Southern Plate’s Must Make Christmas Cookies

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must-make Christmas cookies

I have so many family Christmas recipes that I tend to rotate them each year, never making all of them in one particular season but some this year, and different next. There are a few, though, that are absolute must makes every holiday season. These must make cookies are the ones I’m sharing with you today. 

Christmas Baking:

I don’t do all of my baking at once, but spread it out instead. I’ve been working on Holiday baking for well over a month now. I’ll bake treats and give them to different folks here and abouts as they get made. What friends and family get all depends on when I happen to catch them and we have a constant fun variety around home. There isn’t ever a whole table of a variety of cookies or anything like that, because I make different cookies throughout the season and wait until we’ve enjoyed those (or given them away) until I make the next batch. This keeps our holiday baking a light and fun experience and it never seems like a chore or work because we don’t ever have that one day where we feel like we have to bake ourselves to death in order to make a cookie tray look nice :).

Must-Make Christmas Cookies:

Christmas cut out cookies

Cut Out Christmas Cookies

These cookies were a very important part of my childhood. So important, in fact, that I just couldn’t wait to make them with my firstborn. The fact that he was just shy of six months old when his first Christmas rolled around didn’t deter me, either! I had my husband hold him up on the counter (he couldn’t even sit up on his own yet) as I rolled out the dough. I’d place a cookie cutter down on the dough and use his little hand to gently press it in. Brady would light up and laugh with each new cookie, even though he had no idea what we were doing!

chewy sugar cookie

World’s Best Chewy Sugar Cookie

This is always a hectic time of year. For me, though, commercialism isn’t to blame – I finished my Christmas shopping a few months back. It is just that there is so much to celebrate and so many wonderful things to do in such a short time. If I had my way, the Christmas season would last twice as long. But it doesn’t and last I checked no one was interested in my opinion on the matter :). That is why these cookies are such a wonderful lifesaver. For that day when you planned on coming home and making cookies with your kids but just found yourself one thread short of being completely frazzled, these chewy sugar cookies make life easy again – without sacrificing taste, beauty, or the fun of getting into the kitchen with your younguns.

My Must Make Christmas Cookie Recipes

Spritz Cookies

In my younger days, I thought these beautiful Spritz cookies looked so painstakingly perfect that they could surely only be made in factories. Then I purchased my first cookie press and was surprised to find they were  the easiest shaped cookies I’d ever made! All it takes is mixing up the dough, chilling it, and then spooning it into the press. A light sprinkling of candies or colored sugars gives that magical Christmas look that has folks veering to the cookie platter first thing!

Chocolate Chip Cloud Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cloud Cookies

There is something about taking a bite out of the soft crunch of a meringue cookie and having it instantly melt in your mouth. When you add in studs of chocolate, these cookies get even better. My nephew likened the experience to eating clouds the first time I made them for him, thus the name. Meringue cookies are surprisingly simple to make, too!

snowball cookies

Snowball Cookies

I love this recipe for Snowball cookies.  I used to find my buggy steering towards the grocery store each year for the store bought ones. I’ve always wanted to make my own and wondered if they would be even better at home. Well the good news is, a few years ago I FINALLY got a recipe for them from Mama!

fruitcake bar cookies

Fruitcake Bar Cookies

I’m not a fruitcake gal, especially the liquor soaked ones that you can smell long before you even have a chance to take a bite. But I love these deliciously spiced, moist, fruit studded bars. They take fruitcake to a whole new level for me. It helps that they start out with baking mix, are stirred together by hand in just one bowl, and then patted into a pan to keep the low fuss momentum going.

And here is the secret about these cookie bars – you can switch up the ingredients and morph them into pretty much any cookie you want. 

We hope these Christmas cookies become a beloved part of your family Christmas celebration!!

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  1. My son was barely over a month on his first Christmas and I had him in his lil chair “helping” make cookies. My grandma and I used his hands to decorate some of the cookies with icing. Cant believe that same baby is turning 10 tommorrow. I had forgotten about all that until I read about your son. Thank you for sharing your memories and recipes. I really enjoy reading every post.

  2. I just took out my battery operated cookie press today! I love those cookies and haven’t made them in years (not sure how long ago, it has been that long). All the goodies above look awesome. Going to try making ahead this year 🙂

  3. Thousand thanks, Christy – how blessed we are to have you in our lives…!!!!! Love…love…love…!!!!!
    God bless you, and those you love…!!!!! 🙂

  4. Hi, happy holidays. I was wondering about the devotionals, I haven’t seen them linked in. I have been raving to my friend who is a babe in Christ about your monthly devotional.

    1. Good Morning Leticia! If you look up in the top right corner of Southern Plate you’ll see “Christy’s Corner” and “scripture writing”. Those two are probably what you are looking for. If you are more interested in daily (ish) writings that I often put out in the morning those take place in my  fellowship group on Facebook. Hope you have a blessed Christmas!

  5. I make my mom’s recipe for old fashioned sugar cookies using the cookie press. One year when I made some for a church bake sale, a woman came up to the table and said those aren’t homemade cookies. I said yes they are I made them. She couldn’t believe anyone could make cookies look that good I guess. Thanks for all of the great candy and cookie recipes. I make a lot of fudge, cookies and candy to make up boxes for family and friends. I usually make up about 30 shirt size boxes each year. It is a lot of work, but I enjoy making all of it.

  6. Christy, when you make up your little sacks to give away to neighbors and such, how many of each item do you put in the bag? I am trying to determine how to distribute. I have made all 3 fudge, Holly Jollies, Red Velvet Cookies, Cream Cheese Divinity, and Tiger Butter.

    1. WOW! Can you come help me so I can move into your neighborhood real quick?
      I decide based on how much I have and how many gifts I need to give, and then add five or six extra because I know my kids and their last minute remembrances ;). If I had made all of that, I would use those little party favor bags and maybe do four pieces of fudge, 4-6 holly jollies, 2-4 red velvet cookies, a few piece of divinity, and a couple of breaks of tiger butter. You can also opt for giving each person different things and just giving them a lot of it. One neighbor gets fudge, one cookies, etc, but I think the sampler package would be awesome! And again – WOW!

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