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More Christmas Cookie Recipes Dec. 8-25

December 22, 2016

  • Linzer cookies 2016
  • sugar cookies 2016
  • crinkles

Yes, the 25 Days of Christmas Cookies continues! We have tried quite a few new recipes this year, plus a few old favorites. With Chritmas carols playing in the background, we had some happy afternoons.  Assistant Innkeepers Sarah and Linsy helped with a lot of the baking this year, as well as our Interim Innsitters Gary and Liz, so I need to give them credit too. Here are our recipes for cookies from December 8-25. Merry Christmas!

December 8- Butter Pecan Turtle BarsWe've been making these delectable bars for a few years now. This recipe is from the Creme de Colorado Cookbook and we featured it on our blog last year. 

December 9-Raspberry LInzer Cookies: Julie bought a Linzer cookie cutter set and then was obsessed with making these showy raspberry jam-filled sandwich cookies. They are a lot of work but worth it.

December 10-Christmas Cornflake Wreaths: Try not to be put off by the green food coloring-these cookies are cute and very tasty! Like a rice krispie treat but made with corn flakes. We used sprinkles to decorate them but it would be cute with mini M&M's or red hots. 

December 11-Peanut Blossoms: Julie's Aunt Bette made these every year. Every kid's favorite! Cook them in balls so that the chocolate kiss stays put. I make them with butter not shortening.

December 12-Chocolate Lace Sandwich Cookies. We tried this recipe for the fist time last Christmas. Definitely a keeper-dainty and delicious! Recipe originally from Sunset Magazine.

December 13-Christmas Macaroons: This is another repeat from last year. Coconut goodness. This year we topped them with red and green M&M's.

December 14-Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods: These were so pretty and really fun to make. We tried them with both white chocolate and regular chocolate chips-just melt them in a tall glass in the microwave with about a tablespoon of shortening and then dip and sprinkle.  I love the sweet-salty taste combo. This would be a good one to do with kids.

December 15-Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: Why have I not been baking these all my life? They are easy and delicious and very pretty. Lots of great chocolate flavor. Definitely going to be a regular around here.

December 16-White Christmas Dream Drops: This meringue cookie  is topped with crushed peppermint candies and has surprise white chocolate chips inside. Blayne absolutely loved them and they are a nice change from the usual butter-rich cookie.

December 17-Lemon Bars: Classic lemon bars are always welcome and good lemons are easy to find. Another Blayne favorite that we made last year too.

December 18-Chocolate Star Cookies: Another very showy, pretty cookie that takes more time than some. The dough is pretty sticky so not easy to roll out and shape.

December 19-Spritz Cookies: Another classic Christmas cookie! I've had a spritz cookie press for years and have never used it. They are tasty but do tend to stick the press. 

December 20-Nanaimo Bars: A favorite from Julie's Aunt Bette!  Love, love, love these bars. Cutting them before they totally get hard really helps to get a nice clean edge.

December 21-Sugar Cookies: This is the classic Betty Crocker Christmas cookie I grew up with. I always make them with almond extract rather than vanilla. I usually make the dough ahead of time on a quiet day and put it in the freezer. Thaw it overnight then roll it out and bake the cookies on a convenient day. Frost the next day if you like-that's what I did.

December 22-Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies: Assistant Innkeeper Sarah found this dough to be quite sticky and cracked easily when being rolled up, but the end result was delicious. Next time we will roll them out a bit thinner. We used pecans instead of walnuts for better flavor.

December 23-Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies This recipe came to us from Julie's friend Jane and has been a favorite ever since. Chocolate, cinnamon, and just  hint of spice makes for a very tasty (and pretty) cookie that is rolled in cinnamon sugar prior to baking.

December 24-Raspberry and Almond Thumbprint Cookies This is the easier version of a Linzer cookie. Raspberry and Almond-what is not to like? And they look so festive!

December 25-Miniature Cheesecakes-Another family favorite of Julie's. This recipe came from Aunt Bette.  A lot of work, but worth it! Recipe makes about 60 cookies. You will need to have miniature muffin trays and mini paper liners on hand. I wish I had had more of the trays as it would have gone a little faster.

Step 1: 2 1/4 cups crushed graham crackers, 3 Tbsp. sugar, 6 Tbsp. melted butter. Mix together and put scant Tbsp in miniature muffin paper liner and press down with flat glass (shot glass works well).

Step 2: 1 lb cream cheese, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar. Mix at medium speed for 20 minutes. Put about 1 teaspoonful on crust and bake in 325degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn heat to 425 degrees.

Step 3: 1-1/2 cup sour cream, 3 Tbsp. sugar, 1-1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix and spread to edges of cake about 1 teaspoonful. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Decorate with tiny piece of maraschino cherry before last baking if desired. Remove paper cups in 10-15 minutes. Freeze separately, then place in bag to store for up to a month or so. Serve very cold or even partially frozen. These are ready and waiting in my freezer now!

Be sure to see our photos of the cookies on Facebook and Instagram.


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