Remember how much pride you had giving your mom and dad a gift you made in art class as a kid? Well, baking cookies for the holidays gives that same nostalgia and I just made it easier for you with three easy fail-proof cookie recipes. Nothing says holiday like the fresh smell of Christmas cookies dancing in the air. Giving and or receiving a plate or a container filled with holiday cookies will bring out the kid in all of us. The best part of giving cookies as a homemade gift for the holidays is that it’s a nonmaterialistic gift made by you with love.
These snickerdoodle cookies are nice and soft with the perfect amount of cinnamon to get you in the holiday spirit. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies and prepping and baking takes about 30 minutes.
- 1 cup butter ( softened)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt’
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix softened butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1tps of vanilla extract and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge. Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl. Scoop 1-inch globs of dough into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture. Place on the chilled ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pan immediately after baking.
CHRISTMAS MINT COOKIES
If you have 20 minutes, and if you love Ritz Crackers, then these Christmas Mint Cookies will definitely hit the spot with six easy steps.
- 1/2 lb Melting Chocolate baking chocolate
- 2 -3 drops peppermint extract
- 1 package Ritz cracker
(1) Melt chocolate over low heat. (2) Add 2 to 3 small drops of peppermint oil. (3) Mix the peppermint oil into the chocolate. (4) Line a cookies sheet with foil (5) Dip crackers into chocolate (covering the entire cracker) and lay on cookie sheet making sure they do not touch. (6) Chill until firm. See I told you, six easy steps.
JAM FILLED BUTTER COOKIES
There’s nothing better than a buttery filled cookie filled with your favorite fruit jam or preserves.
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups butter or 1 1/4 cups margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon strawberry jam or preserves (or any flavor you choose!)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
Sift flour and salt together. Cream butter. Gradually add sugar, creaming well. Blend in unbeaten eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add the dry ingredients gradually; mix thoroughly. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Dent center of each, using back of teaspoon dipped in cold water. Place jam or preserves into the center of each. Sprinkle with nuts (optional). Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes