Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cookies

Our Christmas Tree this year, which is full of ornaments given to us from Family & Friends, each a treasure and memory of someone dear to us.
We go out to State Forest Road 5 and bring our sleds, at this time of year it's a great place to go sledding on the mountain slopes.
The following recipes are from my Mom and my Grandmother, I hope you enjoy them.
Candy Cane Cookies

½ Cup Shortening
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Cream this together and add
2 ½ Cups Flour
Mix this together and half the dough
Add a bit of Red Food Coloring to one half
roll out the dough into long snakes
about ½” or smaller in width
Cut these snakes into 4” sections you’ll then
twist the white and red dough together
and bend it into a ‘Candy Cane’ shape
Bake at 375 up to 9 Minutes
While still hot sprinkle this mixture over the top and bottom of your cookies
Combine 4 real Sugar Candy Canes crushed and mixed with ½ Cup of Powdered Sugar
This makes about 4 dozen cookies!

Greek Half Moon Cookies

2/3 Cup Ground Almonds
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Sticks Butter
1 Egg White
Cream this together and add
1 ½ Cups Flour
¼ Teaspoon Clove
small pinch of Salt
Mix this together and shape into Crescents
Bake at 325 for 15-20 Minutes
Hot out of the oven dust top and bottom with
Powdered Sugar that you’ve added
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon into

ToTo’s Chocolate Spice Cookies

3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Shortening
1/4 Cup Butter
Cream this together and add
1 Egg
½ Cup Milk
Mix this together and add
2 Tablespoons Baking Cocoa Powder
3 Cups Flour
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Clove
½ Teaspoon Allspice
½ Cup Walnuts
Mix this together and roll into balls the size of half an egg
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes
When cool frost them with a chocolate frosting
½ Teaspoon of Meringue Powder
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons water
¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Above are my Gingerbread Cookies, I made the Keith Haring style Barking Dog and the Snoopy Cookie Cutter myself.
The recipe for the Gingerbread Cookies had been posted in a blog much earlier, simply type into the search engine at the top left Gingerbread Cookies and that recipe will show up, 
thank you and Merry Christmas.
Just in case you need more cookies here's one more recipe, sorry I don't have a picture of these.
Sesame Seed Cookies

¼ Cup Shortening
½ Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
Cream this together and add
2 ½ Tablespoons Orange Juice
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Cups Flour
Mix this together and form into ovals smaller than an egg
Roll these into a bowl of sesame seeds
Bake at 400 for 10 – 15 Minutes


  1. wow! I can just see you baking up a storm!! that's what I have been doing too... your keith haring cookies are the bomb! you need to sell them!! how cool is that???!!! happiest and merriest to you and Holly!! xox

  2. Linked to your Christmas cookies over on my blog - living the cookie baking vicariously! And sharing, too. Enjoy!

  3. YUM......maybe the sesame seed ones...very healthy ... thanks, you two in ranchos...for keeping the season festive!

    (i see the 3 of us have checked in on this..good june memories.)