Soft and Chewy Christmas Cookies

Six baked Christmas cookies with red and green candy-coated chocolates on a small baking tray.

If you are spending time outdoors over the holiday season you need to try these soft and chewy Christmas cookies. Sweet sugar cookies have small bites of colored chocolate candies poking out. They are great for a hiking snack or after dinner treat.

An easy to make recipe that features red and green candy-coated chocolates, they will bring a little Christmas spirit into your snacks. Of course, you can add other Christmas colors also. Or swap out the colors for other holidays or everyday cookies.

If baking these while camping, make them in small batches as camp ovens can be temperamental. They are exposed to the elements, so more extreme weather conditions can fluctuate the baking temperature. Alternatively, these cookies can also be made in a Dutch oven. 

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Eight raw cookies on a baking tray ready to be put in the oven.
Leave a good space between each cookie as they spread when cooking.
Two baked soft and chewy Christmas cookies on a baking tray.
These soft and chewy Christmas cookies make a perfect treat over the holiday season.
A ball of Christmas cookie dough in a signal large ball in a mixing bowl ready to be divided into small cookie sizes.
When the dough is ready it holds together well in a ball.
Three soft and chewy Christmas cookies are on a white plate on a red napkin ready to eat.
Red and Green candy coated cookies add a sweet treat to Christmas.
Six baked Christmas cookies with red and green candy-coated chocolates on a small baking tray.
Leave the cookies for a couple of minutes on the baking tray after baking so they start to set, then transfer to the cooling rack.

Soft and Chewy Christmas Cookies Recipe

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Six baked Christmas cookies with red and green candy-coated chocolates on a small baking tray.
If you are spending time outdoors over the holiday season you need to try these soft and chewy Christmas cookies.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Ready in 32 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
CourseSupper
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyBeginner
MethodBake
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolates e.g. smarties or m&m’s

Equipment

  • baking tray
  • 2 bowls

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line the baking tray(s) with baking paper.
  • In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Put aside until needed.
  • In a large bowl beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with a wooden spoon until light-colored and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well combined.
  • Add the flour and mix in until just combined then stir in ½ cup of candy-coated chocolates.
  • Make balls out of about 1 tablespoon of dough and evenly space them on the tray(s) making sure there is enough space for the cookies to spread. Push the ball down slightly with the palm of your hand then add some of the saved ½ cup candy-coated chocolates on the top.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 minutes. Remember that if cooking in an outdoor oven the elements can adjust the cooking time due to temperature fluctuations. 
  • The cookies are done when they are firm on the outer edges, yet still soft in the middle.
    Tip: If you prefer an English crunchy-style Christmas biscuit, cook until the center is firm.
  • Remove the cookies from the baking tray(s) and place them on a cooling rack.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 168mgCalcium: 52mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 295IUSugar: 25gFiber: 1gPotassium: 33mgCholesterol: 37mgCalories: 274kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 8gFat: 12gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 38gIron: 1mg

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