Have Yourself a Very Duggar Christmas With These Christmas Cookie Recipes From the ‘Counting On’ Family

Like any family, the Duggars have their own Christmas traditions. There’s a “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” banner, goody bags filled with Pringles, beef jerky, and pickles, and a big nativity scene outside the family compound in Tontitown, Arkansas. The kids don’t get a visit from Santa, but they do draw names and exchange gifts with their siblings. 

While the Duggar’s Christmas might look a little different from yours, there’s one thing they do that’s likely part of your holiday routine as well: bake Christmas cookies. Over the years, members of this extra-large family have shared some of their recipes for holiday treats. And unlike some of their other widely mocked recipes (like dad Jim Bob’s barbecue tuna concoction), their favorite baked goods look pretty palatable. So try one of these cookie recipes, from classic gingerbread to oatmeal, and do Christmas like a Duggar. 

Jinger’s gingerbread cookies

Unsurprisingly, Jinger Duggar has a penchant for gingerbread. In 2018, she shared a recipe for gingerbread cookies on Instagram, which she called “super yummy.” You’ll find the complete ingredients and instructions in her Instagram post

A few weeks ago, Jinger also shared a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice muffins that wouldn’t be out of place in your Christmas morning brunch menu.  

Jill’s oatmeal cookies 

Jinger’s sister Jill revealed that she’s getting in the holiday spirit this year by baking cookies and watching Christmas movies (Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas) with her two kids. Her oatmeal cookies are a year-round favorite, but she made them extra-special for the holidays by adding some red and green sprinkles. You can find the recipe for the cookies (which comes from her mom Michelle) on her family’s blog. She also has a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that looks pretty tasty. 

The Duggar family’s Christmas Crinkle Cookies 

cookie dough with star-shaped cookie cutter
A star-shaped cookie cutter Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Duggars don’t keep all their Christmas goodies for themselves. As Michelle explained in a 2011 blog post, they have a tradition of sharing their homemade baked goods with people in their community. 

“We started out baking with the kids when they were little. I’d make some cookies and they’d draw little scribbly pictures on them. I would write a scripture on them, and then we’d deliver the treats,” she recalled.

“Now, the older ones do it,” she added. “So it’s really fun to see that it’s something that continues on.” 

One of the family’s go-to cookie recipes is for chocolatey Christmas Crinkle Cookies. You’ll find the recipe on the family’s website. Back in 2017, Jessa Duggar also shared the family’s recipe for cut-out sugar cookies on Facebook, mentioning that it was the “same recipe Mama used to make when I was little.” 

Another favorite Duggar treat? Buckeyes. These peanut butter and chocolate sweets are more of a candy, but they’ll still look right at home on your holiday cookie plate. The recipe is also on the Duggar’s website. 

Read more: ‘Counting On’: Jinger Duggar Gives Fans a Peek At Her Christmas Decorations

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