19 Sweet Treats for Your Christmas Cookie Tray

December 19, 2016
Working on your Christmas cookie tray?  Here are 20 scrumptious little bite sweet treat ideas for you.  They're sure to be the hit of Christmas day!

We've always had a cookie tray on Christmas day at my mother-in-law's house, and it's been my job to keep it fully stocked.  What about your family?  Are you working on planning your family's cookie tray?  If you are, then I've got 20 ideas for you right here!  These little bite sweet treats are sure to be the hit of Christmas day.
Oh, and I must say, I use the term 'cookie tray' loosely, because the Christmas day sweets certainly don't have to be limited to just cookies!  Right??  Right.

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My Mom has made these tasty little rum balls forEVER for Christmas.  I honestly and truly can't remember a Christmas when we didn't have these.  Naturally, I have continued the tradition, ... so we now end up with multiple batches throughout the holidays at both houses.  But that's no problem for us!  I've kicked them up a notch by using spiced rum and by ... well ... adding some extra splashes.  Mmmmmm, they're good like that.  But you might not want to light a match around them.  I'm just sayin'.

2.  Turtle Cookies 
Or, insanely delicious Turtle Cookies, as they're titled in their post.  These are by far the readers' choice for the most popular cookie on The Kitchen is My Playground - and might I just say ... you all have fabulous taste.

3.  Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Chocolate-dipped pretzels are always a hit.  And with no baking involved, you can whip these beauties up pretty quickly.  Use any type of Christmas-colored sprinkles you have on hand for embellishment.  Dip ... sprinkle ... dip ... sprinkle ... it's as easy as that!

4.  7 Layer Cookies
These 7 Layer Cookies are a Christmas tradition from Mark's family.  Since marrying Mark, I've heard many stories about his Mom having to make more batches of these like the day or two before Christmas ... because somehow they had all disappeared before the big day.

5.  Christmas Chocolate Kiss Cookies
These festive little sprinkle-adorned beauties are just plain fun to make ... and to eat!

6.  Candy Cane Cookies
The tradition of making these Candy Cane Cookies started way back when I was a kid.  Mom and I made this batch a couple of weeks back when we got together.  Making them with Mom was a fun trip down memory lane!

7.  Mocha Swirl Cookies
I made these beautiful swirls last Christmas to include in the sweet treat boxes I give my co-workers as a gift.  Were they a hit?  Oh, yes!

8.  Cherry Almond Cookies
With their white chocolate-drizzled maraschino cherries perched prettily on top, these adorable little Cherry Almond Cookies are one tasty treat!

9.  Christmas Chocolate Layer Bars
Rich and fudgy Christmas Chocolate Layer Bars are adorned with festive red and green for the holidays!  Whip up a batch for your cookie tray, and watch them disappear.

10.  Gingerbread Magic Cookies
Love magic cookies?  Then you'll go crazy for this Christmas version of the classic!  That's right, it's Gingerbread Magic Cookies, complete with a gingerbread crust, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate.  It's just as good as the original ... hmmmm, perhaps even better!

Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough ... dipped in chocolate ... because sometimes you really just want the unbaked dough.  Am I right?

Another one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I like mine 'naked' ... but add frosting and decorations, if you'd like!

Oh, these are soooooooo good!  A brown sugar cookie crust topped with chocolate, toffee bits, and pecans makes for some very rich-and-delicious Toffee Bars.

14.  Pound Cake Cookies
Love pound cake?  Well, enjoy the tender texture & flavor of cream cheese pound cake in bite-sized form with these tasty little Pound Cake Cookies.

15.  Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Inspired by the flavors of classic chocolate covered cherries, these Cherry Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for the holiday season.  Or for Valentine's Day.  Or ... for ANY day.  While they may not have the oozy, gooey center of chocolate covered cherries, they sure do  have that fabulous flavor combination of cherry and chocolate together!

16.  Orange-Coconut Balls
These little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch!

17.  Homemade Marshmallows
With their ultra-fluffiness and intensely-delicious vanilla flavor, Homemade Marshmallows are one confection I highly recommend for your cooking bucket list.  They are completely-and-totally worth the homemade time and effort! ... and a perfect extra-special addition to your Christmas cookie tray.

18.  Graham Cracker Pralines {aka ~ Praline Cracker Candy}
Loaded with pecans and chocolate chips, then slathered with cracker candy's signature boiled butter-sugar mixture, these Graham Cracker Pralines are a quick and easy totally delicious, totally addictive cracker candy treat.

19.  No-Bake Lumps of Coal {aka: Oreo Cocoa Krispie Treats Coal}
Know someone on the naughty list?  Make them a batch of these no-bake lumps of coal.  Oreo Cocoa Krispie Treats coal is such a deliciously fun way to tell folks they'd better shape up!

Happy holiday baking from my kitchen to yours!  Enjoy!



  1. You have some sweet baking talent! I love all of these ideas. I'll be sharing these in my social media sites! :)

  2. WoW! All of these recipes look amazing! I love the sound of the pretzel cookies but I cannot get peanut butter chips here in the UK! Also the 7 layer bars - they look awesome!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I think it is a little dangerous that I saw this post.

  4. I definitely love the pretzel rods and the ginger bread cookies. This is a great idea to round up your recipes for different themes.
    I am following you now and would love for you to follow along.

  5. All of these look delish and very festive! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  6. What a fun blog you have!!! First time visiting. I hope to see you link to my party here: http://atozebracelebrations.com/2012/12/tuesday-link-party-2.html
    Nancy :)

  7. All the sweets are so delicious to see..i wanna to try the toffy bars for this christmas....


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