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Favorite Holiday Cookies

  • Dec 23, 2009
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There are so many varieties of holiday cookies and bars. Here are just a few that I traditionally make every year around Christmas time. Enjoy!
Peanut Blossoms
Possibly the combination of my two favorite things in the world: chocolate and peanut butter! This are fun and easy to make. The best part is topping the peanut butter cookie with a Hershey Kiss and watching it melt! A gooey delight! I'm always trying to ration and the spread the melting chocolate about the cookie so that each bite has some.
Delicious and really easy to make. You can shorten or lengthen the cooking time for a softer or crispier cookie. The cinnamon taste paired with coffee equals the perfect holiday blend. This is my mom's favorite! If I don't make this during the holidays I'm in BIG trouble!
Russian Tea Cakes
My Dad and his side of the family love Russian Tea Cakes. I'm not quite as much of a fan, but given their popularity with my relatives, we make them ever year. Their lovely cookies for parties. Usually small and round with powdered sugar covering the outside. Not a good cookie to eat if you are wearing black and you have a problem wiping your hands with a napkin, because the exterior sugar coating can be messy!
Candy Cane Cookies
There is nothing like the taste of peppermint to symbolize Christmas. Fresh, light and full of flavor! This is a great holiday cookie to share and gift to others.
Lime Pistachio Cookies
Yum, who doesn't love pistachios? And who doesn't love lime? This is a great combo of flavors and textures, and certainly a nice change from the typical chocolate, flour, sugar ingredients in most holiday cookies.
Okay, another Mom favorite. The Joy of Cooking claims that Snickerdoodles come from Germany and that the name means "snail dumpling". I'm part German, so is my mom, so perhaps that's why we like them! The snickerdoodle is a sugar cookie made with cream tartar and rolled in cinnamon sugar which gives this otherwise plain cookie a sweet and spicy flavor.
Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are a Christmas must! I pull out all of the different cookie cut-outs (gingerbread man, trees, snowflakes, snowmen, Santa) and play with all the creative shapes you can imagine. This is an especially fun project with kids. The shapes and frosting designs are endless.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
A classic, but a goodie. You can't lose with chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. Of course there are plenty of chocolate chips cookie take-offs that are fun to try too. Lately I enjoy mine with a bit of oatmeal and cinnamon in the mix.

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December 24, 2009
Do you know what is Russian about the Russian Tea Cakes? I've never seen one so I wonder what is the reason they are called Russian  :) I haven't come across these in Russian Cuisine.
December 24, 2009
# 3 and # 8 are faves!! Thank you for this, Bethany!! Happy Holidays!!
December 23, 2009
Bethany, I'm trying to watch my waistline this holiday season!  (Un)fortunately, I saw most of these cookies at Trader Joe's this morning and it looks like I'm going to have to go back to grab a few bags of these...  Thanks for this delicious list, Bethany! :D
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