Christmas Cookies

These are our family’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for gifting to family, friends and neighbors or leaving out for Santa.

Christmas Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies

One of our all-time favorite things to do this time of year is bake cookies!! It’s something we do all year long but something we especially look forward to during the holidays.

Making treats and assembling plates for neighbors, friends and church members is a common occurrence and a tradition we look forward to each year. That is why I’m sharing this Christmas Cookies recipe today (modified off of our classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe), since it’s our favorite holiday treat to make and give this time of year.

These Christmas Cookies are filled with M&Ms and sprinkles and are so easy to make. I enjoy making them especially since it’s an easy recipe to involve the little ones. They love to add the ingredients and especially to top off each cookie with M&Ms. Each batch makes 3 dozen cookies which is great for our cookie plates since one batch with cover all the neighbors. In fact, we just made these yesterday for our neighbors! 😀

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookies Variations

This recipe is so simple and so easy to change up!! Here are some other ways we like to enjoy these Christmas Cookies by using the same base recipe and modifying it just a bit. 😉

  • White Chocolate Dipped Cookies – Make the cookies without adding M&Ms or sprinkles to the batter. Let set and then dip in melted white chocolate and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.
  • Candy Cane Bit Cookies – Make the cookies and add 1 tsp peppermint extract to the batter. Top with crushed candy canes and holiday chocolate chips.
  • Candy Cane Kiss Cookies – Make the cookies with chocolate chips or peppermint chips and right after pulling them from the oven – add a Candy Cane Kiss!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – can you really go wrong with the go-to classic recipe? I think not!!

Like I said – so easy to change up! And all of these are perfect for the holidays.

Easy Christmas Cookies

If you’re looking for a simple, festive and delicious Christmas goody, these ones will be perfect! And trust me when I say that Santa LOVES them too! ;D

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Christmas Cookies Recipe

4.66 from 20 votes

These are our family's favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for gifting to family, friends and neighbors or leaving out for Santa. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 175 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (or mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

  2. Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.

  3. Fold in sprinkles. Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.

  4. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.


Christmas Cookies - our family's favorite Christmas cookie to make to give to friends, neighbors and Santa!! YUM!


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Those cookies look soooo yummy and fun to make! My son is 7, just the perfect age for cookie baking!! What brand/where did you find those cute holly berry and leaves sprinkles please?

  2. These came out wonderful… great recipe and they are so festive! There are so many cookie recipes out there and I’m always nervous about trying new recipes but these are so great I will be adding to my recipe book! Thank you for sharing !

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies turned out beautiful and delicious. I made these to take to a ministry where toys were given out to kids in need. They cookies were on the table with many other kinds and these were most often first choice because they were so festive and attractive (and the m&m’s). Thanks for this wonderful recipe it was used to bless some precious kids. Each batch made 3 dozen cookies using a cookie scoop. They were very consistent and easy to make. I was so pleased with them ! Recipe perfect and timing as is !

  4. 5 stars
    We made these cookies last year & I can’t wait to make them this year!! They are so festive & delicious & perfect for cookie exchanges!

  5. 5 stars
    These were so fun to make. I love that you can change the m&m colors depending on the season/holiday.

    PS I love the Behind the scenes pictures

  6. 5 stars
    Who doesnt like a cookie that taste good and is easy to make? Not only is it pretty but you can change it to your liking. Perfect cookie for christmas giving!

  7. 4 stars
    I made these and they were super easy, but mind turned out a little salty? i know i only put in 1/2 tsp of salt, just like the recipe said…anyone have any idea why? was is because i used salted butter?

  8. I just took a batch out of the oven. Are they supposed to be super soft, almost still undercooked? Will they harden when cold?

  9. 5 stars
    I have made 135 of these over the past 3 days to give as Christmas gifts. This recipe is so easy. Decoration variation is endless. Thank you for a great recipe. I will be using it for years to come. Merry Christmas!

  10. 5 stars
    These are delicious!!!! tested them out tonight before making them for a cookie exchange party, and wow!!! so good. i made some without m&ms and they’re great that way too. truly the perfect cookie. mine stayed very full and were the right amount of crispy on the outside but gooey on the inside. i baked them for a little longer. 350 for 9 minutes. they seem to get even more delicious as they settle.

  11. 5 stars

    1. I wish I knew for sure. I know too much flour, using margarine instead of butter, or over cooking can cause crumbly cookies. Did you happen to do any of those, if not, I’m not sure?? They aren’t a crumbly cookie, so they shouldn’t have turned out that way.

    2. 4 stars
      Flavor turned out amazing, but same issue with mine, it turned out crumbly? and very dense when cooking them….I softened the butter in the microwave, would that cause crumbly batter/cookies?

  12. 2 stars
    I lost my favorite recipe for christmas m&m cookies and stumbled upon this one. For some reason my cookies came out incredibly greasy/oily. They taste pretty good but definitely not something I feel comfortable sharing.

  13. 5 stars
    Can I use Extra Virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil? They look great I got kisses and such to make more versions of it. Nice to have a common base! Baking makes the world go around, and a little sweeter!!?

  14. 5 stars
    These turned out PERFECT. Crisp on the outside soft in the inside. Best To eat not too long after BAKED.Thanks for the recipe.

  15. 5 stars
    I made these Christmas cookies, and they were abs d. I am making ahIn with peppermint choClYe bark. I made with candy cane hershey kiss, and they were ama. The baTter was delish. Imade with kinG auth flour.