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The Best Holiday Cookies Ever

Updated on September 17, 2015

Make The Best Cookies Ever This Holiday Season

One thing you can get a jump on for any occasion, or holiday is baking. Bake your cookies now, and throw them in the freezer. You'll be ready to pull them out at the last minute dress them up, or throw on some last minute decorations.

Your friends and neighbors will be impressed with how much you can accomplish. Don't tell them your secret, let them think you're just superhuman. With the great cookie recipes you'll find here your family's sure to be impressed.

Cookies are a great afternoon snack, housewarming gift, classroom treat, party finger food, holiday staple. Here are some of the best recipes I've ever tasted.

These cookies make a great gift (think Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, birthdays), or a stunning addition to a cookie tray. These jam filled cookies look yummy, and don't disappoint in taste.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1 cup softened butter

5 eggs (yolks only)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup strawberry preserves (seedless)

You will also need two heart shaped cookie cutters, one a little larger than the other, or other cookie cutter shape as long as you have 2 with one slightly larger.

Mix the flour, egg yolks, sugar, butter, and vanilla together until it forms a soft dough.

Let the dough chill for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface, until it is about 1/8" thick for best results. Use the larger cookie cutter to cut out a shape for the base, then cut a second shape with the larger cookie cutter, and use the smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center of the shape, to make the top of the cookie.

Preheat your oven to 350`F. Put the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for ten minutes. When the cookies have cooled put jam in the center of the bottom cookie, and place the cut out cookie on top.

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Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups butter

3 eggs

8 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs. Sift dry ingredients, and add to sugar and egg mixture. Add milk and vanilla, work dough until smooth. Chill and roll to desired thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375` until very lightly browned.

Makes about 12 dozen cookies, cut recipe in half for about 6 dozen cookies.

After the cookies cool, ice and decorate with sprinkles, or candies.

Have you ever been invited to a cookie swap? Invite a group of about 6 friends to all get together and swap cookies.

Every person brings one dozen cookies of their choice, for each person who is attending the swap. If there are 6 swap participants, everyone would bring six dozen cookies to share (plus a few extra for cookie party sampling).

Winter Cookie Cutter Sets

Snowflake Cookie Cutters - Set of 4
Snowflake Cookie Cutters - Set of 4

USA Handmade Tin Cookie Cutters. Great for cookies, jello, and brownies. Perfect for those holiday party gifts

 
Christmas Cookie Cutters- Set of 8
Christmas Cookie Cutters- Set of 8

USA Handmade Tin Cookie Cutters

 

Best Cookies Ever: Mexican Wedding Cookies

Here's a great cookie recipe I got from my mother-in-law.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 cups flour

3/4 cup powder sugar, reserve 1/4 cup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients, and roll into small balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 325.` Roll the hot cookies in the reserved powdered sugar, then repeat the roll when the cookies are cool.

This is one of my favorite cookies to have around the Christmas holiday.

Make Your Own Colored Sugar Sprinkles

Colored sugar can be a simple decoration for cupcakes, cookies or even birthday cakes. Coloring sugar is simple, you don’t have to pay a premium price for sugar sprinkles in the store. You can make them yourself at home.

All you need is sugar and liquid food coloring in your favorite color. For each color of sugar sprinkles you’d like to make have one half a cup of sugar in a bowl or plastic bag. Add a couple drops of food coloring to the sugar and mix or shake until the color is mixed in. If the color is not dark enough add a couple more drops of food color, until you have the desired shade.

Store your colored sugar in an airtight container or plastic bag until you’re ready to use them. more on making sugar sprinkles

The Cookie Master

Wilton Cookie Master Plus Cookie Press

This cordless cookie press is so powerful and easy to operate, you'll use it all year to create cookies, appetizers, desserts and more. Exclusive patented reverse action means there's no need to take press apart for refilling. Ergonomic design is shaped to fit in your hand for excellent comfort. Includes 12 metal disks in classic and seasonal shapes, 4 accent tips for decorating and filling and 2 bonus recipe booklets: sweet and savory. Uses 4 AA batteries, not included. ©Wilton "

Ingredients:

1/2 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

2 cups flour

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cups sugar

1 cups butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoons baking powder

1 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Cream together in a bowl butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375` Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.

