Delicious Christmas Cookies Recipes - Sweet Treats for Everyone

Are you looking for some delicious Christmas cookies recipes?

One of the things people look forward to during the Christmas season is the wonderful goodies and treats that are available that time of year. Cookies are an all-time favorite and are a great way to celebrate the season.

Here are some wonderful Christmas cookies recipes you can use to make appetizers or desserts for your Christmas gatherings or to use as Christmas gifts for the cookie lover on your list.

For simple Christmas cookies, you can make a basic sugar cookie using the following ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup butter softened, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 egg white, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Combine dry ingredients (except sugar) in a medium sized bowl and set aside. Next blend butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg white and vanilla and blend well. Slowly add your dry ingredients and work into a dough. You can then either place small balls of the dough on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes, or you can roll your dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies with your favorite Christmas cookie cutters.

After the cookies are fully baked, allow to cool and decorate using cookie icing or sprinkles or colored sugars to add a festive touch to your holiday cookies.

Christmas wreath cookies not only make a wonderful addition to your dessert table at your holiday gathering, but also make great Christmas gifts. For this Christmas cookies recipe, you will need the following ingredients: 14 tablespoons butter or margarine (softened), 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon almond extract, 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 6 drops green food coloring, candied cherries (cut into the small crescents), decorative candies or sugars for decoration.

To prepare this Christmas cookies recipe, first blend the butter, sugar and salt with a mixer until fluffy, then add egg and almond extract and blend. Gradually add flour until completely blended.

Divide dough in two and roll half in wax paper and chill for approximately one hour. Add food coloring to the remaining half and work into dough until the color is uniform, and then wrap dough in wax paper and chill for one hour.

Removed chilled dough and roll out on lightly floured surface. Cut into strips and then take one plain strip and one colored strip and braid together. Take the braid and form a wreath shape - pinch the ends together at the top of the wreath to hold them together.

Decorate the cookie with the candied cherries, candies or sugars and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 12 minutes or until cookies are starting to brown on the bottom. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Thumb print cookies are also a great holiday baking favorite. This is a wonderful Christmas cookies recipe for you and your children to prepare for cookies for Santa.

For this Christmas cookies recipe, first prepare the sugar cookie recipe above. When forming your cookies on the baking sheet, simply drop a teaspoon of dough on the baking sheet. Now, take your thumb and put a thumb print in the center of each cookie and add a chocolate kiss to each thumb print and bake as directed above.

Christmas is a great time to make your favorite holiday treats. Whether it's for your holiday gathering or for a handmade gift idea, homemade cookies are sure to be a success. With these and other Christmas cookies recipes, you can create personal holiday treats for your gatherings or for the cookie lover on your list.

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