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Holiday Cookies - What should I make?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm so indecisive this year! I know I'll be baking Thanksgiving weekend, but I'm not sure what all to make?

I know I'll make:

Chocolate Chip Cookies (OK, so they aren't "Christmas Cookies" - everyone asks for my Chocolate Chip Cookies so I have to make them.)
Sugar Cookies
Shortbread

I'll probably make:

Peanut Butter Kisses (you know, the peanut butter round cookies with Hershey's kisses pressed into them)

But I don't know what else to make! I need suggestions! And remember, my secret santa recipient will be getting their share of these too.
post #2 of 24
only cookies? i have a couple of family favorites, but they're not really 'cookies'...

post #3 of 24
I like M&M cookies using the red and green ones.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
I like M&M cookies using the red and green ones.
i've had chocolate cookies using the mint red & green M&Ms before... they were really good if you like chocolate + mint!
post #5 of 24
What about Ginger Snaps or the White Russian Cookies?
Those are great.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Peanut Butter Kisses (you know, the peanut butter round cookies with Hershey's kisses pressed into them)
I don't have any suggestions, but let me know once you've got these done & I'll be right over! I always burn mine or they fall apart - I'm a rotten baker.
post #7 of 24
Not cookies but chocolate-peanut butter fudge is always good.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post

I know I'll make:

Chocolate Chip Cookies (OK, so they aren't "Christmas Cookies" - everyone asks for my Chocolate Chip Cookies so I have to make them.)
I love chocolate chip cookies! I was going to suggest them, even if they aren't Christmas cookies! Chocolate chip cookies are... perfect for any occasion!

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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
only cookies? i have a couple of family favorites, but they're not really 'cookies'...

"Only cookies"? I can't even bake "only cookies" unless the dough is prepackaged!
post #9 of 24
Lol, don't even talk about being indecisive, Heidi! I made a fatal mistake at the grocery store and bought the Pillsbury Holiday Baking magazine (if you look for it, it has a chocolate and cherry cheesecake on the front......hub and I looked through it last night and there are a lot of the recipes that we want to try!
post #10 of 24
Well, so far, your list sounds good!

I used to make cookies every Christmas (I haven't in a few years, but I'm thinking about it for this year) - I made Chocolate Chip cookies, Sugar Cookies, the cookies with the Kisses in the middle, and one year I got adventurous and made Gingerbread cookies. I wound up with enough Gingerbread men to populate a small town.

I make peanut butter cookies on a pretty regular basis - my son loves them. Last time, I put strawberry preserves in the middle of them, so they were like pb & j cookies.

You don't have to stick to cookies though; I've made fudge, brownies with peppermint patty pieces in them, and oh yes...those Magic Cookie Bars.

Wow. Now I want cookies.
post #11 of 24
My 7 Layer Cookies always go over well, Heidi. The recipe is in our cookbook!
post #12 of 24
The swirled snowball cookies you make are really good.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Peanut Butter Kisses (you know, the peanut butter round cookies with Hershey's kisses pressed into them)
I LOVE THESE!!!! Especially with the dark chocolate kisses. Do you need a special recipe, or can you just use any PB cookie recipe?

Are you my secret santa? because I need these cookies!
post #14 of 24
Wedding cookies
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
The swirled snowball cookies you make are really good.
Those were my FAVORITE that I made that year...but they don't make those swirled (white) chocolate chips anymore. I've been debating if they would be as good using either the regular white chocolate chips (but there wouldn't be the fun colors in it like the red and green swirled chips), or the white/milk chocolate swirl chips.
post #16 of 24
Since you sent me the recipe I've made them with the white chips and they were a big hit.

I have been a recipient of Heidi's cookies before and I can attest to how good they are!
post #17 of 24
I always make peppermint chocolate swirl sugar cookies! Mmmm delicious!
post #18 of 24
Oh goodness.....I need to bake stat otherwise I'll start going crazy and eating any carb I can find, lol.

I've discovered that the more I bake, the less I want to eat those foods. :/ It's really bad, but in a good way.
post #19 of 24
snicker doodles
post #20 of 24
My favorite are chocolate snowball cookies which I made a huge batch of on Saturday...Now everytime I walk by the freezer they call to me...... seriously they really do
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Going Nova View Post
"Only cookies"? I can't even bake "only cookies" unless the dough is prepackaged!
see, i don't do cookies [except for brownies]. but i do make candy at Christmastime, as well as other sweet treats.
post #22 of 24
Spritz/butter cookies Those are my favorite Christmas cookie!
post #23 of 24
You should make spice cookies or maybe pumpkin cookies?

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

* 2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 3/4 cup canned plain pumpkin puree (See Ingredient notes)
* 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar or 1/3 cup
* 2 large eggs
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* 1/4 cup dark molasses
* 1 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 baking sheets with cooking spray.

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Whisk pumpkin, brown sugar (or Splenda), eggs, oil and molasses in a second bowl until well combined. Stir the wet ingredients and raisins into the dry ingredients until no traces of dry ingredients remain. Drop the batter by level tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies until firm to the touch and lightly golden on top, 10 to 12 minutes, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
Oh man...I think I'm gaining weight just by reading this thread, let alone if I make the cookies! Great suggestions...I'll definitely be taking some to heart and oven.

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