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Easy Christmas Cookies with Holiday Pretzels

These easy Christmas Cookies are salty-sweet addictive and look so pretty on a Christmas tray. You can make a lot at one time so you’ll have more time for wrapping those gifts!

Easy Christmas cookies on a white plate

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This time of the year it seems everyone is looking for easy Christmas Cookies to make to help ease some of that holiday rush.

I don’t know about you, but Christmas always seems like it sneaks up and it’s here before I’ve found time to do half the things on my list. That’s why I love to pull out this easy Christmas Cookie recipe; it’s fun to make and really is simple enough for even the smallest children to help make.  

You’re really just assembling the “cookies” – but the salty-sweet combo rivals Christmas cookies that take hours to put together. I made two batches yesterday and they’ve already disappeared! Thankfully these easy Christmas cookies can be made in no time so I’ll be making another batch before the holidays officially hit.

Easy Christmas Cookies on a red and white tray

How do you store homemade Christmas cookies?

These easy Christmas cookies should be stored in an air-tight container and kept at room temperature. You can also seal them tightly in freezer bags and store them in the freezer.

How long are Christmas cookies good for?

If stored at room temperature, they’ll last for up to one month. They’ll keep for up to three months in the freezer. You can make Christmas cookies from up to 1-3 months ahead of time this way!

I love to use star-shaped pretzels for these although I’ve seen bell and tree-shaped pretzels, too. You can purchase these holiday pretzels online if you can’t find them in stores, or you can use regular pretzels. The salty pretzels are so good with the chocolate!

You can make a huge batch of these easy Christmas cookies so quickly yet they’re always the first ones to go on a cookie plate. Holiday M&M’s are also around if you’d like to save yourself the hassle of separating out the green and red from a regular package (if your house is anything like mine, the extras won’t last long anyway).

In any case, enjoy these wonderful yet super easy Christmas cookies! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season and that you get everything you wish for and more. Cheers!

Easy Christmas cookies on a white plate

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Easy Christmas cookies on a white plate

Easy Christmas Cookies with Holiday Pretzels

Yield: 72 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

These really are the easiest Christmas cookies you can make! They're always a hit and will fly off of your cookie tray. Give some as homemade gifts, too!


  • 1 bag waffle or holiday-shaped pretzels
  • 1 bag holiday M&M’s plain or peanut butter chocolate candies
  • 1 12-oz bag Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Open the bags of pretzels and remove all the unbroken pretzels.
  3. Place them on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets in a single layer.
  4. Unwrap Hershey’s Kisses, place one on each pretzel, repeat for an entire cookie sheet.
  5. Place cookie sheet in the preheated oven and “bake” for six minutes.
  6. Immediately upon removing from the oven, place one M-n-M on top of semi-melted Hershey’s Kiss.
  7. Place entire cookie sheet in refrigerator until cookies are set.
  8. Place in cute holiday bags or on a cookie tray for your guests to enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 72 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

Kristy Bernardo
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Sunday 16th of December 2018

I was looking for a quick and easy recipe to make with the kids and we found these. They were delicious. It was so nice to be able to do something quicker than rolling out cookie dough which can take forever with kids helping! Now that we know they're a success we're going to make them again this week. Thanks for the great idea.

Julie Henriksen

Monday 2nd of June 2014

It is the 2. of June and I am loving these images :-)

the wicked noodle

Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

Thanks, Julie!


Saturday 14th of December 2013

I made these today with my four year old daughter. It was so great because she could help with all the steps from unwrapping the kisses, to placing the m&ms. She loved it and they are so yummy! We used regular mini pretzels and used both chocolate and candy cane flavored kisses. We were able to crank out tons in no time! Thanks!!

the wicked noodle

Saturday 14th of December 2013

This comment made my day, thanks Kelli! I love making these with my girls, too, it's become a holiday tradition. And they're sooo good, aren't they? Addictive! I hope you and your daughter have your best holiday yet. Cheers :)


Saturday 14th of December 2013

Can you freeze these How do you store them and how long do they keep?

the wicked noodle

Saturday 14th of December 2013

I haven't frozen them but I don't see why you couldn't. My only hesitation might be the chocolate, it might not look as good after being frozen although it shouldn't change the flavor. Be sure to wrap them VERY tightly or fill a freezer safe container and don't leave much space. You could also try wrapping one tightly and freezing it for a few hours then seeing how it changes just the one (you don't want to lose a whole batch)! For regular storage, leave at room temp and store in an air-tight container. They'll keep for as long as pretzels keep, so as long as the pretzels are still fresh everything else will be good, too. Let me know if you have any other questions, happy to help. Have a wonderful holiday season, Gail!!


Thursday 14th of November 2013


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