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

Direc­tions:
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

Direc­tions:
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

Direc­tions:
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 (lisa@lisapace.com) your mail­ing address Lois and I’ll get your book in the mail.

Lois Johnsen
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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