Cookies for Santa! Make these cookie recipes for Santa with your kiddos, because the recipes are so easy, and they make 1 dozen cookies or less. You’ll be done making cookies before bedtime!


I’m rounding up my favorite cookies for Santa–well, I should say that Santa told me that these are his favorite cookies! Anytime we make any of these cookies for him, he only leaves the crumbs behind! The reindeer want me to put in a request for carrots, ok?

Let’s get to the cookies!

1. Christmas Lights Cookies

Christmas Lights Cookies for Santa! A small batch sugar cookie recipe with easy royal icing and M&Ms.

So cute, so festive, and everyone loves these Christmas Lights Cookies! This recipe has almost half a million pins! Plus, some Stranger Things fans have told me they love them, too!

2. Hot Cocoa Cookies


These hot cocoa cookies are my favorite cookies that I’ve made this year (2018). I can see myself revisiting these cookies at other times of the year without the marshmallow and peppermint extract, because the chocolate cookie part is so good!

3. Christmas Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs


Cute as a decorated Christmas Tree, these Christmas Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs are so easy to make. You will love the small batch royal icing recipe on top, too!

4. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars: a small batch of frosted sugar cookie bars with Christmas candy to decorate. Cookies for Santa!

If you’re looking for an easier route than rolling out cookies, you’ve got to make these Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars. Press the dough into one pan, bake, and slather with cream cheese frosting. Let the kids decorate with M&Ms to their heart’s content.

5. Gingerbread Blondies with Lemon Glaze

Gingerbread Blondies with Lemon Glaze cut into triangles to make Christmas trees.

If I were Santa, these gingerbread blondies would be my choice. The lemon glaze is optional, and only for true spice cookie freaks. These gingerbread blondies are super chewy and spicy, just the way they should be.

More Cookies for Santa ideas, this way:

6. Oreo Balls Recipe


I’ve got it on good authority that Santa loves Oreos. If you made this Oreo balls recipe for him, you would probably find a clean plate in the morning (and lots of presents!). I love that the recipe only makes about 22 truffles, so maybe the elves can have some, too.

7. Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Gingerbread cookies recipe

These gingerbread cut-out cookies don’t have to be made in the shape of hearts, but I happen to think they’re adorable this way. The glaze is made with fresh cranberries, to be the perfect shade of hot pink. Use gingerbread men, tree or snowflake cookie cutters if you have them.

8. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies


If you’re thinking the big guy could use a little caffeine to get through the night, these espresso chocolate chip cookies might be just the thing. Maybe they could fuel the gift wrap session that ensues after Santa delivers the toys ;)

9. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Chocolate Caramel Cookie Sandwiches by Dessert for Two

Soft, chewy chocolate cookies coated with crunchy sugar and sandwiched with salted caramel buttercream makes Santa feel like one lucky guy! This recipe makes just 10 cookies, or 5 cookie sandwiches. It’s the perfect amount for something so rich!

10. Chewy Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookie Recipe @dessertfortwo

To be honest, I have a really hard time sharing these molasses cookies. They’re perfection: full of molasses to make them super chewy, rolled in sugar for a crackle crunch crust, and packed with warming spices. There is no way you can just eat one of these cookies!

11. Gooey Butter Cake Cookies


A gooey butter cake cookie tastes like a bite of birthday cake and cheesecake at the same time. Yes, I’m not exaggerating. Make this small batch recipe for 12 cookies, but also, don’t miss the chocolate gooey butter cake cookies version, too!

12. Small-Batch Two-Ingredient Fudge

Two ingredient easy Chocolate Fudge recipe @dessertfortwo

If you can convince your kid that Santa needs something a little different than cookies, this two-ingredient fudge recipe is so fun and quick to make. There’s also an orange creamsicle version (scroll down), and I have a chocolate-covered cherry fudge too.

Merry Christmas, y’all! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! Show me on instagram which cookies you bake for the big guy!