We’re still in full holiday cookies baking season. Try these cute checkerboard cookies dipped in white chocolate!

Yummy holiday cookies with candy decorations

It’s T-9 days until Christmas! But that’s still more than enough time to be baking cookies, packaging them up in cute boxes and tins, and passing them on to those favorite people in your life that do so much extra through the year.

I’m talking about teachers, neighbors, caregivers and first responders. These are just a handful of people who deserve a little cookie love during the holidays. I think by baking homemade cookies, you’re making more of a statement of appreciation than buying store-bought.

These are really easy to make, even if they seem a little tricky trying to make them checkered. Let me show you how it’s done!

How do I make my checkered holiday cookies?

You’ll start off by making a regular old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe. Once you have that taken care off, split the dough into four evenly sized pieces. By adding food coloring to the cookie dough, you’ll get that awesome Christmas look.

These sugar cookies are more towards the soft tasting than a crunchy cookie. I finished mine off by dipping one corner into some melted white chocolate and then adding some Christmas sprinkles. You’ll want to do this after you dip each cookie as the chocolate dries quickly and it becomes harder for the sprinkles to stay attached.

Buy yourself some Christmas boxes or cookie tins from Michaels or any craft store and add some green or red tissue. Place a few cookies into each tin and you have a cute and easy Christmas gift ready to be delivered! I guarantee they’ll be well received.

Easy to make holiday cookies

These cookies will last 4-5 days in a sealed container at room temperature.

If you’re still looking for more Christmas cookie recipes, check out my 25 best recipes! below. Let me know if you bake any by tagging me @foodnessgracious on Instagram. I love to see what you’re making in the kitchen!

soft sugar holiday cookies

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Checkered Holiday Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 125kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
Soft sugar cookies checkered with green and red coloring to make the cutest holiday cookies ever! Each one is also dipped in white chocolate and then sprinkled with Christmas sugar.
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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 oz butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 drops green food coloring
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Christmas sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar until light and creamy on high speed for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and the egg and beat again making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.
  • Add the baking powder to the flour and then gradually add the mixture to the butter mixture on low speed.
  • Once all of the flour has been added, mix until the dough comes together into a ball.
  • Transfer to a table lightly dusted with flour and scrape the dough into 4 even pieces.
  • Take one piece of the dough and add a few drops of green food color to it. Knead the dough until the color has worked its way through and it looks a nice even shade of green.
  • Repeat this process with one of the other remaining dough chunks but this time add some red food color. The remaining two chunks of plain dough will stay as regular sugar cookie dough.
  • Shape each of the four balls of dough into long blocks about 8 inches long.
  • Place a block of the plain sugar cookie next to a block of the green cookie dough and gently press them together.
  • Place the other plain sugar cookie dough on top of the green cookie dough and finally place the red cookie dough on top of the other plain cookie dough.
  • Carefully mold the block of dough together and wrap in plastic wrap. Place it into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Once the dough has hardened slightly, cut the block of cookie dough into individual cookies about a half inch thick.
  • Place each cookie onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes int the oven or until the cookies are slightly golden around the edges.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, melt the white chocolate.
  • Take each cookie and dip a corner into the melted chocolate placing the cookie back onto the baking sheet.
  • Add some Christmas style sprinkles to the chocolate and let the chocolate set before packing the cookies into containers.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.7mg