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Easy Christmas Cookies for Traditional Homemade Christmas

December 2, 2014

800px-Pile_of_snickerdoodlesWith the rush of the holiday season easy Christmas recipes are appreciated for saving time and still allowing homemade cookies and treats for parties or just for at home.

This is the time of year for cinnamon, sugar, spice and everything nice and our homemade cookies reflect this. One of the easiest cookies to make there are many versions online – I’d made these several years ago and had a hard time keeping them in the cookie jar!

Cream together ½ cup powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt and a cup of softened butter. Blend in a teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 ¼ cups flour. Blend thoroughly and chill the dough for an hour in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 400F and shape into one inch balls. Working carefully put a peanut M&M, chocolate covered peanut, raisin, gumdrop, gummy bear or other “goodie” in the center, covering completely with the dough. You can also roll in chopped nuts, gently pressing into the dough. Bake 8-10 minutes (they don’t have to brown – don’t overbake), cool slightly (enough to handle) then working quickly drop a half dozen at a time into a Ziploc bag with powdered sugar, shake to cover then set to cool thoroughly. The extra surprise in the center made these a hit with gift recipients and those in the home!

A similar easy cookie with coconut is also a treat. Cream together a cup butter (softened), ¼ cup powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla and a tablespoon water. Add in 2 cup sifted flour, then stir in a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts. Roll into one inch balls, bake at 300F for 20 minutes or until just barely browned. Cool thoroughly before removing from the pan. While cooling mix together 4 cups sifted powdered sugar and ½ cup milk for frosting. Place 1 cup of shredded coconut each in 3 jars (3 cups total coconut – an 18 ounce bag). Add a few drops red, green and yellow food coloring to color coconut those 3 colors, shaking to distribute the color and tint the coconut. dip the cooled cookies in frosting then roll in coconut.

Snickerdoodles are another popular and traditional cookie that are easy to make. Mix together a cup softened butter, 1 ½ cup sugar and 2 eggs thoroughly, then sift together 2 ¾ cups sifted flour, 2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roll into one inch balls. Make a topping of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Dip each cookie into the sugar cinnamon mixture and bake 8-10 minutes at 400F.

These are easy to make, similar and yet very different in the end taste result! They also make several dozen so allows plenty for school or work Christmas parties or just cookie lovers at home!

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