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Christmas Cookies – A Gift Of Love

December 1, 2016 0 Comments

Christmas Cookies!!!  It’s time for Christmas Cookies!! I love everything about them, from making them to getting them.  It’s our holiday tradition to get together on a Saturday and make cookies.  Lots and lots of cookies. Each person makes and chills their favorite cookie dough the day before so we can immediately start to roll out, bake and decorate.  It’s like a family Christmas Cookie Swap but with more laughter and family drama.

My Top 10 Christmas Cookie Picks

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I tried to put these in order of least favorite to most favorite, but I couldn’t do it.  I LOVE THEM ALL.  And since my blog isn’t really about cooking I found you the best recipes for my favs. Although I have to admit I did use two of mine. So here they are in all their glory in no particular order. My Top 10 Pick of Christmas Cookies to make and to receive (HINT, HINT!).

  • Peanut Butter Blossoms by Saving Room For Dessert.   We have been making these for years although my family calls them kiss cookies.  I love this easy, fun and delicious recipe by Saving Room for Dessert!
  •  Perfect Snickerdoodle Cookies by Life’s Little Sweets. Growing up this was my all time favorite packaged cookie.  You can have your chocolate chip, peanut butter, but give me a Pecan Sandie and I was an angelic child. Life’s Little Sweets has a dandy recipe!
  • Lemon Snowball Cookies by Crazy For Crust are divine.  What more can you say? Lemon and powdered sugar just scream, “it’s Christmas! Worry about the scale later” to me.
  • Peppermint Meringue Cookies by Mom’s Dish makes me want to swoon. Meringue is easier than you think to make, give these cookies a try this year, you won’t regret it!
  • Sour Cream Spritz Cookies by The Semisweet Sisters. This is a new spin on an old recipe, and if we made no other cookie at Christmas, we would still make Spritz’s. You can find tons of recipes for these cookies, but give this version a go! These cookies need the spritz press which are easy to find at this time of year for around $10.

Wait….There’s More!

  • Sugar Cookies!! We make a literal ton of sugar cookies at Christmas. For those we keep, we use buttercream icing, for those we give away we use Royal.  The royal icing allows you to stack the cookie in beautiful containers.  But don’t worry about the buttercream cookies, they don’t last long either!  This basic recipe can be changed to suit your mood, add peppermint, almond, cocoa or even eggnog.

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  • Ritz Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by Meg Is Well.  This cookie combines my favorite things….chocolate and peanut butter.  Do you feel a theme here?  And could you ask for a simpler cookie to make?
  • Gingerbread Cookies are just Christmas to me.  I will make these cookies throughout the year, but I still tend to hog them during the holidays.  And Gingerbread cookies are very popular at my house, so my guard is always up!  You can find this and my other recipes by clicking on the link.
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  • Hungarian Christmas Cookie by Stunning Collection. Don’t ask me how these became a family tradition, we’re not Hungarian. My family is Irish, English and Cherokee, but we hold no cookie origin prejudices and this cookie with it’s apricot jam stuff is to die for! AND it has cream cheese!! Loosen those belts and run to the store!
  • Red Velvet Thumbprints by Something Swanky.  It is Red Velvet with Cream Cheese.  That’s really all I should have to say.  Here it is, but let me step out of your way first.

Even More To Love

One of the best things about Christmas Cookies is their flexibility. Tweak them, they don’t mind!  Add almond extract to your spritz cookies instead of vanilla.  Put cream cheese in your sugar cookies. Use crushed candy canes instead of sprinkles.  Let your creativity be your guide.  Or if that isn’t working for you, let your frugality shine!  Use what you have instead.

A gift of Christmas Cookies is a loving way to say thank you and Merry Christmas.  I celebrate Christmas, and even if they do not, my gift of Christmas cookies tells them that during my favorite holiday, I was thinking of them.  Spread the love around to your mailman, co-workers, and people who have made an impact or a difference in your life this past year.  Leave them on porches of shut ins, take them to Senior Centers, Cancer Centers and Children’s Wards.  A Christmas Cookie is the international ambassador of love, it needs no interpretation, it crosses culture lines and racial divides. It is simply a symbol of the Good Will we should have towards each other.

Happy Baking & Merry Christmas!

-Chris

 

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