Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Cookies

I spent today making christmas cookies to give out as gifts to family, friends, etc. I tried out three new recipes, two came out really well, the other, not so much. It was a russian tea cookie recipe, I don't think it had enough sugar, it just tastes like a ball of flour. I'll have to try another recipe soon, because I love that kind of cookie.

Now, for the successes!

First is just a basic sugar cookie. I rolled mine in colored sugar.

christmas cookies

ingredients:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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Second Rosenmunnar, or Swedish Thumbprint cookies. They were oh so good, and super easy. I used Blackberry and Raspberry Jam.

ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup any flavor fruit jam

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well. Shape dough into 1 inch diameter balls and place on cookie sheets. Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2 inch indentation. Fill with your favorite preserves.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.

Have a great week!

8 comments:

  1. Those thumbprint cookies look delicious! I will give them a try when I bake my cookies this week! Will let you know how they turn out! Lots of baking to do!!!

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  2. I love sugar cookies-yours look absolutely delicious! And the green and red sprinkles are just perfect :)

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  3. I came over here from Simple Mom. Your cookies look delicious. I love baking this time of year.

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  4. Love the pics of these- that plate in the second picture is so neat.

    A few years ago I made hundreds of russian tea cookies for a concert and got good reviews. I think the recipe was like this one:
    http://blog.foodista.com/2008/10/07/russian-tea-cookies/

    I'm happy simplemom linked to you- lovely!

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  5. I've been looking for a good thumbprint cookies recipe. This one looks very easy and yummy! Thanks!

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  6. I just made your thumbprint cookies! THEY ARE FREAKING AMAZING and so EASY!!!

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  7. These are AMAZING. I found this recipe from another website and they came out so perfect in such a short amount of time! Thanks!

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