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30 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes With Few Ingredients

These 30 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes are made with simple ingredients and fewer ingredients than a lot of the homemade cookies on the internet today. They are perfect for the holiday season and great to bring to any Christmas celebration.

30 easy christmas cookie recipes with basic ingredients for the holiday season

A collection of easy Christmas cookie recipes with few ingredients that make for easier baking! These easy cookie recipes are perfect for cookie platters for that special time of year.

When creating this list of holiday cookie recipes I wanted to make sure they all had basic ingredients that most of us already have on hand. This list had anything from gingerbread cookies to easy sugar cookies to shortbread cookies.

This list is sure to get you into the holiday spirit and I can guarantee that many of these will be added to your favorite recipes you make year after year.


  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cream cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Egg yolks and egg whites
  • Corn flakes
  • Rice krispies
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Coconut oil
  • M&M’s
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest

Gluten Free Soft Molasses Cookies

These Gluten Free Ginger Molasses Cookies are crispy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. They’re festive, full of warming spices, and the best gluten free holiday cookies to bring to any Christmas party!

easy chewy ginger molasses cookies on parchment paper

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

For a nostalgic holiday treat, try my Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies studded with dark chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. These healthy protein cookies are the perfect gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe. 

chocolate peppermint cookies with candy canes for christmas

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

This gluten free peanut butter cookie recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make, and only requires 10 ingredients! These easy peanut butter cookies are chewy, soft, and taste like a regular “unhealthy” peanut butter cookie! 

chewy peanut butter cookies with chocolate coating and peanuts on a white plate

Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These Heart Shaped Jam Thumbprint Cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough and filled with your favourite type of jam. These cookies are perfect for the holiday season, valentine’s day, or for any special occasion. 

jam drop cookies with strawberry jam on parchment paper

Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Rolled in powdered sugar, these gluten free chocolate crinkle cookies are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. This is like a brownie dough consistency and flavour shaped like a gluten free Christmas cookies!

easy olive oil crinkle cookies with powdered icing sugar

Healthy Oatmeal Protein Cookies

This Oatmeal Protein Cookies recipe is loaded with nuts, seeds, gluten free oats and whole grains for a cookie that packs some serious health benefits. These are the best healthy protein cookies …ever!

healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies perfect for christmas morning

Chocolate Brownie Sea Salt Cookies (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Fudgy middles, chewy edges, & intense chocolate flavour in one easy, homemade cookie recipe. You never have to choose between a brownie and a cookie again, instead give my Chocolate Brownie Cookies a whirl. One of the best cookie recipes around!

gluten free dairy free chocolate brownie cookie recipe

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are an easy recipe that yields healthy, soft and chewy cookies packed with melty chocolate chips! These dairy and egg free cookies are made with almond flour and gluten free oat flour to keep them gluten free, and vegan butter, almond milk, and dairy free chocolate chips to keep them a vegan cookie recipe!

vegan and gluten free healthy chocolate chip cookies with chocolate chips

Vegan Banana Cookies

These healthy gluten-free, vegan banana bread cookies are soft, chewy and so easy! They make the perfect snack, breakfast or healthy dessert! Loaded with peanut butter and chocolate chips, these almond flour banana cookies are a must have recipe!

gluten free vegan peanut butter banana bread cookie recipe

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe ever with super simple ingredients, and no chilling time! Such an easy homemade recipe, with soft gooey centers, these will turn out perfectly every time! 

soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe on parchment paper with a glass of milk

Sugar Free Christmas Sugar Cookies

With only a few simple ingredients you can recreate the classic sugar cookie into a much healthier homemade version! These gluten free sugar cookies are sugar free, gluten free, and taste just as good as your traditional sugar cookie recipe! 

easy sugar free gluten free sugar cookies on cooling wire rack

Christmas Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

These Christmas Chocolate Peppermint Truffles are one of my favorite Christmas desserts. This is the perfect recipe to bring to a holiday party or serve as a festive treat on Christmas day.

christmas chocolate peppermint truffles with candy canes

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

These classic Butterscotch Peanut Butter Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares isn’t technically one of the minimal ingredient cookie recipes. It’s creamy peanut butter and butterscotch chips mixed in with rainbow coloured marshmallows are truly a match made in heaven!

