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1 Dough, 4 Christmas Cookie Recipes | Easy Holiday Cookie Ideas!

1 Dough, 4 Christmas Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/2 dozen 1x


This one, easy cookie dough recipe makes four different kinds of Christmas cookies! The holidays just aren't complete without a few (or more) cookies.



For the Base Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour

For the Chocolate Chip and M&M's Cookies:

  • 1 cup holiday colored M&M's
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For the Orange Cranberry Cookies:

  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 1/2 cups craisins
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or cream
  • Candied orange zest

For the Chocolate Mint Cookies:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Andes mint bits + more for drizzling

For the Double Chocolate Macadamia:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts


Base Recipe:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to incorporate. Add the baking soda, salt, and flour and mix until everything comes together.
  3. Scoop a rounded tablespoon of dough onto a parchment or baking mat lined sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


  1. Chocolate Chip and M&M's: Add 1 cup holiday colored M&M's and 1 cup chocolate chips before baking.
  2. Orange Cranberry: Add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract when you add the vanilla. Add 1 1/2 cups craisins (sweetened dried cranberries) to the dough and stir well to combine. Bake as directed. When the cookies cool, top with simple glaze (1 cup powdered sugar and 1-3 tablespoons milk or cream) and candied orange zest.
  3. Chocolate Mint: Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder (when you add the flour) and stir in 1 1/2 cups Andes mints bits. After baking drizzle with melted Andes mints.
  4. Double Chocolate Macadamia: Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder (when you add the flour) and stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts.


Please note that each of these variations are for a full batch of dough. If you want to make multiple variations, divide one batch of dough in two, and use half the add-ins for two of the variations.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Christmas cookies, easy cookie recipes, Christmas Desserts, holiday desserts