10 Christmas Cookies So Easy Kids Can Help Make Them

One mom shares a go-to list of cookies that are easy enough to bake with the help of little ones.
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I have four kids under the age of 7, so you can bet there are some Christmas cookies baking in my house — and the rascals want in on it. These are our favorite cookies for baking as a two-generation team.

Anything that involves rolling dough into a ball, jamming your finger into it and placing candy on top is a hit with kiddie cooks.

Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Macaroons

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Tara Donne

Mixing, scooping and baking is all it takes to make these sweet treats from Ina Garten — all without a moment’s worry about fussy decorating techniques.

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If you can boil water, you can make these amazingly decadent treats. Kids can position all the fruit and nuts in any way they like.

It’s hard to go wrong with The Pioneer Woman's white chocolate shortbread, especially when there is a job for sprinklers.

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Find out how a couple of pretzels and three M&M's can transform a simple snickerdoodle into the cutest reindeer this side of the North Pole.

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This one’s the healthiest cookie on the list — with whole-wheat flour and dried fruit or low-sugar jam — but don’t let that fool you. It’s as delicious as they come.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BALLS Trisha Yearwood Trisha’s Country Kitchen/Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate Food Network Butter, Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, Applesauce, Vanilla Extract, Allpurpose Flour, Baking Soda, Fine Salt, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Wafers, ChocolateAlmond Bark

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Take it from me: You’ll want at least one wet rag on hand while making Trisha Yearwood's two-bite treats with your kids. (That’s one of my main tips for cooking with small kids.)

Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

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Tara Donne

These two-step cookies beg for a small helper to take over at the glazing stage. Plus, this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis is a fan favorite, featuring nearly 1,000 reviews and a 5-star rating.

Ina Gartens Rugelach on a White, Purple and Gold Plate

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Tara Donne

Ina's holiday classics have at least two kid-friendly steps: adding the filling and rolling up the dough.

Here you have two adorable decorating techniques for sugar cookies: One is a simpler version of those melting snowmen you’ve seen and the other is the easiest Santa you’ll ever see.

Charity Curley Mathews is a mom to four kids under the age of 7 and the founder of Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe, a site full of simple, real food ideas for toddlers, kids and families, plus all the advice you need for eating together in peace. Usually. She’s a contributor to The Huffington Post, InStyle and eHow. Follow Foodlets on Facebook or Pinterest and you’ll never miss a new recipe or tip.

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