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Creative, Easy Christmas Cookies

Updated on February 1, 2012

Impress Your Family with Great Cookies This Holiday!

By adding a few easy embellishments to simple sugar cookies, you can tempt your family and friends with delicious and festive treats that they'll ask for year after year. You won't need to be a pastry chef or use expensive ingredients to please a crowd this holiday.

The following recipes will show you how to make variations of sugar cookies that you can serve at parties or give as gifts. These recipes are so easy and fun to do, they're perfect for an afternoon of baking with kids, or a last minute treat when company is coming!

One of the things that kids and adults all look forward to each holiday season are the delicious treats. Chocolates, cakes, pies and pastries are bought and baked, and served on charming trays for all to enjoy. Even if you're short on time, and don't have a lot of baking experience, you can still create marvelous holiday cookies that everyone will enjoy.


Full List of Cookie Recipes:

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation:

1) Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

2) In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter, beating until smooth.

3) Add the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla. Mix until smooth.

4) Gradually blend in the dry ingredients, making four additions and mixing well.

5) Cover and refrigerate in the bowl for 2-4 hours.

Snowball Cookies

You Will Need:

One batch of basic cookie dough (chilled)

About 2 cups of coconut flakes

Preparation

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Place the coconut flakes into a bowl or pie plate.

3) Break off teaspoon sized drops of dough, and roll them into balls.

4) Gently roll the cookie balls in the coconut, coating evenly.

5) Place the cookies on a non-stick baking sheet, and gently press them with the back of a glass so that the tops are flat.

6) Bake six to eight cookies at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden.

7) Place the cookies on waxed paper or cooling racks and allow to cool before eating or storing.

Variations:

Instead of coconut, roll the cookie balls in one of these toppings:

- Granulated sugar

- Sugar crystal sprinkles

- Red or Green Jell-o powder

You can also make mixed toppings:

- Combine equal parts Jell-o powder and coconut

- Combine equal parts sugar and cinnamon with a dash of ground cloves

Try making a variety of coated cookies for a colorful treat platter.

Tasty Middles

You Will Need:

One batch of basic cookie dough (chilled)

Any of the following toppings:

M&M Peanuts

Hershey Kisses

Butter mints

Glacee Cherries, halved

Whole pecans or almonds

Preparation:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Break off teaspoon sized drops of dough and roll them into balls.

3) Place the cookie balls on a non-stick baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

4) Press one candy or other topping into the middle of each cookie.

5) Bake the cookies on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden.

6) Transfer baked cookies to a cooling rack or waxed paper and allow to cool before serving.

Sticky Gems

You Will Need:

One batch of basic cookie dough (chilled)

About 3/4 cup of orange or pineapple marmalade

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 whole cloves

Preparation:

1) Mix the marmalade, cinnamon and cloves in a container. Cover and refrigerate for one day.

2) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cloves from the jam mixture.

3) Break off teaspoon sized pieces of dough and roll into balls.

4) Place the cookie balls about 2 inches apart on a non-stick baking sheet.

5) Using your thumb, press small indentations into the center of each cookie ball.

6) Fill the cookies with marmalade.

7) Bake on the middle rack for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

8) Transfer baked cookies to racks to cool.

Variations:

Instead of citrus filling, mix your favorite berry jam with 2 tablespoons of real maple syrup.

Top the cookies with shredded coconut or sugar sprinkles.

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You Will Need:

One batch of basic cookie dough (chilled)

1 cup of softened butter

5 cups of icing sugar

1/3 cup of milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour a clean counter top and rolling pin.

2) Gather the cookie dough into a ball and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.

3) Cut out shapes using floured cookie cutters, and arrange them on a non-stick baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

If you're using different sized cookie cutters, only bake similar sized shapes together.

4) Bake the cookies on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.

5) Transfer baked cookies to racks to cool.

6) In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is fluffy.

7) Continue mixing, and add the icing sugar and milk, alternating between additions. Make 4 additions of sugar and 3 milk. Beat in the vanilla until well blended.

8) Spread the frosting onto the cookie tops using a spatula or the back of a butter knife.

9) Allow the frosting to set before packing up the cookies. Store them in an air-tight container with waxed paper between each layer.

Variations:

Add food coloring to the frosting for colored cookies.

When the frosting is still moist, top the cookies with sprinkles or small candies.

Transfer the frosting to piping bags and draw festive shapes on the cookies. If you don't have a piping bag, simply snip one corner from a zipper lock sandwich bag. Place the frosting in the bag and seal it closed. Squeeze the bag from the top to express frosting.

Jewel Cookies

Use your leftover ingredients to make these tangy and delicious holiday treats!

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped glacee cherries

zest of one orange

Preparation:

1) Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

2) In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg until smooth. Beat in the vinegar and vanilla.

3) Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing well after each addition.

4) Fold in the coconut, cherries and orange zest.

5) Cover the dough and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

6) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

7) Pinch off teaspoon sized pieces of dough. Roll into balls and place about 2 inches apart on non-stick baking sheets.

8) Bake the cookies on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

9) Cool before serving or storing.

The Ultimate Cookie Topping

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cookies

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Christmas Cookies from the Whimsical Bakehouse

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Rose's Christmas Cookies
Rose's Christmas Cookies

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What's your favorite holiday cookie?

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Delicious! Blessed by a SquidAngle :)

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Your cookies would come out much lighter, and not quite heavy or doughy if you sifted your dry ingredients. Great lens though. Lovely cookie photos, graphics and directions.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Beautiful cookies! Thanks for the recipes!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful. I can't wait to try some of these decorating ideas. Very nice lens. Makes me want a big glass of cold mild and a cookie right out of the oven!

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      Yawapi LM 5 years ago

      Yum! Added to my "Best No-bake Christmas cookies" lens -thanks!

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      MagooDancer19 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens, my mouth is watering! I love cookies!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yum! This lens makes me want Christmas to hurry up and get here so I can do some christmas baking!!

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      funcook 6 years ago

      Great photos - I'm adding this my lens of Easy Christmas Cookies for Kids.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      great recipes! love all these yummy cookies!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      Yummy! I wish that I coul have some of these cookies right now! Blessed by an angel

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      Yummy! I wish that I coul have some of these cookies right now! Blessed by an angel

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm not a very good cookie maker, but your recipes have inspired me to have another try for Christmas.

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      AKdude 6 years ago

      Awesome collection of Christmas cookie recipes!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for these creative, easy Holiday Cookie recipes. I will be trying some of these this year. Lensrolling to my Cookie Press lens and my Cookie Jars lens.

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Wow. Thank-you for the awesome recipes. They look wonderful. 5 stars*****

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Your lens is delicious! I really like the way you have them organized with theme words on your main page. That makes sorting through your list and finding what you are looking for sooo easy!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your Christmas cookies look so much better than mine.

      Great lens

      Bj

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I love rum balls and nanaimo bars.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Sugar cookies are so versatile - I like to bake and decorate them for Valentine's Day, too.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I like to make rum balls and sugar cookies. Can't wait for a rainy day to do some baking. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      go206th 8 years ago

      what a great page. There is something for everyone here. 5 * Thank you for joining my Holiday Cooking Group. 5*