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Christmas cookies for the holiday season. Sugar to spice and everything nice (chocolate fudge). These Christmas cookies are perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors or coworkers.
Each Christmas, I have a tradition of making all sorts of Christmas cookies for neighbors, friends, teacher and coworkers. I feel like every year, people want less “stuff” and I think making something from the heart means a lot to people. Even though my kitchen was a disaster, I love to let our kids run to the neighbors house with treats and wish them a Merry Christmas.
Below I’ve round up all my favorite Christmas cookies (and treats) from this year’s goodies. These are not my original recipes so I’ve shared where you can find the recipes.
St. Nicholas Cookies
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These St. Nicholas cookies are my husband’s family’s favorite Christmas cookie. They are perfectly spiced, nutty and crispy cookies. We believe the recipe came from someone at his church, but his Oma has been making them for years. These spiced Christmas cookies are great to use with a cookie mold or if you don’t have one you can just use cookie cutters.
The recipe starts with creaming the butter, lard (Crisco) and sugar. You then add the sour cream and the dry ingredients (baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and flour). You finish with adding chopped nuts. Pecans or walnuts work great with this cookie. Make sure to chill the dough, preferably overnight if possible.
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Vanilla-Almond Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing by Semi Sweet Designs’
These sugar cookie cut-outs are perfect for Christmas cookies. I’ll admit, sugar cookies are my nemeses. I love baking them, cutting them out and decorating them with my kids. However, when it comes to making them look beautiful like the ones I see on Pinterest, I get frustrated. Now I know why they charge so much for those beautifully decorated sugar cookies. In fact, they are not charging enough.
These cookies taste like vanilla sugar goodness and they always come out in the shape of the cookie cutter which is important when decorating. This was the first time using this royal icing recipe from Semi Sweet Designs’ and I think it turned out really well. The icing was light and fluffy but really easy to work with. For each set of cookie, I divided the icing batter and added a little more water to one set of icing to create the “flood” icing.
Now, on to my favorite…cornflake crunchies! My mom used to make these for Christmas each year and I love them so much. They are ooey gooey from the creamy peanut butter and then you get the crunch from the cornflakes. Unfortunately, I don’t have her original recipe but this recipe from The Teacher’s Wife blog is exactly how she made it.
The recipe starts with melting down corn syrup and sugar and then gradually adding in the peanut butter. Then you stir in the cornflakes (I used 6 cups). After everything comes together, I used a greased cookie scooper to scoop the cornflake crunchies on to the parchment paper.
Marshmallow Fluff Chocolate Fudge
My stepmom, now known as “Grandma G” has been making fudge from marshmallow fluff for years. She always makes a batch of chocolate and peanut butter fudge at Christmas time. Even though it is not a Christmas cookie, fudge is a perfect treat for your Christmas batch of goodies. This fudge recipe appears on the back of the marshmallow fluff jars, but apparently there has been some tweaks so I tried out the original fantasy fudge recipe from The Savvy Age blog. The chocolate fudge turned out so creamy, soft and rich, plus it was super easy to make.
That’s it! I hope you liked my Christmas cookie round up and give some of them a try. Let me know what Christmas cookies or treats you typically make for the holidays! I would love to know what you baked during the holidays.