Christmas Cookies You Need NOW

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Baking is one of our favorite Christmas pastimes for many reasons. The smell of sweet goodness in the oven. The warmth that envelopes the kitchen. The smiling faces as your family sinks their teeth into your homemade treats. All of these recipes are sure to gift you these things and more.

Ricotta Sprinkle Cookies

If you’re Italian, these might already be a staple in your Christmas baking traditions. If you’re not, go ahead and add them to your to-do list. Try making these with the whole family!

Yield: 2 dozen | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
8 oz ricotta cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

For the topping
¾ cup powdered sugar
1½ tbsp milk
Red & green sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Beat 1 cup sugar and ½ cup butter in a mixer until combined.

3. Increase mixer speed and beat in 1 egg until light and fluffy.

4. Decrease speed again and beat in 8 oz ricotta and 1 tsp vanilla.

ricotta christmas cookies5. In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt for dry mixture.

6. Fold the dry mixture into the wet ingredients with a spoon. Beat until dough forms.

7. Drop dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about one inch apart.

8. Bake for about 15 minutes, switching racks halfway through. Cookies should be lightly golden and soft.

ricotta cookie recipe

9. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack and prepare the icing with ¾ cup powdered sugar and 1½ tbsp milk. When the cookies are cool, dip the tops in the icing and sprinkle with festive topping!

ricotta cookies

Horchata Cookies with Queso Fresco

Inspired by the Mexican cinnamon-flavored rice drink, these cookies might seem entirely unconventional, but the smell and taste of cinnamon is key in holiday recipes. Bring them to your company holiday party!

Yield: About 13 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

½ tsp cinnamon
1½ tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp horchata (or rice milk) 
1½ tbsp sweetened condensed milk 
½ cup white sugar 
2½ tbsp butter, softened 
1 egg 
¾ cup all-purpose flour
⅓ tsp baking powder 
½ tsp salt
¾ cup queso fresco, tightly packed

For the topping
2 tsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1½ tbsp Crema Mexicana sour cream
⅛ tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Make the horchata mix by combining ½ tsp cinnamon, 1½ tbsp flour, 1 tbsp horchata drink (or rice milk) and 1½ tbsp condensed milk. Stir well and set aside.

3. Beat ½ cup white sugar and 2½ tbsp butter with a mixer.

4. Increase mixer speed and beat in 1 egg until smooth.

5. In a separate bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, ⅓ tsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt. Slowly fold the mixture into your mixing bowl with a spoon.

6. Add ¾ cup crumbled queso fresco and the horchata mix you made earlier. Mix until a wet cookie dough is formed.

cookies with queso fresco

7. Drop dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about two inches apart.

8. Bake for about 15-17 minutes, switching racks halfway through.

9. Once baked, let the cookies cool on a wire rack while you prepare the icing. In a bowl, combine 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tbsp condensed milk, 1½ tbsp Crema Mexicana, and ⅛ tsp cinnamon. Mix well.

10. When cookies are cool, top each with the cinnamon icing and serve.

horchata cookies

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin isn’t just for Thanksgiving! These spicy-sweet sugar cookies are easy to make and stay soft for days. Treat your family to a batch on Christmas morning.

Yield: About 30 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 28 minutes

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar 
½ cup powdered sugar 
½ tsp vanilla 
4 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. In a large bowl, mix ½ cup butter, ½ cup oil, ½ cup pumpkin, 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ tsp vanilla, and 2 eggs until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, mix 4 cups flour, ¼ tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp cream of tartar, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice.

pumpkin cookie recipe

4. Slowly fold the dry mixture into your mixing bowl until completely incorporated.

5. Scoop dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the dough to ½ inch thick by using the bottom of a glass.

pumpkin cookies

6. Bake for 8-9 minutes, switching racks halfway through.

7. Let the cookies cool on wire racks before enjoying. (We recommend dunking them in your morning coffee!)

pumpkin sugar cookies

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