Christmas is approaching fast. Decorations and ornaments have been popping up around us on every corner and everyone is once again getting for the holiday season. Except thinking about presents and making things pretty, we must also think about our stomachs!
Christmas is famous for its feasts, because it is the time of year when everyone is at home together. Families eat and drink more than usual, which is a great reason to make special desert. In this article, we will show you some amazing Christmas cookies you can make for your loved ones this year!
1. Melted Snowmen Cookies
How cute is this? These curious looking snowmen appear to be melting away, a trick you can achieve quite easily. For a batch of 10 to 12 cookies, you will need:
– Sugar Cookie Mix
– 10 – 12 Large Marshmallows
– Black Decorating Gel
– White Cookie Icing
Simply mix the cookie mix and flatten pieces to make cookies. Irregular shapes are the best here in order to achieve the melting look. Bake them and cool them. Add the icing, again somewhat irregularly. Microwave marshmallows and put them on the cookies. Decorate the snowmen and that is it!
Also known as Greek butter cookies, they are great for the holiday season. They are quite tasty and rather easy to make. Ingredients for some 30 cookies include:
– 2 ½ Cups Flour
– 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder and Vanilla Extract Each
– ¼ Teaspoon Salt
– 1 Egg
– 1 c Softened Butter
– ½ c Finely Chopped Almonds
– Powdered Sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, and the egg until fluffy. Mix the two bowls together and blend well. Add vanilla and almonds and stir. Form the dough into balls. Arrange them onto pans and bake for 15 – 18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and sift powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!
3. Strawberry Swirl Cookies
These swirls will look amazing on your Christmas table! The red will go well with all of the decorations, but we are here for the taste after all. To make it, you need the following:
– 2 Sticks of Softened Butter
– ¾ Cup Sugar
– ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
– 1 Large Egg
– 2 Tablespoon Vanilla
– 2 ¼ Cups of Flour
– 1 ½ Tablespoon of Baking Powder
– ½ Tablespoon of Salt
– ½ Cup of Strawberry Jam and Coconut Each
– ¼ Cup Chopped Pecans
Beat butter into cream and add sugars, the egg, and vanilla. Mix well and beat. In another bowl, mix salt, flour, and baking powder. Gradually mix the two mixtures and beat well. Scoop dough onto plastic wrap and shape it into a ball. Chill it for 1 hour. Unwrap the dough and place it onto waxed paper with flower. Add some dough to the dough too. Roll the dough to a rectangle, roughly 12 x 9. Spread jam evenly and add coconut and pecans. Roll the dough. Wrap in wax paper, place onto a pan, and chill in your freezer for 2 hours. After this, rest for 5 minutes before you cut ¼-inch slices. Bake them at 350°F for 12 – 14 minutes.
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4. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Do you like peppermint in your cookies? They are a fan favorite, and here we will teach you how to prepare some for your Christmas party. Ingredients are:
– 1 Tube Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough
– 12 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
– 2 Tablespoons Shortening
– 8 Crushed Mini Candy Canes
Preheat the oven and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick cooking spray. Make 1 ½ tablespoon scoops of dough into loose balls and place onto the pan. Bake according to the instructions and then let them cool. Combine chocolate chips and shortening and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir and microwave for 30 seconds as many times as you need until it is melted. Dip half a cookie into the chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and rest them until dry before you eat them.
5. Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies
For those of you who love peppermint, here is one more peppermint cookie recipe to spice things up this holiday season. This is extremely easy to make, so sure to get the following ingredients:
– 1 Box of Cake Mix
– 1 Bag of M&Ms White Chocolate Peppermint
– ½ Cup Oil
– 2 Eggs
Mix eggs, oil, and the cake mix in a large bowl and stir until it is combined. Add M&Ms. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and let refrigerate the dough for 1 hour. When ready, roll the dough into balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. You can use parchment paper too. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, cool them, and enjoy your treat!
6. Spiked Spiced Chocolate Crinkles
For something that looks a little bit different, try to bake these amazing chocolate crinkles! For those of you who like extraordinary and spicy treats, this cookie is the perfect option. Ingredients:
– 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
– 2 Cups white sugar
– ½ Cup Vegetable oil
– 4 eggs
– 1 Teaspoons Vanilla
– 5 Tablespoons Bourbon
– 2 ¼ Cup Flour
– 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
– ½ Teaspoon Salt
– Several Dashes Cayenne Pepper
– ½ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
Mix cocoa, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the mix. Add bourbon and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Add to the mixture. Cover the dough and chill for four hours at least. When chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1-inch dough balls and sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar. Place on sheets and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
7. Christmas Cookie Pops
Christmas lunch usually has young people and children running about. What they will appreciate most from their cookies or any other dessert is fun and colors. Why not treat them with cookie pops then? For this neat Christmas recipe, you will need:
– Flour for Dusting
– 1 Roll (16.5 oz.) Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
– Cookie Sticks
– Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
– Food Color Gel (Red and Green)
– Sprinkles, Glitter, Peppermint
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle flower on a work surface. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thick, cut into Christmas shapes, and place them in sheets. Put the sticks on top of the cookie dough. Press it into the middle gently and add some dough to cover it. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool completely. Put some frosting into a dish, add some food color, and spread in on the top of the cookies. Decorate however you wish. Use your imagination and enjoy!
8. Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanuts are another famous fan favorite desert ingredient, for those without allergies of course! If they are your go-to ingredient for the holiday season, here is a no-bake recipe to try this time around. Ingredients are the following:
– 3 Tablespoon Butter
– 6 Cups Puffed Rice Cereal
– ½ Cup Peanut Butter
– 40 Marshmallows
– ½ Tablespoon Vanilla
– Hershey’s Kisses
Grease a muffin pan. Melt the butter in a pot and add marshmallows and peanut butter. Stir until everything is melted and well combined. Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Stir in the cereal. Slightly cool the mixture. Push some mixture into muffin cups and top with a Hershey’s Kiss. That is it!
9. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies
This festive treat has all the colors. The cherry inclusion also makes it special, especially for those who like fruit inspired cookies. This simple desert is easy to make:
– 2 ½ Cups Flour
– ½ Cup Sugar
– 1 Cup Cold Butter (Small Pats)
– ½ Teaspoon Almond Extract
– 4 oz. White Baking Chocolate
– ½ Cup Maraschino Cherries Drained, Finely Chopped
Combine flour and sugar in a bowl, add butter and mix until you get fine pea-sized crumbs. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Stir between them. Cool for some 5 – 10 minutes. It has to be warm enough, but not too warm to melt the butter. Stir the chocolate, cherries, and almond extract. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. Cool, serve, and enjoy!
10. Christmas Present Sugar Cookies
The 10th and final recipe we have for you are these sugar cookies in the shapes of presents. What better into gift opening than these cute and colorful squares? To make them, you need to get these ingredients:
– Sugar Cookie Dough
– Cookie Icing
This is the easiest one to make in this list. Simply roll the dough on a surface, cut it into square shapes, and place them onto a baking sheet. Bake them according to the instructions. Cool them. Finally, ice them using your imagination, and make them as accurate to the real presents in your home as you can!