Janet's Notebook
Christmas Cookies That'll Put You on Santa's Nice List!

Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas season should be called cookie season at my house! I bake batches and batches of cookies this time of year.

I add some to my Christmas dessert table, but I also package them to give as gifts. A few special ones get left for Santa (we like to make sure he's properly fed!).

I'm compiling my list right now... and do I have some amazing Christmas cookie recipes to choose from!

Gingerbread is a classic Christmas cookie and Doris Ware's (Blair, OK) Gingerbread Cookies is a classic recipe. "All five of my kids and myself enjoyed making these," reminisces Doris. "Each got to pick out their own cookie cutter, it sure was fun."

Doris' classically awesome recipe is a welcome site at any holiday gathering. Who doesn't love gingerbread men? It's fun to use shaped cookie cutters and decorate each cookie with a look and a personality all other own. Plus, it's a great recipe to get the family involved in. Get creative!

Deb Crane (Eagle, WI) gets her grandchildren involved when making her Thumb Print Cookies. [These] turn out delicate and delectable," says Deb. "This recipe has never failed me."

Reminiscent of pecan sandies, these gorgeous cookies are as tasty as they are festive. I'm a fan of these with raspberry preserves. But, use a preserve/jelly your family likes. Deb uses apricot and strawberry for hers. I do suggest doubling this recipe... these cookies are going to be a big hit.

"I usually bake about 20 different types of cookies for Christmas, but these Ricotta Orange Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts are hands down our most favorite," shares Nadine Mesch (Mount Healthy, OH). "My kids have been known to take the entire tin and eat them all in one sitting!"

I will be honest... when I first tried these, I may have taken an extra one or two (ok three). The ricotta makes the cookie really soft. The orange, dark chocolate and hazelnuts give them a wonderful flavor.

The combinations of flavors in Cindy Sandberg's (Carlisle, IN) Ginger Cream Molasses Sandwich Cookies is just so good! "I love molasses cookies and was trying to come up with a way to make them more special for the holidays," Cindy explains. "The cream filling is not too sweet and the crystallized ginger's the perfect special touch."

That ginger on top gives these flavorful cookies one last punch of flavor. And I love the sweet coating turbinado sugar adds. These cookies are sure to brighten up anyone's day.

"A great cookie for rolling out and cutting your favorite holiday shapes," says Ann DeLong of her Orange Butter Cookies recipe. Orange zest adds a nice zing to these butter cookies. And the orange icing tops them off perfectly. They'll be a nice addition to any holiday cookie tray.

The intense chocolate and mint flavors in Tammy Brownlow's (Dallas, TX) Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookiesis a classic holiday flavor combination that makes these one scrumptious cookies. "This cookie has the flavor of a perfect cup of cocoa with peppermint and a gooey marshmallow center," describes Tammy.

I couldn't explain these cookies any better! They're super easy to make which is an added bonus. I highly recommend you enjoy these right out of the oven. They're good at room temperature, but they're amazing when warm.

Drop, rolled, dipped or cutout, I really love all type of Christmas cookies. Do you have a favorite that ends up on your tray every Christmas? Make sure to post your recipe!

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Pat Duran - Dec 3, 2015
They are super good....thanks Paula...
Paula Todora - Dec 3, 2015
Ginger, Orange and Peppermint-what a great variety of wonderful flavors - I'll add these to my list of cookies to make this holiday!
Pat Duran - Dec 3, 2015
Merry Christmas Frosted Snowballs
how do I post my recipe to the cookie contest?