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Christmas Cookie Recipes to Get Into the Holiday Spirit!

You can practically smell it in the air... It's almost Christmas! There are so many ways to get into the holiday spirit - you can decorate your house with bright glimmering festive lights, show off your singing skills caroling with the family, or bake delicious Christmas cookies!


The best part about Christmas cookies? In my opinion, it's the creativity in decorating. I mean how could you not love trying to perfect a snowman or reindeer cookie just for it to come out as a messy glob of icing! 😁

However, the holidays are about having fun and spreading joy, so I'm going to share with you a few of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit!


No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

via Taste of Home's Website

Ingredients:
  • 20 large marshmallows

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Green food coloring

  • 3 cups cornflakes

  • Red M&M's minis (about 2 tablespoons)

Directions:
  1. Place marshmallows and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave, uncovered, on high until butter is melted and marshmallows are puffed, about 45 seconds. Tint with green food coloring. Stir in cornflakes.

  2. On a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, divide mixture into 8 portions. With buttered hands, working quickly, shape each portion into a 3-in. wreath. Decorate immediately with M&M's, pressing to adhere. Let stand until set.

 

Santa Claus Cookies Recipe:

via Taste of Home's Website

Ingredients:
  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

  • 1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter sandwich cookies

  • Red colored sugar

  • 32 vanilla or white chips

  • 64 miniature semisweet chocolate chips

  • 32 Red Hots candies


Directions:

1. In a microwave, melt white chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.


2. Dip one end of each cookie into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire racks. For Santa's hat, sprinkle red sugar on top part of chocolate. Press one vanilla chip off-center on hat for pompom; let stand until set.


3. Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a Red Hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until set.


 

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

via Taste of Home's Website
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix

  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired.

 

Chocolate Reindeer Cookies

via Taste of Home's Website

Ingredients:

  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed

  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting

Decorations:

  • Candy eyes

  • Reese's mini white peanut butter cups

  • Miniature pretzels

  • Peanut butter M&M's

Directions:
  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Place butter, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in eggs and extract. Stir in flour mixture. Let stand until firm enough to shape, about 15 minutes.

  2. To freeze dough, shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; flatten each to 1/4-in. thickness. Place in a covered container, separating layers with waxed paper; freeze until firm. (May be frozen up to 3 months.)

  3. To bake, preheat oven to 350°. Place frozen dough portions 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

  4. Spread cookies with frosting, reserving a small amount for mouths. Decorate faces with candy eyes; add peanut butter cups for snouts, pretzels for antlers and M&M's for noses. Pipe mouths with reserved frosting.

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