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Thread: 2018 Christmas Cookie Recipes

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    2018 Christmas Cookie Recipes

    I'm beginning to plan for my annual holiday cookie baking and thought it would be nice to share our favorite tried-and-true recipes together here. I bake 30-40 dozen cookies and donate 5-10 dozen to our community holiday cookie sale then deliver the rest to family & friends. I like to make at least 6-8 different cookies. I have my favorites but am always looking for new, creative ideas - ironically, my family/friends are already asking for a few extras of their favorites and are wondering what will be new on the cookie platter this year! I need your help for some new ideas or even old favorites

    I'll start by linking some of my go-to recipes that I've found online (easier to share those) and would love to hear what some of your favorites are!

    Thanks in advance!

    Christine

    Pecan Tassies - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-2043537

    Fruitcake Cookies - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-1944300

    Santa's Trash Cookies - https://www.delish.com/cooking/recip...ookies-recipe/

    Homemade Peanut Butter Cups - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/...r-cups/print/#
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    Oh yeah. It's that time of year again. I also bake plenty. I have made as many as 13 varieties. Two of my favorites are spritz and date bars. I have a very old recipe book from the Milwaukee, wi power company that had some fantastic recipes. They are now online but I have not checked it out yet

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    I love this recipe & it's easy to make. It's called Brickle Bars & can be frozen after making to store for a later time without any damage to the bar taste or texture.

    BRICKLE BARS
    (12) 4 3/4" X 2 1/2" Graham Crackers
    3/4 cup melted butter
    1/2 cup light brown sugar
    1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Heat oven to 375 deg. Line a 10" x 15" baking sheet with foil. If pan does not have an upturned lip on it, leave enough foil so you can turn up the edges. Line the pan with the graham crackers. Melt the butter & add the brown sugar & boil for 1 minute (stirring constantly). Pour the butter/sugar over the graham crackers & spread evenly & bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven scatter chocolate chips over graham crackers & return to oven for 1 minute until chocolate is soft. Spread chocolate evenly over the crackers. Sprinkle pecans over chocolate & press pecans into chocolate slightly & cool for 30 minutes before cutting.

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    Thanks OSewMe for the trip down memory lane.
    I'd forgotten about this one, as it was one my Aunt used to make for special times.
    She used to add chopped maraschinos and coconut to the mix.
    Actually I think it was more a matter of what bits and pieces were leftover from other recipes!

    With your nudge, this one will be back in my repertoire!
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    I just made the dough for the fruitcake cookies, she wouldn't recognize the recipe, I used stuff on hand
    As a lazy bum I didn't roll them either, but will spoon them onto the pan when they are chilled.
    the dough tastes great, used dark rum rather than sherry. I'm not even sure what sherry is

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    ​Peanut butter blossoms are a popular cookie in my house. Those are the little peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kiss in the center.

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    Spritz & Brickle Bars are always made by my neighbors and exchanged - they sure are everyone's favorites!

    Kalama - I, too, use whatever is on hand for fruitcakes.. the more ingredients the merrier!

    Peanut butter blossoms are always a hit!

    Mawluv - Hobnobs?? Now that's a new one to consider, thanks!

    I don't believe I've ever met a cookie I didn't like
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    I know that my friend used to make sugar cookies with candied ginger and dipped in white chocolate. They took time but were so pretty and tasty.

    I used to make a brown sugar cookie dough to make gingerbread men for those that don’t like ginger. It had the right color.

    Chocolate Crinkles but can get messy with powdered sugar.

    Not quite a cookie. The marshmallow goo died green and mixed with corn flakes to make wreaths and using red hot candy for the berries.

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    Osewme, I make almost the same recipe but use saltine crackers instead of graham crackers. We call it "Cracker Candy" and until I have a bunch of people to share it with, I won't be making any time soon. You simply can not eat only one piece!!!! Christine, Here is a link to the recipe if you want something a bit different, those salty saltines make it,
    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/...oasted-pecans/

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    Darcyshannon - I found this and it sounds wonderful! https://www.cookingclassy.com/white-...inger-cookies/

    Murphy224 - The idea of salty saltines sounds tasty - I might have to make a 'test batch'
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    My favorite since I was a child Icebox Cookies

    1 pound butter (room temperature)
    1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon soda
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 cups chopped pecans
    6 cups flout

    Cream butter and sugar. Add 3 beaten eggs, mix well. Add Cinnamon, pecans and flour (into which soda has been added).Mis,roll into logs and wrap in waxed paper. Chill overnight. Slice and bake at 350 until browned. These freeze well and are great when someone drops in.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    These cookies are SO easy to make and SO good to eat ...... my mom called them "Melt-Away Cookies" but my son calls them "Snowballs". They're his favorite cookie.

