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Use one sugar cookie dough recipe to make 3 different Christmas cookies! These easy ideas are perfect for kids!
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5 from 2 votes

Christmas Cookies 3 Ways

Use just one dough (either from scratch or from a mix) to make three kinds of Christmas cookies: Rudolph, Christmas lights (aka Stranger Things Cookies), and Christmas Cookie Cups.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern



  • 1 package sugar cookie dough break-and-bake squares
  • 1 tub vanilla frosting or use homemade (see note)

Rudolph Cookies

  • Red M&Ms
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Eyeball candies or chocolate chips

Christmas Light Cookies (aka Stranger Things Cookies)

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips Or use frosting
  • Candy-coated sunflower seeds

Cookie Cups

  • Christmas sprinkles or mini M&Ms


  • For cookies: bake according to package or recipe directions on a cookie sheet.
  • For cookie cups: spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place one break-n-bake square (or about 1 tablespoon cookie dough) in each muffin cavity.
  • Bake 8-12 minutes, or until done. Cool completely.
  • To make Rudolph: frost with vanilla icing. Place two eyes (or chocolate chip eyes), an M&M red nose, and two chocolate covered pretzel antlers on each cookie.
  • To make Christmas Light cookies: Frost with vanilla icing. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave (about 1-2 minutes, stirring each 30 seconds). If the mixture is too thick, add a drizzle of oil to thin. Place in a ziploc bag and cut off one tip. Pipe the light strand on the cookie. (You could also use a licorice rope for this.) Place candy sunflower seed "lights" on the strand.
  • To make the cookie cups: frost with vanilla frosting and sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles or candies.




Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.3mg