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9 Christmas Cookies to Bake with the Kids

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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Christmas is all about spending time with the people you love, and what better place to gather than in the kitchen? If you haven't already made baking with the little ones a holiday tradition, use these fun cookie recipes to get started. Each one includes a decorating step, whether that means piping icing or rolling the finished cookies in sugar, and kids' eager hands are perfect for the job. So choose from the recipes below, grab your Nellie's Free Range Eggs from the fridge, and get ready to make Christmas memories that you'll cherish for years to come.

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1. Easy Decorated Biscotti

Have the kids lend a hand once these crunchy pecan-filled Italian biscuits are out of the oven and cooled to room temp. The little ones can help adorn them with an assortment of melted chocolate (try a combination of milk and white!), piped candy melts, sprinkles, and even crushed candy canes. Once they're done, it's time to break out the hot cocoa!

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2. Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

Invite Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and friends into your kitchen with this easy to follow gingerbread cookie recipe. The best part? You don't need a reindeer cookie cutter to make this adorable sleigh-pulling crew. Just flip your gingerbread men upside-down, get busy with the royal icing, and watch them come to life!

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3. Swirled Meringue Kisses

Full of whimsy, these meringue cookies are piped with food coloring for a beautiful swirled effect. They're also easy peasy to make, requiring very few ingredients and not a whole lot of hands-on time. Watching egg whites whip into big white peaks is pretty magical; the kids will love being part of the process.

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Everyone loves a classic Christmas cookie, but who has time for all that rolling and chilling? These peppermint sugar cookie bars are like blondies, but with peppermint chocolate chips and crushed candy canes in every delicious bite.

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If there are any young budding artists in your family, they'll have a blast decorating these little leaf cookies before arranging them onto parchment paper. To go the traditional route, paint them with green food coloring and add round sprinkles or small red candies after baking to make adorable Christmas wreaths worthy of being left out with a glass of milk for Santa.

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6. Swedish Heirloom Cookies with Walnuts

Also known as "snowball cookies," these Swedish heirloom treats are as fun to make as they are to eat. The dough comes together in a jiffy, and once they're baked, kids can roll each warm cookie in confectioners' sugar. Take a bite and and they'll melt in your mouth almost instantly!

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7. Rudolph Stained Glass Cookies

Did you know that you can make stained glass Rudolph cookies with nothing but a little Christmas magic (and a few cherry hard candies)? Let the kids help crush the candies and sprinkle them onto the sheet pan, then wait for their eyes to light up as the candies melt into a shiny red reindeer nose!

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8. Tri-Color Polvorones

Wait, don't drink that cup of coffee yet! Every warm beverage needs a sidekick for dunking, and we recommend these classic Mexican polvorones. They're slightly nutty with a satisfying crunch; the perfect pairing for your morning joe or the kids' hot chocolate.

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9. Star of David Sugar Cookies

No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, everyone should have the chance to enjoy some sweet treats! These Star of David sugar cookies are decked out in royal icing and dyed a festive blue color, perfect for your Hanukkah celebration.

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