Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Most of these Christmas Cookie Recipes have been in my family for many years. Early in December, my daughters and I bake these goodies to give as gifts, take to parties, or to just nibble on during the holiday season.

I like to buy pretty Christmas tins to fill with cookies and give to neighbors, co-workers, the mail man, hairdresser, etc. People love to receive these cookies because they have a lot of thought and love put into them...not to mention they taste really good.

Forgotten Cookies

These are DELICIOUS!! I have had so many people ask if this Christmas cookie recipe is hard to make. The answer is no way! I love making these for 3 reasons: they taste great,they look like little white merangue puffs, and they are simple to make with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You really do put them in the oven and forget about them. Enjoy!

2 egg whites, pinch of salt, 2/3 c. sugar, 1 c chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or M&M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff; gradually add sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in by hand, salt and chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on foil lined cookie sheet. Put in oven and turn it off. Leave in oven overnight. Do not open door until morning. Easy!!!

Christmas Snowballs

These cookies are buttery and light and oh so tasty! I don't need to say any more about them.

1 c. soft butter, 1/2 c. powdered sugar, 1 T. vanilla, 2 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 c. finely crushed nuts

Blend together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour, salt, and nuts. Mix well. Roll into small balls. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly brown. Cool 2-3 minutes. Place ball into a bag of powdered sugar, shake gently. Place in airtight container.

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Teatime Tassies

These aren't exactly cookes...but, I'm putting them under the Christmas Cookie Recipe section. These sweet little desserts look and taste like mini pecan pies. Always the hit of the party!

3 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 1 cup sifted enriched flour, 1 egg, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, Dash salt, 2/3 cup coarsley broken pecans

For pastry, let cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter soften at room temperature; blend. Stir in flour. Chill slightly about one hour. Shape in 2 dozen 1 inch balls; place in tiny ungreased 1 3/4 inch muffin tins. Press dough on bottom and sides of tins (cups).

To make pecan filling, beat together egg, sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, vanilla, and salt just until smooth. Divide half the pecans among pastry-lined tins; add egg mixture and top with remaining pecans. Bake in 325 degree oven for 25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool; remove from pans. Makes 24. You can freeze these!

Peppermint Crescents

Here is a great Christmas Cookie Recipe that "tastes" like Christmas! These wonderful cookies will just melt in your mouth.

1 cup butter, softened, 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, divided; 2 1/2 tablespoons milk, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, Coarsley crushed hard peppermint candy.

BEAT butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Add 2/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, and salt; beat well. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Divide dough into thirds; cover and chill 30 minutes.

WORKING with 1 portion of dough at a time, divide each portion into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 2 inch log; curve ends of each log to form a crescent. Place crescents 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.

BAKE at 325 degrees for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Carefully roll warm cookies in 1 cup powdered sugar; let cool completely on wire racks.

COMBINE remaining 1 cup sugar, milk, and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, stirring until smooth. Drizzle icing over cookies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint, pressing gently. Let icing set before serving. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 dozen.

Sugar Cookies

This is my all time favorite Christmas cookie recipe for making sugar cookies. I love to decorate these Christmas cookies with tube icing in various colors that you get from the store. What I like about these cookies is that they are very crisp and are not too sweet. I always get compliments on them when I make them. I have been making these cookies every Christmas for at least 25 years. They are always very popular.

1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 3/4 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Chill 3 hours. Roll 1/8" to 1/4" thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Yields 2 1/2 dozen.

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Reindeer Haystacks

If you want a Christmas Cookie Recipe that is really quick and easy, this recipe is for you.These delicious cookies only have 2 ingredients. You don't bake them, either. All you do is melt a bag of butterscotch chips and stir in chow mein noodles until they are nicely coated. Then drop them by teaspoon on wax paper and voila. You have a quick, wonderful tasting cookie! The little ones will love helping you make these! I almost forgot, these Christmas cookies also store and travel well. Enjoy!


Here is a great old-fashioned Christmas cookie recipe for snickerdoodles.

1 cup shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 2 3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream shortening with sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Meanwhile, sift together the dry ingredients, except sugar and cinnamon. Stir them into the creamed mixture. Chill the dough for an hour. After chilling, roll the dough into small balls. Roll these balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place about two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Yields 5 dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Someone gave me this recipe many years ago. I added it to my Christmas Cookie Recipe collection because they are so easy to make. It's so easy to remember. It's a great cookie to make in a pinch. Here goes...

1 egg 1 cup sugar 1 cup peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (I also press with a fork). Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. For a little variation, put a Hershey Kiss in the middle of each one before cooking! Oh so good!!!

Snicker Cookies

Here is a great Christmas Cookie Recipe that I got from a friend of mine a few years back. She brought it to a party...I just had to have this recipe! Enjoy!

1 c. sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 3 c. flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 60 bite size snicker bars, 1 c. packed brown sugar, 2 sticks softened butter, 1 c. extra crunchy peanut butter, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, softened butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Shape dough around each bite size snickers bars. Make sure candy is completely surrounded. Bake 15-16 minutes.

Magic Window Cookies

This Christmas cookie recipe makes pretty cookies. I hope you enjoy them.

3/4 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 6 packages of Lifesavers

Mix together butter, sugar, eggs, and lemon extract. Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill at least one hour. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured board. Cut into desired shapes. Cut a small hole in center of each cookie with a sharp knife. Place cookies on foil covered baking sheet. Place a Lifesaver in the center of each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes until lightly browned or until candy is melted. Cool on baking sheet. Store in layers between waxed paper. Makes 6 dozen

Chocolate Chunk Toffee Cookies

Hazelnut cookies are among my favorites! These cookies will make you a hit at the annual cookie exchange!

1 cup unsalted butter (softened), 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 (1.4 ounce) English toffee-flavored candy bars, chopped, 2 (10-ounce) packages semisweet chocolate chunks, 1 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts.

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients, stirring well. Add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in candy bars, chocolate, and nuts. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 1 1/2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bate at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks and let cool completely. Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

Easy Reindeer Cookies

Here is a fun cookie idea to make for a kid's Christmas party. These cookies are easy enough for the kids to help you with.

Ingredients: 1 pkg slice and bake sugar cookies, pretzels (small), m&ms.

Cut the slice and bake cookies like you normally would. Tear half of them in two. Now you have 2 sizes of cookies. Press a small cookie into the lower end of a large cookie, overlapping a bit. This makes the reineer face. Press 2 pretzels onto the top of the large cookie. Those are antlers. Now press 2 m&ms for eyes and a red one for the nose. Cook according to the directions on the package. These are really cute!

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