Christmas Cookie Recipes Recap

Hi Friends!

Let’s talk christmas cookie recipes, shall we? Like I mentioned on Monday, I did a lot of baking this past weekend! Many of you have asked for the recipes I used, so here I am, happy to provide them. Some are on my blog, some are not my recipes at all and in that case I will provide a link to the recipe I used. However, in almost all cases, I made a few changes to whatever recipe I was using so I’ll tell you about those too.

Many of you have also asked if these are all healthy cookies. The answer is no. Some are healthier versions of holiday favorites, some are original recipes with a healthy swap here and there and some are just good old fashioned cookies full of butter and sugar. And you know what? I’m ok with that. I fully believe in enjoying treats in moderation :)

SO, let’s get started shall we? Here’s a look at all the Christmas cookie recipes I made this year:


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Let’s review, shall we? From the top:

1. Healthier Peanut Blossoms: Here are all the details on these healthier peanut blossoms!


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2. Spritz Cookies: My mom made these every single year growing up. This year I went out and bought my own cookie press so I could finally make them myself. I colored the dough with food coloring like she did and I used the same stencils in the cookie press that she used. I just used the recipe for traditional spritz cookies that came with my cookie press…but that recipe made 7 dozen so I halved it. Below is the recipe I used:

3/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1 egg white
1 Tbsp skim milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
food coloring

Directions: Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg white, milk and vanilla. Slowly add the flour and baking powder. Divide the dough in half and add food coloring. Put the dough in the cookie press and follow the directions to use it. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.


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3. Graham Cracker Toffee Squares: I’ve made these for the past few years. For the past two years I’ve made some changes to the original recipe I used so I updated the recipe in my original post. You can find the recipe by CLICKING HERE.


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4. Ginger Cookies– I’ve made several different versions of ginger cookies. This year I was looking for one without loads of butter! I found this recipe from Ina Garten and decided to use it, with some modifications based on what I had on hand. It made about 3 dozen cookies. I’ll admit I was skeptical about these at first because the mixture of just sugar, oil and molasses is weird…but I followed the directions and then added two eggs instead of one because I didn’t have quite as much molasses left as she called for. They turned out great! Below is the recipe I used:

2 1/4 c white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 c brown sugar
1/4 c canola oil
1/4 c molasses
2 eggs
extra sugar for rolling

Directions: Beat oil, molasses and sugar in a bowl for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and beat 1 minute more. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda and spices. Put the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove, roll into balls and roll in sugar. Place balls on a baking tray and flatten slightly with fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.


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5. Caramelitas– I made these for a cookie swap last year and they were great! This year I decided to make them just a little bit healthier. I think they turned out just as well as the original so I’ve updated the recipe in the original post. I used 1/2 butter, 1/2 oil instead of all butter, reduced the sugar by 1/2 a cup and used 1/2 the amount of caramel. I think using the oil made the coating on the xmas m&ms spread out which made them look even more festive :) Next time I might try with half applesauce/half butter instead of oil to see what happens. You can find the recipe by CLICKING HERE.


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6. Peppermint Bark– I just wanted to make a little bit of this because it’s so festive looking. I bought two 4 oz bars of chocolate (one dark chocolate and one white chocolate). I lined an 8×8 pan with foil, melted the dark chocolate, added 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, mixed well and spread it over the bottom of the pan. Then I melted the white chocolate, added another 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, mixed and dropped it in blobs on top of the dark chocolate. I used a knife to swirl it all together, then topped the whole thing with 2 crushed candy canes, pressing down lightly to help them stick, and stuck it in the fridge to set. Once cooled, I broke it into pieces. I like a strong peppermint flavor so I probably would add more peppermint extract next time, but that’s just me.


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7. Mint Chocolate Snowtops– This is another kind my mom used to make every year. I didn’t have her recipe so I used this one. I followed it pretty much exactly except I used dark chocolate chips and increased the amount of peppermint extract!


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8. Blackberry Oatmeal Bars– These are a favorite of both the hubby and I. I’ve been making them for several years now.  I always make homemade blackberry jam by just combining 2 bags of frozen blackberries with 1/4 c sugar and letting them simmer for 30 min or so. I usually add a little cornstarch to help it thicken. Then I refrigerate it overnight and make the bars the next day. It makes enough jam for two batches :) I store them in the fridge. The best way to eat them is microwaved for 15-20 seconds and topped with vanilla ice cream. Just sayin… You can find the recipe for the bars by CLICKING HERE.


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So there you have it! Marcus was angry that he didn’t even get one taste!


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Now, what did I do with all those cookies?!
I make cookie plates for friends and family!
This year I found little kits at Big Lots (3 for $2) and I loved them!


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So cute, right?!

What christmas cookie recipes did you make this year??!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. You were killing me all weekend with pictures of your Christmas cookies!! We have a big baking session with my sister and two cousins every year. It’s become a little less elaborate now with kids in the picture (sugar and gingerbread for the kids to decorate and we prebake a variety of other cookies). Cannot wait! I think that we’ll have to add some of these into the rotation.
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  2. OMG – I’m on cookie overload and I still have a week to go for Christmas! I was actually just googling for a molasses cookie recipe tonight. I may borrow your idea here… they look amazing, and I love ginger!
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  3. I made a batch of my mom’s butter cookies this morning. I even found a new cookie cutter to add to the mix: the fabled “leg lamp” from the movie “A Christmas Story.” Fitting, because that movie is a family fave.
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  4. This all looks so delicious! Especially the blackberry oatmeal bars. I haven’t done any baking yet but wish I could!
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  5. I was loving all your IG updates over the weekend! My mom made Spritz cookies every year too. So simple yet good. I’m pinning this for future reference (like this weekend’s baking-a-thon!). Thanks for sharing!
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  6. My boyfriend is an avid pb blossom fan so these are perfect. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. i die…sugar envy.

    next year, invite us all over!
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  8. I am going to make PB blossoms this weekend. I have a super easy recipe that uses cake mix. How much food coloring (and what kind) do you add to the spritz cookies? They have just the right amount of color? And, I think I have to try those toffee bars …
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    • i couldn’t really tell ya how much food coloring i used. I just kept adding it til the color was really bright green because i knew it would lighten up when baked!

