My Best Christmas Cookies with Printable Recipe Cards
Everyone has their favorite cookie recipes. For me, coming from a family of cooks: taste, texture and presentation are all very important. I’ve experimented and perfected different cookie recipes that quickly became family favorites. Some of the cookies are artistic in their own right, like the candy-cane cookies or gingerbread trains or houses. Others are the melt-in-your-mouth kind, so I make them tiny and bite size, because you will want to eat more than one!
In order for a cookie to make it on my list it must taste great, hold up well, and freeze (the dough) so I can make it ahead. Another important feature is that it is kid friendly, in that the kids can help make them! My favorite insider tip is to use butter, always in recipes, never margarine. And, use unbleached flour. This really does amazing things for your cookies! And, another secret is using a great mixer. For me it is a KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer. I am on my second mixer if thirty-five years of marriage. But, believe me when I say this is the best addition I could have in my kitchen!
So, here’s my list:
- Gingerbread cookies
- Candy Cane Cookies
- Chocolate-Peanut Butter, Melt in Your Mouth Balls
The amazing thing about this recipe is that it holds up well. You can use it for Gingerbread men, Gingerbread houses (roll the dough thinner and cook longer), or with your favorite shape. The kids love them frosted; I prefer unfrosted, crisper, with a cup of coffee! You can freeze the dough, bake them way ahead and keep them in a covered container, unfrosted. When you have guests, whip up some “easy” powder sugar frosting, frost and let set a few minutes before serving. Yum.
Not only are these cookies festive they taste of peppermint with or without the candy. I’ve added and subtracted to this recipe during the years. One year I added crush peppermints to the outer sugar coating and the kids liked the crunch but the adults didn’t. So, instead I add peppermint extract to half of the sugar cookie dough recipe. Making these cookies are so much fun. Be sure to roll the ropes thin or you wil have a fat, squatty cane. These cookies hold up well, however it is better to make them in smaller batches because the candy cane part can easily break off.
This one is more candy than cookie and best of all they don’t need baking. These are a bit more temperamental in that depending on the peanut butter you use, or whether or not the powder sugar is measured correctly it will take some trial and error to get it right. I used fresh ground peanut butter one year and ended up adding more powdered sugar to get the consistency to roll the cookies right. Another year I creamed the butter, added the peanut butter, and dumped in the 4-cups of powdered sugar and the dough was too crumbly and dry. I added more peanut butter and then we were back in business. These are easy to make once you have the dough (which you can freeze and thaw out in batches when you want to make them), they keep well in the frig., or tight container if you live in a cooler climate, and are delicious! Kids love rolling them into small balls.
My favorite way to keep cookie recipes together are on index cards. Please enjoy this printable to help you keep your recipes together! Recipe Cards
Felice Gerwitz loves to bake for her family and is often found surrounded by teens or her grandkids trying a new recipe. For more great recipes visit her blog. She has five children, three are graduated and she homeschools two. She has been married for 35 years to the love of her life, and resides in southwest, Florida. Felice is an author, publisher, speaker and podcaster. She owns Media Angels, Inc. a publishing company with a wide range of books, classes and online expo events. Her latest venture is a podcast network she founded in 2013, The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. She podcasts weekly on VintageHomeschoolMoms.com. She moderates two podcasts, CurrentIssuesandtheConstitution.com and the UltimateHomeschoolRadioShow.com.
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