It’s Christmas Time!!

As do most people, my mom and I have an annual Christmas cookie baking tradition that we delved into yesterday! In a mere 6 hours, we managed to bake twelve batches of cookies! We have the few we make every year that we can’t live without, but then we try a few new ones too…some of these end up becoming regulars and some we never see again! I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few of our favorites and possibly get a few of yours too! This list does not include the traditional Italian Christmas cookies that gram bakes every year…including the ever-so-secret wine cookie recipe that I may just share with you all next week after we bake them next week! But I will preface this recipe by stating how difficult it is right off the bat! You have to have severely decreased feeling in your hands to even attempt this one….almost equivalent to throwing your hands into a pot of boiling water! But we’ll get to that next week! For now, here are a few easier, less harmful ones!

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • Sugar to roll balls in
  • Kisses (we prefer the caramel ones, but any will do)!

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix wet ingredients together and sift dry ingredients together. Add dry to wet, mix well. Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar, bake balls about 8 minutes. While baking, unwrap kisses. Remove from oven, stick a kiss in each ball, place back in oven for 2-4 minutes.

Seven Layer Bars: (These are my absolute favorite)!!!

  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 bag of coconut
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of butterscotch morsels
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I prefer pecans or almonds myself)!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in oven in a 13X9″ pan. (Or melt in microwave or stove top and pour into 13X9 pan). Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted butter until absorbed (add more crumbs if necessary, you don’t want overly wet patches). Sprinkle chocolate chips and butterscotch morsels over top of graham cracker crumb layer. Next sprinkle coconut and nuts. Lastly, as evenly as possibly, pour sweetened condensed milk over top of everything. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top is slightly golden.

Coconut Macaroons:

  • 1 bag coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • pinch of salt

Mix all together and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

Almond Biscotti:

  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 Tablespoon water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups almonds chopped course

Toast the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes on baking sheet.  Mix all together.  Shape into 4 logs and rub with egg yolk.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Slice while still warm.

Italian Knot Cookies:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ lb of butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 fresh oranges, just the juice from them
  • Grate a little bit of the orange rind, about 1 tsp
  • Frosting:
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 T butter
  • 2 T milk
  • 16-oz powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, butter and sugar (with hands) until consistency like cornmeal. Beat eggs, vanilla, juice from oranges and zest with a fork. Add into flour mixture until it doesn’t stick…add in more flour if necessary.  If dough is soft add more flour. Shape dough into knots.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool. Mix together ingredients for frosting.  Let sit a few minutes, frost cookies. The frosting can be dyed any color with food coloring.

Hershey Bar Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted flour

Cream butter, add brown sugar, yolk, and flour.  Grease a cookie sheet and spread the dough to fill the bottom of the cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. While cookies are baking, melt a hersey bar in double boiler, spread over hot crust and add chopped nuts on top if desired. Cut while warm.

So these are just a few of our favorite, must have every year, Christmas cookies! There are way too many to choose from, but this was a good start! Wine cookie recipe to follow sometime soon! I’d love to hear some of your favorite cookie recipes for the holidays…trying out new recipes never gets old! And my mom and I are always looking for new ideas!

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About valuptuousvittles

I am a chiropractor with a passion for eating, baking and wine! It seems that my life is consumed by food, whereas most people eat to live, I live to eat!

Posted on December 16, 2011, in Bakery/Dessert Recipes, Cookies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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