Christmas Wishing Cookies

Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin


Ok, I admit it... There were Christmases, when I just didn't have the time to bake loads of cookies. But even during those "slim cookie" years, I always made Wishing Cookies. They are, by far, my family's favorites. I have been making these with and for my boys since they were little (that means, I've been making these a loooong time.) They are a Swedish spice cookie with a tradition .....
Place the cookie in the palm of your left hand and press down on it with the thumb of your right hand. If the cookie breaks into 3 pieces and you can eat all three pieces without saying a word, you get to make a wish.
Of course we typically cut them into stars but sometimes I also make little gingerbread men.
Hope your family enjoys these as much as we do. Merry Christmas!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These tasty cookies made the Test Kitchen smell wonderful on a cool fall morning. The blend of spices and molasses made these similar to a gingerbread cookie. I'll definitely be adding these to my cookie tray this year. And I love the story behind these too... I made my wish!


3 1/4 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp
ground ginger
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 c
1 1/2 c
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
finely shredded orange or lemon peel (i usually omit this)
lace icing


2 c
confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp

How to Make Christmas Wishing Cookies


  • 1Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  • 2In a large mixer bowl beat butter till softened. Add sugar and beat till fluffy.
  • 3Add egg, molasses, water and peel; beat well.
  • 4Gradually add flour mixture, beating till well mixed.
  • 5Cover and chill 2 hours or till easy to handle.
  • 6On a floured surface roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with star cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven about 8 minutes. Remove and cool. Makes about 100 cookies.
  • 7Pipe on icing. I put the icing in a plastic storage bag and cut off a small bit of the corner. This works well.
  • 8Hint: When I take the dough out of the frig, I cut it into 4 pieces and work with one piece at a time while keeping the rest in the frig. It's hard to work with at first but becomes softer as you begin to roll it out. You don't want it too soft because then it becomes too hard to lift to the cookie sheet.

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