The holidays are many bakers’ favorite time of the year. It’s their chance to shine! From painstakingly beautiful candies, to cakes or pies for office parties and festive get-togethers, there are so many occasions this time of year that call for sweet treats, especially cookies. In fact, it can be hard to keep up with all the desserts in demand. That’s where trusted cookie recipes that double, or even triple well, come in handy. Why dirty the stand mixer twice, right?
While not every recipe can be easily doubled (because the quantity of ingredients is too large for a single mixer or bowl), we’ve picked out a few from our collection that can certainly be scaled up. This way, you’ll have plenty of treats to bring to all the cookie swaps or share with loved ones this holiday season.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
The hardest part about doubling this recipe is individually unwrapping even more chocolate candies, but it’s a perfect task for the little ones to assist with.
A warm-spiced molasses cookie is exactly the kind of cookie everyone looks forward to this time of year. This reader submitted recipe is as straightforward as they come, too.
Santa’s Kitchen-Sink Cookies
Adaptability is built into the design of this cookie. Feel free to double the recipe and use whatever mix-ins you have on hand.
Sprinkle Stocking Cookies
A simple sugar cookie is a holiday staple for a reason. This recipe already makes 3 dozen, so doubled, it should make more than enough to ensure everyone at the swap gets a few.
Cornflake Wreath Christmas Cookies
No-bake cookies like these are some of the easiest cookie recipes to scale up, as you aren’t limited by oven space.
Chocolate-Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies
Royal icing is tricky, and the more cookies you have to bake, the more you’ll have to work with the notoriously fussy frosting. These gingerbread cookies ditch the classic icing for an easy alternative that yields just as beautiful designs.
Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies
Thanks to a quick dip in powdered sugar, which yields a beautiful crackling effect once baked, you don’t have to do any extra decorating work to make these cookies stand out on the holiday table. This is especially important when you need to make a double, or even triple, batch of cookies and don’t want to spend hours fiddling with sprinkles or piping designs.
These adorable cookies create an effective design in just a few steps, making it super easy to double or triple the recipe. Plus, the kids will love getting involved in the assembly of these treats.
A classic thumbprint cookie is extremely versatile and easy to double. Run out of apricot jam for all the cookies? Fill a second batch with raspberry jam, cherry preserves, or even your favorite sweet spread like Nutella.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Cranberry and white chocolate are classic winter flavors that combined in a cookie make a perfect seasonal treat, especially for those tired of gingerbread or sugar cookies.
Dark Chocolate Sablés
Don’t skip the flaky salt on these delicate French cookies. Not only does the salt help balance the sweetness, but the large flakes add a nice crunch and decoration on top.
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Brown butter is a worthwhile extra step that takes these classic warm-spiced cookies to the next level. It will also help set your Snickerdoodles apart (in a good way) from any others that might be at the cookies swap.
Cathedral Window Cookies
We love that this colorful treat doesn’t require an oven, making it super easy to double or triple for gifting or swapping.
Once you master the art of the Spritz cookies press, you’ll be pumping out dozens of these classic Christmas cookies in no time. Don’t be alarmed! A single batch does yield 85 cookies, but they’re quite small (you could easily eat five in one sitting). A double batch would yield quite a few more, but you’ll want everyone to be able to take home or have about dozen of these tiny cookies.
Pecan Snowball Cookies
These cookies use the South’s favorite nut as the base of a super simple cookie. Do take the time to toast the pecans though, as this will ensure these treats have the most flavor possible.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
It’s always nice to include a cookie that those with gluten or wheat allergies can enjoy too. These cookies also freeze super well, so you can easily make a big batch and have them frozen and ready to bake off whenever.
These low-effort Christmas cookies are not to be confused with the candy bar of the same name. Instead, they’re super tender butter cookies rely on mostly pantry staples and the work of a electric mixer, so they’re quick to throw together.
Cranberry Noel Cookies
Add a pop of Christmas red to the dessert buffet this holiday season with these cranberry cookies. A classic slice-and-bake cookie, you can quickly churn out these delicate shortbread-like treats in a flash.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Cake mix is not the first ingredient you think of when you think of cookies, but trust us when we say it’s the perfect shortcut for this easy holiday recipe.
No-Bake Dark Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
This no-bake cookie is really just an assembly process, which makes it super easy to double. Clear off all your counter space and build these delicious sandwich cookies using mostly store-bought shortcuts.