Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get ready to sleigh your holiday baking with these festive Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies! These jolly treats are a must for your holiday cookie swap. With colorful swirls of red and green, and loaded with white chocolate chips, they’re like little bites of Christmas joy. Perfect for leaving out for Santa or sharing with loved ones, these cookies will have your taste buds dancing through a winter wonderland.

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Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

These Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies are cookie perfection! The cookies are soft on the outside and chewy on the inside. What makes them truly special is the festive touch with red and green swirls, which gives them a merry appearance. It’s like a cozy hug from Santa himself. So, whether you enjoy them with a glass of milk or as a delightful treat on a snowy evening, these cookies are pure, unadulterated Christmas magic on a plate. Yum!

stack of red green and white chocolate chip cookies

How to Make Christmas White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together shortening, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour, baking soda, and salt. Divide the dough into three equal portions. Stir in white chocolate chips to one portion. Add red food coloring to one portion and green food coloring to the last portion. Mix the coloring into the dough and add white chocolate chips. Take a little bit of each color of dough and roll into a ball. Place cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown. Cool cookies on wire racks.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • To get the festive Christmas colors, I used gel food coloring so the dough didn’t get thinned out. I bought the gel food coloring at Hobby Lobby. The gel food coloring is with all the cake decorating supplies. 
  • I use white chocolate chips. Feel free to use semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips.
  • Can I freeze chocolate chip cookies? Yes! You can make the dough ahead of time and freeze the cookie dough balls until you are ready to bake the cookies.
    • You can either thaw the dough before baking or just add a few minutes to the baking time. I LOVE being able to whip up some festive Christmas cookies at the drop of a hat.
    • You may also freeze the baked cookies. Cool the cookies completely and transfer to freezer bags. Store the cookies in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • Feel free to add nuts to the cookie dough. Chopped pecans or walnuts to the dough.
  • For an extra festive cookie, add holiday sprinkles or crushed candy canes.
  • This recipe uses shortening. I know some people don’t like baking with shortening. I have not made these cookies with butter. If you choose to substitute butter for the shortening, it will totally change the texture of the cookie. I LOVED the cookie just the way it was. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
red green and white chocolate chips cookies on cooling rack

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa

These cookies are the ultimate crowd-pleasers and deserve a spot on your holiday cookie tray. Serve them as a delightful surprise on Christmas Eve, leaving a plate out for Santa – after all, he’s got a sweet tooth too! They’re also a fantastic addition to any festive gathering, whether it’s a family get-together, a holiday party with friends, or a cozy evening by the fire. These cookies are like edible ornaments that can brighten up your dessert table during the entire holiday season. Don’t forget to enjoy them while decorating the tree, sipping hot cocoa, or watching classic holiday movies. Whenever and wherever you serve them, these cookies bring a touch of Christmas cheer to your taste buds. Whip up a batch ASAP!

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Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Get ready to sleigh your holiday baking with these festive Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies! These jolly treats are a must for your holiday cookie swap. With colorful swirls of red and green, and loaded with white chocolate chips, they're like little bites of Christmas joy. Perfect for leaving out for Santa or sharing with loved ones, these cookies will have your taste buds dancing through a winter wonderland.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together shortening and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Divide dough into three equal portions. Stir in ⅔ cup of white chocolate chips to one portion.
  • Add red food coloring to one portion – mixing well. Stir in ⅔ cup white chocolate chips.
  • Add green food coloring to the remaining portion of dough, mixing well. Stir in ⅔ cup white chocolate chips.
  • Take two teaspoons of each color of dough, and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Notes:

  • To get the festive Christmas colors, I used gel food coloring so the dough didn’t get thinned out. I bought the gel food coloring at Hobby Lobby. The gel food coloring is with all the cake decorating supplies. 
  • I use white chocolate chips. Feel free to use semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips.
  • Can I freeze chocolate chip cookies? Yes! You can make the dough ahead of time and freeze the cookie dough balls until you are ready to bake the cookies.
    • You can either thaw the dough before baking or just add a few minutes to the baking time. I LOVE being able to whip up some festive Christmas cookies at the drop of a hat.
    • You may also freeze the baked cookies. Cool the cookies completely and transfer to freezer bags. Store the cookies in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • Feel free to add nuts to the cookie dough. Chopped pecans or walnuts to the dough.
  • For an extra festive cookie, add holiday sprinkles or crushed candy canes.
  • This recipe uses shortening. I know some people don’t like baking with shortening. I have not made these cookies with butter. If you choose to substitute butter for the shortening, it will totally change the texture of the cookie. I LOVED the cookie just the way it was. 
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Steph

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  1. I made these last Christmas, and not only were they festive-looking, but absolutely delicious!! I steered a few people to your website when they asked for the recipe 😊 Well, I was hunting for some Fourth of July dessert ideas last week, and recalling these yummy cookies, I decided to conform them to the present holiday…. red and blue gel coloring with white chips! Turned out great!! Compliments galore!! Thanks for the recipe!! And I’m a huge fan of Meow Mondays!! 😻😻😻

    1. I use gel food coloring because it doesn't change the consistency of the dough. You can use liquid if that is all you have access to. It will water down the dough a bit.

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