Monday, August 2, 2021

The top Christmas cookies to withstand the test of time!

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Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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One of the best parts of the Christmas holiday season is the cookies! Christmas cookies come in so many shapes and flavors. Some are simple and delicious and some are beautifully decorated with icing and candies. Below is a compiled list of Christmas cookies (with recipes) that have been around for generations and are not going anywhere!

All featured recipes are thanks to Homemade Holiday Cookies from Favorite Brand Name Recipes cookbook

Gingerbread men cookies

Gingerbread men cookies

Gingerbread men cookies are one of the Christmas cookie “greats”. They are fun for the whole family and delicious too!

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Beat shortening, brown sugar, molasses, egg white, and vanilla in a large bowl at high speed of electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices in a small bowl.
  3. Add to shortening mixture and mix well
  4. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 8 hours or overnight
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Grease cookie sheets
  7. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛ inch thickness
  8. Cut into gingerbread men (or desired shape) with cookie cutters
  9. Place on prepared cookie sheets
  10. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown
  11. Remove to wire racks to cool
  12. Decorate

Sugar cookies

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These cookies are also great for decorating with the kids or to enjoy just as they are!

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cream Crisco and sugar in a large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer
  2. Beat in egg and vanilla
  3. Combine flour with baking soda, cream of tartar and salt
  4. Blend into creamed mixture and cover to chill at least 2 hours
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Roll out dough in a lightly floured surface to ⅛ inch thickness
  7. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheets
  9. Bake for 6-7 minutes
  10. Cool and decorate if desired

 Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa’s favorite

This famous cookie recipe just so happens to be Santa’s favorite!

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One 12 ounce package (2 cups) nestle toll house chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside
  3. In a large mixer bowl, beat butter granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  5. Blend in vanilla extract
  6. Gradually beat in flour mixture
  7. Stir in nestle toll house semi-sweet chocolate morsels and nuts
  8. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoons not ungreased cookie sheets
  9. Bake 9 to 11 minutes until edges are golden brown
  10. Let stand 2 minutes
  11. Remove from cookie sheets, cool completely
Alternate instructions for toll house pan cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare dough as directed above
  3. Spread in dreaded baking pan
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown
  5. Cool completely
  6. Cut into 2-inch squares
  7. Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Alternate instructions for refrigerator toll house cookies
  1. Prepare dough as directed above
  2. Divide dough in half
  3. Wrap halves separately in wax paper
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm
  5. On wax paper, shape each dough half into 15-inch logs
  6. Wrap in wax paper
  7. Refrigerate 30 minutes
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  9. Cut each log into 30 ½ inch slices
  10. Place on ungreased cookie sheets

Bake 8 to 10 minutes until edges are golden

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