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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!

 

Baked Rolled Sugar Cookies Fresh from Oven

(Post modified on 11/24/23.)

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.

 

Baking Christmas Cookies – Oldies but Goodies

I know back then, I didn’t appreciate such things. But now at 50+ years, nothing makes me happier than to see my cookies disappear, especially when our sons-in-law and grandchildren gobble them up.

 

Distributing Christmas Cookies for Gifting

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.

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

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Peanut Butter Kisses
I love to make 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.
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#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. 

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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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#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. 

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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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#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!

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

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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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#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.

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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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#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.

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Rolled Sugar Cookies with Icing
Kids love baking these cookies for Christmas or Easter!
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Baking Christmas Cookies – New Favorites from the Old World

 

Baking Old World Christmas Cookies - Spritz - Speculaas Spice - Snow Ball 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.

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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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#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.

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Recipe for German Springerle Christmas 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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#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.

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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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#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. 

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Recipe for Christmas Wreath Macaroons
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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#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.

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Recipe for Chocolate-Coated Raspberry Spritz Cookies
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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#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.

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Recipe for Crispy Italian Pizzelle Cookies
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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#15 – These little Neapolitan Tea Cookies are full of flavor–strawberry, coconut, and chocolate–perfect for your next tea party!

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Neapolitan Tea Cookies
These little Neapolitan Tea Cookies are full of flavor–strawberry, coconut, and chocolate–perfect for your next tea party!
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#16 – Snowball Powdered Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays and are especially sweet for tea parties! They are simply delightful, and practically melt in your mouth–like a snowball!

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Recipe for Snowball Tea Cookies
Snowball Powdered Sugar Cookies
This recipe for Snowball Powdered Sugar Cookies is perfect for the holidays and is especially sweet for tea parties! Sometimes referred to as Russian Tea Cakes or even Mexican Wedding Cakes, they are essentially butter cookies with chopped nuts (in this case pecans) and covered in powdered sugar. They are simply delightful, and practically melt in your mouth–like a snowball!
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#17 – These Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Preserves are sweet and festive, perfect for holiday baking. They make a great tea party food, too!

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Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Preserves
These Linzer Cookies with Strawberry Preserves are sweet and festive, perfect for holiday baking. They make great tea party food, too! 
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#18 – Holiday Cardamom Spice Cookies are perfect for a Christmas Tea Party or for gifting. Filled with warm spices, candied cherries, dried cranberries, and almonds, these triangular cookies are a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray. Plus, they are so delicious!

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Holiday Cardamom Spice Cookies
Make these fun refrigerator slice and bake cookies for a Christmas tea party, for gifting, or as part of a Christmas cookie tray.
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Assortment of Christmas Cookies on Trays

 

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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