no bake peanut butter marshmallow squares

Easy Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies are a fun and easy way to get the kids baking with you. You only need 6 ingredients to make these adorable and festive cookies.

melted snowman cookies with m&m's

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint! The perfect Christmas cookie!

peppermint chocolate shortbread cookies with candy canes and white chocolate

Cranberry Orange Cookies

The secret to the absolute best cranberry orange cookies is soaking the dried cranberries in fresh orange juice! Plus, a fresh orange glaze makes these cookies so special!

cranberry orange cookies with orange zest

Vegan Snowball Cookies

These vegan snowball cookies are tasty, melt-in-your-mouth treats made with buttery pecans. They are easy to make with just 6 ingredients!

vegan snowball cookies with powdered icing sugar

Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms

You can make flourless peanut butter blossoms, that’s right, without any flour at all! These chewy cookies are so easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. Everyone loves this classic Holiday cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss on top.

flourless peanut butter blossoms with chocolate chip in middle

Easy Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

Easy Cake Mix Cookies uses 3 simple ingredients to create the perfect holiday sugar cookie. These make a great base for adding other things to them like sprinkles, icing or candy. 

easy cake mix sugar cookies stacked on top of one another

Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Cookies

These cookies combine two of my favorite flavours, peppermint and chocolate. And the best part is that they are very quick and easy to make!

peppermint dipped chocolate cookie recipe on red cookie platter

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe (With Icing)

A perfect sugar cookie recipe! They are easy to make with basic ingredients, bake up with crisp, defined edges and include a simple icing that dries firm!

easy sugar cookies recipe with royal icing and sprinkles

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

These vegan gingerbread cookies are soft, chewy and so easy to make. Full of warming spices and a hint of orange zest.

vegan gingerbread cookies

Easy 3-Ingredient Brown Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes as it’s a very basic 3 ingredient recipe that can be easily varied with other additions such as cinnamon and vanilla

brown sugar shortbread cookies for christmas

Easy Vegan Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Soft, fudgy, and rich, these easy cookies are the perfect holiday, winter, or Christmas cookie. These are such delicious cookies!

easy vegan peppermint mocha cookies with white chocolate and candy canes

Rudolf Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies

These Rudolph cookies are made with a cake mix, making them so easy and super fun to decorate! Perfect for a cookie exchange party.

rudolf reindeer cookies with cake mix on a plate

Grinch Sugar Cookies

These soft, chewy Grinch Sugar Cookies are colored green for the holidays, rolled in sugar, and decorated with a red heart. They are so simple to make; no chilling, rolling, or cutting required!

grinch sugar cookies with red hearts

Christmas Kiss Cookies

These easy to make Christmas Kiss Cookies are sure to be a hit! These soft chocolate cookies are covered with sprinkles and topped with a Hershey’s Kiss!

christmas kiss cookies with red and green sprinkles

Christmas Lights Cookies

Christmas Lights Cookies with a small batch of royal icing and mini M&Ms as Christmas Lights.

christmas lights cookies with white royal icing and m&m's

Chrismas Tree Sugar Cookies

Deceptively easy, these fun Christmas tree sugar cookies are perfect for unexpected festive visitors or for gifting.

christmas tree sugar cookies with pretzels and green icing

No Bake Nutella Cookies

No bake Nutella cookies are chocolatey, full of hazelnut flavor, ready in 15 minutes and gluten free! The perfect holiday cookie for all occasions!

no bake nutella cookies on white plate

Red Velvet Cookies

These red velvet cookies are so fun and festive for Christmas! This one bowl, no chill recipe is quick, easy and always a big hit.

red velvet cookies with white chocolate

30 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes With Few Ingredients

These 30 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes are made with simple ingredients and fewer ingredients than a lot of the homemade cookies on the internet today. They are perfect for the holiday season and great to bring to any Christmas celebration.



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  1. Omg tried the ginger molasses cookies and brownie crinkle cookies and they are AMAZING!! Will be referring back to this list all Christmas long!

  2. Stephanie Gills says:

    I’ve tried about 4 recipes from this list and they have all turned out to be absolutely delicious!! Super fun to make with the kiddos too! Thank you for this amazing list! 🙂