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Christmas Cookie Recipes (part 4)

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX REALTY 9

For those of you who like to bake for Christmas, I'm posting some different cookie recipes for you to try.

Christmas Mice Cookies

Makes 4 dozen •  From the kitchen of Null

Ingredients

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
peanut halves
1 (2.25 ounce) jar red cinnamon candies
4 yards of thin red licorice, cut in 3-inch pieces.

Directions

Beat margarine and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer; gradually add sugars, beat well. Combine flour and soda, gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; taper one end of each ball to form a tear-drop shape. Press one side flat. Place flat sides on ungreased cookie sheets with cookies 2 inches apart. Press in sides of dough to raise backs of mice. Gently place 2 peanut halves in dough for ears. With wooden toothpick, make 1/2 inch deep hole at tail end. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, remove cookies from oven. Place cinnamon candies for eyes and bake an additional 1-2 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven, insert licorice tails and cool completely on baking sheets.

 

Eggnog Cookies

Makes Approximately 3 Dozen •  From the kitchen of Karen Hamlin

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large egg yolks

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until it resembles a grainy paste. Add eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until blended. Do not over mix. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheet, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with additional nutmeg. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn light brown. Transfer from pans immediately to cool.

 

Gumdrop Gems

Makes 4 dozen •  From the kitchen of Erin & Tess Connors

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup small gumdrops, sliced (remove black gumdrops)

Directions

Cream butter, confectioners sugar, and vanilla. Beat in egg. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt; gradually stir into creamed mixture. Mix well. Shape dough into roll 2 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill several hours or overnight. Cut into slices 1/4-inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate tops with gumdrop slices. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Ricotta Cheese Cookies

From the kitchen of Anonymous

Ingredients

2 cups of sugar
1/2 pound butter or margarine
15 ounce carton of Ricotta cheese
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons baking soda
Frosting: 4oz cream cheese
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

Cream well together sugar, butter or margarine, ricotta cheese, eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, mix well. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown on bottom (about 10 minutes). Cool, then ice with frosting. Frosting; cream cheese, 2 teaspoons butter, confectioners sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Dip in red and green sprinkles.

 

Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Can't wait to try baking the ricotta cookies.

My girl is very Italian and use to her ricotta pies

Thanks

Enjoy the day

Dec 13, 2010 05:57 AM
Heather Fera
Keller Williams Partners - Colorado Springs, CO
#HeatherSellsTheSprings

Katherine: These all sound amazing and yummy. If I were to try one of them, it would definitely be the Christmas Mice Cookies. Anything with peanut butter is welcome in my kitchen! ;)

Happy Baking to you and thanks for sharing!

Dec 13, 2010 05:57 AM
Charlottesville Solutions
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA

I just stopped by to wish you well and a prosperous 2011

Happy New Year!

 From your friend who sells Charlottesville Real Estate

Dec 31, 2010 12:11 PM