Christmas Cookies Recipes

Christmas cookies recipes have been around for so many years.  Cookies can be served as part of your holiday spread, and the kids can leave some out for Santa.

These Christmas cookies recipes below have certainly stood the test of time.  They are the three most popular cookie flavors of the holiday season.

Since cookies are such a popular food item at holiday parties, you should make at least 2 different kinds, to give people some variety, and so that you don't run out.

Christmas Cookies Recipes

Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies

Traditional chococolate chip cookies

-2 ¼ cups of bread flour.
-1 teaspoon baking soda.
-1 teaspoon salt.
-2 sticks of butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
-3/4 cup of white sugar
-1 cup packed brown sugar.
-1  whole egg, 1 egg yolk
-2 tablespoons of milk
-1 bag of semisweet morsels.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. For best results, sift the ingredients together.  After combined, set them aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and sugars together over medium-low heat, until a smooth consistency is formed. 

Transfer butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl. 

Stir in vanilla, milk and eggs. Mix thoroughly.

Gradually stir flour mix into butter mixture and stir about 2 minutes.

Gradually stir in chocolate.

Let batter chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Once chilled, spoon out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into your hands. Roll the batter in between your hands until a ball is formed.  Then gently press the ball to flatten it just a little.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and place the balls about 2 inches apart from each other.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

*Tip-a shorter baking time will produce soft cookies.  A longer baking time will make the cookies more crisp.

Cookies are best served warm, about 1 minuted after they've been removed from the oven.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies

-2 1/2 cups of bread flour
-1 cup of butter, softened
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 1/4 cup of white sugar
-1/4 cup of brown sugar
-1 whole egg
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder.

In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. 

Add the egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar.  Stir until well blended.

Gradually add the flour mix to the butter and sugar.  Blend together well.

Chill the dough for a few hours. 

If you are making round cookies, form balls with the dough.  If you are making shaped cookies, roll the dough out flat with a rolling pin covered with flour.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper.

Place dough about 2 inches apar from each other.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

*if you want to add sprinkles to your cookies, add them before you bake them.  The sprinkles will fall off if you try to add them after they've been baked.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

-3 cups of bread flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
-1 tablespoon of ground ginger
-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoons of ground cloves
-1/2 cup of butter, unsalted, softened
-3/4 cups of dark brown sugar
-1 whole egg
-1/2 cup of molasses
-2 teaspoons of vanilla
-Gingerbread shaped cookie cutter

In one bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

In another bowl cream together the butter and sugars.

Add egg to the butter and sugars.

Stir in molasses and vanilla, and stir until everything is well blended.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.

Coat a rolling pin with flour, and roll dough out flat.

Sprinkle flour on your cookie cutters, and use them to cut out as many gingerbread men as you can.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper, and place as many cookies as can fit.  Make sure they are about 2 inches apart from each other.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Fun Ideas for Your Christmas Cookies Recipes

As stated above, you should serve a variety of flavors for your Christmas cookies recipes.  The best way to do that is to make a cookie platter by lining a large serving plate with rows of cookies, alternating flavors with each row.  Garnish your serving plate with artificial holly and berries.

Baking cookies can be a fun party activity.  You can even ask your guests to participate in a bake-off.  Simply tell everyone that they can bring some samples of their own homemade Christmas cookies recipes to share, and that you will be giving a prize to the best tasting entry.

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