recipes for a very merry christmas [cookie]

This time of year, my inner baker goes crazy.  Most of the year she’s locked away, being punished for her evil influence on my waistline.  But THIS month she gets to shine… “we can gift the cookies to neighbors,” I say… bring them to cookie exchanges… mail them to friends & family… or eat them all ourselves.  [I’ll give you one guess which option usually prevails.]

Looking to try some new, fun recipes this holiday season?  Maybe something unique that no one else will bring to the cookie exchange?  I’ve compiled a yummy list of recipes that’ll make your Christmas more merry and a lot more delicious!

YUM! A collection of DELICIOUS Christmas cookies. Some unique ideas here to bake for the cookie exchange!

So today I’m sharing a recipe for my ultimate favorite Christmas cookie [pictured above].  They’re called Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, but my mom always called them “Snow on the Mountains”, and they’re so popular that my family requests them all year long.  If you’re looking for an easy recipe that your kids can help with, this is the one!  No, really, it’s adapted from this recipe which begins “be sure an adult is nearby to help.”   [scroll to bottom of post for my version of the recipe]

If you’re like me and can’t make just ONE batch of cookies during the holidays, I asked some of my blogging friends for their favorite recipes:

YUM!  So many good Christmas cookie recipes.  Some unique ideas that are perfect for the cookie exchange.

  1. Bev from The Make Your Own Zone, shared this recipe for Snickers Cookies that contains a MINI SNICKERS IN EVERY COOKIE!  Heck yes.
  2. Looking for a great Gingerbread recipe?  Megan from Odds & Hens, says this is the Best Gingerbread Cookie EVER!  And while you’re there, you should check out her Peanut Butter BonBons (YUM!)
  3. Ok, it’s not technically a ‘cookie,’ but the more the merrier when it comes to desserts, yes?  Angie from A Creative Buzz shared this Peppermint Fudge recipe that looks AMAZING.  And I could admire her food photography for days.
  4. Want a sweet treat on the lighter side?  Rose at Our Lady of Second Helpings lost over 145 pounds (!!!!) and shared this recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Grahams.
  5. Dr. Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor converted this Christmas favorite into a gluten-free recipe and they’re cuter than ever.  Check out her ADORABLE reindeer cookies!

chocolate crinkle cookies

Yield: 4 dozen (or just shy of that, if you can't keep your hands off the dough, but I wouldn't know anything about that)


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Beat on low speed until combined.
  4. Pour confectioners' sugar into small bowl.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop up dough and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar until covered. Place the balls on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake the cookies until they crackle, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies on wire rack.
  7. ENJOY! [I dare you to eat just one!]

Hot Tip:  This nifty cookie scoop gadget, makes this recipe even easier to bake!


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  • Hi Casey! Thanks for including my Snickers cookies, and all the other cookies look delicious too! I printed off your chocolate crinkle cookie recipe and will be giving it a try. And I KNOW I won’t be able to eat just one. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • These look like great options!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hi there! I followed your link today for your favorite 2014 books from the SBU FB page, and then I stayed a while–you have a great blog!

    I have a baby girl nearly the same age as Jillian! Our Kalina was born on October 3.

    My favorite cookie to make for cookie swaps is this one–a giant chocolate toffee cookie! (Leaving out the walnuts is completely ok.)

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