Cute Little Christmas Cookies

I did a post for a friend of mine. Her name is Lil’ Luna and she is so sweet and incredibly talented! I made Easy Elf Cookies for her but, they are so addictive that I had to make other versions. These Christmas cookies are so simple and fun that they become addictive. Put them in a cute jar for teachers gifts. I am sure your c0-workers would love to get a jar full of these.

Easy Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comI think these red and green are my favorites but, I really like these trees! Is your head spinning with ideas now? These would be really cute for a birthday party!

Simple Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comI want to let you know that this is not my recipe. I am using the Land O Lakes recipe from the Sparkling Candy Corn video they made. I loved those cookies so much that I wanted to make them for Christmas. I did change the flavoring in the recipe because they used orange juice and orange zest and I wanted to add pure vanilla extract. You could also use peppermint extract or  other Christmas flavors.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Orange paste or gel food color
Colors of paste or gel food color of your choice

Combine butter and 1 cup sugar in large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla extract and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.

Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comDivide your dough into the number of colors you want to use and add the gel colors and kneed until well blended. I used AmeriColor Tulip Red and AmeriColor Leaf Green for the elf hats. You might want to use gloves for this step! Hint, hint!

Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comI only used 2 colors but, wanted multiple layers so cut each color into 4 equal pieces.
Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comChristmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comNext, layer your dough in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan and rotate the colors.
Then, chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comNow, slice the loaf like pieces of bread. Each slice should be about a 1/4″.Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comThen cut the slices into little triangles. If you want to see a video on this process click here.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake cookies for 7-10 minute.
Cool on wire rack.


For the Elf Hats:Christmas Cookies
Once the cookies are cool, it is time to add some edible fur. I used royal icing and sanding sugar but, if you don’t want to make an entire batch of icing you can grab some from the store such as Wilton Cookie Icing or Betty Crocker Decorating Icing.
Make a line across the bottom of the cookies and a dot on the top with the icing and dip it into the sanding sugar immediately. Let dry for several hours.


For the Trees:
Christmas Cookies
For the trees, I used AmeriColor Electric Green gel color to color the dough.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, add garland with red icing and dip into red sanding sugar. Let dry for several hours before you package them.
Christmas Cookies thebearfootbaker.comSpeaking of packing them up! I am ready to hand out some Christmas Cheer! I made some small boxes for individual gifts and some larger ones for families. I got my boxes here, the twine here and some super nice lady gave me some tags at Cookie Con! I don’t know your name but THANK YOU! I love my tags!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with for these cookies! Be sure to share your picture with me! Seriously, that is all I want for Christmas.


Happy Creating,


  1. These are so fun. I love working with colored dough, so many possibilities.

  2. Awwww – so cute! Love seeing them all packaged up, ready to make someone smile!

  3. The little elf hats are too cute! My kids would love them!

  4. I actually had on my list to turn the candy corn cookies into Santa hats, but you DID it and they are SO adorable! Love the elf hats and the trees!

  5. How cute are these!!! I’ve seen the Halloween ones but I never would’ve thought of making them into Christmas cookies. :)

  6. I’m really wanting to stack colored dough together and make these sweet little hats – looks like fun and I like FUN! :)

  7. I love your website and your cookies are amazing!! But who in the world eats all these cookies that you bake…you don’t sell them, right? By the way I love how these little guys look especially in the box!

  8. Cute with a Capital *C* :)

  9. I love these! Once again you have shown us just how effective simple can be

  10. These look adorable! How many cookies does the recipe yield?

    • Hi Danielle,

      This recipe yields a lot of cookies. How many depends on what size you cut them. I got over 100 from each batch. That is why I love this recipe!

  11. I have been looking for a cute cookie to make several dozen of for our youth group cookie sale fundraiser, and these are just what I was looking for! I can’t wait to make them!

    • I hope you have fun making them! It is a great recipe and you can make a lot of cookies in a short amount of time. Share a picture when you make them!

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