The 10 Best Holiday Cookies to Bake with Kids

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As a kid, there were few things more exciting this time of year than the annual tradition of baking holiday cookies with my family. From pressing my fingers into dough to make thumbprint cookies and adding the chocolate kiss to the peanut butter blossoms, to decorating sugar cookies and even pouring the chocolate chips into the bowl, there was always a way for me to get involved.

If you’ll be getting your little ones in the kitchen for some holiday baking, this lineup of cookie favorites is a great place to get started.

Gather your holiday cookie cutter and stir up some icing or prep some colored candy melts, because baking and decorating sugar cookies is a guaranteed hit with kids of all ages.

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Little hands can help roll these soft peanut butter cookies in sugar and unwrap the chocolate kisses and place them at the center of the baked cookies.

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The very best part of making these spiced cookies is stamping the dough with the cookie cutter and then decorating them with a simple icing and gumdrops.

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Candy cane cookies always feel like a glimpse into my childhood. Just as fun as nibbling on these minty cookies was rolling the dough into rope and twisting them together.

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Thumbprint cookies are always a great choice for baking with kids. This version starts with a duo of crushed graham crackers and flour, and bakes up plump and tender.

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Let little hands help you roll these cookies in sugar. Just be sure to have a wet paper towel handy since things can get messy.

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Even if your kids aren’t old enough to help with the cookies press, they’ll certainly enjoy decorating with sprinkles.

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When in doubt, go for the classics. Just be sure there are plenty of chocolate chips to nibble on while you’re baking.

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These four-ingredient (gluten-free and vegan) cookies come together in a single bowl, with just a little bit of elbow grease for stirring.

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You’ll love that this shortbread dough comes together with just a handful of ingredients blitzed in the food processor. Let the kids have fun rolling the dough and shaping it with cookie cutters.

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