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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies 2020

Every Christmas, our addictive collection of holiday cookie recipes blends old-time favorites with updated sweets. Our latest flavor combinations, decorating techniques, and cookie motifs entice you to fill your cookie tray. Using easy-to-follow baking and decorating instructions, it's a snap to make impressive cookies and bars for the annual cookie exchange, a holiday bake sale, food gifts, or family celebrations!

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7 min

CLASSIC BROOKIES PREP 20 minutes BAKE 35 minutes at 350°F BROWNIES ½ cup butter, cut up3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped⅔ cup all-purpose flour¼ tsp. baking soda¼ tsp. salt1 cup granulated sugar2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla COOKIES ½ cup butter, softened½ cup packed brown sugar¼ cup granulated sugar½ tsp. baking soda¼ tsp. salt1 egg1½ tsp. vanilla1⅓ cups all-purpose flour1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1. For brownies, in a medium saucepan heat and stir butter and unsweetened chocolate over low until melted. Cool 10 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges. Grease foil. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. 3. Stir granulated sugar into cooled chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a spoon until combined. Stir in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just…

7 min
here comes santa claus

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING START TO FINISH 15 minutes ½ cup butter, softened2 cups powdered sugar (about 8 oz.)1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. heavy cream½ tsp. clear vanilla 1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in ½ cup of the powdered sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. of the cream and the vanilla; beat on low until combined. Gradually beat in remaining 1½ cups powdered sugar just until combined. Beat on medium 5 minutes or until fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Add remaining 2 tsp. cream; beat on high 1 minute more. Makes 1¾ cups. PER 2 TBSP. 131 cal., 7 g fat (5 g sat. fat), 19 mg chol., 58 mg sodium, 17 g carb., 0 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 0 g pro. ROYAL…

8 min

LEMON-GINGER CHEESECAKE BALLS Pictured opposite. PREP 25 minutes CHILL 1 hour 15 minutes FREEZE 15 minutes 2 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened1 cup powdered sugar1 cup crushed gingersnaps (5 oz.)2 Tbsp. heavy cream1 Tbsp. finely chopped candied ginger1 tsp. lemon zest9 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped1 Tbsp. shortening 1. In a large bowl beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup of the crushed gingersnaps, the cream, ginger, and zest. Beat until combined. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle. 2. Line a tray or rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared tray. Freeze 15 minutes or until nearly firm. 3. In a small saucepan heat and stir chocolate and shortening over low until melted. Dip balls…

3 min
beyond basic chocolate chip cookies

CHOCOLATE-RASPBERRY DROPS PREP 20 minutes BAKE 9 minutes per batch at 375°F ½ cup butter, softened½ cup shortening1 cup packed brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. salt2 eggs1 Tbsp. vanilla2½ cups all-purpose flour1 10- to 12-oz. pkg. (2 cups) bittersweet chocolate chips1 cup frozen raspberries (do not thaw) 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugars, baking soda, and salt. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour, the chocolate chips, and raspberries. 2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake…

3 min
sweet wreaths

GINGERBREAD COOKIE WREATHS Pictured on page 3. PREP 25 minutes CHILL 1 hour BAKE 9 minutes at 375°F 1 recipe Gingerbread Snowflakes dough (recipe, p. 69)1 recipe Royal Icing (recipe, p. 63)Assorted sprinkles and/or coarse sugar (optional) 1. Prepare dough as directed for Gingerbread Snowflakes through Step 1. 2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Trace a 10-inch circle on two pieces of parchment paper; turn papers over onto two cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to ¼ inch thick. Using 3- to 4-inch snowflake- or star-shape cutters, cut out dough. Arrange cutouts on one parchment-lined sheet, using circle as a guide and overlapping edges of cutouts slightly. Reroll scraps as needed. Repeat with remaining portion of dough to make a second wreath. 3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are firm.…

2 min

BAR COOKIES 7 Classic Brookies 31 Fruitcake Bars 11 Gingersnap-Blondie Brookies 27 Limoncello Cheesecake Bars 8 Peppermint-Chocolate Brookies 9 Red Velvet Brookies 68 Skillet Gingerbread Cookie CUTOUT COOKIES 63 Almond Cutouts 63 Cocoa Mascarpone Cutouts 84 Fudgy Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread 5 Gingerbread Cookie Wreaths 69 Gingerbread Snowflakes 19 Lavender Shortbread Cookies 5 Meringue Sugar Cookie Wreath 42 Pink Raspberry Marble Shortbread 73 Tree Cutouts 87 Tropical Lofthouse Cookies DRINKS 24 Bourbon Ball 27 Cinnamon Toast on the Rocks 29 Earl Grey Hot Buttered Rum 30 El Diablo 20 Hot Mocha Cocoa Mix 25 Limoncello Sparkler 26 Mudslide 28 Nuts & Berries Cocktail DROP COOKIES 27 Bourbon Toffee Cookies 14 Browned Butter-Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies 42 Cherry-White Chocolate Cookies 20 Chocolate-Marshmallow Cookies 13 Chocolate-Raspberry Drops 15 Crispy Tahini Chocolate Chippers FILLINGS, FROSTINGS, ICINGS & TOPPINGS 63 Buttercream Frosting 27 Candied Lemon Slices 81 Caramel Icing 38 Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting 79 Chocolate-Peppermint Filling 79 Coffee Cream Icing 49 DIY Cookie Butter 66 Ginger Sugar 31 Hazelnut Buttercream 21 Irish Cream Icing 68 Lemon Icing 85 Marshmallow Filling 33 Powdered…