Make Christmas Cookies with Kids – 2020

One of the best things you can give your grandchildren is yourself. Spending time and having fun is easy when making cookies and letting them decorate. I have a great recipe for sugar cookies that came with the cookie/pastry press my first mother-in-law gave me from the 1960s I think. Have a ball and make Christmas cookies with kids.

Best Sugar Cookies and Fun

If you’re looking for a new tradition to start with your children or grandchildren, this is a great one. It’s fun. And tasty. And it gives them an opportunity to give them as gifts to others. There is almost nothing like a homemade gift from kids. And they get to experience the joy of giving.

Plus it teaches them about measuring ingredients and a little bit of science. Some of the best memories are made while cooking or baking together. It involves so many senses and feelings. The smells, the taste, the sensory stimulation of decorating. The laughs when something goes awry. You know what I mean.

One of the great things about cookies is they are so easy to store. Cookie tins, freezing. It’s so great to take a bag of frozen cookies out of the freezer when you have the grandkids or guests over.

Before you put them in the oven, have the kids decorate with sprinkles and food decorations.

Here is my sugar cookie recipe taken from the Mirro Cookie Press mini recipe booklet I have:

Sugar Cookies for Press or Cookie Cutters

Tasty sugar cookies for decorating
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 72 cookies
Calories: 72kcal
Cost: $10


  • cookie press or rolling pin
  • cookie sheet(s)
  • spatula or pancake turner
  • Mixer, wire whisk or forks


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Cream shortening and sugar well (using mixer or whisk).
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Gradually blend in flour, baking powder and salt which have been sifted together.
  • Chill the dough for at least 3 hours if rolling for cookie cutters or slicing.
    If using a press, no need to chill ahead. Decorate with nonpareils, fruit, colored sprinkles or anything edible, then bake. Or use frosting after cooled.
  • Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes at 375°


Makes 6 dozen cookies.

Latest and Greatest Equipment

If you need some sources for cookie and pastry presses or other equipment, I’ll help you out right here.

I love this type of cookie press. It’s the type I have (and mine is ancient and made of aluminum). These last forever. Imagine all the cookies you can make. Plus you can decorate cakes or fill pastries with it. These are super easy to use and the results are awesome.

How to Use a Cookie Press

This cookie sheet set with cooling racks is awesome. Plus you can use them for many other dishes in the oven. Stainless steel. These will last forever. If you’re making a new tradition, what better way to stock your kitchen.

Cookie cutters are great for not only cookies, but other crafts or molding play-dough.

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Having a hand mixer sure makes it easier to make cookies or other baked goods. Have one that needs replacing? Here is a great one…

Black and Decker Helix Performance Hand Mixer

Are you a little more of a Pro in the kitchen? Maybe it’s a good time to update your equipment. There are great sales on mixers right now.

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Cuisinart Stand Mixer

Beautiful set of kitchen tools…

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KitchenAid 100 Year Anniversary Kitchen Tools

Cleaning Up

So there you have it. A great cookie recipe and everything you need to get started or update your kitchen for future baking. I had to throw in this apron (below). It’s just adorable.

I hope you had fun with this article and making the recipe with the kids in your life. I hope you have a great holiday season. Don’t forget to check out my Good Christmas Gifts for Kids article. It’s hot off the press.

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4 thoughts on “Make Christmas Cookies with Kids – 2020”

  1. Baking is so popular at the moment. There are so many programmes where they give demonstrations and have competitions. I learned to bake many years ago from my grandma and my mother. Now I am going to be a granddad not only is it fun to teach your children and grandchildren to bake. it is a good skill to have.

  2. Thank you very much. I’m looking for Christmas cookie recipe and this is a good one thank you
    For my children to be making for the holidays but I wanted to ask can I
    still use the recipe with no shortening r do you have a recipe with
    Christmas cookies with no shortening added. i will also like to share this article with some of my friends.

    • I might add another recipe or two. I found that the shortening in this recipe is quite good. The cookies aren’t ‘floury’. Check back in. I’ll add some more to it. Thank you for reading and asking. 


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