3 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

It’s that time of the year again! The smell of baked goods are starting to fill every home as the Holidays approach and fires are stoked. Soon, Santa’s going to want his milk and cookies, but what recipe do you make??

Here are three simple, fun, delicious recipes that my sisters and I bake every Christmas.

1. Soft Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup margarine, softened

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

Directions:

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheets On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

 

2. Spritz Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

2 egg yolks

½ tsp anise or almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Sit together the flour and salt; set aside. In  medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the egg yolks, anise/almond extract. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Fill a cookie press with dough and shoot cookies about 1 ½ inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If you like, decorate with sugar or sprinkles at this time.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven.

 

3. Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 oz) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix

½ cup butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

 Directions:

In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about ⅛ inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.