7 Of My Favorite Christmas Cookies – With Links To Recipes!

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies

I love to bake for Christmas! It’s that time of year when I spend a few days in a row baking my holiday goodies. There are some recipes that are always on the list, but each year I add a couple of new ones. With Christmas one week away, I thought I’d share the cookies I made this year, with tips and links to the recipes. Recipes are listed, clockwise, starting with the gingerbread men.

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
This recipe is from Club House and it’s the best recipe I’ve found. I’ve used it for the last 4 years and people ask me for it. One recipe makes about 45-50 cookies, depending on size. I use Cake Mates Icing to decorate the cookies and I get sprinkles from Bulk Barn. For the recipe, follow this link.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are made using the Cook’s Illustrated recipe.  Cook’s Illustrated is one of my favorite sources for recipes because they do an excellent job of explaining the ingredients and methods and why they do what they do. Here, I used Sweetapolita sprinkles on the top of each cookie ‘puck’ before I baked them.

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
My daughters both love these cookies so much that I often open the box in the freezer only to find that there aren’t many left! One of my daughters even heats the cookies in the microwave to get them warm and gooey. The recipe, here, is from Martha Stewart. Don’t be deceived by the word ‘chewy’ in the recipe name. They’re not chewy. These cookies have the same texture as chocolate chip cookies. I use semi-sweet, butterscotch, and white chocolate chips to make these extra yummy, and I use only dried ginger (about 1 T) in the recipe.

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies
These are classic Christmas cookies because they look like they’re snow-covered. There are many versions of this recipe out there, but I like Martha Stewart’s version. Try adding a tablespoon of instant coffee granules for an extra kick.

Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite childhood cookies. The cinnamon taste in this yummy butter-rich cookie is just delicious. This year, I rolled mine in red and green turbinado sugar, but, to be honest, I prefer them in regular colored sugar. The turbinado was a bit much. I use Betty Crocker’s recipe, here.

World Peace Cookies
I made quite a few changes to this recipe, from Dorie Greenspan. It’s basically a chocolate shortbread cookie. I added some peppermint extract and it was pretty good. I’m a huge fan of shortbread, so I was happy to find this version.

Sugar Shortbread Cookies
I love this recipe, and I’ve blogged about these cookies before, in this post. You can make these cookies for any season. The recipe makes about 85 cookies, so you might want to start with half a recipe.

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies

I hope you’re inspired to try one  of these recipes! I’d also love to hear about your favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

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3 Easy Tricks To Turn Chocolate Chip Cookies Into Christmas Cookies!

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

(This post is sponsored by Kitchen Stuff Plus. You can read the original post that first appeared on November 21, 2018, directly on their website, here; all opinions are my own.)

Every year, I get a head start on my Christmas baking by taking my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe and changing the mix-ins to create a variety of holiday cookies. It’s an easy way to make festive treats out of a basic recipe!

Before getting started, I make sure to have fresh baking soda and vanilla on hand. I also check the state of my baking pans and mixing bowls and replace any that need upgrading. I love the Wilton pans, spatulas, and glass bowls that I picked up at Kitchen Stuff Plus recently.

Visit your local bulk food store to purchase some fun mix-ins available during the holiday season. I’ve included the recipe I use for making chocolate chip cookies at the end of this post.

Christmas Candy & Mix-Ins
Christmas Candy & Mix-Ins

Trick 1: Use Red And Green Candies

Substitute some of the chocolate chips for red and green chocolate-coated candies or for red, white, and green chocolate chips. Use half of the chocolate chips that the recipe calls for and then put the colourful candies on top of the cookies to get the full effect of the green and red colours. I put the coloured candy in this red and white host tray and bowl set, just to make it easier to reach for the toppings. Continue reading

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Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I think I can make a chocolate chip cookie recipe from start to finish in 40 minutes. That includes cleaning up and eating the cookies. Hands down, making chocolate chip cookies is like coming home. They are memories of my childhood and they are memories of baking with my kids. They are the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. They are the reason I gained 40 pounds for each of my pregnancies!!

But why are chocolate chip cookies so loved? Why are they so popular in North America? How come everybody seems to follow a similar recipe but everybody’s cookies are different? Why are these cookies on dessert menus even in the fanciest of restaurants? Continue reading

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