Turn Chocolate Chip Cookies Into Holiday Cookies With 3 Easy Tricks!

Every year, I get a head start on my Christmas baking by taking my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe and changing the mix-ins to create a variety of holiday cookies. It’s an easy way to make festive treats out of a basic recipe.

Before getting started, I make sure to have fresh baking soda and vanilla on hand. I also check the state of my baking pans and mixing bowls and replace any that need upgrading. I love the Wilton pans, spatulas, and glass bowls that I picked up at Kitchen Stuff Plus recently.

Visit your local bulk food store to purchase some fun holiday-themed mix-ins. I’ve included the recipe I use for making chocolate chip cookies at the end of this post.

Trick 1: Use red and green candies


Substitute some of the chocolate chips for red and green chocolate-coated candies or for red, white, and green chocolate chips. Use half of the chocolate chips that the recipe calls for and then put the colourful candies on top of the cookies to get the full effect of the green and red colours.


I put the coloured candy in this red and white host tray and bowl set, just to make it easier to reach the toppings. (I also love using these to create a festive atmosphere at home. Read more about how I do that here.)

Trick 2: Use white chocolate and candy canes


Replace the semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. This gives an entirely different look and taste to the cookies, but still lets you keep the same dough base.


The candy canes make the cookies a bit chewy and the white chocolate pairs nicely with the mint flavouring.

Trick 3: Bake cookies in a muffin tin and ice


Make the chocolate chip cookies in a muffin baking pan by scooping the dough with a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop.

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Pipe the cookies with green or white buttercream for a Christmas tree look. You can use any tip you like from a decorating kit. Add some festive sprinkles.


These cookies look so different from the regular chocolate chip cookies. They’re an easy way to mix up any holiday dessert and sweets table!


There are many more options to consider as well, like dipping half of the cookie in chocolate and adding sprinkles. You could also use half regular and half mint chocolate chips. I hope you enjoy trying these different ways of making basic chocolate chip cookies!

RECIPE: The Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl
  • Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture
  • Stir in morsels
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown
  • Cool on baking sheets for two minutes. Remove from wire racks to cool completely


  • For the red and green toppings, use only 1 cup of the chocolate chips in the dough and put the coloured candies on top before baking
  • When making the candy cane version, use 1 to 1½ cups of white chocolate chips and 6 tablespoons of crushed candy canes
  • For the muffin cups, place 1 tablespoon of batter in each liner and flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes, until golden. Do not overbake



Mary Ashkar

Mary lives in Toronto with her husband and two teens. She is a freelance writer and the founder of, a lifestyle blog inspiring slow living through posts on food, life, style, entertaining, books, parenting, and mental health. Follow along on Mary's colourful Instagram feed (, where you can see her love of flatlays and answer daily questions encouraging you to try new things and enjoy life's moments!