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Christmas Cookies

Fully Loaded Christmas Cookies

Fully loaded, kitchen skin or Santa's Trash cookies. No matter what you call them these chewy cookies are loaded with chunks of white chocolate, red and green M&Ms and salty pretzels. The soft texture and extra's on top make them a favorite
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 332kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour regular or gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 4-ounce bar white baking chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup mixed red and green M&Ms plus 1/3 cup extra to add on top (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pretzels regular or gluten-free; roughly chopped (plus 1/3 cup extra to add on top - optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicon baking mat to line the pan.
  • In a medium sized bowl using a hand held mixer or with a stand mixer, beat together shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat until just combined.
  • In a second bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; whisk together.
  • Add to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined into a dough. Do not overmix.
  • Stir in white chocolate, M&Ms, and pretzels.
  • Use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop or roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet with 2 inches between them.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not overcook. Cookies should be slightly browned on the edges.
  • Transfer to a wire cooling rack. Cool fully on a cooling rack before serving.


Ingredient Notes
* We recommend Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour if making the cookies gluten-free.
The pretzels will soften when baked. Add extra pretzel bits on top, along with some M&M's makes the cookies prettier as well as leaves some crisp pretzels.
How to Store
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature. Cookies may also be frozen. Place in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg