5 Tried + True Christmas Cookie Recipes

Tis' the season for baking all things yummy! We don't know about you, but we sure do love all the goodies that Christmas time brings. Here at A&E, we decided to do a cookie recipe exchange. We enlisted staff members to bring in their favorite cookie recipe along with a sample; for research, of course! After exchanging these delicious treats, we decided that they needed to be shared with you. We hope you'll check out the recipes that the families of A&E staff love. Some of these recipes have been in the family for years, while others are new recipes gathered online. Be sure to let us know if you make any this holiday season!

1. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

A twist on Peanut Butter Blossoms, these are sure to delight any peanut butter lover! This recipe comes from Michele Sampson, who said this recipe is a staple every Christmas in her family.


  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1 package of Reese's mini pb cups

  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 1/2 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • Directions: Cream together peanut butter & butter, then add in sugar and brown sugar and continue mixing. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl, then mix into other mixture. Roll into 1 inch balls and place them in mini muffin tins. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375F. Remove from the oven and push a mini pb cup into each cookie.

2. White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal

This cookie was made by Ellen Gumpman, who found this recipe online 3 years ago and has made it every year since. Her family of picky eaters loves them!


  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

  • Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. In another bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar & granulated sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg & vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add oats, cranberries & white chocolate chips and mix until combined. Cover & refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll dough into balls and bake at 350F for 10-13 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes.

3. Hot Chocolate Cookies

This yummy treat is perfect when you're looking to mix it up! This recipe was found on Pinterest by Kaitlin Childress. Her hubby gave it excellent ratings and so did we!


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 1/4 cup flour

  • 4 packages or 3/4 cup hot cocoa mix (do not use sugar-free)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • 1 cup mallow bits

  • Directions: Beat butter and sugars in large bowl until light & fluffy. Add eggs & vanilla, mix well. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Gradually beat dry ingredients into the butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits. Cover & chill for 30 minutes. Bake 9 to 11 minutes at 350 degrees. Cook 5 minutes.

4. Ginger Crinkle Cookies

This cookie has a great texture since it's rolled in sugar, plus it goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or milk! The recipe comes from Elmina Miller, passed down from her Amish family's cookbook. They put together a cookbook a few years ago to raise funds for a family member with cancer and now remains a great resource for generations to come!


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 2 1/4 cup flour

  • 2 tsp soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp cloves

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • Directions: Mix sugar, oil, molasses, and egg. Add dry ingredients. Roll dough in 1 inch balls. Put 1/2 cup white sugar in a bowl and roll each ball of cookie dough in the white sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350F.

5. No-Bake Cookies

If you're looking for a simple & quick recipe, look no further! These cookies require minimum prep time and no baking at all. This recipe comes from Tessa MacDonald, who received it from her mother's Mennonite cookbook.


  • 2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup margarine

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 3 tbsp cocoa

  • 3 cups quick oats

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • Directions: Add sugar, margarine, milk, and cocoa and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add oats, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix and drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Hopefully, you aren't too hungry now but feel inspired to try out a new recipe. We hope you have a fabulous holiday season and that these recipes will come in handy. Happy baking!

Tune in at the beginning of the new year to find out what trends (we say) need to be left in 2019!


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