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Tips & Tricks for Making Simple Christmas Cookies in Your RV


If you are spending the holidays in your RV, you can still enjoy your favorite family Christmas traditions. In addition to putting up decorations, shopping for presents, and watching seasonal classic movies, we love to make and decorate Christmas cookies. No matter the size of your RV, there are cookie recipes that will work for you too.

Making Christmas cookies is a fun way to get in the spirit of the season. It’s also a great indoor activity that lets the whole family get involved. These tips can help you express your cookie creativity and make some special memories along the way.

Guest Post by Robin Buck

Know Your RV Oven

RVs differ greatly in their kitchen layout and appliance type. Understanding your oven is key to having a positive cooking experience. RV ovens are usually smaller than home ovens, so you may need smaller sized baking sheets.

Also, it can take more time to cook all of the dough since each batch will be smaller. If your oven uses propane, make sure you have enough for holiday cooking before you begin. Finally, make sure you preheat the oven to the correct temperature for the best results.

Cookie Dough Options

There are hundreds of different types of cookies that you can make. The important thing is to choose one that you have the time and ability to do in your RV. If you have holiday favorites, you can certainly continue your traditions on the road. I suggest making the dough one day and then cooking the next day so you have more counter space to work on.

Sometimes, though, you may want to simplify your holiday cookie baking. One way to do that is to purchase pre-made cookie dough. You can avoid having to get all the separate ingredients as well as doing the measuring and mixing required. Being able to just bake the cookies allows you to get right to the fun decorating part faster. Here is one recipe at Pillsbury’s website that uses their prepared cookie dough.

Another way to simplify is to use a cake mix to make cookies. You can choose from many flavors then just add one egg and ½ cup of vegetable oil to the dry mix. Stir to form a dough and then roll into 1-inch balls. You can add fun mix-ins like chocolate chips, sprinkles, or M&M candies before baking at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Simple Cookie Decorating

If you really don’t want to bake cookies at all, there is another easy option. You can purchase store-made cookies and decorate them yourself. It’s easy to buy your favorite cookies, dip half of each in melted chocolate, and then add toppings to make them look festive.

We like to use white chocolate and top with crushed peppermint pieces or milk chocolate topped with colored sprinkles. You can also dip cookies in red or green frosting and add various candy toppings. A super cute idea is Taste of Home’s Peanut Butter Penguin cookies made from Nutter Butter Cookies.

No-Bake Treats

Luckily, there are also lots of Christmas treats that don’t require any baking at all. Christmas wreaths are one example that mixes cereal, melted marshmallows, green food coloring, and red candies to make festive wreath cookies. One recipe for them can be found at Taste of Home’s website.

In addition to decorated cookies, one of our family traditions is making Buckeye Balls. These treats are another great no-bake, and easy, option. A scrumptious mixture of smooth peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar surrounded by chocolate is a real winner in our house. One recipe for them can be found at All Recipe’s website.

Enjoy Holiday Goodies

Don’t miss the chance to make Christmas cookies in your RV this holiday season. Whether you like to make them from scratch using a recipe passed down for generations or you want to try something simple this year, you can get creative in your RV kitchen. Your family will love the time of togetherness as you create memories while making and decorating your favorite holiday sweets.

Robin and her husband, Mike, are Air Force veterans and empty nesters who travel full-time in their Entegra Anthem motorhome. Always ready to explore, they love nature and wildlife, meeting new friends, and discovering America’s many hidden gems. Robin chronicles their adventures and experiences on her travel blog RVing with Robin.