing touch on each of these sweet treats. The best part will surely be the fun memories you'll share.
These flourless kid-friendly cookies are a dream, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate. Your kids will enjoy them as an after-school snack or for a weeknight dessert served with a cold glass of milk.
Funfetti Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Funfetti Sugar Cookies
Oh how fun! These Funfetti Sugar Cookies are packed with sprinkles that will bring a bit of rainbow magic to your holiday household.