Painting Cookies Part 1

Best Cookies Ever: Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

This recipe came from a friend, these cookies are melt in your mouth good.

1 cup shortening

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sourcream or buttermilk

Mix in the order given with a mixer. Drop by tablespoons on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten with the floured bottom of a small glass, sprinkle with a mixture of nutmeg and sugar. (1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to 2 teaspoons sugar) Bake at 375` for 10-12 minutes.

Painting Cookies Part 2

Easter Cookies!

Easter Cookies!
Easter Cookies!

Painted Cookies Part 3

Easter Cookie Sprinkles and Decorations

  1. They're great for birthdays, holidays, a housewarming gift, or just because.
  2. Yummy, ooeeeyyy, goooeeeyyy cookies!
  3. What's better than a cookie still warm from the oven.
  4. What could be more fun for kids? Set up a cookie decorating bar at your next party.
  5. There's a cookie for every occasion.

Spring and Summer Cookie Stencil Sets

These cookies are simple to make but oh, so wonderful to eat.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix ingredients together, then form into tablespoon size balls and roll them in sugar. Drop cookie balls onto ungreased baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes at 350.` When you remove the cookies from the oven, insert a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie before the cookies cool.

The Best Cookies Ever: Old Fashioned Cutout Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

5 cups flour

Beat together the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Add the eggs, salt, and soda, mix well. Add the flour, mix. Chill for 3 hours.

Roll the dough out until it's about 1/4" thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375` for 8 to 10 minutes.

Frost them, and add sprinkles if you want to. Makes about 6 dozen.

I got this recipe from my sister, and I've had great luck with it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)

1/2 cup shortening

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

5-6 tablespoons of warm water

Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla. Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely. Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening. Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.

The amount of water can be increased or decreased to achieve the desired consistency, I usually have the best luck with 6 tablespoons.

Add food coloring to make the color you need, and ice away.

Your kids will love you if you bake these cookies! They are truly fun to make and fun to eat.

This is my grandma's recipe, cut in half. Make these cookies large, or they get tough.

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

2 tsp baking soda

4 cups oatmeal

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup M & M's

1 cup nuts

1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add eggs and rest of ingredients. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet. Use an ice cream scoop for large soft cookies. Bake at 350` for 10-15 minutes. Do not over bake.

Let your child (or children) invite a few friends over to decorate cookies. This is a great party for grandmas to have, and invite the grandchildren. Have the cookie dough pre-made and chilling in the refrigerator.

You can make several different kinds of cookies, but the cutout cookies will be the most popular. Lay out an assortment of cookie cutters. Let each child cut out a few cookies with the cookie cutter of their choice. Bake the cookies and let them cool.

Set up a cookie bar with different colors of icing, sprinkles, candies, and whatever else you can think of. Let the children each decorate their own cookies. Let them eat a couple, then take the rest home, or keep some for holiday gatherings.

It's a great project for a cold, or rainy fall day. What can brighten your day more than baking cookies?

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies are perfect for a harvest or Halloween party. They're delicious, I promise the kids will scarf them up and ask for more.

~Pumpkin cookie recipe~

Cream together:

* 1 cup of sugar

* 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

* 1/2 cup butter

* 2 cups of flour

* 1 tsp baking powder

* 1 tsp baking soda

* 1 tsp cinnamon

* 1/4 tsp salt

How To Make Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween Cookies: Witches Fingers

Creep out everyone at your Halloween party with witches finger cookies. You can use any shortbread cookie recipe, and shape it like a finger, but here's one for you to use if you prefer.

How To Make Witches Finger Cookies

What's your favorite cookie recipe? I love to hear from readers.

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