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Christmas Cookies

Christmas recipes for cookies and other sweets

Everybody loves holiday sweets, and Christmas cookies are among the most popular yuletide treats, and have been for centuries. Classic Christmas cookie recipes use a shortbread-type base, which can be topped off with a dusting of sugar, cherries, or other candied berries with red or green food coloring added to reflect the season's traditional colors. However, there are hundreds of other Christmas cookie recipes out there for you to discover, including ones for sugar cookies, fudge, sweet bars, toffee and an endless array of other tempting treats.

Sample Christmas Cookie Recipe

Here is a recipe for delicious "snowball cookies" which you may not already have in your cookbook:

Ingredients:

  • Flour (2 1/4 cups)
  • Butter (1 cup)
  • Confectioners' sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Pecans (chopped, 1 cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your range to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the vanilla, salt, butter, confectioners' sugar, flour and chopped pecans together.
  3. Roll the raw cookie dough into balls.
  4. Place the balls on an ungreased pan.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. These cookies actually turn out better when they are slightly under-baked; baking them for longer than a quarter-hour generally does not yield the best results.
  6. Dust them with confectioners' sugar when they come out of the over, and again once they cool down.

Enjoy!

Additional Christmas Recipes for Seasonal Sweets

Of course, cookies are just one of dozens of different traditional sweets made to celebrate the holiday season. Other Christmas candy recipes you may want to try include nougat balls, caramel popcorn, pumpkin seed or peanut brittle, chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered orange balls, candied fruit, and more. Like Christmas crafts, baking with your kids offers a fun way to spend an afternoon leading up to Christmas Day.

Fruit cake is another Christmas classic, and it's fairly easy to make (though it does require quite a few different ingredients). Even so, your toils are well worth the effort for when you have guests visit, or if you're attending a holiday party and don't want to show up empty-handed. You can also borrow favorite Christmas recipes from relatives and friends, if they make treats you especially like and want to learn to make them yourself.

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