Simple Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Casserole Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup snipped dates
1 cup shredded coconut
sugar for rolling

Beat eggs well, then add sugar gradually while beating until fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredients and turn into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and stir well with wooden spoon. Cool, form into small balls, and roll in additional sugar. Cool throughly.

Bourbon Balls

Makes about 60 balls

3 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 75)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Powdered or granulated sugar

Mix crushed wafers, powdered sugar, pecans and cocoa.
Stir in bourbon and corn syrup
Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar.
Refrigerate in tightly covered container several days before serving.

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Chocolate Cherry Kris Kringles

Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
20 to 25 maraschino cherries
20 to 25 chocolate chips, plus 1 cup chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 350° F. Cream sugar and margarine well. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Mix well. Stuff each cherry with a chocolate chip, then wrap in 1 teaspoon dough. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave, and dip top of cookies in melted chocolate.

Makes about 52 cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 pound butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup finely chopped nuts
2 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixture until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix well. Gradually add flour, cinnamon and nuts. Stir in 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips. Shape into 1" balls and place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool. Place 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips in a sealed plastic bag and microwave until melted; about 30 seconds. Snip off a small corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate on top of cold cookies. Chill for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store at room temperature.

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Swedish Dream Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1/2 teaspoon brandy extract
2 eggs
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup colored (or plain) sugar

Heat oven to 400° F. In large mixer bowl, combine all cookie ingredients (except 1/4 cup colored or plain sugar and nutmeg). Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Combine the 1/4 cup colored sugar with the nutmeg; set aside. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove and cool.

Makes about 48 cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stil in flour and baking soda by hand. Mix in pecans and coconut. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or till the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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Butterscotch Brownies

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers

6 tablespoons shortening
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup butterscotch bits

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream shortening and sugar, add the rest in given order. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan. Pour batter into pan, and bake 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then cut into squares.

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