Lifestyle Food 3 Super Easy Holiday Cookies Made with Store-Bought Dough Watch how to make candy cane cookies, thumbprint cookies, and a Christmas tree cookie cake using store-bought dough. By Shay Spence Updated on December 20, 2016 02:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email We’re getting into the home stretch of holiday baking season, which means it’s time to take some shortcuts. These 3 deliciously festive cookie recipes all use store-bought sugar cookie dough — but they’re so adorable, no one will even question whether they’re scratch-made. Watch the video above to see how we made them, then follow the recipes below to do it yourself at home. For more holiday cooking hacks, follow People Food on Facebook. Candy Cane Cookies In a stand mixer, add 1 (16.5-oz.) tube refrigerated cookie dough, ⅓ cup flour, and 1 tsp. peppermint extract and beat with paddle attachment until thoroughly mixed. Divide the dough in half, and use red food coloring to dye one half. Roll the dough into 6-inch ropes and twist them together using one red and one white for each cookie. Form them into candy cane shapes and bake at 350° for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with simple syrup (1 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup water) and sprinkle with crushed candy canes while warm. Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Thumbprint Cookies In a stand mixer, add 1 (16.5-oz.) tube refrigerated cookie dough, ⅓ cup flour, and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and beat with paddle attachment until thoroughly mixed. Roll the dough into 1 1/2-in. balls and transfer to baking sheet. Make an indentation with your thumb in the middle of each. Bake at 350° for 6-7 minutes, then remove from oven. Add chocolate chips in the center of each and top with a marshmallow. Return to the oven for another two minutes. Remove from oven and let sit to slightly cool, then use a knife dipped in warm water to spread the marshmallows. Christmas Tree Cookie Cake Press 1 (16.5-oz.) tube refrigerated cookie dough flat in a greased 9-inch cake pan. Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. Invert the cookie onto a plate and top with vanilla icing. Cover completely with green sanding sugar. Pipe more white icing in overlapping circles, then decorate with mini gum drops. Cut into 8 wedges to look like Christmas trees.