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Cookies make great gifts and are a delicious treat to bring to a holiday party. This is a guide about quick and easy Christmas cookies.

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Tip: Easiest Gingerbread Man Reindeer Cookies

Easiest Gingerbread Man Reindeer Cookies

Get more bang out of your gingerbread buck by simply turning the men upside down and decorating as a reindeer! Use other common holiday candies (candy canes, cinnamon beads) as decoration. Enjoy!

Source: My husband's crafty cousin

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Recipe: Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Colorful plump little Christmas cookies :-)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. butter (do not use margarine)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • Red, green and/or white sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter until fluffy. Beat in cornstarch and sugar and then blend in flour. Form dough into walnut sized balls and roll lightly in colored sprinkles. Place on a non greased cookie sheet. Very slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes but do not allow to brown.

Source: Can't remember where I found this recipe because have used it for a couple of years.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

Recipe: Polka Dots

Our local newspaper runs really good recipes. This issue has cookies that sound so good. The readership is small, and these recipes should be shared.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites (cold)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat egg whites and salt until stiff, then beat in sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until very stiff peaks form. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Place in preheated oven, then immediately turn the oven off. Do not open the oven until the following day.

These are basically meringue cookies with chocolate chips, and will be crispy and chewy.

Source: Gloria Pleva Kacik with the "Royalton Recorder" of North Royalton, OH

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Christmas Rocks (Cookies)

I don't know how they got this name; these cookies are tender and delicious, not at all like rocks. My mother made them every Christmas, and they were a real favorite. For some reason, they taste very buttery, even though they have no butter in them.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 cups chopped dates

Directions:

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar into the shortening thoroughly, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each. Mix the vanilla and the cream. Add the cream mixture and the flour mixture to the shortening alternately. When well mixed, add the dates and nuts, and mix in with a spoon.

Put on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart, they will spread, though not a lot. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Nut Roll Cookies

Our local newspaper runs really good recipes. This issue has cookies that sound so good. The readership is small, and these recipes should be shared.

This recipe is very exciting for me. I have been looking for it for years! My Mother used to make these, and called them Frozen Donut Horns. They are the best cookies ever! I can remember helping her with them every year. The pasty is flaky and so good, and the filling is crunchy and chewy and amazing. I can recommend these very, very highly!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 stick butter, soft
  • 1 can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large cake of yeast
Nut filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form

Directions:

Mix flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl, then add butter and mix well until blended well. Crumble the yeast into the milk until yeast is dissolved, then add to the flour mixture with egg yolks until well blended. Refrigerate dough, well covered, overnight. (this allows the yeast to develop slowly, which makes the dough more flavorful and makes the dough a lot easier to handle.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and keep refrigerated. Beat the eggs for the nut filling and combine all the ingredients. Leaving the other dough refrigerated, roll out each part on a surface dusted with powdered sugar (my Mother's trick, the newspaper recipe uses flour) into a thin circle and cut it into wedges, like a pizza. Place a spoonful of nut filling on the biggest part of the triangle and roll up just like a crescent. Bake in a preheated, 350 degree F oven for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown.

In addition to, or instead of, the nut filling, you can use 5 cans of poppy seed filling, prune filling, or an other thick fruit filling - or a variety. These are just wonderful cookies!

Source: Gloria Pleva Kacik with the "Royalton Recorder" of North Royalton, OH

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

Recipe: Taekwondo Christmas Cookies

Taekwondo Christmas Cookies

We made these sugar cookies for a Christmas party at our taekwondo dojang (school). The boys helped us make them, especially the red and green colored belts. We also did a separate batch of black belt cookies.

My friend Stephanie loaned me the "Ninja" cookie cutters for the occasion, but this look could be done with any gingerbread man cookie cutter.

