While we believe in baking all year-round, there’s no time like the holidays to whip up some tasty treats that bring family and friends together. During the months of November, December and January, it’s always a good call to have some fresh-baked goodies on your counter to wow your coworkers at an office function or stand out among the dessert table at a holiday party. Baking together can also be a fun, interactive way to celebrate the festive season with kids and other loved ones. 

These five easy recipes use Elliotts of Montana’s ready-to-bake cookie dough, relieving you of a lot of the extra work (and mess), so you can get to enjoying your treats faster. And with two new limited-edition Holidough flavors, you have even more options. Let’s get into the holiday spirit and start baking! 

Red Velvet Cookie Cheesecake Bars


1 tub Rudolph’s Red Velvet cookie dough

8 oz package of cream cheese, softened

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup sugar

Green and red sprinkles (optional)


How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan — Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. In the meantime, combine all other ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Remove the cookie dough layer from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the dough in an even layer. Bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is just slightly wiggly in the center. Add green and red sprinkles as desired. Allow to cool, then chill in the refrigerator. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Skillet Cookie


1 tub Frosty’s Salted Caramel cookie dough

Vanilla ice cream

Chocolate or caramel syrup


How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Press cookie dough into the bottom of an ungreased, 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. While still warm, top the cookie with 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, then drizzle with syrup. Cut into wedges and serve. 



Holiday Kiss Cookies


1 tub Peanut Butter Pleasures cookie dough

1/2 cup sugar

1 bag of Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, unwrapped


How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make rounded tablespoons of Peanut Butter Pleasures cookie dough. Add sugar to a small bowl and roll each ball of cookie dough in the sugar until evenly coated. Place cookie dough on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and press one chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie — Bake for 3 more minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating.

Christmas Jam Bars


1 tub Snickerdoodle cookie dough

1 cup fruit jam (of your choice)

1/4 cup chopped nuts


For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons milk


How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread 2/3 of the Snickerdoodle cookie dough into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes. In the meantime, combine all ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl. Remove from the oven and spread a layer of your favorite jam on top of the dough. Break the remainder of the dough into pieces and sprinkle across the top of the jam. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cookie dough topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool. Drizzle the glaze over the top with a piping bag or a spoon.



Gingersnap Men


1 tub Cookie Jar Gingersnap cookie dough

1-3 gingerbread men cookie cutters

Store-bought tubes of frosting for decorating


How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll chilled cookie dough out onto a floured surface until about ¼-inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on a cookie sheet that’s been greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Decorate with frosting to create faces, festive clothing, and more!

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