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Easy Christmas Cookies For Once-A-Year Bakers

Making Cookies Count When You Don't Bake Much

Everyone goes cookie-crazy at Christmas. I'm surrounded by cut-out cookies with more icing detail than a painting, or gingerbread men that seem more like realistic life-models than treats.

What's a non-baker like me to do? How about this: just make some simple cookies that taste good and don't require a design degree—or professional baking skills—to make.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

It's totally okay to, you know, just bake a good cookie.

 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Photo by emden4ever

Let's face it, these cookies are called the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies for a reason. And that reason is people eat them immediately after looking at them. No time to admire the frosting here.

Peanut Blossoms

You want a little decoration, but not too much? Then this is for you. It's an easy cookie with the easiest "decoration" possible.

 

Peanut Blossoms II

Peanut Blossoms II | Photo by momomany

Just remember, the chocolate goes on the fully-baked cookie. Not on the raw dough. Don't ask me how I know this.

Pretzel Turtles

Ooh! These have THREE different parts to the "cookie." But you don't have to make any of them!

 

Pretzel Turtles

Pretzel Turtles | Photo by Treasure

There's really no better use of snacks than this.

Reindeer Cookies

So, you want a good cookie, and you'd like people to feel a little festive when they see them?

 

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Cookies | Photo by Ashley Schof

Then these Reindeer Cookies are what you need. Quick and easy holiday cheer!

Melted Snowman Cookies

The great thing about these? They've got "melted" right in the title, so they look festive even if they look, well, melted!

 

Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies | Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

Plus, these are prime candidate for already-made sugar cookies, or some refrigerated dough from the grocery store.

No-Bake Cookies

If you're as serious about not being a baker as I am, then these are for you. No oven, no problem.

 

No Bake Cookies III

No Bake Cookies III | Photo by vblumb

So go ahead, join that cookie exchange. Bring cookies to a holiday potluck. Set out a plate for Santa. These easy Christmas cookies will disappear just as quickly as the ones that took an expert to make.

More Adventures in Cookie-Ville

If you want to up your skills in baking or decorating cookies, we've got you covered. Here are (literally) hundreds of Christmas cookie recipes to practice on. Once you bake your cookies, here's a little decoration inspiration for you.

Want to branch out beyond Christmastime baking? Here are more quick and easy cookie ideas for you.

About Noel Christmas

Noel would really like that with some extra ranch dressing on it.