You don’t need even a single cookie cutter for any of these cookies. For the round shaped cookies, a glass or mason jar lid will do, depending on the size of cookie you want! Some only require dipping a pre-made cookie in chocolate or dipping icing and then adding a little glitz and glamour.
If you are really stretched for time, check in your local grocery store refrigerated section – there you will find sugar cookie dough already made for you. You just need to slice the dough, cook, and decorate. Your excuses are now sounding SO pitiful…
A lot of people profess to have the “Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever.” Over the years we have tasted MANY a sugar cookie and we’ve yet to taste one from a recipe that’s any better than the sugar cookie recipe that comes from the original cook book – The Betty Crocker Cookbook. Recipes that many a Mom have claimed as her own were taken (discreetly, of course) directly from those pages.
The cookies included in the list below require no (or only a tiny bit of) artistic skill. Follow the directions and you’ll do great! You’ll have plenty of cookies to eat and more to give away.
Christmas Trees – No Cookie Cutter
Let’s start with these really easy christmas tree cookies. Seems like anyone should be able to handle just a squiggle of icing and a red hot. Come on – get to it!
These Jingle Bell cookies are so original! You’ll jingle all the way with Sweet Suarbelle’s printable template for cookie-making perfection.
Maybe this is just wrong to think, but should the snowmen look so darned happy about melting? If you’re serving them at a party full of twisted wits, maybe you should put horrified looks on their faces. 🙂
Not only do you not need a cookie cutter to make these Santa cookies, you don’t really need a bowl. Due to all of us being really short on time these days, you could start out with pre-made cookies from the store. As a result, all you’d need to make these cookies is a little inspiration and, of course, some white and red icing, plus some red sprinkles.
These reindeer cookies are so cute! The face is designed with pre-made icing that comes in a tube, and the nose is a M&M.
These penguin cookies are super sweet for a winter holiday theme.
These ice skating penguins! are our favorite! With this recipe and directions, amazingly cute cookies that don’t require cookie cutters just don’t get easier. If you’re making these to go with coffee, the penguin would be delicious made from a chocolate covered espresso bean instead of a licorice jelly bean! (Spoiler alert – the tiny feet and beak are made from orange candy coated sunflower seeds.)
You don’t even need an “ornament” cookie cutter for these snowman face cookies. Just mash a little ball of dough on the circle after you cut it out with a glass or mason jar lid. As a result, with just a little bit of time, you’ll have some really great cookies.
These Christmas ornament cookies use Rolo candies instead of the standard Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. You can use either – it’s good to have choices.
It’s not often that a cookie could be described as gorgeous, but this time it’s appropriate for these beautiful snowflake cookies. These are almost too good looking to eat. We said “almost.”
Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies – No Cookie Cutter
Is cutting a circle out of dough with a mason jar lid rim just too much for you? Then just roll out the dough into one large sheet, cut them into triangles, cook, add a little icing and some sprinkles. Voila, you have beautiful Christmas tree cookies! Also, here’s a link for naturally tinted sprinkles.
Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies – Has Never Needed A Cookie Cutter
We don’t believe a cookie has to be decorated with a holiday theme to be given or served at a holiday. A great looking and great tasting cookie is always appropriate, no matter what time of the year. This would be a great one to do with kids. They roll the dough into balls and let mash them with a fork, then roll up smaller dough balls and attach them for the head and feet, while you supervise and clean up the gigantic mess. Look! We made turtles! And now Mommy’s taking a nap.
Melted Snowman Bark
Technically not a cookie, but definitely an easy holiday treat. A melted snowman is always sad to kids and humorous to adults. (Warning – Less funny in many parts of California where snowmen are just considered a quaint legend.) These Melted Bark Snowman treats not only don’t require a cookie cutter, they don’t even require an oven. If you are patient, you can melt the chocolate in the sun on a piece of aluminum foil made into a little “pan.”.
Dipped Oreo Christmas Tree
Here’s one where you don’t even need to make a cookie! These Oreo-Dipped Christmas Tree cookies are easy and fast and, most of all, there is a huge variety of Oreo cookie flavors to choose from!
Snowmen Nutter Butters
Here’s another “no cookie cutter” cookie where you don’t even have to bake a cookie! For these Snowman Nutter Butter Cookies all you need to do is buy the Nutter Butters, then practice designing them into perfect little snowpeople. Of course, you’ll have to immediately eat the practice cookies that weren’t “just right.” 🙂
Dipped Gingerbread Mistletoe Cookies
Here’s yet another idea that only involves dipping a pre-made cookie into some icing. Check out this recipe, if you prefer homemade gingerbread cookies over pre-made.
Star Wars Characters Cookies
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like Star Wars cookies. Make them for your Star Wars enthusiast – and we all know one. (This site behind this link is in Spanish, but you will be amazed at some of the Star Wars party ideas you can get from just looking at the photos.)
The Mouse Dipped Oreo Cookies
Easily recognizable as Mickey Mouse, of course. Again, you don’t even have to bake! Just melt chocolate and dip!
Barnyard Animal Cookies
If you’re looking for a farm themed holiday, look no farther with these Barnyard Animal Cookies.
Who doesn’t want Minions? Lots and lots of Minions. Oh, and Minion cookies, too.
Hold everything! Even though this example photo shows Day of the Dead skulls, take a look at how they are being decorated here. You don’t have to be an artist to create dazzling designs – as long as you can trace an image onto parchment paper. On this website, you’ll see lots of creative things to make and easy ways to make them. Plus, they tell you how to mix many icing colors like teal, grey, and purple.
Lambs – No Cookie Cutter, No Baking, No Work
“I can’t make those!” Well, for those of you that think you just absolutely can’t make cute and awesome cookies for the holidays, you don’t have to! You can actually buy them online and have them shipped in plenty of time to convince your friends and family you made them yourself. You’re welcome.
Snow Globes – http://tidd.ly/22d362d4 (LHEBakes)
Grinch – http://tidd.ly/826c91c1 (SweetConfectionsJess)
Mitten (custom) – http://tidd.ly/488afe7d (Busybee0715)
Tropical Christmas – http://tidd.ly/4234648e (Heidissweetshoppe)
50 Ways To Package Your Cookies For Gifting Them
Finally, here’s a bonus for reading all the way to the end. After you get your great looking cookies made, you can package them up with one of these cool ideas featured by Stephanie Lynn. One of the creative ideas for single cookies is an idea from Martha Stewart, and involves packaging cookies in a CD sleeve. You can buy CD envelopes with the windows in bulk here.