Christmas Cookies!

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Christmas Cookies!

Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
So this weekend begins the 10-12 day of insane Christmas cookie baking in my house. I have 9 varieties already chosen but would like to add another 2-3 types. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've already got most of the traditional ones covered, plus a few I do every year. I'm looking for things that don't take more than a couple hours, so nothing SUPER complicated, but they don't have to be anything mega-quick or no-bake either.
12/08/2011
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P'Gell P'Gell
I usually do spritz cookies, chocolate crinkles, stained glass cookies (which are time intensive, as you have to not only cut out dough and the holes in the cookies, but fill them with crushed Jolly Rancher candies. We found Jolly Rancher works MUCH better than Lifesavers) ice box cookies, a cookie where we hide candies, or nuts (and label them for people with allergies) or dried fruit inside, we also sometimes do these labor intensive cookies where you make a stiff dough, dye it different colors and then use it like clay to make fruits and vegetables out of the cookie dough.

Most of our recipes are in the totally retro, totally cool Betty Crocker's Cooky Book.



There's an interesting cookie called a "Colorful Cookie" and you make it with flour, sugar and Jello. There are no eggs in it, and it is really easy to make.

1 pkg (3 ounces) fruit-flavored gelatin
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter softened
2 and 1/4 cups plain flour (or a little less if you like the cookies less crispy)
1/4 tsp salt

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reserve 1 tbsp dry gelatin for the glaze. Mix remaining gelatin, powdered sugar and margarine. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into 1-in balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until set but not brown (8 to 10 minutes) cool slightly. remove from cookie sheet. Cool.

I like to a number of boxes of Jello and make different colors. I also sprinkle sanding sugar on top to complement the color of the cookie.
12/08/2011
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I usually do spritz cookies, chocolate crinkles, stained glass cookies (which are time intensive, as you have to not only cut out dough and the holes in the cookies, but fill them with crushed Jolly Rancher candies. We found Jolly Rancher works MUCH ...
I have that book and love it! I actually have a newer copy but when we cleaned out my nana's house, I got her copy too with all her notes and cut out recipes between the pages I've done the window cookies (stained glass) in the past and of course spritz cookies (they're great cookie gift filler) but I may definitely try the ones with the jell-o, that looks really cool!
12/08/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
I make chocolate chip, chocolate crinkles, frosted sugar cookies, hermits, snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms, gingersnaps, pumpkin, oatmeal raisin, raisin filled, sand tarts and I believe that's it. Lol.
12/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I usually do spritz cookies, chocolate crinkles, stained glass cookies (which are time intensive, as you have to not only cut out dough and the holes in the cookies, but fill them with crushed Jolly Rancher candies. We found Jolly Rancher works MUCH ...
Huh, that does sound pretty neat. I may have to try that this year!
12/08/2011
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