Christmas cookies recipe

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Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 12 min
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  • These festive Christmas cookies are filled with red and green M&Ms and are perfect to hang on the tree, for the kids’ Christmas fete, or to give as homemade presents.

    Christmas cookies will fill your home with the lovely, comforting scent of freshly baked biscuits and everyone who walks through your door will be welcomed by it.

    Christmas cookies are a really speedy bake and they’re fun to make with kids too. If the kids want to get involved, you could get them some icing pens and let them draw on festive stars, or whatever else they like. Friends and family will love the personal touch, plus the cookies themselves are delicious too!


    • 125g unsalted butter, softened
    • 100g light brown sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2tbsp golden syrup
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • 160g self-raising flour
    • 100g red M&Ms
    • 100g green M&Ms


    • To make this cookie recipe, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

    • Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat the golden syrup into the butter and sugar along with the vanilla extract. Sift in the flour and salt until just combined.

    • Crush the M&Ms lightly with the bottom of a mug or end of a rolling pin. Stir the broken up M&Ms into the cookie dough mixture with a large metal spoon, until just combined.

    • Bring together the cookie dough in a ball and place on a floured work surface. Roll the cookie dough out to approximately 1cm thick and cut the cookies into circles using a medium-sized cookie cutter. If you plan to hang your cookies from the tree, make a small hole 1cm from the top of the cookie using your index finger.

    • Place the cookies onto the lined baking tray, allowing plenty of room for them to spread while baking.

    • Bake for 12 mins or until just golden brown.

    • Allow chocolate chip cookies to cool on the tray for few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

    • Once completely cool, you can thread a ribbon through the hole in each cookie and tie them to your tree.

    Top tip for making Christmas cookies

    Give the mixture as a fun food gift. See how with our special step-by-step video

    Ever wondered what the most popular cookie cutter shape is? Well drum roll please... it's the gingerbread man! Often considered the first cookie cutter shape, the gingerbread man is an all round favourite and proves this by not only popping up around Christmas time. Why not have a go at making some with out delicious gingerbread man recipe!

    Gift giving is always a really fun and special way to show you care about someone - especially when you've gone through the extra effort of baking the present from scratch! Now the last think you want is for your edible goodies not to be wrapped nicely - start simple with a sheet of plastic wrap, this way they'll be able to see the present is cookies and they won't be left next to the radiator under the tree! Next get some festive ribbon or string to secure the plastic wrap and tie in a beautiful ribbon. You could add a gift tag so they know who the delicious Christmas cookies are from!


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