    Cream 1/2 cup butter (not margarine) and 3 tbsp. powdered sugar.
    Gradually add 1 cup sifted flour, 1/4 tsp.salt and 1/2 tsp. almond extract.
    Add 1 cup finely chopped nuts.

    Chill dough for 1/2 hour. Form into marble size pieces. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until pale golden. Remove from cookie sheet. While warm, roll in powdered sugar (I put them on wax paper and sprinkle powdered sugar on them). Cool. Makes about 60 cookies.

    Enjoy!

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    What a great thread! Thanks for starting it.

    One of my very favorite cookies to make are in the Betty Crocker cookbook- sugar cookies. They are so easy and we make cut-outs every year. My DIL and I never miss out on this. I make others but never omit these. Everyone loves them.

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    My daughter and I have had a cookie baking marathon for at least the last 16 years. We usually bake the Friday after Thanksgiving and then freeze. She makes up little gift bags of one cookie of each kind (as many as 15, that's a lot of batches of cookies) for each of her coworkers. One year it was 21 coworkers. Then she makes a plate or 2 or 3 for people who have done something special for her over the year. One year it was her mechanic, another it was her financial advisor and 2 years ago it was a little boy who set next to her at a concert. He was so enthralled with the event, he couldn't contain his enthusiasm between numbers and started a conversation with her. His joy made the event extra special for her. And the look on his face when she delivered his Christmas cookies (with Dad's permission, of course) made her entire holiday super special.

    This is one of my favorites.

    Snickers Surprises

    2 sticks butter
    1 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1 cup sugar Mix on low speed until light and fluffy

    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla Slowly add until combined

    3 1/2 cups flour, sifted
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt Stir in. Cover dough and chill 2 to 3 hours. My tip: 20 to 30 min in freezer works fine

    1 pkg 13 oz. Snickers minis unwrapped. We cut in half to make smaller, and more, cookies.

    We count the number of Snicker pieces we have and divide the dough into that many pieces, roll into a ball and then flatten. Form the dough around the Snickers. Place on greased cookie sheet.

    Bake at 325*F for 12 to 14 minutes Time and temperature varies depending on whether we use her oven or mine.

    You can melt down some Dove chocolate bars and drizzle over each cookie, but we find we don't need it. This recipe never makes enough!

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    Oh my goodness! Some really good recipes here.. I feel as though I've already gained a few holiday lbs just reading through the ingredients!

    Thank you everyone and please keep 'em coming!

    Christine
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    Quilter 53, I made the Snicker Surprises several years ago and now it's a tradition to make every year!

    This is such a fun thread, I hope many more members will add their delicious recipes.


    Jan

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    So many different ideas! Unfortunately, the only cookies my family wants are sugar, peanut butter blossoms, and rum balls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesehead View Post
    Quilter 53, I made the Snicker Surprises several years ago and now it's a tradition to make every year!

    This is such a fun thread, I hope many more members will add their delicious recipes.


    Jan
    These are totally intriguing .... do they stay soft in the inside?
    or more solid like a caramel?

    ....... and if anyone has any Snickers leftovers from Halloween, a good way to use them up!
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    Yes, they stay soft in the inside. The chocolate and caramel melt somewhat and the white stuff ( what is that called?) stays soft and gooey. Sometimes I take 1 frozen cookie, wrap in paper towel, 10-12 seconds in microwave, and you have a warm "fresh cookie from the oven" treat.
    Left overs from Halloween?.........You've got to be kidding! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter 53 View Post
    Yes, they stay soft in the inside. The chocolate and caramel melt somewhat and the white stuff ( what is that called?) stays soft and gooey. Sometimes I take 1 frozen cookie, wrap in paper towel, 10-12 seconds in microwave, and you have a warm "fresh cookie from the oven" treat.
    Left overs from Halloween?.........You've got to be kidding! LOL
    Thanks Quilter53 ... Sure .... tempt my taste buds even more!
    Totally drooling here, now!

    As for leftovers, IKWYM ............. must have been meaning leftovers in the stores!
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    I am new to my neighborhood and am hoping to host a cookie party. A bit daunting but I think it could be fun to have some kids and parents over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcyshannon View Post
    I am new to my neighborhood and am hoping to host a cookie party. A bit daunting but I think it could be fun to have some kids and parents over.
    I think a cookie party/exchange is a great way to warm up to your neighbors! Everyone loves cookies and the kids will be sure to have a great time too In my neighborhood the all-time-kids-favorite is my peanut butter cups (i.e. imagine a super fresh Reese's p-butter cup!) which I put red/green/white sprinkles on the top to make them kinda sorta holiday festive. I know they're really not cookies but they are, by far, the favorites on the plate!

    Let us know what you bake!

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    thanks everyone who added a recipe here. I need to go look up some of my favorites to share now. Christmas Cookie time will be upon us quicker than we can count the days. LOL

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    I get lots of requests for peanut butter blossoms but use chocolate melt wafers instead of kisses.
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