Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the weekend I baked several of our favorite Christmas cookies. I doubled up on each cookie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made another batch for family in Beaumont. Needless to say our house smelled great all weekend. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite holiday cookies I thought I’d share the recipes.

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This is a new cookie I created this year. Alan and I love them but Ansley not so much. They are a spice cake type cookie with white chocolate morsels mixed inside and are kinda more like a brownie textured cookie. I love spice cake as it brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother, so I thought I would try to honor her at Christmas with a spice cookie. Grammy always had a spice cake on her table when we visited in the summer. Eating this cookie brings me right back to when I was a child and sat at her kitchen table in Salem, WV just chatting with her while she cooked.

Spice Cookies

Ingredients: 1 Box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix, 1 Small Bag of White Chocolate Morsels, 1/2 Cup Crisco, 2 Large Eggs Lightly Beaten, 1 TBLS Water, 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

Combine 1st 5 ingre­di­ents in a large bowl, stir until smooth. Shape dough into 1 in. balls then roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 min. Remove from oven. Cool 10 min. on cookie sheet. Place on wire racks to cool completely.

Lemon Cookies

Next up is one of my mom’s favorites, my lemon cookies. I love anything with lemon. I especially love birthday cakes with lemon filling. I loved it when mom would ask what kind of birthday cake I wanted and I always said one with lemon filling.

Lemon Cookies

Ingredients: 1 Lemon Cake Mix, 2 Large Eggs Lightly Beaten, 1/2 Cup Oil, Powdered Sugar

Mix the first three ingredients together, form medium sized balls and roll in powdered sugar, place on ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart and bake at 350 degrees for 10 min.

Please Note: The batter will be sticky on your fingers when creating the balls. Just plop each ball of dough in the powdered sugar covering them completely. The ball will begin to flatten on the cookie sheet don’t worry. These cookies are super moist.

Pecan Sandies a.k.a. Snowball Cookies

These are Ansley’s favorite Christmas cookies. Pecan Sandies a.k.a. Snowball Cookies. This girl can eat an entire batch by herself.

Pecan Sandies a.k.a. Snowball Cookies

Ingredients: 1/2 Sticks Butter, 4 TBLS Powdered Sugar, 2 TSP Vanilla Extract, 1 TBLS Water, 2 Cups Flour, 1 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans, Red & Green Colored Sugar

Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and water. Stir in flour, then nuts. Form small balls and back on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool. Place powdered sugar and red & green colored sugar (add as much or as little colored sugar that you prefer) into a gallon sized baggie, place cookies into filled baggie and shake. Remove cookies from baggie and enjoy.

Toll House Christmas Character Cookies

And since I’m a sucker for any cute Christmas cookie I had to purchase these when I saw them at Target. They are Toll House Christmas Character Sugar Cookies. Talk about super easy to make and oh so vintagey cute. They are already pre-cut into Santa, Snowmen and Tree shapes and each has an adorable design already on the cookie. All you have to do is take them out of the package and bake them. Making cookies cannot get any easier than this!

I will be making some other Christmas cookies this week that I posted on my blog years ago. You can find the recipes HERE.

And if you read all the way down last week’s blog post “So much countdown fun” you would have discovered there was a book giveaway for my book “Delight In The Seasons“. I want to congratulate Lois Johnsen as she is the winner of an autographed copy.  Email me ( your mailing address Lois and I’ll get your book in the mail.

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favorite christmas memories was decorating a gingerbread house kit with my boys. (talk about a sugar high…. and they would get one too) :)

Sweetest of Holiday Hugs!

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  • Terry

    Well, Yummers! You’ve at least spurred me on to head for the store to purchase my ingredients for my tassies, etc.! I’m way behind this year…I’ve never used boxed cake mixes for cookies, but I just recvd an eml for the same type of cookie recipes from a friend. right before I got yours! 2 emls in a row with cookie recipes from cake mixes. You both seem trust worthy… :) SO I might just try a couple of these recipes! THNX 4 sharing
    Happy Holidays! ~Terry Y. in Texas

  • Connie Kaufman

    Thank you so much for sharing! I too think of grammy when I have spice cake and I can’t wait to try these cookies. Miss them so much! She too would be in the kitchen making her famous sugar cookies for Christmas. She loved to decorate them and we loved to eat them!!!!