Fake It ‘Til You Bake It: The 10 Easiest, Most Worry-Free Christmas Cookies You Can Find

I come from a long line of amazing cooks. My grandmother, mother and sister all know how to make super yummy treats, amazing five-course meals, and basically every food you could ever crave. Me? I like to think that I’m just more of a utilitarian cook. As in, I just try to do what needs to be done. That’s why I’m oh-so-thankful for easy cookie recipes that don’t call for tons of flour sifting and candy thermometers.

I try to live up to my culinary roots, but the truth is that I’m just not a whiz in the kitchen. I still want to contribute to the holiday cookie exchanges. I still want to bake with my sister-in-laws and send out tins of cookies to my neighbors and co-workers. I just want to be able to do that without throwing my electric mixer across the room in frustration. Or spending a week and half to knock out a couple dozen perfectly beautiful pieces of toffee.

So, I’ve collected some of my very favorite recipes, along with some things that don’t even really need recipes. Peppermint bark, anyone? Here are the easiest of easy cookie recipes for all the other super busy, not-exactly-Top-Chefs out there like me.

Hazelnut Truffle Fudge

Fudge that doesn't require a candy thermometer? That's right. And it still looks fancy. Recipe from Chow

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal

No-Bake cookies are the best, and honestly, there are lots of great recipes. This one has my three favorite cookie ingredients and it's been tested by your's truly. Super scrumptious! Recipe from Real Simple


Thumbprints come in all shapes and sizes. This one happens to be a raspberry version from Martha Stewart. Basically though, take some basic cookie dough and put a good jam in the middle of it. Voila! Recipe from Martha Stewart

Peppermint Bark

The easiest of all easy easiness. Break up candy canes. Stir them into melted white chocolate. DONE! If you need a video step-by-step, watch it over at Food Network.

Angel Bites

I have to admit, I haven't tried this recipe. But my sister swears by it and she promises that it's basically melting butter and mixing stuff into it. Sounds easy enough to me. Recipe from Delish

Coconut Macaroons

Oh the easy yumminess of macaroons. A super simple mix-and-bake cookie. I don't even bother with that pretty drizzle junk. I just dip a corner in chocolate and call it a day. Recipe from Chow


Another holiday staple that you can make with the kiddos. Buckeyes won't leave you in the kitchen for hours stirring boiling sugar. Quick, simple, done. Recipe from Real Simple

Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies are another great basic cookie that you can dress up or let stand on it's own. All you need is a basic dough and pretty cookie dropper. Then you can add glazes or sprinkles or whatever your heart desires. My mom used to dye the dough green and add red-hots holly berries. Recipe from Martha Stewart

Orange Almond Lace Cookies

Alright, I won't lie. These aren't the easiest things on the list. But honestly, you just melt butter, mix in ingredients, and drop. They're so delicious and so worth it! You can do it. Recipe from Epicurious

Shortbut Rugelach

This traditional Hanukkah treat normally takes some time, but Delish has a yummy shortcut to keep the classic taste without hours making dough.
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    • Daisy

      You forgot Oreos! :P (Seriously, that’s what we put out for Santa at my house every Christmas Eve for years… That was the extent of my family’s holiday baking prowess!)

    • chickadee

      Please. Proofreading is your friend.


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