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All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

by Sara Mead

When I think Christmas cookies, I always think first of decorated sugar cookies–cut into holiday shapes and lavished with icing, colored sugar, and festive decors. And these just came out pretty as a picture–the perfect picture to end my holiday cookie adventures.

My past efforts to make decorated holiday sugar cookies haven’t always ended as I would have liked, and these–a cream cheese sugar cookie dough with a simple version of royal icing–still aren’t my dream of a thick puffy cookie topped with layers of fluffy frosting. But the cream cheese in the cookie dough and the little bit of almond extract in the icing work very nicely together. Once I got my mind around to the fact that these were a different kind of cookie–thinner, cream cheese flavored, with hard, shinny icing rather than frosting–I was thrilled with the results. I may actually be a thin cookie with icing convert now! The icing in particular is a keeper that I’ll definitely be using on future occasions. Recipes and more pictures after the jump.

Merry Christmas, everyone: May your dreams be filled with sugarplums, your home filled with family, friends, and laughter, and your holidays filled with delicious cookies!

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All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Gingerbread People

by Sara Mead

What does Santa hope to find when he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve? I’m betting these adorable little gingerbread men, with a nice glass of milk,  will get you lots of nice treats in your stocking, and no coal!

And–Is there a more iconic Christmas cookie than Gingerbread Men? I’d be hard-pressed to think of one. My sister Rachel made these for the IFA cookie swap.

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All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Rice Krispie Christmas Trees

It’s nothing fancy, but one of the cookies I most look forward to at Christmas are these Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees. When I was growing up, my mom used to liven our Rice Krispie treats up by adding food coloring to the melted marshmallow-butter mixture before adding the Rice Krispies, creating colored Rice Krispies. For Christmas, that meant green Rice Krispie Christmas Trees. Enjoy :)

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Peanut Blossoms

Another holiday classic. Recipe courtesy of Becks.

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Cream Cheese & Pecan Cookies

My friend Megan Smith, who recently got engaged (congrats!), made these cookies for last year’s cookie swap. Recipe here.

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Super-Chunky Chocolate Christmas Cookies

My friend Sarah (with-an-h) made these cookies–a big hit at the cookie swap and also at my office the next day. These are the kind of cookies you would definitely have gone for first when you were 6, and still take great pleasure in as an adult. Recipe via food network, which also offers a nifty idea for pre-mixing the dry ingredients in these cookies and giving as a Christmas gift (that’s probably not making sense here, but does on their website).

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Clouds of Cashew and Cardamon Cookies

Mandy used this recipe to make these delightful cashew and cardamon cookies.

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Chewy Ginger Cookies

Becks apologized to me as we were taking the elevator up to my apartment for Sunday’s cookie swap–she’d encountered some distractions while making her cookies, thought she might have left something out, and wasn’t sure the cookies would be any good.

Well, whatever mistakes Becks may have made in baking these, we hope she remembers, because the universal cookie party consensus was that these cookies rocked. I certainly went through the ones that were leftover at my house post-swap in record speed. Below, Becks’ attempt to reconstruct what she did:

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Homemade Oreos

Fudge and white chocolate-dipped Oreos were definitely a feature of the cookie plates I ate growing up, but I’d never seen homemade Oreos until Kay whipped some of these up earlier this year. Yummy! They taste fascinatingly–inexplicably and almost unbelievably–like actual oreos, but also homemade and deceptively wholesome. Fortunately, they made a reappearance at the cookie swap. Recipe via Smitten Kitchen.  Kay deserves extra special kudos for making both these and a reprise of last year’s awesome Krumkake–both highly labor-intensive cookies–for this year’s swap.

All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Chocolate Crinkles or Snowballs

by Sara Mead

Chocolate Crinkles, also known as Snowballs, are a classic Christmas goodie. I was disappointed with this recipe, from Joy of Baking. The cookies barely puffed up at all in the baking process–which is kind of essential to get the “crinkle” effect these cookies are named after–and they were dry without much taste, either. So I’m not reprinting the recipe here. I was thinking about not posting these cookies at all, but then I realized that would leave a pressing question unanswered: I’ve heard these cookies called both crinkles and snowballs, and I’m wondering if there’s some kind of regional speech variation–like the all-important soda/pop distinction–that explains that. What do you call these cookies?