Christmas Cookies

Bake a tasty holiday treat today

The sweet aroma of baking Christmas cookies is a telltale sign that the holidays have arrived. And while the weather outside might be frightful, a cookie right out of the oven can warm your heart.

Holiday baking is an activity that is often rich in family history, just like Christmas decorations. Christmas cookie recipes are regularly passed down from generation to generation, and many people can name several holiday cookies they baked each year growing up with their parents, friends or grandparents.

Finding Your Christmas Cookie Recipe

If you're an inexperienced baker, start this year with easy Christmas cookie recipes. Here are some possible resources where you can find Christmas cookie recipes:

  • Christmas magazines
  • Lifestyle magazines
  • Cookbooks
  • Cooking websites
  • Blogs
  • YouTube videos
  • Online cooking groups
  • Cooking classes

How can you tell if it's an easy or an advanced recipe? First, look at the list of ingredients. Chances are, the more ingredients, the more steps involved. Read the directions to see if they're easy to follow. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, but if you're planning to bake for a major event, it's probably a good idea to have a couple simple recipes on hand in case something goes wrong with one of your batches.

Organizing Your Cookie Recipes

Come up with a method to organize the recipes that don't come in an assembled book. Some people like to use small recipe cards, others prefer large binders. It's a good idea to cover your recipes in a protective layer, like lamination or a clear slip cover. You should also devise a way to make the recipes easy to find. You could organize them in alphabetical order, by the time of year or season, or by the friends you traditionally bake them with.

There are many other factors to consider when deciding which cookies to bake, such as who you'll be baking with. For example, if children are taking part, try a recipe where they can use Christmas cookie cutters in shapes like stars, trees, snowmen or angels. You can find cookie cutters at craft stores, department stores and dollar stores. Get some icing and other accents to jazz up the cookies. If a child isn't old enough to use baking utensils, decorating is a great way to get them involved.

Christmas Cookie Favorites

The following list will provide you with an idea of some traditional Christmas cookies you might want to bake this season:

  • Shortbread
  • Pfeffernusse
  • Fruitcake balls
  • Peppermint cookies
  • Sugar cookies
  • Gingerbread
  • Rum balls
  • Eggnog truffles
  • Candy cane cookies

With a pinch of cheer and a dash of laughter, you'll be sure to have success baking your Christmas cookies this year.

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