Approximate Time: 6

Yield: 4 dozen

Ingredients:

    Cookies
  • 1/3 cup butter ($.50)
  • 1/3 cup butter flavored shortening ($.50)
  • 2 cups flour (all purpose) ($.25)
  • 1 egg ($.50)
  • 3/4 cup sugar ($.50)
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar ($.50)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Steps:

  1. Using a stand mixer, beat softened butter and shortening on medium until combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add in all remaining cookie ingredients, except start with only half the flour. Mix until thoroughly combined, then beat in the remaining flour. Do not over mix
  3. Divide dough into 2 -3 manageable balls and refrigerate for about 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Flour a counter or rolling surface and roll out the dough to the desired thickness. Cut as many cookies out of each roll of dough as possible.
  6. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 - 8 minutes until lightly brown. Cook on a rack
  7. Once cool, decorate cookies with icing or frosting. We mixed the Icing ingredients together, adding milk very slowly until it was the desired consistency. We probably added about 2 Tbsp. of milk. Orange juice could have also been used.
  8. We painted the icing on because we wanted to mimic the taekwondo uniform, leaving the head, hands and feet bare. You could also drizzle or dip the cookies to coat them. After they are iced, allow to dry until firm (about an hour).
  9. Once the icing has hardened, add the colored belt using red or green icing or decorator frosting. Allow this icing to harden as well
  10. To get the cookies to the party without ruining the decorations, I carefully stacked them on top of each other so that the rows protected the belts below. It seemed to work really well. We received many compliments on the cute cookies.

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Next time, I will do lemon extract or orange juice in the icing instead of vanilla, to offset the sweetness of the powdered sugar. You could also add peppermint or any other extract or flavoring

Source: This is based off of the recipe from my trusty Better Homes and Gardens "New" cookbook which I have used for over 20 years.

Tip: Last Minute Christmas Cookies

Here it is almost Christmas, and you don't have those dreaded cut-out cookies done yet? Easy. Go to The Dollar Store, and buy some packages of plain sugar cookies. Shake off the sugar and frost them. Now you have instant cut-outs and who is to know the difference?

By Joanne from Fond du Lac, WI

Recipe: Holiday Poinsettia Cookies

Poinsettia pinwheel cookiesThese look so pretty and can be used for Christmas or a New Years' party. It is not as sweet as some cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • parchment paper
  • 30 wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
  • 1 cup red sugar
  • 30 green M and M's (optional)

Directions:

Beat butter, cream cheese and egg yolk until smooth, reserving the white for later. Stir in flour, powdered sugar, and baking powder. Mix until stiff dough forms. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for an hour or more. Lightly beat egg white and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured board, roll dough, 1/2 at a time into a 15X9 rectangle. With sharp knife (I used pizza cutter) cut the dough diagonally to within 1/2 inch from the center of each square. Sprinkle about 1 tsp. red or green sugar over each square. I used green because that is what I had in the house.

For the center, I used jello Fold alternate corners of the square to for pinwheel, overlapping the dough at the center pushing down gently to seal in center. Press one M&M in center or using the handle end of a wooden spoon, dampen and stick the end in sugar to make center (that is what I did)

Servings: 30
Time:2 Hours Preparation Time
11 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: From Food Network but I tweaked it and added sugar and vanilla

By Elaine from Iowa

Recipe: Ritz Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo of Ritz Peanut Butter Cookies.These quick, yet delicious sandwich cookies use only a few ingredients and do not require any baking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 jar creamy peanut butter
  • 1 box Ritz crackers
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Add a few drops of olive oil, then melt chocolate until smooth.
  2. Take two Ritz crackers and lightly cover them with a peanut butter of your choice on one side. Put the two peanut butter sides together.
  3. Once they are stuck together, dip and cover entire cookie with chocolate.
  4. After the Ritz peanut butter crackers are covered in chocolate, sprinkle cookies with Christmas colored sprinkles.
  5. Place cookies on wax paper and let the chocolate harden.

Recipe: Toffee Crunch Grahams

Toffee Crunch GrahamsThis simple cookie uses only a few ingredients, but is sure to be a hit at your next holiday party. These are a sensation here in Northeast Ohio!

Ingredients:

  • 12 whole graham crackers
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups sliced almonds, walnuts or pecans

Directions:

Line a 10 x 15 pan w/foil. Place grahams on foil to cover pan. In saucepan combine butter and brown sugar, bring to boil stirring constantly. Pour over crackers in pan. Sprinkle w/ nuts. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Crackers in Pan Coated Crackers Baked with Nuts

Easy Christmas Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies, Tray of Christmas CookiesHere are some easy Christmas cookie recipes that your whole family will love. From classic Thumbprint to White Chocolate Cherry cookies, they are all fast, easy and inexpensive to make!

