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Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

These sweet angel cookies are as much fun to make as they are delicious and cute. The kids will really enjoy baking cookies for Christmas in the shape of angels.

December 4 is one of this month’s food holidays known as National Cookie Day, so it is the perfect day to get baking.

Don’t forget to leave an angel cookie out for Santa so he can see them when he visits to drop off presents for all the good boys and girls.

If you have kids hoping to be on Santa’s nice list, make sure to check out our posts with Santa’s address and the official Santa phone number, so he will get their wishlist in time!

Christmas Angel Cookies

One of the best parts about the holiday season is making batches and batches of cookies. I love coming up with new recipes each year to tempt my family and friends.

These cute little angle cookies are simple to make and really set a holiday mood, to remind us of the reason for the season.

Printable Recipe:  Sweet Christmas Angel Cookie Recipe

To make the cookies you will need to first make the bodies and then decorate the cookies with twisted pretzels, frosting and colorful wafer cookies or round gumdrops for the heads.

Yield: 20

Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

These cute Christmas angel cookies remind us of the reason for the season.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of orange zest
  • 1 tsp of orange juice
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 40 small twist pretzels
  • 20 mint wafers
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons milk.


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 ºF.
  2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds until it has softened.
  3. Add the sugar and continue beating until it is fluffy. Stir in the orange peel and orange juice.
  4. Switch the mixer to low and gradually add in the flour and baking soda. The mixture will resemble coarse crumbs.
  5. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
  6. On an ungreased cookie sheet place one tablespoon of the dough and form it into a triangle. about 2 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide.
  7. Continue making other triangles until the dough is used up.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are firm and lightly browned. Lift to a wire rack and cool.
  9. Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a small mixing bowl beat the shortening and vanilla for about 30 seconds.
  10. Gradually add in one cup of the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Continue to beat, gradually adding in extra powdered sugar to make about 1 cup of frosting.
  11. Add a bit of frosting to the top of the triangle and under the back "shoulders."
  12. Attach the wafer head and two pretzel wings.
  13. Pipe some frosting on to the body of the angel to make the dress.
  14. Allow to set. Makes 20 angels.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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