Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Christmas is my favorite season. For years, I’d start mixing Christmas cookies and creating candies around Thanksgiving, keeping busy all the way until Christmas. I’d make and freeze dough and cookies, decorating as I had time. Hours went into each cookie tray I made for friends, family, and coworkers, and they appreciated them. I did not scrimp on ingredients or the investment of time it took to make each cookie “just so.” But years passed, and I had children. The first child didn’t slow me down so much, but the second one sure did, and by the time the third child had arrived, I’d slowed down to making only one or two trays a year. I felt discouraged, as if I’d lost a large part of the holiday spirit.

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Then I discovered cake mix cookies. Now, while these aren’t as fancy as the ornate cookies I once made, they are delicious, simple to make, and always very much appreciated. All follow the same basic cookie recipe and with a bit of tweaking can be made vastly different from the others and none costs more than a few dollars tops.

Devil’s Food Cookies

  • 1 package devil’s food cake mix
  • ½ cup butter (margarine or canola oil may also be used)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer, drop by rounded teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 package butter cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together, drop by rounded teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Enjoy delicious chocolate chips cookies. Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size.

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Confetti Christmas Cookies

  • 1 package Christmas shaped confetti cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs

Mix all ingredients together, drop by rounded teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size. Frost with matching Christmas confetti icing, if desired.

Lemon Strawberry Drop Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • strawberry (or raspberry) jam
  • vanilla icing

Mix first three ingredients and drop by rounded teaspoonful on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 minutes at 350 degrees, remove from oven, put thumbprint in center of each cookie (using the back of the spoon keeps the cookies clean and your fingers unburnt), fill with a dollop of jam, then bake until set. Drizzle vanilla icing over the top when cooled.

German Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • caramel sauce

Mix first four ingredients and roll into balls and drop on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees and allow to cool. Drizzle each cookie with caramel sauce (found in the ice cream section of your grocers).

Tuxedo Cookies

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Hershey’s Hugs

Mix first three ingredients and roll into 1 1/2 ” balls. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Press one Hug into the center of each cookie as it cools and allow to set

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2/3 cups quick oats
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup raisins (may use butterscotch chips instead)

Mix ingredients, drop by rounded teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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