  9. omg these all look amazing!! i haven’t made cookies this year but i’ve been making cinnamon sugar almonds to give as gifts!!
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  10. Wow, you were busy!
    My dad is mad at me because I won’t let him have any more of the carmelitas….I need to have some to bring to parties next week! I think I’ll need to make more (but this time I’m reducing the amounts like you suggested!)
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  11. I am so on board with every single one of these recipes!! And I agree with you- sometimes Christmas cookies aren’t meant to be healthy :-)

  12. holy schmokes! You are a real life cookie monster! 😉
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  13. I haven’t started my baking yet, but that’s on the agenda for this weekend! I’m so excited, especially after reading this post!
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  14. Oh, yum, Lindsay!! You’ve been busy busy in the kitchen. We made gingerbread cookies and cinnamon rolls to freeze for Christmas morning, but not much else… we’ve been given plates of cookies several times already, so I think we’ll be all set for this year!
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  15. You’re making it very hard for me to be a good pregnant girl right now. I want ALL of those cookies and I’m this close to calling up the husband and making him come home with supplies to bake everything agh!!! Let the cookie coma commence!
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  16. My goodness, you’ve outdone yourself. Officially drooling over these at my desk (Christmas cookies are a perfectly acceptable breakfast, right?) Very jealous, and I’ll definitely be trying some of these recipes! I didn’t make any cookies this year, but I’m going to try my hand at truffles this weekend for Christmas gifts. Last year I made quite the assortment, though–gingerbread men (and women), mint chocolate chip, sugar cookies and oatmeal craisin (by far my fave!) I think with these recipes on hand, next year will be a return to Christmas cookies! :-)

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy all those lovely cookies!
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  17. Mmmmm those cookies all look so delicious, especially the mint chocolate snow tops! I made those spritz cookies with the cookie gun for the first time this weekened and it was a lot of fun!
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  18. Lindsay, they ALL look amazing! I am a Christmas cookie monster, so I’ll be pinning away and deciding which ones to add to my last minute bake-a-thon! Thanks for sharing!
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  19. My mom and I just had a huge baking weekend. I was exhausted by the end so I couldn’t imagine doing it alone. We made: Club Cracker Bars, Peanut Blossoms, Lemon Ricotta Cookies, Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies, Eggnog Thumbprints, Peppermint Bark, Homemade Marshmallows, Cranberry & White Chocolate Scones, Kringla and Caramels. Now I want to make your blackberry bars! I have rhubarb/strawberry jam I made this summer so I might use that.

  20. Haha I love Marcus’s face in that picture! He’s clearly not happy you didn’t share any of the cookies 😛

  21. So so cute and fun! I made a ton of holiday cookies as well and am now just ready to eat them!
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  22. Holy cookies! You were quite the busy baker this weekend! Thanks for all the recipes!

    PS. I love the picture of your kitty! So funny!
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  23. #1 is definitely getting made this weekend…and possibly others! Thank you so much for sharing!
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  24. OMG caramelitas are my go-to dessert whenever I go to a gathering.. They’re always a hit!

    And I love that you made healthier PB Blossoms.. I will definitely have to try those!
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  25. This is like a cookie treat gold mine. Can I just have cookies all day now?
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  26. oh man… let the cookie drooling begin.
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  27. That is some serious cookie making! And they all look and sound amazing! Wish I could hire you to do mine for a cookie exchange I have tonight. Thanks for sharing all the recipes!
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  28. Oh my! I could get into some big trouble with all these. They look amazing.
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  29. Your last weekend is going to my weekend coming up. I’ve got 5 recipes ready to go. Instead of “real” gifts my extended fam is all getting cookies. It’s easy and I’d rather be in my kitchen than the mall shopping 2 days before Christmas! Ps- Marcus looks legit pissed. 😉
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  30. The link to Peanut Blossoms from the photo on next click is not working! Help!

  31. Yum!!! I usually just participate in a sugar cookie decorating extravaganza with some friends. Perhaps I’ll try one of these fun recipes this year!
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  32. Goodness, gracious!! I only made sugar cookies. I can’t imagine making that many cookies! I am impressed!!
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  33. These all look so delicious!! I need to find good gluten free recipes!
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  34. Love this post, so much cookie goodness! I love cookies :)
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  35. I want all these cookies! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  36. So many great recipes here. A perfect Christmas round up.
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  37. Those spritz cookies are so iconic – love that you made them yourself this year! Also, love Marcus.
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  38. Mmm those Graham Cracker Toffee Squares look amazing and so easy to make! I am definitely going to whip up a batch for Christmas at my house!
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  39. i’m waiting for my mom to visit to make spritz cookies– they’re my fav!
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  40. What an awesome idea, cookie tins for family! holy yum! I LOVE peppermint bark. love love LOVE. And we used to make spritzes too!!! I want some! Can I jump through the screen and get some?! :)
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