Quick and easy 3 Ingredient Christmas Cookie Recipe that melt in your mouth is perfect for little hands to help you in the kitchen over the holiday season. It's also a fun Christmas cookie recipe that will disappear fast as soon as you take the very first bite.
Let me show you how delicious a cookie made with very few ingredients is to make and enjoy.
3 Ingredient Christmas Cookie Recipe is also perfect for boxing up and sending as gifts to family that live miles away. It's perfect for hosting a cookie exchange party or as part of the cookie tray you put out for visitors who drop by over the holidays.
You don't need to chill this dough at all before baking. That's right. Simply put the dough together, form the balls and bake. They really are that easy!
If you love easy cookie recipes with few ingredients, check out my collection of 3 Ingredient Christmas Cookies.
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Main Ingredients Needed
This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
- Butter - make sure it's softened or the dough will not come together.
- Sugar - traditional shortbread cookies use powdered sugar, this recipe uses granulated sugar.
- Flour - all-purpose flour is used in this recipe.
Step 1 | Make the Dough
- Cream the butter and sugar together. You can do this by hand or using a KitchenAid mixer.
- Add the flour and combine till the dough comes together.
- Form it into a ball.
- Using a small cookie scoop or even a tablespoon, scoop out the dough and roll into small balls.
- Flatten the balls slightly.
Step 2 | Form the Cookies
- Make imprints on the cookies using either the back of a fork or a small whisk.
- Take a look at other kitchen utensils and see if other ones would make a fun imprint on the cookies.
Step 3 | Baking Instructions
- Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for about 15 minutes or just until the bottoms of the cookies are starting to change color.
- As soon as you see them start to change color, remove them from the oven.
- Allow them to cool for a few minutes before decorating.
Step 4 | Decorate
- You can enjoy the cookies just as they are, however, I think they're even better with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
- Add red and green Christmas sprinkles.
- If you're making these cookies at another time of year, try different colored sprinkles.
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- Melted Chocoalte - drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate. Or dip one end of them in melted chocolate.
- Roll in Sugar - roll the cookies in sugar and bake as balls instead of flattening them and making a design.
- Use either a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon sized measuring spoon to form the cookie dough into small balls.
- Make sure you dip whatever tool you use to make the indentations in the cookie in flour.
- You could actually store the dough in the refrigerator for about a week before you bake the cookies. Make sure you allow the dough to warm up to room temperature before attempting to roll them into the balls.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them in air-tight containers.
- Lay them flat with a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper in between each layer.
- After the cookies have cooled completely, lay them flat on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Place the tray in the freezer to flash freeze.
- Once frozen, place the cookies in a freezer safe bag.
- You could also freeze the cookies before baking by placing the shaped cookie balls into the freezer to flash freeze. Then place the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer safe bag.
- Baked cookies and dough balls are good for up to two months in the freezer.
They've both pretty similiar, however, sugar cookies have a leavening agent such as baking powder or baking soda. Shortbread cookies are a more simpler cookie with less ingredients.
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3 Ingredient Christmas Cookie Recipe
Quick and easy 3 Ingredient Christmas Cookie Recipe that melt in your mouth is perfect for little hands to help you in the kitchen over the holiday season.
- ½ cup butter; softened
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, cream the butter till it is light and fluffy.
- Add the sugar and continue to beat until everything is combined.
- Then add in the flour and combine together until it forms a sugar cookie dough.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon sized measuring spoon, form the dough into small balls.
- Place the cookies on baking trays that have been lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten the balls slightly.
- Make imprints on top of the cookies using the back of a fork.
- Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for about 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly browned on the bottom.
- Remove them from the oven.
- Allow them to cool for a few minutes before decorating with powdered sugar and red and green colored sugar.
As soon as you see the cookies start to change color, remove them from the oven.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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lois scott says
I have no idea what caused the problem, but these were a total flop for me. The only thing I did different I added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and dipped the whisk in colored sugar to flatten the cookie. Don't know if this is what it was or not. The cookie flattened out and ran all over the pan. Was "gluey" and I could not even scrape it off the pan. Have always ahd good results wiht these recipes before, but not this one.
I think by you adding the vanilla, which the recipe does not call for, changed the recipe and consistency of the dough. I hope you'll try the recipe again following the ingredients listed. Thank you for visiting.
Did you use all purpose flour or self rising?
This recipe calls for all-purpose flour. Thank you Linda!
I have scrolled thru everything to get this recipe but couldn’t find it! Forget it! Too much work.
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Myrna Smith says
Can this cookie be made with Pillsbury gluten free all purpose flour? Thank you so much.
I'm not sure. I've never baked with gluten free flour. I'm assuming you have? How does the gluten free flour perform in other cookie recipes? Do you need to anything to it or is it just like basic white flour? Let me know the results if you try. Thank you for visiting.
Frederica Rogers says
For the three ingredient recipe for the cookie Christmas cookies you done it doesn't say how much sugar how much flour and how much butter
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