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5 Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes 5 Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes by Julie DeHart

Get a jump start on your Christmas baking with these classic Christmas cookies. You can make them ahead & pop them in the freezer. They freeze beautifully & will be resting nicely until you need them during the holiday festivities. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses
Chocolate Kisses & Peanut Butter!
What a delicious combination!
These Peanut Butter Kisses deliver pure goodness.

Make sure not to cook the bottom cookie too much -- you want it to be nice and chewy.

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter -- you could use either creamy or chunky; whatever you prefer
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Big Hershey's kisses, unwrapped, of course.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the sugars, butter, peanut butter & egg.
3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt.
4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Mix until well blended.
5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
6. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
7. Bake until set, but not hard; about 8 - 10 minutes. But watch the first time you bake these, because everyone's oven is a little bit different.
8. Toward end of baking, place a chocolate Hershey's kiss in the middle of each cookie; press down slightly. Bake for a few more minutes.

Spritz Cookies
You will need a cookie press with a variety of tips for these spritz cookies. In our house, we shaped our spritz cookies into wreaths and then used green & red candied fruit for the bow. You could also use small cinnamon candy pieces.

1 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cream butter & sugar; add egg & flavorings.
3. Sift together flour & pinch of salt. Combine with creamed mixture; mix well.
4. Fill cookie press with dough; press into shapes. Decorate with candied fruit and/or cinnamon candy. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until set & lightly baked.

Pecan Tarts
These pecan tarts are like mini pecan pies with a custard center & chewy topping. Delicious!

Pastry:
1/2 cup softened butter
3 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour

1. Cream butter & cream cheese with hand mixer.
2. Blend in flour.
3. Chill.
4. Form into 24 balls. Press into mini muffin tins or pastry tart pan. Grease pan well.

Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 T. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1. Mix filling ingredients together & fill tart shells 3/4 of the way full. If they are too full, they will cook over & make a big mess in your oven.
2. Bake 20 - 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
3. Cool slightly & remove carefully with a table knife to loosen edges.

Afghan Cookies
Afghan cookies are flavorful & chewy. The cornflakes give them a nice texture.

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups cornflakes

1. Cream the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy.
2. Sift together flour & cocoa.
3. Combine dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well.
4. Fold in cornflakes.
5. Spoon dough in tablespoon-sized mounds on greased cookie sheet; gently pressing together.
6. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes in 350 degree oven or until set.

Butter Cookies
These butter cookies are very festive looking without elaborate decorating.
You can change the jam to suit your tastes. Blueberry jam sounds yummy -- really delicious!
These butter cookies are best when baked right before serving.

1/2 cup butter
3 T. sugar
1 cup flour
Pinch salt

1. Cream butter & sugar with hand mixer; add flour & pinch of salt. Blend well.
2. Roll dough into 3 long strips about 2 inches wide each.
3. Place on cookie sheet.
4. Place a strip of strawberry jam down the center of each strip.
5. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
6. Cool briefly & drizzle with light frosting.

Frosting:
Combine 1/2 - 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 T. softened butter & enough milk to combine into a thin frosting.

To your Christmas baking!

Julie DeHart is the author of http://www.keep-your-home-cooking.com/ Visit her site for more delicious, easy recipes, home & kitchen organization tips, parenting tips, conversations starters, and cooking techniques. http://www.keep-your-home-cooking.com/cookie-recipes.html

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5 Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes
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