Christmas cookies are a staple of the holiday. Christmas just isn’t the same without a bunch of cookies. There are a wide variety of cookies and you should feel free to explore and come up with new ideas for each Christmas. You never know, your cookies may become a regular holiday season request from your friends and family.
Cookies in a Jar are excellent gifts as well as fun to make. You can make several kits so you have your ingredients prepared whenever you get that urge to bake. Chocolate chip cookies tend to be the most common, but consider getting creative with Peanut Butter Cup Cookies in a Jar. These can also be made without placing them in the jar.
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
8 peanut butter cups cut into ½ inch pieces
Mix your flour, baking soda and powder together and then layer your dry ingredients in a 1-quart canning jar. Press down each layer firmly. Add the peanut butter cups last. Beware that the chocolate may melt if the jar is exposed to heat. Get creative with the top of the jar. Use Christmas fabric to layer between the seal and the twist on cap.
Be sure to give the instructions to the person with the jar. You begin by removing the peanut butter cups and setting those aside. Then pour the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl and mix with ½ cup of softened butter or margarine. Don’t use diet margarine because they won’t work out as well. Add 1 egg and a teaspoon of vanilla. Mix and then add in the peanut butter cups. Shape into balls and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 14 minutes.
A not so traditional Christmas cookie, but one that is sure to be a family favorite are Mexican Wedding Cake cookies. They look like little snowballs and have a lot of Christmas cheer. This recipe makes about 48 balls and you might as well not even clean the kitchen once they are done, because they might have you back in there making more!
½ cup powdered sugar
1-cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans
¼ teaspoon salt
Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix your ½ cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Blend well and stir in your nuts and salt. You want the dough to hold together well so that they can be shaped into 1-inch balls. Place them one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheets immediately and allow to cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar and the roll again once they are completely cooled.
These cookies are sure to be a hit and they are so easy to make. You don’t have to be a great baker to make these cookies and your family will absolutely love them. Take them to cookie exchanges, office parties and family gatherings.