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Christmas Cookies

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Have you finished all your holiday baking yet? Or, like me, are you just getting started? Well, there’s still time to whip out some perfect Christmas cookies for Santa next week!

I love these dark chocolate cinnamon cookies, as they are the perfect “cut-out” cookie, meaning they work great with cookie cutters. These are a welcomed twist on plain old-fashioned sugar cookies. The chocolate cinnamon flavor really makes them something special and they look nice when decorated with a plain vanilla powdered sugar icing and lots of sprinkles, of course!

Christmas Cookies

This is a quick cookie to bake, as no chilling of the dough is necessary. Just mix, roll out, cut out and bake.

Just remember to save some for Santa!

Christmas Cookies

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Holiday Cookies

Whip out some perfect Christmas cookies for Santa Claus with your children. Food blogger Jenna Weber explains why these are quick Christmas cookies in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.



  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • For Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk (or enough to form a thick, thick glaze)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until just blended.
  3. In another bowl, sift the cocoa into the flour. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined and a soft dough forms.
  5. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thick. Cut out cookies with holiday cutters and place on a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies for 12 minutes then cool on wired racks.
  7. To make icing, mix together the powdered sugar and milk until desired thick consistency is met. Spread icing over cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles!

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

Jenna Weber, food blogger for PBS Food's Fresh Tastes blogJenna Weber is half of the Fresh Tastes blog team. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2008 and, since then, has worked as a pastry chef, bread baker and freelance food editor. Currently, Jenna blogs full-time on where her delicious daily recipes and quirky culinary musings appeal to thousands. She lives in Northern California and, when not in the kitchen, can usually be found on her yoga mat.

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