3 christmas cookie recipes – a trio of Christmas confections

[20 Dec 2010 | By | 6 Comments]

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I have my favorites. I decided not to make a dozen different kinds of cookies this year, but rather to hand-select a few of my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes to bake for my best of friends and countless under-appreciated teachers. In fact, I narrowed it down a small selection of yumminess. The chosen few—I knew—were sure to please. I would be giddy happy if someone handed me a tiny little, twine-wrapped box of any/all of these:

1. Peppermint Bark. My peppermint bark is one of the most sought-after, ‘googled’ recipes on my blog (especially during the holidays). It is brilliantly easy to make… in fact I was asked to attend a cookie exchange recently, and knew I would be too busy to bake elaborate cookies beforehand. So I planned to make my peppermint bark in the few minutes I had between work and carpool. Sure enough: 6 minutes and they were in my fridge getting firm. Peppermint Bark is easy-to-make, budget friendly and widely adored:

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Peppermint Bark
1 package white chocolate chips (I buy them from Trader Joes where they only cost $2.29);
2 tsp peppermint extract, and
20 mini candy canes (about half a package; I buy the mini kind—see picture—because you can crush them, snip them open with a scissors and pour. The large candy canes are a pain to unwrap!).

Put white chocolate chips in heat-proof bowl. Microwave for 40 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat (microwave another 40 seconds and stir to blend). At this point you may be able to stir the chocolate to a smooth consistency. If not, microwave another 30 seconds and stir to blend (be careful not to burn the chocolate!). Stir in extract, then crushed candy canes. Spread on tray about 1/4 inch thick—I always give the tray a good ‘wham, wham’ on the counter to smooth out the surface of the bark. Pop in the fridge for 20 minutes to help firm; doesn’t need to stay in fridge. For giving: break into pieces, pile in little cellophane bags, wrap with curly ribbon and attach a nice note!

2. Chipolte Candied Pecans. I recently fell in love with these pecans. I made a batch of them, and tucked most of them in parchment lined tins. Though some I kept to chop and top my holiday baked brie [appetizer]! Eat them as-is or add them to salads, sprinkle on ice cream or top your sweet potatoes!

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3. Snowball Cookies. Its THE perfect time of year to pull out the powdered sugar and roll your cookie balls in confectionery ‘snow’. Snowball Cookies are a far cry from healthy—so consider them the appropriate holiday treat and indulge!

What do you bake to delight your friends—and thank people—during the holidays? Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe?

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  • Matilda said (20 December 2010 at 7:00 pm):

    These snowball cookies are sometimes called other names such as wedding cookies. With their buttery flavor and delicately crunchy flavor, they are absolutely marvelous.

  • Seb @ Tropical bedding said (20 December 2010 at 9:45 pm):

    Riciarelli the almond paste cookies that originated in Siena are one of my favourites at this time of year.

  • bellini said (21 December 2010 at 6:22 am):

    These have given me an idea of something I need to make by tomorrow. Enjoy all that the season has to offer wherever you might be!!

  • Janelle Anderson said (21 December 2010 at 11:22 am):

    Janelle – I want to Thank You for sharing your coveted-frosted-sugar-cookies recipe (years ago!) I have it bookmarked and make them with my two boys numerous times a year. We love them. Today, I realized that your name was Janelle too and dived into your blog. I LOVE IT! I have a lot of catching up to do (years worth) but I’ve finally found the time to go Internet digging and blog diving…thank you for sharing your talents! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Sincerely, Janelle

  • janelle (author) said (24 December 2010 at 12:00 pm):

    Matilda: me too! Love ‘em!
    Seb: I think riciarelli are so, so (almost too) sweet! But I think I ate one while in Sienna;)!
    Bellini: Merry Christmas to you!!
    Janelle: thank you so much for your kind words and comment! I LOVE hearing feedback. Those sugar cookies are one of the best (unkept) secrets of this blog;)))).

  • Seb @ Pedometer watches said (25 December 2010 at 9:04 pm):

    Thanks Janelle for replying, it’s always nice. I hope you had Panforte in Siena. We brought some back for our neighbours. They took it hiking with them for energy, better than energy bars.