This collection of Small Batch Cookie Recipes is perfect for the holiday baking season. Whether you’re making a batch of Christmas cookies for your family to enjoy or filling a few cookie boxes for neighbours, this list has plenty of variety and you don’t need to spend hours baking cookies!
I love variety in Christmas cookies. It’s not uncommon to find 12-14 different kinds of cookies in my freezer at Christmastime. And while we enjoy our sweet treats, we don’t eat them all. I use the cookies to fill out dessert trays for entertaining and cookie boxes for family and friends.
That’s why I love small batch cookies. You get plenty of variety without baking four dozen of the same cookie!
What are small batch cookies?
A batch of cookies is just the total number of cookies a recipe makes at one time. For instance, a chocolate chip cookie recipe might note in the recipe that it “makes 4 dozen”. That would be the batch of cookies.
For me, that’s a lot of cookies. It’s more than we need, and it’s a big commitment of time since multiple pans of cookies will need to be baked in order to complete the batch.
I define small batch as any recipe that can be baked on one baking sheet or in a small 8 or 9-inch pan. While some bakers will define 8-10 as a small batch, I think 12-16 is the perfect number for Christmas cookies. It’s just enough to include in a few holiday cookie boxes with some left over for you to enjoy yourself.
Why you’ll love these small batch cookie recipes
- I’ve included all of my favourite small batch treats on this list – from drop cookies and bars, to rolled cookies and chocolate bark.
- They all make great options for gifting in cookie boxes or as dessert for small Christmas gatherings.
- There’s a mix of bake and no-bake treats, and most of them are freezer-friendly too.
- This list also includes cookies that are dairy-free, gluten-free and/or vegan, so there are options for all the cookie lovers in your life.
- All of the cookies on this list make about 12-16 cookies and come together easily to save you time and effort.
More Christmas cookie collections to enjoy
If you try any of these small batch Christmas cookies this holiday season, be sure to let me know which ones in the comments below.