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

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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