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Christmas Cookies

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'Tis the season to start baking some of those favorite Christmas Cookies. Here are a few of mine.

Sugar Cookies

2008 Sugar Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
2009 Sugar Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
Baking sugar cookies is the perfect family activity. The older kids (5th grade and up) can make the dough. Younger kids (2nd to 4th grade) can roll-out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters. Even preschool, kindergarten kids can sprinkle sugars and frost cookies once they're baked.

Sugar Cookie Recipe
Flavor Variations
Step by Step Photo Instructions

Butter Cookies a.k.a. Butter Spritz Cookies

2009 Butter Cookies/Christmas Spritz Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Butter Cookies/Christmas Spritz Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Butter Cookies a.k.a. Spritz Cookies are those small delicate cookies that are made with a Cookie Press. Cookie presses typically come with several designed disks to make various-shaped cookies.

Butter Cookie a.k.a. Butter Spritz Cookie Recipe
Step by Step Photo Instructions

Linzer Cookies

2009 Linzer Cookie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Linzer Cookie Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Linzer Cookies are similar to a shortbread cookie only served as a sandwich cookie with jams or jellies in between. The most distinguishable part about these cookies is the hole in the top of the cookie. These cookies are typically made with a Linzer Cookie Cutter with specially-shaped inserts like the one I have with the Christmas symbols.

Linzer Cookie Recipes
Step by Step Photo Instructions

Rosette Cookies

2009 Rosette Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Rosette Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Rosette Cookies are made with a Rosette Iron, which helps shape the cookie batter while being deep fried.

Rosette Recipe
Step by Step Photo Instructions

Neapolitan Cookies

The orange in the middle stripe adds a freshness to the cookies.
Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Neapolitan Cookies are made with 3 different flavored and colored cookie doughs. The doughs are put together, sliced and then baked. I had these cookies every Christmas.

Neapolitan Cookie Recipe

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprints Photo © 2009 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Thumbprint Cookies are made by taking rolled balls of dough and pushing a thumb into them. Into the "thumbprints" jellies and jams are spooned-in after baking. Frosting may also be used.

Thumbprints Recipe

Aunt Wanda's Ginger Cookies a.k.a. Gingersnaps

2009 Aunt Wanda's Ginger Cookies (Gingersnaps) Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Aunt Wanda's Ginger Cookies (Gingersnaps) Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
This is my Aunt Wanda's recipe for Ginger Cookies. I think they are good anytime of year, but especially with a cup of tea or coffee on a cold day - all those spices just fill your mouth when you eat this soft cookie.

Aunt Wanda's Ginger Cookie Recipe
How to Make Drop Cookies

Biscotti

2009 Cinnamon Walnut Biscotti Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Cinnamon Walnut Biscotti Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Biscotti are twice-baked Italian cookies that come in many different flavor variations. I like my biscotti served with a cup of hot tea. Others like to dunk theirs in a cup of coffee. Biscotti also makes the perfect homemade gift as they are sturdy and ship easily.

How to Make Biscotti
Christmas Biscotti
Cinnamon-Walnut Biscotti
Double Chocolate Biscotti
More Biscotti Recipes

Pecan Tassies

2009 Pecan Tassies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Pecan Tassies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
I don't know maybe it's just a Southern U.S. thing, but I love my Pecan Tassies, especially at Christmas. They're like miniature pecan pies.

How to Make Pecan Tassies with Photo Instructions

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