Everyone loves Christmas cookies, right? Treat your friends or family a sweet homemade dessert. Here are some absolute don't-miss recipes that you'll want to try. Part of my criteria in selecting these recipes is that they had to be accompanied with either a picture or a video so you could see the finished product.
The Top 10 Must-Have Recipes for Christmas Cookies
Sugar Cookies: These are the old-fashioned sugar cookies that you roll out, cut out, bake and decorate. If you're like me, you have dozens of cookie cutters. I still end up making Christmas trees or stars because I like decorating them the most.
Spritz Butter Cookies: Use a cookie press and create some beautiful and delicious holiday treats.
Gingersnaps: I love Gingersnaps. They smell like Heaven!
Linzer Cookies: Don't fear this sandwich cookie because it's beautiful. This recipe features step-by-step instructions (with photos) on how to make them.
Mexican Wedding Cakes: Don't let the name fool you. It's a cookie - not a cake. They're also known as Sandies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowpeaks and more. It doesn't matter what they're called, they are delicious and one of my favorites.
Thumbprint Cookies: Cookies filled with jam. Winning!
Pecan Tassies: This is a pecan-lover's dream. They are elegant but pretty simple to make.
Frosted Sugar Cookies: There's a video (less than 3 minutes) to get you through this recipe. I learned a great tip from this video. Use confectioner's sugar instead of flour when rolling out your dough. Suh-weet!
Snickerdoodles: This old-fashioned spice cookie is one of my family's favorite treats -- and not just at Christmas. Try it out any month of the year.
Rum Balls: We had to end with a festive-sounding cookie. Some recipes call for Rum -- others Bourbon. Just make sure you leave some liquor for the cookie recipe.
Here are some more holiday-related topics for all you bakers. Good luck and happy baking.
If you're running short on time, do what I do. Run to Target and purchase the pre-cut, frozen cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees, stars or gingerbread men. They are called Christmas Cut-Out Cookies by Stone Gate Foods. Just bake, frost and add sprinkles. It's a delicious and fast alternative to the all-afternoon project. Plus you won't totally trash your kitchen.
Update: I've received emails about these cookies from across the United States. They are in short supply so purchase ASAP if you want to bake some for Santa. The cookies are already marked down in your freezer section at DFW Target locations.
(Photo and cookies by Angela Patterson)