20+ 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!

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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'.

Another great spiked option is this Southern classic.  Packed full with finely chopped pecans and the full-bodied flavor or bourbon, Kentucky Bourbon Balls are a fabulous holiday sweet treat.

3.  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.

4.  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!

5.  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.

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

7.  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!

8.  Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers
An easy, adorable, kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing festive treat that can even be made last minute if need be.  Adored by both kids and grown-ups alike, a platter of these beauties will disappear in a flash.

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

Hershey's Kisses sit atop tender cherry shortbread cookies to create these tasty and adorable little Cherry Kiss Cookies. With their fabulous cherry-chocolate flavor and beautiful pink hue, they're just perfect for Christmastime. But we'll sure take them for everyday snacking, too!

 11. Old-Fashioned Fruitcake Cookies ~ Loaded with candied cherries, candied pineapple, pecans and the fabulous flavors and colors of Christmas, Fruitcake Cookies are a fun and festive addition to any Christmas cookie tray. And hey, even if you don't like fruitcake, we'd venture to bet you'll love these delicious little beauties!

12.  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.

13.  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 ... sandwiched 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!  (And hey, if you're looking for other cut-out classics to decorate, check out our rolled cookie favorites:  basic rolled butter cookies, basic rolled shortbread cookies, chocolate sugar cookies.)

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.

17.  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.

18.  Classic Snowball Cookies
With their slightly-sweetened shortbread-type dough rolled in a coating of powdered sugar, who doesn't just adore classic Snowball Cookies?  I know we sure do!

19.  Red Velvet Snowball Cookies
Such a fun and festive twist on the classic!  With their chocolate flavor and deep red interior, these are a fabulous addition to any Christmas cookie tray -- and perfect for Christmas gifting-from-the-kitchen, too.

20.  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.

21.  Snickerdoodles
Loaded with great cinnamon flavor, their characteristic tang, and baked up pillowy-soft, these Snickerdoodles are the real deal.  And believe me, those cinnamon and Snickerdoodle lovers in your life will be ever-thankful for it!

22.  Peppermint Snowball Cookies
Fabulously festive peppermint flavor and a fun bright pink hue, all packed in an adorable classic snowball cookie form -- What more could we ask for in a Christmas cookie?

These super easy, super delicious Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies are a Christmas time staple.  But with their creamy peanut butter cracker sandwich covered in rich delicious chocolate, we think they should be enjoyed all year round!

Slather Ritz cracker sandwiches with an easy peppermint filling, dunk them in chocolate, and top them with a little sprinkle of crushed candy canes to make these super tasty no-bake peppermint treats.

25. Christmas Monster Cookies ~ Everyone's favorite Monster Cookies get decked out in red and green for Christmas! Chock full of peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and red and green M&Ms, these are one festively delicious holiday treat.

26.  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!

Chocolaty soft Oreo centers, dipped in chocolate, and beautifully decorated with white chocolate drizzle -- What's not to love about these classic little treats? They're a perfect party nibble, Christmas gift from the kitchen, or tasty treat whenever that chocolate craving hits!

A mash-up of chocolate covered cherries and classic Oreo Balls, these maraschino cherry-stuffed beauties are one super tasty sweet treat. Their cherry-chocolate deliciousness is just perfect for Christmas cookie trays, gifting, or just any time that chocolate-cherry craving hits.

Put a tasty holiday spin on your chocolate chip cookies. Loaded with candied cherries and the beautiful colors of Christmas, they're a fun and festive Christmas take on this beloved classic treat.

These simple little beauties are super easy to make! Taking advantage of prepared puff pastry as the base, you can whip up a batch of these classic French cookies in a flash.


  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....

  8. What a great selection!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.


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