The Best Christmas Cookies

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Aside from giving and receiving gifts, my favorite thing about Christmas time is all the amazing food. Time consuming meal preparation can be tedious and overwhelming, but luckily we don’t have these problems when it comes to making cookies. Check out some of my favorite cookies below and how to make them!

Italian Knot Cookies

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These adorable cookies are the perfect bite sized dessert with outstanding flavor and texture.

Ingredients:

  • FOR THE COOKIES
  • 3/4 Cup Melted butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 6 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 Cup Warm water
  • ICING
  • 2 Cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Anise (optional)
  • 1 Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a mixer, add melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  3. Change to dough hooks and add flour mixture.
  4. Add the warm water and mix until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. Make 1 1/2 inch balls with dough.
  6. Roll balls out to about 4 inch strips
  7. Bring one end over the other, then underneath and through the middle, like a knot.
  8. Place on baking sheet, four rows of four. (16 cookies on each sheet)
  9. Bake in 350* oven for 13 – 15 min.
  10. Let cool before icing.
  11. To Ice: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  12. Add a little water until desired consistency.
  13. Dip cookie upside down into icing, then turn over onto waxpaper.
  14. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

 Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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This cookie’s flavor is a combination between a snickerdoodle and a cinnamon roll (I cannot think of a better mix). They taste amazing with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, 1 tablespoon honey and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape a heaping tablespoonful of dough into a 6-in log. In a shallow bowl, combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; roll log in cinnamon-sugar. Loosely coil log into a spiral shape; place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat, placing cookies 1 in. apart. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a small bowl, melt baking chocolate with remaining honey; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Gingerbread Cookies

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Nothing tastes better than homemade gingerbread cookies! The best thing about these cookies is that you can make whatever shape or object you want out of them. Simply buy some cookie cutters and you’re ready to go.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be soft). Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. 
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters and place on greased baking sheets. 
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

I hope you try out these recipes and enjoy them as much as I do! Show us what you baked this holiday season by tagging us on Instagram @Faviana_NY & Twitter @FavianaNY

xo,

Arianna

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