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2020 Christmas Cookie Countdown

Updated December 24, 2020

2020 has been a tough year for everyone; but the Mr. Food Test Kitchen is here to provide a little joy during the holidays with our annual Christmas Cookie Countdown! These fantastic cookie recipes are festive, delicious, and stunning. No matter where you serve them, or who you serve them to, we're sure these cookies will bring up some well-deserved joy. Come back every day until Christmas for a new cookie, and a new reason to smile! 

Christmas Magic Squares

Create a little Christmas magic of your own with our easy recipe for Christmas Magic Squares. This holiday-festive cookie bar recipe is great for snackin' on all holiday season long, like when you're at a cookie exchange with friends or when you're trimming the tree! No matter when you bake these up, they'll definitely fill you with the feeling of holiday magic! 

Peppermint Crunch Balls

Call 'em Candy Cane Cookies, call 'em Peppermint Crunch Balls... They won't be able to keep their hands out of the holiday cookie jar when you bake up a batch of these buttery, minty sweets! Talk about a festive Christmas cookie recipe you'll want to make year after year!

Mrs Claus Lemon Cookies

Mrs. Claus' Lemon Cookies have just a hint of lemon and are so festive-looking, they'll add sparkle to your dessert table easily. And since Mrs. Claus made them, you know they're Santa approved!

Cheery Cherry-Chocolate Cookies

Spread a little cheer with these Cheery Cherry-Chocolate Cookies! These no-bake cookies are super simple to make and taste like something you'd find at an Italian bakery. The combination of cream cheese, cherries, and almond flavoring is just perfect. 

Grinch Cookies

Everyone knows the story of the Grinch, whose heart was two sizes too small. Inspired by this beloved Christmas story, we came up with these Grinch Cookies. Just one bite is all it takes to grow your heart three sizes! You're going to love these holiday cake mix cookies.

Christmas Cookie Dough Balls

Uh-oh, did you forget to bake the Christmas cookies? No problem! With our recipe for Christmas Cookie Dough Balls, you serve the cookie dough without ever baking it! Unlike most store-bought cookie dough, this one is safe to eat. Even Santa would approve!

Iced Eggnog Cookies

Who says you can't have your eggnog and eat it too? These Iced Eggnog Cookies offer a double whammy of eggnog flavor, 'cause there's eggnog in the cookie batter AND in the icing! 

Holiday Cherry Drops

These colorful cookies will add that festive touch to any cookie platter this holiday season. The recipe for Cherry Drops is so easy, you'll want to make these all year long!

Best Christmas Cookies

This recipe was handed down to Mary Jane, from New Holstein, Wisconsin from her mother who originally received it from an elderly neighbor over 100 years ago! These are perfect to make with the kids, and decorate any way you want! 

Pistachio Holiday Cookies

Our recipe for these delicious holiday cookies is so good, that you'll want to make it year round! Our Pistachio Holiday Cookies are exactly the type of cookie Santa is hoping to see left out on Christmas Eve. 

Kris Kringles Pudding Cookies

There's a rumor being shared around the North Pole that these cookies might just be ol' Kris Kringles' favorite kind. You see, Kris Kringle's Pudding Cookies combine two holiday flavors that he really loves, pistachio and mint!

Italian Christmas Cookies

What's a cookie platter or exchange without a few Italian Christmas Cookies? Well, you'll be all set with these easy-to-make, fun-to-decorate, everybody-loves 'em favorites.

Mrs Claus Cinnamon Roll Cookies

When Mrs. Claus wants to welcome Santa's elves home from a long day in the workshop, what does she make? Her famous Cinnamon Roll Cookies, of course! The warm, sweet aroma of these baking gets all the elves lining up outside the kitchen to snag their own fresh baked cookie (and coming back for more), so Mrs. Claus always makes plenty of these treats to go around. 

Powdered Snowball Cookies

Our crumbly, Powdered Snowball Cookies, were inspired by a favorite winter pastime - making snowballs! These buttery and sugar-coated cookies will melt in your mouth, just like real powdery snowballs! 

Nonnas Shortcut Ricotta Cookies

Even the most old-school nonna (that's grandma in Italian!) turns to shortcuts from time to time, especially if she's got a whole lot of cooking ahead of her. Nonna's Shortcut Ricotta Cookies are so good, no one can even tell they were made using a shortcut. They might just become one of the most anticipated cookies on your Christmas cookie platter! 

Sleigh Ride Cookie Shots

The Christmas season is here and that means we're all looking forward to sleigh rides in the snow! But, before you climb on board, have some fun with these Sleigh Ride Cookie Shots. Not only is this cookie fun to make, it's fun to eat, no matter your age. This kids can fill these chocolate chip cookie cups with milk and adults can fill them with a little more Christmas cheer. They're the perfect snack to start your sleigh ride off right! 

Gingerbread Cream Cookies

These Gingerbread Cream Cookies are the crowning achievement of the Test Kitchen this holiday season! One bite and you'll get lost in a creamy wonderland of Christmas sweetnesss. They're the perfect creamy treat to give to family and friends, making them a present more delicious than anything Saint Nick could put under the tree. 

Holiday Wreath Cookies

At Christmastime, it's common to see doors decorated with wreaths. So, we thought we'd take the idea and bring it to our cookie platters! These Holiday Wreath Cookies start with a box of red velvet cake mix and are so festive and fun. You can even give yours a unique look with some extra decorations!

White Chocolate Peppermint Snaps

Ready for a Christmas cookie that is bright, light and totally refreshing? That's excactly what you'll get with our White Chocolate Peppermint Snaps! Why do we call them "snaps"? Because each bite is like biting into that timelessly classic holiday flavor: candy cane! And, with hints of white chocolate in every bite, you really can't go wrong this Christmas. 

Molasses Crinkles

This cookie recipe reminds us of all those times we went to visit Grandma and her house was filled with the yummy smells of cookies baking in the oven. What better way to stroll down memory lane than to bake up your very own batch of Molasses Crinkles.

Santas Swirl Cookies

This Christmas cookie recipe is made of pure magic! Why? Because jolly Kris Kringle made them himself; what could be better than a Christmas cookie made by Santa? Santa's Swirl Cookies are just what you need to really make an impression this holiday season. The Christmas cheer found in each bite is going to enchant everyone! 

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

If you're looking for shortbread cookie recipes that are simple and delicious, look no further than our Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. They're great without any fancy add-ins or decorations!

Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies

This holiday season, show your family and friends how much you love them by showering them with kisses! A dozen or two of our Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies, that is. There's no sweeter way to treat those around you this Christmas than with this easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe.  They'll love munching on these extra-sweet treats and you'll love seeing them smile! 

They're sure to kiss the cook when you pass out these melt-in-your-mouth mistletoe cookie bars, whether or not you're standing under the mistletoe.

Chocolate Snowcaps

Looking for something different? Something rich? Something chewy? Then you'll love our Chocolate Snowcaps! This easy Christmas Cookie is topped with coconut to remind us of the white Christmas we're all dreaming of. Let's get baking before Saint Nick comes down the chimney!


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