These Christmas Cookies are easy and melt in your mouth!
These Mini Christmas Cookies are adorable and delicious! A rich shortbread cookie dough gets colored with festive colors and sprinkles. These melt in your mouth and are the ultimate Christmas cookie. The dough is easy to make and can be frozen way ahead of the holidays and can be shaped into different shapes making this the perfect recipe for the holiday.
These cookies, you guys!! They are soooo good! They are tiny little poppable bites of deliciousness!
These cookies are buttery and rich but are light and melt in your mouth thanks to them being little shortbread bites.
There is nothing I love more than baking during the holidays, I love getting all the sprinkles and icings, and different cookies and creating huge platters of cookies for our Christmas Eve dinner and of course for Santa!! Of all the cookies I make during the holidays these have to be my favorite!
These are so easy to make and require ingredients I bet you already have on hand! I love making them because they are tiny and look so cute piled onto a plate.
They are so delicious!! I thought my husband was going to eat to the whole batch! They have become my grandma’s new favorite cookies and that is saying something especially since her name is Cookie lol.
So this holiday season make these super easy, super delicious cookies and serve them up on a big old holiday cookie platter and you will be the hit of any get together.
These Mini Christmas Cookies are also the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, friends, hostess gift, anyone would love to receive these delicious little cookies!
Can I make these just one color?
Sure! You can make these just red or green or even skip the food coloring and just make them white with the sprinkles.
Can I make these ahead of time?
You can make the dough and put it in the fridge the night before to save some time. They also stay fresh for a bit in an airtight container but they never last long around here anyways.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
Please don’t! These cookies have an out of this world buttery flavor that can only come from real butter.
Can I make these into other shapes?
Yes! You can make these round or even roll out the dough and use little cookie cutters to cut them.
Want to get a head start on your holiday baking? You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to set them out for Santa!
Just bake your cookies and let them cool COMPLETELY! Then you can store them in an airtight container for up to 6 months. If stacking the cookies in the container place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers. Make sure that you remove them from their container to thaw so condensation does not form.
You can also freeze the dough for up to 3 months ahead of time.
Gather your ingredients.
Cream the sugar and butter.
Add the flour and extracts.
Dye your dough.
Roll the dough in plastic wrap and chill.
Cut into squares, poke with a hole and bake.
- Butter- Make sure you are using butter not margarine and make sure it is softened
- Powdered sugar- This is what makes these cookies melt in your mouth.
- Vanilla extract- Just a bit to give these cookies a great flavor!
- Almond extract- I also like to add a little almond extract for a different little pop of flavor.
- Flour- All-purpose flour is all you need for this recipe.
- Red and green food coloring- I like to use gel food coloring because it is brighter.
- Sprinkles- Holiday jimmies are what I like to use for these cookies.
How to make these Mini Christmas Cookies
- FULL RECIPE BELOW
- To a large bowl using an electric mixer cream your butter, powdered sugar and extracts.
- Next mix in the flour.
- Separate the dough into 3 bowls. It will be a very crumbly dough.
- Add green food coloring to one bowl, red food coloring to another and sprinkles to the last
- Use your hands to incorporate the color/sprinkles in each bowl.
- Once the dough comes together in your hands form it into a log.
- Wrap each log in plastic wrap.
- Smooth the sides down to create a square shape out of the logs.
- Place on a tray and refrigerate for an hour or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Unwrap the doughs and slice them into ⅓ inch pieces.
- Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Use a toothpick to make a circle in the middle of each one.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are just lightly golden.
- Let cool.
Want to gift these?
These cookies make the perfect holiday gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, anyone would love to receive a package of these. You can place a couple in holiday cellophane bags all tied off with a pretty ribbon, you can pile them into those cute festive Chinese takeout containers you can find in the Christmas wrapping section (I find mine at the Target Dollar Spot). Of course there is the traditional cookie tin which would hold a ton of these delicious cookies. Also for a fun DIY approach you can take and empty and clean Pringles can and wrap the outside in wrapping paper, fill it with cookies and place the lid on and stick on a bow, voila you have the perfect present! These are also good cookies to ship just make sure to pack them well in an airtight container and you can send these as a yummy gift to anyone!
Products I used to make these delicious cookies!
Want more holiday cookies? Check out these!
- Grinch Stained Glass Cookies
- Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies
- ● 1 cup butter, softened
- ● ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ● ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ● ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ● 2 ⅓ cups flour
- ● Red and green food coloring
- ● 1 tablespoon sprinkles
1. To a large bowl using an electric mixer cream your butter, powdered sugar and extracts.
2. Next mix in the flour.
3. Separate the dough into 3 bowls. It will be a very crumbly dough.
4. Add green food coloring to one bowl, red food coloring to another and sprinkles to the last.
5. Use your hands to incorporate the color/sprinkles in each bowl.
6. Once the dough comes together in your hands form it into a log.
7. Wrap each log in plastic wrap.
8. Smooth the sides down to create a square shape out of the logs.
9. Place on a tray and refrigerate for an hour or until firm.
10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
11. Unwrap the doughs and slice them into ⅓ inch pieces.
12. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
13. Use a toothpick to make a circle in the middle of each one.
14. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are just lightly golden.
15. Let cool.
● Store leftovers in airtight container for up to 5 days.
● You can use any flavor extract you like.
● You can dye these just one color or just leave them uncolored with the sprinkles.
● You can also shape these into circles.
● Once you have your dough wrapped up the plastic wrap you can
freeze these for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g