Quick and Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
What Makes Christmas Cookies So Wonderfully Unique
Some cookies are universally suited to many occasions and others are reserved for a specific time of year. For example, there are lots of spooky shapes around when it comes to Halloween, and that includes cakes, cookies, and also savory treats. Valentine’s Day is when all the heart-shaped cookies are in vogue, but what about Christmas? Actually that is the biggest time of the year for cookies and as a home cook you can really shine when making Christmas cookie recipes.
Although you can use the same dough (or similar dough) for pretty much any decorated cookie recipe, the shape of your cookies and the decorations can be influenced by the season. When else can you make charming snowman-shaped cookies or cute Christmas tree-shaped ones for hanging on the tree?
Decorating and Flavoring Christmas Cookies
You can frost the trees in green or the snowman cookies in white, and you can decorate them and make them perfectly unique. What about piping some colorful frosting on to your Christmas cookie recipes or adding tiny silver balls or little candies?
Some festive cookies contain spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, or cloves, to give them a festive flavor, and others are quite plain, flavored only with a few drops of vanilla or perhaps almond flavoring or something similar.
Christmas cookie recipes do not look like other cookies and they are often decorated beautifully too. Christmas is one of the times of the year when we love making different foods, and that includes Christmas cookie recipes and cakes, as well as traditional savory recipes which have been passed down the generations. Christmas is just not the same without the aroma of cookies baking in the oven or home-baked delights hanging from the tree.
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Cute Christmas Cookies to Hang on the Christmas Tree
Edible Christmas tree decorations are some of the nicest of all, and it is quite easy to bake your own Christmas cookie recipes and hang them on the tree. Once the kids have spotted them though, you can expect most of them to mysteriously disappear unless you hang them out of reach! The following recipe shows you how to make vanilla-flavored sugar cookies with a wonderful frosting.
The frosting can be made in any color you want and you can decorate the cookies how you like too. Use a skewer to make the holes about half an inch from the top, so you can thread the ribbon or string through. Do this before baking. The frosting recipe is simple although you can use a different recipe for frosting if you prefer. Do not confuse meringue powder with dried egg white; these are very different things. You can buy meringue powder from specialty food stores and cake-decorating stores.
Once the cookies are decorated with frosting, set them aside and let them dry for an hour, then store them in a tightly covered container for up to a couple of weeks, in the freezer for up to three months, or hang them on the tree for a couple of days. They will harden over time but will still be yummy. You can hang a few on the tree at a time so they do not get too hard to eat.
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 sticks softened butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 16 oz powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- ⅓ cup warm water
- Assorted food colorings
- Coarse sugar crystals tiny silver balls other candies or holiday decorations
- Beat the sugar and butter with a mixer on a low speed until well combined.
- Turn the speed to high and beat until creamy and light.
- Beat in the vanilla and egg using a low speed, then beat in the baking powder, salt, and flour.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and flatten each one in to a disk.
- Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour, or until firm enough to roll.
- If you are in a rush, you can freeze it for half an hour instead.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll one of the dough disks on a floured board ⅛ inch thick and cut it into Christmas stocking-shaped cookies using a cookie cutter.
- Wrap and refrigerate the trimmings.
- Arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on a large cookie sheet.
- Use a skewer to poke a hole near the top of each one (this is where you will thread the string through later).
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown, and then let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
- Repeat with the remaining dough disks until all the cookies are baked.
- Next, make the frosting.
- Beat the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water with a mixer at a moderate speed for 5 minutes or until stiff.
- The mixture is stiff when a knife drawn through it leaves a clear path.
- Separate the frosting into different cups and use food coloring to tint them.
- Cover the cups with plastic wrap so the frosting does not dry out.
- Paint the frosting on the cookies using a small spatula.
- If the frosting is too thick, you can thin it with warm water.
- Use paintbrushes to paint on designs and add candies as you like.
- Thread gold or silver string or ribbon through the cookies and hang them on your Christmas tree.
Homemade Christmas Cookie Recipes Which You Can Easily Prepare And Then Hang On Your Christmas Tree
Spiced Snowman Christmas Cookies
These cute Christmas cookies are shaped like snowmen and you can decorate them too, to make them look even more realistic. Beat 3¼ cups of powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons of powdered egg whites to make a nice frosting, adding 6 tablespoons of water and beating until the frosting is thick and white. You can tint this frosting with food dye or leave it white. You can also color some of it and pipe it out of a piping bag to make the snowman’s features.
This is one of the tastiest Christmas cookie recipes because it features cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and vanilla, so you get a sweet, spicy result. The frosting, if you use it, is also sweet. Kids and adults alike will love these wonderful cookies.
If you are new to making easy cookie recipes, then this might be a nice recipe to start off with because it is very easy. Once you have made one batch of cookies, you will find future recipes very easy. The fun part is the decorating, and you can do this alone or get the kids to help out.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon each salt ground allspice and cloves
- 3 sticks softened unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- Beat the butter and sugar on a low speed until fluffy, then beat in the vanilla, spices, salt, and egg.
- Beat in the flour on a low speed until just blended.
- Gather the dough into a ball and divide it into 3 equal pieces.
- Shape each one into a disk and wrap, and then chill for an hour or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll out 1 of the disks to ¼ inch thick and cut out snowman shapes with a 4 inch snowman cookie cutter.
- Arrange them 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining disks.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges and bottoms are golden brown.
- You might have to bake these in batches.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, and then cool the cookies completely on a wire rack.
- Decorate them as you like and let the frosting dry.
Making cute cookies is fun at any time of the year but Christmas is the best time for baking, because you can make delicious Christmas cookie recipes which the kids will love. You can hang them on the Christmas tree or keep them in an airtight container. Christmas cookie recipes are also a great idea if you are looking for budget gift ideas, because your friends and neighbors will like these cute little treats as much as you do. You can see from the photo how much the little boy is enjoying his snowman cookie, and baking these wonderful treats is an easy way of putting smiles on the kids’ faces.
Making Cute Cookies Is Fun At Any Time Of The Year But Christmas Is The Best Time For Baking
How to Make Christmas Cookies Like a Pro Baker
You do not have to make the most difficult Christmas cookie recipes. In fact the easiest ones are often the tastiest. Christmas cookies can be made using the same cookie dough as regular cookies, but the shape is sometimes different. You can make these round or flat like normal cookies, or you can use Christmas cookie cutters to make exciting shapes like bells, Christmas trees, Santa or snowman shapes.
Mixing the ingredients together for your Christmas cookie recipes is very easy, and most recipes will tell you to beat the butter and sugar together, and then add the egg and flavorings.
The dough should then be shaped into disks and refrigerated until firm. You can then roll the dough out and cut your cookie shapes. Baking only takes about ten minutes and the Christmas cookies can cool while you prepare your frosting.
Tips for Fabulous Frosting
Frosting is not compulsory but if you are making Christmas cookie recipes, you might as well decorate them too. After all, decorating Christmas cookie recipes is the most fun part!
Make some frosting and separate it into separate cups, then add a few drops of food dye to each one. You can use a small metal spatula or artist’s paintbrush to apply the frosting, and you can also add little candies, silver balls or other decorations.
While you are working, keep the frosting covered with plastic wrap to stop it from drying out. If it does dry out a bit or get too hard, you can stir in a little warm water.
Your Christmas cookie recipes do not have to look as generic as store-bought ones. In fact, most of the charm of homemade cookies comes from the fact they are all slightly different and they have that cute homemade look.
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