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December 4th is National Cookie Day, and December 18th is Bake Cookies Day. I’d like to think that any day in December is the perfect day to bake Christmas cookies. Here are some suggestions for easy, breezy no-mess fun to reindeer poop cookies or traditional Christmas cookies. Bon Appétit!

First, a History of Cookies

nabisco barnum's animal crackers“Cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekje,” which means little cake. Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter to ensure that that they were ready for baking cakes. I wonder how long it took before someone ate one and said “You know, these aren’t too bad!”

Nabisco Barnum Animal Crackers were the first commercially produced cookie in the US, first introduced Christmas 1902. Now we spend more than $550 million on Oreos per year!

The most popular homemade cookie is the Chocolate Chip Cookie.


Baking Christmas Cookies with Kids {the Easy, Breezy Way}

pillsbury christmas cookiesI like to start with the absolute easiest way to put more fun in your day, so here it is!

Baking with the kids is supposed to be fun family time so don’t feel that you have to be mixin’ and stirrin’ and messin’ up the kitchen.

Keep it simple by baking premade dough cookies and focusing on the “togetherness.”

Take It Up a Notch

Pillsbury christmas tree sandwich cookieAfter the cookies are made let the kids focus on their creative sides by making sandwich cookies. Just spread premade icing or Nutella on the backside of a cookie, cover the spread with the backside of another cookie and squish so it oozes just a little (kids love this part!), then roll in sprinkles on a plate.

Now you have very pretty, very DIY Christmas cookies.

See more easy & fun Christmas Cookie Recipes using premade cookie dough at Pillsbury.


Reindeer Poop Cookies {with Free Printable}

reindeer poop cookies

Make these Chocolate Drop Cookies, put them in resealable plastic bags with our free printable Reindeer Poop bag topper and watch the fun begin! (You can also use the printable as a tent label beside a platter of cookies on your buffet table.)

Don’t want to bake cookies but still give kids some Reindeer Poop? Check out other alternatives here.


Traditional Christmas Cookies

baking cookies on dec 8 bake cookies day

Don’t be intimidated by all those beautiful photos you see at this time of year. Decorating christmas cookies isn’t difficult!

You can pipe icing on your cookies, “flood” them with thinner icing that dries hard or decorate with fondant icing.

(If you can make things out of playdough with your kids, you can make fondant decorations!)

For more information on how to use the different types of icing, see our article Icing 101.


Make Christmas Photo Cookies for a Personal Touch

christmas photo cookies

Have you seen the cakes in the grocery store that have family photos on them? Now you can put photos on edible paper using your HOME PRINTER!

The Edible Ink Cartridges are available for Epson1 or Canon2 printers. You also need the 8″x10.5″ Printable Frosting Sheets 3.

Just print your photo as usual using the edible products. Apply icing to the cookie where you want the photo. (This is the glue that holds the photo on.) Apply the photo – no pressure required. Pipe a frame around the photo if desired.

Christmas cookies with your family Christmas photos on them make fantastic gifts to give to your family, friends & neighbors!


I hope you feel inspired to bake up a batch Christmas Cookies to fill tummies with goodies and hearts with Christmas joy.

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