A rare weekend post, but I wanted to drop in and share some family Christmas cookie recipes in case you are still looking for some delicious nibbles to make for the holiday. These are usually favorites at parties, too! As always, I check my cookies while baking after about half of the time in the recipe (these are copied straight from my momma’s instructions as e-mailed to me in 2006), because our oven is crazy.
M&M Cookies Yields about 3 dozen
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups M&Ms
Cream together sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Add soda and salt to flour. Add dry ingredients to cream mixture. Add M&Ms.
Drop by tsp on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes
Gumdrop Cookies Yields about 4 dozen
These cookies are crazy-good, but they’re a pain to make. My dad loves them and my mom now makes him contribute by having him chop the gumdrops, which is really the most annoying part, but isn’t so bad if you do it with a glass of wine in front of the TV like I did this year. For best results, cut gumdrops and roll them in a shallow dish of sugar so the pieces don’t stick together. Tim generally likes cookies more lightly-baked anyway, but as I made them this year, he commented on how these “suffer more from over-baking than the others,” so keep that in mind.
Cream together 1 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar. Add 2 eggs and 1teaspoon vanilla. Dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 Tablespoon cold water and add.
Sift 2 cups cake flour into a separate bowl, add 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Sift 3 times, then combine the two bowls.
Add 2 cups oatmeal, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) and 1 cup chopped large gumdrops.
Drop by tablespoonful on cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes @ 375 degrees. Pat with powdered sugar after baking.
Peanut Butter Blossoms Yields about 4 dozen (I got 43 today when I made them)
Everybody seems to have a recipe for peanut butter blossoms, but Tim swears he prefers ours. My trick is to push the kisses into each cookie on the tray, and then go back to the beginning and push down and twist the kiss a little more. The chocolate at the bottom of the candy should be melted by then (if not, give it another minute or two before the twisting, but not too long, or the whole kiss will be melty) and it creates a little collar that really anchors the candy in the cookie.
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
48 Hershey kisses
Additional sugar for rolling (white or colored)
Combine all ingredients except candy in large mixer bowl. Mix on lowest speed until dough forms. Shape into balls and roll in sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake @350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Top each cookie immediately with candy kiss. Press down firmly.
I have all three of these cookies stashed in tins in my kitchen right now and they’ve been calling my name all day! Yay, Christmas baked goods!