Best Cookies for Christmas Gifts
Sometimes Homemade Gifts are Best!
There are times when you want to gift Christmas gifts to friends and neighbors, but the pocketbook is just not deep enough.
So What is better than a prettily wrapped plate of homemade cookies! You can make just one kind - like these Spritz cookies or decorate your gift plates with a variety of cookies.
All in all, you will find that this is an expensive way of remembering friends without breaking the bank and you will have a great time with your children baking these marvelous memory making cookies.
These cookies have become our family's favorite - except for snickerdoodles. We make them year round. they are great with home made ice cream or that just cup of coffee in the morning.
I do not even remember where the recipe came from for these cookies - I know that I have been making them for more than 40 years)
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Serves: about 48 cookies
- 4 Cups Flour
- 2 Heaping Tablespoon Ground Ginger
- 4 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1 1/2 Cups Butter
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
- 2 eggs
- Sugar for Sprinkling
- Oven: 350 degrees
- In one bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then add the molasses. Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Place in refrigerator to chill the dough.
- Cover the cookies sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop teaspoon-to-tablespoon size dough into a bowl that has the sugar for topping. Roll around, covering (not caked on) the dough. Place on parchment and place in oven.
- Bake about 12 minutes. Cool before eating and storing in air tight containers.
- I use 4 pieces of cookie sheet-sized parchment paper. When I take the cookies out of the oven, I slide the paper off the pan to cool. I already have the other two sheets filled with ready to bake dough - just slide them on the pan and pop back into the oven.
- After the cookies have cooled about 8 minutes they are ready to be taken off the paper and the paper is free to be filled again.
- This is a recipe that I always double!
Sometime a Cup of Hot Chocolate and a Cookie
is just the right thing to do with a friend. Holidays are a time for sharing good thoughts with good friends.
Homemade cookies and something hot to drink enriches the memories that we make and build with a special friend. Our children make the Holidays even more special with their sparkling eyes and bright smiles. It warms the heart to see them all grown up (while you still remember them as wee ones!)
Holiday Spritz Cookies
I remember making these cookies with my Mother and sister when I was just a little girl. I made them with my girls with they were little and with my grandchildren.
This cookies recipe spans many generations. If you do not know this simple butter cookie, please make some and enjoy the knowledge of the taste of Christmas!
(I'll guess that Mother copied the recipe down somewhere in the 1930's....)
Prep Time: about 15 minutes plus time to chill the dough
Total Time: Bake at 400 for apx 8 minutes a sheet
Serves: 60 cookies
- 1/2 C soft butter
- 1 C sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 T milk
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 2 1/4 C flour
- 1/2 t salf
- Food coloring for dough (optional)
- Colored sugars or sprinkles for decoration
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add egg and beat
- Add milk and vanilla
- Combine flour and salt - add slowly to the creamed mixture until incorporated.
- Divide and add food color if desired
- Chill for at least 2 hours
- fill cookie press or gun, and fill ungreased baking sheets with whatever shapes you want.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 7-8 minutes - watch for edges just starting to brown.
- Cool and decorate if you want.
Can't You Just Taste these Marvels!
Easy Meringue Cookies
Light on the tongue and the waist line, meringue can be made into a ton of different forms. My girls always liked them with and without corn flakes and chopped dates.
These are super easy to make - so enjoy and give plates full away!
(I have made these for years, just throwing 'stuff' together - I think all meringue recipes are basically the same)
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Total Time: Bake are 275 degrees F for at least 35 min
Serves: 50 cookies
- 4 egg whites (room temperature)
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cream of tartar
- 1 1/3 C sugar
- 1/2 t grated lemon zest (peal)
- preheat the oven to 275 degrees F and use parchment paper to line the cookie sheets
- Whip the egg whites with salt and cream of tartar to a soft peak.
- Add sugar - very SLOWLY as you continue to whip the egg whites.
- Whip to stiff peaks.
- Fold in the lemon zest.
- Drop meringue by the spoonful on the parchment paper.
- Bake for at least 35 minutes or until you can peel them off the paper without any trouble.
- Cool on wire rack and store in airtight container.
These are my girls favorite cookies, no matter what season. So these wonderful Snickerdoodles are baked with regularly in our kitchen.
This recipe came from a friend while I was a U.S. Air Force wife in stationed in Japan. The book that it is written in was bought there in 1966 - and filled between 1966 to 1970.Long Time!!
Prep Time: 15 minutes plus chill time
Total Time: Bake 8 - 10 minutes at 400 depgrees
Serves: Depends on Size
- 1 C Butter
- 1 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 3/4 C Flour
- 2 tps Cream of Tardar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Salt
- 2 T sugar and 2 Tsp cinnamon for rolling raw dough
- Cream Butter and Sugar until very light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time and beat well with each addition.
- Sift together Flour, cream of Tartar, Soda and salt.
- Add slowly to the butter mixture.
- Chill until you can handle dough easily.
- Using a teaspoon or a soup spoon (how big do you want your cookies?) cut a piece of chilled dough and roll into a ball.
- Roll the ball in the sugar & cinnamon mixture before placing on cookie sheet.
- (Note: I have used greased cookie sheets but prefer using sheets of parchment on which I place the dough for baking.)
- Bake 8 - 10 minutes - serve warm with big glasses of milk or cold with anything to drink.
- Store in an air tight container.
- Side note: We usually double or triple the recipes and make an afternoon of making Snickerdoodles!
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What is your favorite cookie - let us know!