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Sweet Treats: Christmas Cookies by California Bakers

Sweet Treats: Christmas Cookies by California Bakers

Baking cookies is a holiday tradition. Up your recipe game with these tasty treats from California bakers.


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December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas! For many, it’s the most wonderful day of the year, and you can make it the most indulgent one yet by cooking up a big batch (or two) of delectable Christmas cookies. Whether you’re looking for easy Christmas cookies to make with the kids or wanting to put your own Christmas-baking skills to the test, these five holiday cookie recipes from California bakers are sure to inspire. 

So throw on your apron, break out the baking supplies, crank up the Christmas music, and get to it. Before long, the mouthwatering scents will permeate the house, indicating your Christmas desserts are nearly ready to pull out of the oven—but I won’t judge if you don’t wait until dinner. (After all, you should do a taste test, right?) I’ll be devouring my Christmas treats right away on the couch while watching Love Actually and sipping hot cocoa. And if you follow any of these Christmas cookie recipes, you probably won’t be able to resist, either. Happy baking!

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For a Traditional Christmas Treat

Christmas Cookies by The Kitchy Kitchen

Claire Thomas, the baking extraordinaire behind The Kitchy Kitchen, provides a straightforward recipe for Christmas sugar cookies. The former chef and food stylist started her lifestyle blog to share her recipes and photography and has since gone on to write two cookbooks, direct commercials, and land her own television show on ABC. Give her simple, versatile Christmas cookies a shot, and make them your own by adding colorful icing and sprinkles. 

Makes 3 dozen cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour

¾  teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces unsalted butter, softened

1 cup white granulated sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

For a Kid-Friendly Cookie

Reindeer Oreos by Sprinkles for Breakfast

Accomplished baker Lindsay Nathanson wants everyone to ditch the boxed cake mixes and premade frostings: She firmly believes anyone can bake something beautiful from-scratch in their own kitchen, offering easy recipes that result in delicious, Instagram-worthy treats. (She even provides free webinars, classes, and handy-dandy baking tips on her popular blog, Sprinkles for Breakfast.) Her Reindeer Oreos are so simple that even children can join in on the fun, so don’t be afraid to give them a shot and channel your inner Martha Stewart.   

Makes 36 Oreos


1 package Golden Oreos

4 ounces white melting chocolate


Colorful sprinkles

Candy eyes

2 ounces colorful fondant


For a Grown-Up Take on a Holiday Classic

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie with Bailey’s Buttercream by The Jam Lab

Food stylist, photographer, and recipe developer Amisha Gurbani has been cooking and baking since she was a young girl growing up in Mumbai, India. A computer engineer by day and a chef by night, she infuses many of her creations with spices, herbs, and fruits, resulting in one-of-a-kind flavor combinations. She shares her culinary works of art on The Jam Lab, where you’ll find recipes on everything from brunch and dinner dishes to fruit jams and sweet treats. In this elevated version of a cookie sandwich, the quintessential Christmas gingerbread takes center stage but gets an upgrade with unique—and unexpected—ingredients. 


Chocolate gingerbread cookie:

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

¼ cup dark cocoa powder

2 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed

¼ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsulfured dark molasses

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 large egg, room temperature

1 cup medium to small coarsely chopped 60% chocolate

½ to ¾ cup candied ginger, coarsely chopped

Demerara/Turbinado sugar for rolling


Bailey’s buttercream:

1 stick butter at room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream

For a Healthy Treat

Nut-Free Cut-Out Christmas Cookies by Against All Grain

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 22, Danielle Walker embarked on a wellness journey and completely changed her eating habits. In the process, she started her blog, Against All Grain, to share her experiences and help others who may also be facing similar ailments or food allergies. The self-taught chef now has several awards and a New York Times best-selling cookbook under her belt—and for good reason. All of her recipes are gluten- and grain-free and are appropriate for a variety of diets (including keto, paleo, and Whole30), but you would never know it. They’re that good. See for yourself by making her delicious nut-free Christmas cookies.  

Makes 1 dozen cookies



3⁄4 cup coconut flour

1⁄2 cup arrowroot powder

1⁄2 cup palm shortening, ghee, or coconut oil

1⁄4 cup maple sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1⁄2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon cold water, if needed



1 egg white

1⁄2 cup arrowroot powder

1⁄2 cup maple sugar

1 ounce cacao butter, melted

1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons natural liquid food coloring, such as India Tree brand

Which cookies will you make to celebrate the season? Let us know how they turn out in the comments.

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