Cookies for Santa... He definitely deserves a reward (or, you know, several million!) for his enormous effort--and he needs the sugary fuel to get his epic workload done on Christmas Eve. So bake up a batch of something delicious and decadent with your little elves to keep the jolly big guy merrily motivated. 

Making cookies on Xmas Eve with my kiddies is a treasured tradition. They get so excited to prepare a satisfying snack for Santa--and we all reap the rewards of our not-so-selfless donation. We usually make shortbread cookies. They're quite labor intensive--at least for a novice baker like myself--but it's the one time of year we break out my family's super secret recipe. (Seriously, I had to beg, borrow, and plead to get my hands on this "heirloom.") I guess I won't reveal the big mystery, but I'll say this--extra butter makes everything better (except, you know, cholesterol.) I'm a cookie purist, so we decorate our shortbreads sparingly to preserve the rich flavor--no frosting and maybe a little sprinkle of sanding sugar.

But to each his own... Santa doesn't discriminate, a long as his cookies are made with love and holiday cheer, he'll happily leave you with a plate of crumbs. Chocolate chip, butter, gingerbread—we’ve rounded up the absolute tastiest treats he'll absolutely love. And don't forget some carrots for the reindeer!

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Christmas Light Cookies via Tasty Nova

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Traditional Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies via Live Well Bake Often

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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies via Yellow Bliss Road

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Candy Cane Cookies via Number 2 Pencil

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Hot Chocolate Cookie via Love From the Oven

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Brownie Roll-Out Cookies via Foodal

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Santa Mix Cookies via Very Best of Christmas

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Eggnog Cookies via I Heart Naptime

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Butter Cookies via Cooking Classy

Be sure to check out a few more of our fave holiday cookie recipes HERE and catch our recipe for sugar cookies using Almond milk HERE.



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