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Recipe: Easy Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies are great if you need last minute treats. It doesn't get much simpler than this!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. any flavor Pillsbury Plus cake mix
  • 1/2 c. margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 egg

Directions:

Combine all ingredients at low speed until thoroughly moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes. Cool two minutes; remove from pans.

Tips: If using chocolate cake mix, add 2 Tbsp. water to ingredients. If desired, stir in 1 c. chocolate chips or 1/2 c. chopped nuts. You can also frost cookies with your favorite flavor of frosting.

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake Mix Cookies

These are a delicious variation on oatmeal raisin cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cake mix (any variety)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (can substitute caramel or peanut butter chips or do a combination)
  • 1/ 2 -1 cup oatmeal (I always put in as much as I can!)
  • 1 /2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/ 2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
  • nuts (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, blending well. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little water. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute before removing form the cookie sheets.

Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

Note: For altitudes above 3500 feet, add 1/ 4 cup flour to dry cake mix.

Variation: Use white cake mix and add a pudding mix. I added strawberry, for tasty pink cookies. If you use pudding, you will need to add some water (about 1/4 cup). Also, the pudding tends to make the cookies sweeter.

Recipe: Devil's Food Cake Mix Cookies

The perfect combination of chocolate and nuts makes these cookies a delicious treat for your next Christmas party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.5-ounce) package devil's food cake mix (without pudding)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 (1.45-ounce) milk chocolate bars, divided into squares (optional)
  • 1/2 cup coconut (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Stir in the pecans. Drop batter by teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely on wire racks.

Yields about 5 dozen cookies.

Optional: While the cookies are still on the pan, place 1 square of milk chocolate on each; spread gently to frost. Sprinkle with coconut.

Recipe: Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

These cookies are a lot of fun for kids to make. They appear so different once they are baked, its like magic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 1oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Combine first 3 ingredients in large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Add eggs and vanilla mix well. Combine flour, powder and salt. Add about 1/4 of dry mix at a time. mix well after each addition. Cover and chill dough at least 2 hours.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls (not larger, they spread) and roll in powdered sugar, a thick coating is best. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. I bake them on a silicone mat and let them cool on it.

These are so neat I have never seen a cookie this cute. I laughed when I pulled out the first cookies. I put in this batch of white little balls and pulled out these huge chocolate snowflakes.

Recipe: Christmas Card Cookies Recipe

These cute card shaped cookies are very colorful and delicious. They are fun cookies to make with your kids this Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour

Decorations:

  • fruit-flavored hard candies, crushed
  • colored sugars
  • decorating candies

Directions:

In large mixer bowl, combine all ingredients except flour. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low, add flour. Continue beating just until mixed (1-2 minutes). Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in waxed paper, refrigerate dough at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. On lightly floured surface, roll 1 portion dough to 15- x 10-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 20 (3 x 2 1/2 inch) rectangles (cards) using pastry wheel or sharp knife. Cut out small shapes in center of each card using tiny cookie cutters, or sharp knife. Save cut-out shapes to decorate remaining dough.

Place cards on aluminum foil-lined cookie sheets. Fill cut-out center or cards with enough crushed candy to evenly fill holes. Keep candy separated by color, and mix colors as little as possible. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned and candy is melted. Let cool completely before removing from cookie sheets.

Roll second portion of dough in 15- x 10-inch rectangle. Cut into cards as directed above. Place tiny cut-out shapes of dough on each card. Decorate with colored sugars and candies. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Recipe: Church Windows

These delicious chocolate and marshmallow treats are quick to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 melted bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 half bag of mini colored marshmallows
  • 1 small bag of walnut pieces
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

Mix together melted chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts. Take a piece of wax paper and sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar put one third of mixture on top of sugar and shape into a roll fold the wax paper around the roll making sure powdered sugar is in between mixture and paper all over. Do the same to other two and put into the refrigerator. When chilled cut into about half inch rounds.

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Question: Quick and Easy Christmas Cookies

Just wondering if anyone has any good quick and easy christmas cookie recipes? Let me know!

Lynn from Erie, PA


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By eilajean (Guest Post)12/14/2008

The Ritz cookies are great, and easy to make... just a couple suggestions - use reduced fat Ritz (much flakier) and if you can find Reese's peanut butter - again great. I use chocolate almond bark and a double boiler - but everything else is the same. With the small amount of chocolate at the bottom - I dip cashews... YUM!