Tuesday, December 21, 2010

10 Top Christmas Cookies

I've never been much of a sugar cookie fan. I know, it's horrible, but I'll pass up beautiful icing every time for something interesting like nuts or mint. My kids, on the other hand, will always go for the sugar cookies! So if I don't like the prettily decorated ones, what do I like? I know you are dying to know, so here's my list:
1. These Thin Mint Cookies are my new favorite, but I just realized that the reason I love them for Christmas is that my mom always used to make chocolate cookies with mint chips during the holidays and mint and Christmas have been wed in my mind ever since! I tried these for a cookie swap last Friday and, ahem, I have eaten the, er, 20 or so that were left since then. I'm definitely in love! (Since I was making 100 cookies, I only dipped them halfway in the chocolate to speed things up a bit. It was speedy, but I definitely preferred the taste of the few cookies that I completely covered with chocolate!
2. Mexican Wedding Cookies are another of my Christmas favorites. It's a funny name for a Christmas cookie, I know, but all covered with powdered sugar and with nuts inside--they are a pretty and tasty cookie!
3. Snickerdoodles (The kids usually help ball these which is both helpful and fun!)
4. Granny's Oatmeal Drop Cookies Growing up, I thought my granny had invented these just for me. Every Christmas she made everyone's (everyone's!) favorite dessert at Christmas time. It was her way of saying a great big, "I Love You!" She always made the oatmeal drop cookies for me.
5. I also love Yellow Cake Oatmeal Cookies because they mix two wonderful things: oatmeal and cake! They come out tasting more like a sugar cookie (my hubby has referred to them as, "you know, those sugar cookies that you make," but they have a lovely grainy taste to them as well.
6. I'm not one to do anything normal for very long, so Olivia's Chocolate Chip Cookies are my stab at the perfect chocolate chip cookie. The hubby still prefers the recipe on the chocolate chip bag, but these cookies have received rave reviews from everyone else!
7. And as long as we're talking about chocolate chip cookies, these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are extraordinary! I substituted half whole wheat flour for another scrumptious cookie
8. Here's an interesting cookie to try and it's simply called Christmas Cookies. I like the idea of the graham cracker crumbs!
9. Peanut butter cookies have always been one of my favorites, and these have the added benefit of being gluten-free. Add chocolate chips and nuts for a little taste of heaven! (Here's another recipe that uses brown sugar!)
10. And for the grande finale, here's a cookie you could whip up for breakfast in the morning! (Or maybe an easy Christmas morning breakfast?) This recipe is adapted from Quaker Oats "Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies."
Olivia's Breakfast Cookies
1/3  cup butter
1  cup firmly packed brown sugar
2  eggs
1  teaspoon vanilla
1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1  teaspoon baking soda
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
3  cups quick, uncooked oats 
1  cup raisins/chocolate chips (my fave!)/craisins/dried fruit
optional chopped nuts
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Please feel free to share your own favorite Christmas cookies in the comments!
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  1. Those chocolate mint ones were delicious! :) I just finished off my share of them today. ;)

    I kept hoping to make these this Christmas - maybe I will still get to it, but they are super fun for kids to make. I should know because we used to make them when I was little! =D


  2. so glad to see there are a few different kinds we still have to try thanks for sharing your amazing list of delicious cookies with me

  3. I'm with you! I'll take a cookie with chocolate, nuts or mint over a sugar cookie every time! :)