Baking Christmas Cookies

Baking Christmas Cookies

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Every Christmas I become a Cookie Elf when I bake a bunch of cookies and pack them up as gifts–leaving some in the freezer for our own enjoyment, of course. I have my old standby recipes and some newer, more traditional cookies–but all of them are favorites!

(This post modified on 11/28/21)

Tray of Christmas Cookies

 

Baking Christmas Cookies – Oldies but Goodies

I have been baking cookies since I was a young girl in 4-H. With two older brothers, freshly made cookies were always appreciated–even if they did disappear almost as soon as I put them in the cookie jar.

I know back then, that I didn’t appreciate such things. But now at 50+ years, nothing makes me happier than to see my cookies disappear. Below you’ll find some of my favorite cookie recipes, some of them given to me by my grandma and others I’ve found and tweaked along the way. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.

 

#1 – Macadamia Nut Cookies – There is just something very special about Macadamia Nut Cookies, especially when they include delicious white chocolate nibs in them! Melt-in-your-mouth, buttery cookies with chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate.

Macadamia Nut Cookies
There is something very special about a Macadamia Nut Cookie. We love them!
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Recipe for Macadamia Nut Cookies

 

#2 – We love to make these Peanut Butter Kisses during the Christmas holidays–or anytime really! Chewy cookies coated in sparkling sugar and topped with a bite of Hershey’s chocolate. Yum! 

Peanut Butter Kisses
Here's another version of Joan's Peanut Butter Cookies. We love to make these during the Christmas holidays--or anytime really!
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Recipe for Peanut Butter Kisses - Joan's Peanut Butter Cookies

 

#3 – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have two of my favorite ingredients in them–chocolate and peanut butter. These cookies are perfect for holiday gift giving. I love to add this recipe to my cookie trays. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have two of my favorite ingredients in them--chocolate and peanut butter. These cookies are perfect for Christmas gift-giving or Holiday Cookie Trays. Yum!
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Recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

 

#4 – Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies remind me of the oatmeal cookies my grandma used to make as a school cook. She made the most wonderful cookies. 

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
Here's a recipe you are sure to enjoy. It reminds me of the oatmeal cookies I used to eat as girl, and my husband devours these by the handful. This makes a lot of cookies, but you'll be glad you made plenty, when you see how fast they disappear.
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Recipe for Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies - After School Snack Ideas

 

#5 – M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies – Any child, young or old, will enjoy this recipe for M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are pretty and bright enough for a Christmas Cookie Tray, but you can make them at any time of year!

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here's a recipe any child--young or old--will enjoy. Make some this weekend and fill your cookie jar!
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Recipe for M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

#6 – Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies remind me of cookies my grandma made as a school cook. She made the most wonderful cookies.  

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Here's a delicious recipe that reminds me of the cookies my grandma would give me when she worked as a school cook. She made the most wonderful cookies. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

 

#7 – Molasses Crinkles – What says “Autumn” or “Holidays” better than the aroma of molasses and spices drifting from your kitchen oven? Seek no further than these Molasses Crinkles! These hefty cookies are full of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and practically melt in your mouth.

Molasses Crinkles
Here's an old recipe we enjoy when we want something with a little spice. Baking these will make your kitchen smell wonderful.
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Recipe for Molasses Crinkles

 

#8 – Kids love baking these Rolled Sugar Cookies with Icing for Christmas or Easter! Or anytime you want a decorated cookie. I love the simple no-fuss icing on this cookie.

Rolled Sugar Cookies with Icing
Kids love baking these cookies for Christmas or Easter!
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Recipe for Rolled Sugar Cookies with Icing

 

Baking Christmas Cookies – New Favorites from the Old World

 

Recipe for Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

The past few years, I’ve been learning about some old-world cookie recipes, along with the history behind them. It’s fascinating to me, and I wish I could visit with my grandma about these recipes. She always loved to talk about new recipes and especially those about cookies. I think these old-world cookies are especially good with a cup of hot tea. 

 

#9 – These Spiced Speculaas Cookies are delicious and nearly identical to those windmill cookies you can buy in the store. Only better. Try them. One of my favorite cookies and perfect to serve with hot tea.

Spiced Speculaas Cookies
Here's a delicious cookie that is nearly identical to those windmill cookies you can buy in the store. Only better. Try them. One of my favorite cookies and perfect to serve with hot tea.
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Recipe for Spiced Speculaas Cookies

 

#10 – German Springerle Christmas Cookies – A few years ago I made these hard, licorice-flavored cookies for the first time and had such fun learning about the history of them. There is a great deal of history and baking knowledge when it comes to Springerle cookies.

German Springerle Christmas Cookies
A few years ago I made these hard, licorice-flavored cookies for the first time and had such fun learning about the history of them. Springerle Cookies originate from Germany and it is said that home bakers would make these cookies at Thanksgiving to give them plenty of time to "harden and season" before Christmas gift-giving.
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Recipe for German Springerle Christmas Cookies

 

#11 – These Cherry Pistachio Biscotti Cookies are absolutely wonderful. Crunchy butter cookies flavored with dried cherries and chopped pistachio nuts. So delicious, and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti Cookies
These Italian cookies are absolutely wonderful with tea. Crunchy and delicious with bits of dried cherries and chopped pistachio and a sparkly sugar topping. Make some today!
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Serving Cherry Pistachio Biscotti Cookies and Lemon Biscotti at Tea Party

 

#12 – Christmas Wreath Macaroons are so festive and delightful, I know you will enjoy making them for your Holiday Cookie Tray! Not only are they pretty, they are quite yummy, AND they are simple to make. Plus, they are gluten free, which is always nice for the holidays. 

Christmas Wreath Macaroons
Here's a sweet little recipe to add to your Christmas Cookie Tray this year. Perfect for gluten free guests.
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Recipe for Christmas Wreath Macaroons

 

#13 – Chocolate-Coated Raspberry Spritz Cookies are a delicious addition to your next tea party or for the holidays. Sweet butter cookies dotted with a dab of raspberry jam and coated with rich dark chocolate on the bottom.

Chocolate-Coated Raspberry Spritz Cookies
Here's a delicious recipe to make for your next tea party or for the holidays. Sweet butter cookies, dotted with a dab of raspberry jam, and coated with rich dark chocolate on the bottom. So yummy!
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Recipe for Chocolate-Coated Raspberry Spritz Cookies

 

#14 – The first time I tasted a Pizzelle, I fell in love with the light, crispy cookie. They have a lovely design, practically melt in your mouth, and are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies
Here's a recipe for Italian Sugar Cookies that are round, thin, and flat and made with a special Pizzelle iron (kind of like a waffle iron). Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
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Recipe for Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies

 

 

I hope you will have a wonderful holiday baking season and will enjoy making lots of Christmas cookies for your family and loved ones. Few things bring a brighter smile than a tray of Christmas cookies for a friend.

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