You usually buy holiday cookies from the store. This year, you want to make something from the heart, and that’s easy with these recipes. Follow these recipes so you can tempt your family and friends with homemade sweet treats.
Candy Cane Snowballs
These Candy Cane Snowballs will satisfy your sweet tooth during the holiday season. Plus, they are a cinch to make.
- 2 cups of butter, softened
- 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of pecans, chopped
- 8 ounces of white candy coating, melted
- 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candies
Begin by creaming the confectioner’s sugar and the butter until it’s fluffy. Put the vanilla into the mixture and then slowly beat in the flour. Add the pecans and stir the mixture. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for four hours.
Turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the mixture out of the refrigerator and shape the dough into balls. Each ball should be one inch. Put the balls on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Cool the balls on a wire rack. Once cooled, dip the tops of the cookies into candy coating and then dip them into the crushed candies. Let them stand for a few minutes and then enjoy.
Chocolate Reindeer Cookies
These Chocolate Reindeer Cookies will be a family favorite. Begin by gathering:
- 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup of butter, cubed
- 1 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
- 16 ounces of chocolate frosting
You will also need decorations for the cookies. Gather:
- Candy eyes
- Reese’s mini white peanut butter cups
- Miniature pretzels
- Peanut butter M&M’s
Start by whisking the salt, baking soda, and flour. Take out a large saucepan and throw in the water, brown sugar, and butter. Put the burner on low and stir it until the butter melts. Take the pot off the stove and add the chocolate chips. Stir the mixture until it’s smooth. Then add the extract and eggs and stir the flour mixture in. Let it stand for 15 minutes.
Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and shape it into balls. Flatten the balls, so each one is 1/4 inch thick. Put the balls in a container and place in the refrigerator until the dough is firm.
Remove the dough and turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet and place the balls on it. Cook for 12-14 minutes and let the mixture cool. Frost the cookies and use the decorations to dress the cookies up. Then serve them to your family.
Nannie’s Fruitcake Cookies
Fruitcake has a bad rap, but you’ll realize just how delicious it can be with this recipe for Nanny’s Fruitcake Cookies. Gather:
- 1 2/3 cups of chopped walnuts
- 1 1/3 cups of golden raisins
- 2/3 cups of dried apricots, finely chopped
- 1 cup of pitted dried plums, chopped
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup of Triple Sec
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
Put the walnuts, raisins, plums, apricots, and cranberries in a bowl. Then drizzle the Triple Sec on top of the ingredients to combine everything. Cover the bowl and let it stand overnight.
The next day, add the nutmeg, butter, and sugars in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients until everything is fluffy. Put the egg into the mixture and then slowly beat in the flour. Add this to the fruit mixture and stir to combine everything.
Divide the batter in half. Shape each half into a rectangular log. Cover both logs and put them in the refrigerator. Leave the logs there overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut it crosswise. Each slice should be 1/2 inch. Put the pieces on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Cook for 13-16 minutes, until the edges are light brown. Once done, let the cookies cool on a wire rack and dig in.
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These recipes will help you have the tastiest holiday season yet. Head to the store, grab your ingredients, and start baking.