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3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies

You’ve got the holiday spirit, but what you don’t have is time. Check out these 3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies perfect for bringing to a holiday party or potluck, wrapping up to give as gifts, or just leaving out for Santa. They’re the easiest way to make homemade cookies.

You've got the holiday spirit, but what you don't have is time. Check out these 3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies & Candy perfect for bringing to a holiday party or potluck, wrapping up to give as gifts, or just leaving out for Santa.

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All these recipes let you enjoy some baking or creating time (either by yourself or with the family) while keeping it simple. That leaves more time to eat and relax!

What kind of ingredients should I keep on hand for quick baking projects?

When it comes to baking cookies there are usually things that you should keep on hand if you want to whip them up at a moment’s notice.

A few things that I usually keep on hand for baking projects like 3 ingredient cookies, are butter, sugar, flour, peanut butter, a variety of chocolate chips, and our favorite spices.

Aside from the butter there’s not a lot of these ingredients that you can’t keep on hand for long periods of time. Keeping extra sugar, flour, chips, and peanut butter on hand is easy.

glass of milk and cookies with holiday candle

What makes these holiday cookie recipes amazing?

All of these cookies for the holidays are made with just 3 ingredients each. That means you won’t need to mess with a ton of ingredients to make a tasty batch of cookies to share.

Of course not every cookie recipe on this list is made with the same three ingredients, but that’s okay! There are enjoy common elements that you can definitely whip up several batches of easy holiday cookies with stuff you probably already have on hand at home.

Can I make these cookies year round?

Absolutely. Sometimes we get a craving for cookies, and there’s just no putting it off. Don’t wait around for the holidays, just dive on in and make these cookies whenever you want!

The great thing about 3 ingredient cookie recipes is that you really can make them anytime and there’s no guilt involved. It’s simple ingredients, you might not even have to go shopping!

Another reason to make these cookies all year long is the fact that they’re quick to make. Since there are limited ingredients you probably expected this…they’re also really easy to whip up! No huge chunks of time need to be devoted to making a tasty treat everyone will love.

cookies baking on tray

The best holiday cookie supplies

I’ve had the same baking supplies for a decade now. Once you find good quality products, they should last you a long time!

I use a cookie scoop to fill muffin cups and portion out cookie dough.

I do my cookie baking on Pampered Chef stoneware bar pans that I’ve had for 20 years now. But occasionally I’ll use a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

A thin, metal cookie spatula is a must for taking them off the baking sheet and onto cooling racks. These cooling racks stack so they take up less space on the counters in my tiny galley-style kitchen.

More holiday sweets

If you’re willing to use a few more ingredients, we love these holiday recipes:

3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies

3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies Recipes

So easy! Bake up a batch of these 3-Ingredient Holiday Cookies to celebrate the holidays or anytime.

Looking for more holiday inspiration?

Check out my Sweets & Treats Pinterest Board.

Granny Baker

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Me & my son's used to make Christmas cookies every year for Santa. Now I carry on that tradition with my grandson. It's one tradition I love & look forward to continuing! He isn't as patient as my son's so 3 simple ingredients is absolutely PERFECT for him & I. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. We have new idea's that he can enjoy without losing interest.


Friday 4th of December 2015

ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!! I am ALL OVER this!! They all look SO scrumptious! Pinning this one! Thanks for linking up at Frugal Friday! :-)

Theresa @DearCreatives

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

I'm ready for some more cooking making! Need to add a few of these to my list. Nice roundup.


Thursday 3rd of December 2015

This is the perfect holiday recipe list! I had no idea you could make such wonderful things with so few ingredients. I have a new baking list now. Thanks!


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

More than a few of these look so tempting! Just found out today about a cookie sale I need to bake for. I am going to have to try some. Thanks for sharing!