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15 Easy Mix + Match Christmas Cookies

15 Easy Mix and Match Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies don’t have to be complicated. We combined our favorite refrigerated cookie doughs with sweet mix-ins for 15 easy alternatives to the common cookie that taste as good as they look. MORE+ LESS-

Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  Your favorite refrigerated cookie dough (we used sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter, but any will do)
  • Melted chocolate chips (milk, dark or white)
  • Candy + pretzels 
  • Caramel + sea salt 
  • Mini chocolate candy 
  • Whipped topping + sprinkles

Start with: Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Here’s how we jazzed ‘em up (L-R):

  1. Topped with melted chocolate 
  2. Candy kiss + yogurt-covered pretzel cookie bars. 
  3. Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies 
  4. Easy Turtle Cookies 
  5. Sugar cookie cups filled with whipped topping + sprinkles 

Start with: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

See how we remixed this classic (L-R):

  1. Topped with melted chocolate
  2. Kraft caramels and mini pretzel rods
  3. Salted caramel thumbprints using caramel mixture from Salted Caramel Cookie Cups
  4. Topped with a mini candy bar
  5. Chocolate chip cookie cups filled with whipped topping + sprinkles

Start with: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s how we decked them out (L-R): 

  1. Topped with melted chocolate 
  2. Gooey Chocolate Caramel-Peanut Butter Bars 
  3. Salted Caramel Cookie Cups 
  4. Topped with a mini peanut butter cup candy 
  5. Peanut Butter Cream Cups 

How To Make ‘Em

  1. Melted Chocolate Drizzle: Put 1 cup of white or milk chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a plastic freezer bag and seal, then cut a small opening in one corner of the bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies. 
  2. Chocolate + Pretzel Cookie Bars: The method will vary slightly based on what type of dough you’re using. To start, press one roll of cookie dough into the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Then:
    • Sugar Cookies: Press pretzels lightly into top of dough and bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chocolate kisses.
    • Chocolate Chip + Peanut Butter: Press candy lightly into dough, followed by pretzels. Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
    Allow to cool + slice. Tip: It works best to slice these after you’ve taken them out of the pan. Line pan with foil before baking for easy removal.
  3. Caramel + Sea Salt: Our kitchen experts recommend Kraft caramels, because of how well they melt. To make your caramel mixture, combine caramels with a little water and/or milk in a microwave bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring until fully combined. Finish with sea salt for the ultimate sweet-salty combination. 
  4. Candy on Top: Top hot, just-baked cookies with chocolate candy of choice and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Lightly press down on partially melted candies so that chocolate pools around edges and candy sticks to the cookie. Top with sea salt if desired. 
  5. Cookie Cups: Check out our easy method for making basic cookie cups. Allow cups to cool, then fill with topping and decorate with sprinkles. Tip: Put whipped topping in sealed plastic bag, and cut off a corner to pipe it into the cups.