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Great-Grandmother's Christmas Cookies

Updated on December 14, 2014

This cookie recipe has been a part of our family's Christmas celebrations for at least seven generations (that we know of). It originated in England and was brought to America with a family passing through Ellis Island and settling in Brooklyn, New York. That Brooklyn family would become part of my husband's family tree.

These cute, beautifully decorated, little Christmas cookies made from the centuries old family recipe get their shape from a cookie press. Until I married my husband, I had never used a cookie press, but I learned while planning our wedding that a cookie press was an essential tool for our family kitchen. It was one of the first presents we received as a couple.

The family tradition was carried on in our family. Our children have all decorated hundreds and probably even thousands of these tiny Christmas treats. Today, our children are now passing on this family recipe of family Christmas fun to their children. My son sent me pictures last Christmas of my granddaughter and my daughter-in-law creating the family Christmas cookie with their own special touch. It's a wonderful way to make happy family memories that carry on from generation to generation. In addition to the creative activity, sharing the fun of eating these cookies is even better!


  • Cookie Press Needed
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (or lemon, almond, or whatever you prefer)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cookie Icing
  • Powdered sugar
  • milk
  • clear vanilla or favorite clear-colored flavoring
  • A Variety of Cookie Decorations to Dip Iced Cookies in


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and flavoring. Add eggs and beat well. Blend in flour and salt.
  2. Place cookie dough into cookie press chamber and press cookies onto a non-stick cookie sheet.
  3. Bake about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. (Cookies should be cooked through, light colored with no browning.)
  4. Instructions for Cookie Icing
  5. Place powdered sugar in bowl, add flavoring.
  6. Then add milk very slowly to achieve a glazing consistency so when cookie is dipped into icing it sticks but does not run off.
  7. Cookie Decorations
  8. Pour out decorations on small plates.
  9. Dip iced cookie into decorations and place on a plate to let dry.

Christmas Cookies

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This is the cookie press my husband & I received as a wedding present over 36 years ago. It is still going strong after thousands of cookies later!

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Decorations for cookie creativity!


Do you use a cookie press to make Christmas cookies?

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: It can be great family fun. I recently made & decorated these cookies with my two-year old grandson. It was a very memorable time in the kitchen :) Thank you for visiting.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Your great grandmother's Christmas cookies look like a lot of fun!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      wow looks great, would definitely love to try

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Love these! Just love!!! Seriously. :)

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      sweetstickyrainbo 3 years ago

      Love Christmas cookies.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      No, but I do use a cookie mold pan, which I like very much. Your cookies look fun, though, and I might have to get a press. If I remember correctly, this lens recently was featured as the Lens of the Day, and so I also want to wish you a warm congratulations. Well deserved.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, what beautiful cookies these are. I have never used one. I love to watch family bakers create with them. Great decorations on yours, nice.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      No I don't even know what a cookie press is, so I learnt something new today.

      Thanks for the recipe they look nice for christmas.

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      No. I use cookie cutters on some. I have a press to make the spritz cookies, but not too often. I also have a pan to press dough in. I don't have the knack for those. Nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      No not yet. Your cookies look like they come out good.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      No, I usually roll the dough into a log and cut off slices. A cookie press would make the biscuit shapes MUCH more creative.