Ducks 'n a Row: Christmas Cookies

18 December 2011

Christmas Cookies

By Sinea Pies


What would Christmas be without Christmas cookies!  After all, Santa expects them when he stops by. Yes, it makes sense: Christmas cookies and Christmas go together ... like peanut butter and jelly!
Photo credit: countrymusichalloffame.org 
But there are so many kinds of Christmas Cookies.
What is your favorite?


Mine is the "Snowball Cookie".  OK, Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, to be exact ... but they look like snowballs to me! LOL
I love the buttery flavor with just a hint of walnut-crunch all covered in a snowy powdered sugar wrap! Yum!
Snowball Cookies 
Photo credit: mieleovens.net


My husband's favorite it the classic Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookie. He wants some ungarnished for dunking in his coffee and some covered with sweet, colorful frosting.
Cookies from Smiley Cookie
As a little girl, before I'd ever had a snowball cookie, Spritzes were my fave. Mom and I would get out the cookie press and make hundreds of them. Little did she know just how many we DIDN'T make because I was scooping the raw dough for a taste when she wasn't looking! 
Cookie Press Cookies
Photo by piyato on freedigitalphotos.net

My grandson, Sean, just loves Peanut Blossoms. When we put out a tray, he really needs one of his own! That's how much he loves them. 
Photo credit: Simple Delights
As you're checking the links you may be catching on that these recipes can all be found on one site: Christmas-Cookies.com  You want lots of cookie ideas for the holidays? This is great one-stop shopping!


Here is a classic sugar cookie recipe for you called "Mary's Sugar Cookies".  The rest you can get right from their site.


I've never made this particular kind of Christmas cookie-cutter cookie with cream of tartar before but the recommendations are so high that I think we'll have to trust the experts. I'll be testing it out next weekend and I'll get back to you with my opinion!  
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar
Directions
Mix together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract; mix well. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Heat oven to 375° F. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into desired shapes; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown on edges.

Note: Source: This recipe was contributed by a reader in 1999. We were later told that this is an old Betty Crocker recipe, and we found it (in slightly altered form) in an out-of-print cookbook called "Betty Crocker's Cooky Book," printed in 1963. A similar recipe is also on Betty Crocker's website.
Our note: This recipe is reprinted directly from Christmas-Cookies.com.


Just HAD to add this one! DATE PINWHEEL COOKIES from "Best Cookie Recipes" on the Southern Cooking Website. Aren't they beautiful?
Date Pinwheel Cookies 
Photo Credit: Southern Living


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