Best Christmas Cookie Recipes – With Photos!

 

Hello Everyone,

I just finished making many batches of Christmas cookies.  While I like baking, I love delivering the cookies to great friends.   I was quite pleased to deliver the cookies today.  The delivery provided a real lift to my holiday spirits!  Please scroll below to find my best Christmas cookie recipes!

I am particularly pleased with this year’s mix of Christmas cookies,  so I thought I would share the recipes with you.  These are some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.   As always, I started with a recipe from my childhood – a cookie that my Grandmother cooked every Christmas.  She was German, and this is a  German vanilla and nut sugar cookie.

The next cookie also came from a family recipe.  This is a Swedish almond cookie, accented with cardomon and pearl sugar.  I found this recipe in Swedish Cakes and Cookies, a lovely book with more recipes than I could complete in a lifetime.  But I have Swedish relatives on both sides of my family so I will have plenty of occasions to dive into this book.  Please note that this book also contains an index for egg-free, gluten-free, and sugar free recipes.  I have tried some of these recipes and they were pretty tasty.

My final two choices came from just north of where I live, the King Arthur Flour Company.  They have many wonderful baking resources.  You can always find unique recipes from King Arthur and they sell everything that you need to become a successful baker.  In this case, I chose a shortbread cookie.   King Arthur sells a fantastic pan with a snow flake design as well as an almond praline cookie form in the shape of a walnut.  The two halves of the walnut shaped cookie are held together by an incredible chocolate and hazelnut creme.  The forms for the walnut shape are also available at King Arthur.

All of these recipes are fantastic.  I hope you try at least one!

Happy Holidays!

Kirsten

German Crescent Cookie Recipe

Ingredients - 

Dough:

1 cup unsalted butter – room temperature

1 cup ground nuts (I used pecans)

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups flour

Topping:

1/2 cup sugar

1 package (8-9 g) vanilla sugar

Instructions:

1. Cream butter and 1/4 cup sugar together.  Mix in flour and nuts.

2. Chill dough until firm.

3. Roll dough into small log shapes.

4. Mix the final 1/2 cup sugar with the vanilla sugar.  Spread on a plate.

5.  Roll the cookies in the sugar mixture.  Shape logs into a crescent shape.  Place on cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Yields about 4 dozen.

Almond Spice Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter – room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cardamon

2/3 cup ground almonds

Pearl sugar for garnish

Instructions:

1.  Cream together butter and sugar.

2. Beat in egg.

3. Combine remaining ingredients and add in gradually.

4.  Form into small balls about 1 tablespoon in size.  Dip in pearl sugar and place on cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 min.  Yields about 3 dozen.

Almond Cookie Recipe with Praline Chocolate Filling (my husband loves these cookies)

Ingredients:

(You will need walnut forms for this recipe, they are available at King Arthur.)

Dough:

1 cup butter – room temperature

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 egg

2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup toasted hazelnut flour

Filling:

11 oz (1 can) prailine paste

8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Cream together butter and sugars.  Add salt, flavorings, and egg.

2.  Mix together flour and ground nuts.  Add to dough.

3. Cover and chill until firm.

4. Press 1 teaspoon of dough into each of the forms.  Place on baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

5. Tap mold to remove cookies.  Let cool.

6. Slowly melt chocolate chips in microwave on low power until melted about halfway.  Add praline paste.  Mix thoroughly, heating as needed.  Let the mixture setup a bit and then spread on the flat side of one of the cookies.  Press another cookie on top.  Allow to sit until the filling has set completely.

Chai Spiced Shortbread Recipe (now that I think of it, my husband loves these too)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter – room temperature

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cardamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups flour

Instructions:

1. Cream together butter, sugar, and flavorings

2. Mix in the flour.

3. Divide dough in half.  Press half of the dough into the bottom of a shortbread pan.

4. Bake at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes.  Turn out the shortbread and cut while still warm.

5.  Cook second pan.

 

2 Responses to Best Christmas Cookie Recipes – With Photos!

  1. Christine Herbert December 22, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    They look delicious! Are they easy to make?

    • Kirsten December 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      They are all easy. However, the walnut shaped cookie take a bit more time than the others because you have to assemble the two halves together with the icing. They are REALLY good though!

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