Cookie sheet full of assorted Christmas cookies with child's hand reaching for the chocolate chip
Cookie sheet full of assorted Christmas cookies with child's hand reaching for the chocolate chip

Sugar, spice and everything. . .covered in icing. We live for homemade cookies during the holidays, and this year we’ll be enjoying them more than ever. The best Christmas cookie recipes are those made together. And these tasty treats are simple enough for kids to help make, while delicious enough for adults to want seconds.

We’ve rounded up some of the top Christmas cookies for every taste—from classic Christmas sugar cookies to precious gingerbread people, candy cane creations and some healthy-ish holiday treats.

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red peppermint chocolate candy cane cookies with crushed candy canes on top Image source: Canadian Living

Ready in: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Why we love it: Chocolate and mint is one of our favourite flavour combos of the season. These candy cane cookies are so pretty (and yummy!), they’re a perfectly tasty gift—just pop them in a festive box.

How kids can help: Kids will love decorating these with royal icing and crushed candy canes. To keep the mess to a minimum, spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Then pipe dots along the edges of each cookie. Connect the dots around the edge of the cookie before filling them in for a neater look.

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Get a head start on your holiday baking by whipping up a batch of icing. You can store royal icing in the fridge up to a couple weeks. Just remember to bring the icing back to room temperature before you decorate so it’s easier to work with.
table with cookie tray and white plate with shortbread cookies topped with red and green sugar Image source: theHub from

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these cookies but a plant-based margarine makes them dairy-free (just double-check the ingredients, since some margarines contain dairy). Flaked oats give these Christmas shortbread cookies a hearty texture and they’re so quick and easy to make—ready in only half an hour.

How kids can help: Your youngest bakers can help mix ingredients in a mess-free way with the help of a resealable freezer bag. It’s so squishy and fun to knead the dough—this task was practically made for sensory play. They’ll also love topping the cookies with coloured sugar or sprinkles.

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Skip buying sprinkles and make your own cookie decorations with what you have on hand. If you have food colouring you can easily make your own coloured sugar for some DIY sparkle.

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red background with red and white swirled meringues Image source: Liam Morgan for Chatelaine

Ready in: 3 hours and 45 minutes

Why we love it: Get out your Christmas cookie tray. These elegant swirls might be our favourite gluten-free Christmas cookies, ever. They only need five ingredients and are surprisingly low-calorie. Don’t be turned off by the longer cook time. These light, crispy cookies get their signature texture from a low, slow bake. Pop them in the oven while you enjoy a holiday movie. Trust us, the wait is worth it!

How kids can help: Your kid will love helping you beat the eggs and sugar (or watching you do it) until glossy, stiff peaks form. If they’re extra keen, they can also help you paint the inside of the icing bag with food colouring to get those gorgeous swirls.

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These meringues are surprisingly low-budget for looking so fancy. They only cost about $5 for the whole batch.

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parchment paper with decorated gingerbread people Image source: theHub from

Ready in: 30 minutes

Why we love it: These spicy gingerbread cookies have all the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours we crave, with the comforting, chewy texture of our favourite oatmeal cookies.

How kids can help: Break out your cookie cutters and let the kids have fun creating their own gingerbread characters. Think beyond men and let them make their own tasty holiday stories starring snowmen, trees, dogs or whatever shapes you have on hand.

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These cookies come together quickly but if you want to make the dough in advance, it’ll last in the fridge for about two to four days.[1]

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stack of 5 white chocolate funfetti cookies Image source: Food Network Canada

Ready in: 55 minutes

Why we love it: With crispy edges and chewy centres, these are ideal cookies. Kids are also obsessed with white chocolate and sprinkles, so let them have both in one cookie. Plus this recipe freezes super well, meaning you can bake up just a few when a craving hits.

How kids can help: Ask your child to sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then they can add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. They’ll also love folding in the sprinkles and white chocolate and shaping the cookie dough into balls. (A cookie scooper works best for this!)

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If you’re freezing the cookie dough for later, flash freeze the balls of dough first by putting the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then transfer to a freezer-friendly bag or container. When you’re ready to enjoy them, bake straight from the freezer for about 13 to 15 minutes.

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double chocolate pecan peanut butter cookies scattered around two mugs of black coffee Image source: theHUB from

Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: We’re always down for a new spin on a good peanut butter cookie. This one is loaded with crunchy peanut butter and made holiday-worthy with white and dark chocolate and toasted pecans.

How kids can help: Kids can handle most of this recipe all on their own. They can mix up the ingredients and then drop heaping spoonfuls of the dough onto a baking sheet. (Mom or Dad still has to do the oven work, sorry.)

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These cookies aren’t healthy per se, but we like that they include both peanut butter and pecans for an extra hit of protein to balance some of that sugar.
two white plates with piles of chocolatey no-bake fudge cookies Image source: Oh She Glows

Ready in: 25 minutes

Why we love it: This vegan Christmas cookie ticks a lot of boxes: it’s plant-based, it’s easy, and it doesn’t require use of the oven. Essentially a vegan take on chocolate macaroons, it’s also relatively healthy, with sunflower butter adding protein, while chia seeds, oats and shredded coconut up the fibre factor.

How kids can help: If your kid is old enough to read and measure, go ahead and let ‘em at it. This recipe doesn’t require any heating, so the worst they’ll do is make a mess.

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Chia seeds, which bind these chocolatey treats together, are composed of nearly 40 per cent fibre—they’re one of the world’s best sources of fibre, in fact![2]

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snowman cookie, holly cookie and red Santa book cookie in spicy gingerbread Image source: theHub from

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: A spicy twist on traditional sugar cookies, this recipe uses a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a festive flavour that’s a hit with both kids and adults alike.

How kids can help: You don’t even need a piping bag to decorate these Christmas sugar cookies. Just spoon the frosting into a resealable plastic bag and snip off a tiny piece from one of the corners. Set up each bag with a different colour and let the kids have fun.

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You don’t have to splurge to make the holidays feel special. These Christmas cookies cost less than $4 for the whole batch.

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