30 Holiday Cookie Hacks - Rachael Ray Every Day

30 Holiday Cookie Hacks

These clever tips, easy twists and genius time-savers will have you baking like a pro, even if you're a cookie rookie.
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Big Dippers

Give store-bought cookies a holiday makeover by dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling on fun toppings.

Big Dippers

Big Dippers

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Get creative with these classic thumbprint cookies. The filling possibilities are endless!

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Gingerbread Caramel Filling

Think outside the jam jar!

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Gingerbread Caramel Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Gingerbread Caramel Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Marshmallow-Mint Filling

The taste of peppermint in these treats will put you in the holiday spirit in no time.

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Marshmallow Mint Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Marshmallow Mint Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Mocha Melt Filling

A hint of espresso gives these cookies an extra kick.

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Mocha Melt Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Mocha Melt Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Orange Cream Filling

The classic Creamsicle flavor gets a holiday makeover.

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Orange Cream Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Orange Cream Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Rose-Merry Filling

A unique flavor that's perfect for afternoon tea or cocktail parties.

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Rose-Merry Filling

Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies with Rose-Merry Filling

Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Sugar, spice and everything nice--this classic cookie never gets old.

Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Easiest Ever Frosting

Memorize this formula and you can make homemade frosting in a pinch!

Easiest Ever Frosting

Easiest Ever Frosting

Easiest Ever Frosting in Light Pink

Out of food color? Tint vanilla frosting in these flavorful ways.

Easiest Ever Frosting - Light Pink

Easiest Ever Frosting - Light Pink

Easiest Ever Frosting in Yellow

A neutral and happy color, brought to you by a secret ingredient!

Easiest Ever Frosting - Yellow

Easiest Ever Frosting - Yellow

Easiest Ever Frosting in Orange

This frosting tastes as tangy as it looks!

Easiest Ever Frosting - Orange

Easiest Ever Frosting - Orange

Easiest Ever Frosting in Hot Pink

This frosting is definitely on the fruity side.

Easiest Ever Frosting - Hot Pink

Easiest Ever Frosting - Hot Pink

Easiest Ever Frosting in Purple

If you're a fan of grape, then this frosting is right up your alley.

Easiest Ever Frosting - Purple

Easiest Ever Frosting - Purple

Easiest Ever Frosting in Blue

As sweet as a pack of blueberries.

Easiest Ever Frosting - Blue

Easiest Ever Frosting - Blue

Easiest Ever Frosting in Green

Not too sweet, with just the right amount of zest.

Easiest Ever Frosting - Green

Easiest Ever Frosting - Green

Crispy Canes

Create a swap-worthy cookie without turning on the oven!

Crispy Canes

Crispy Canes

Chocolate Haystacks

Bite into these cereal-laden treats.

Chocolate Haystacks

Chocolate Haystacks

Coconutty Snowballs

The tastiest snowball around!

Coconutty Snowballs

Coconutty Snowballs

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Everyone loves a chocolate-covered pretzel! Dress it up with holiday sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Homemade Hanukkah Coins

Fun, simple, and a great way to jazz up cookies you've already got at home.

Homemade Hanukkah Coins

Homemade Hanukkah Coins

Soft Sugar Cookies

Master this recipe and then change up the shape, toppings and flavor in tons of different ways.

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies with Edible Paint

Paint your way to the perfect holiday cookies, then enjoy all your hard work.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Edible Paint

Soft Sugar Cookies with Edible Paint

Soft Sugar Cookies with Colored Sugar

Add shimmer to your next cookie swap!

Soft Sugar Cookies with Colored Sugar

Soft Sugar Cookies with Colored Sugar

Star Cookies

One cookie cutter is all you need to turn out lots of fun, festive designs. Here are some ideas!

Star Cookies

Mini Menorah

A fun, sweet way to celebrate the holiday.

Mini Menorah

Snowflake

There's no better way to have snow around when none has fallen.

Snowflake cookie

Rudolph

Broken pretzels give these cookies an extra crunch.

Rudolph cookie

Poinsettia

The best types of flowers are edible ones.

Poinsettia cookie

Starry Santa

Leave these out for Santa the night before Christmas.

Starry Santa cookie

Plaid Gingerbread Bars

Save time on chilling, rolling, and cutting, by making pretty plaid bar cookies.

Plaid Gingerbread Bars

Plaid Gingerbread Bars

Christmas Tree Shortbreads

No need for a cutter: Turn classic shortbread into decked-out Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree Shortbreads