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It's Time to Bake the Christmas Cookies!!!!

It wouldn't seem like Christmas here without homemade cookies. We've always made lots of cookies. Cookies are part of the menu at every gathering of family and friends from just after Thanksgiving to at least New Year's Day. There's also enough for everyone to take trays of colorful cookies to all their holiday parties. Every year we make about 8 to 10 varieties. The recipes from Mom are made first, usually starting with the roll-out cookies.

As long as I can remember, Mom always made cookie paint for the roll out cookies. It's an easy way to beautifully decorate the cookies and still be able to stack them for storing, unlike when using frosting. The paint is simply egg white, beaten lightly with a fork, plus a few drops of food coloring.

Click Here for more about our Cookie Paint. Pictures included!

Here's my Mother's Christmas cookie recipes plus a few other favorites -

Pretzel Cookies (roll-out sugar cookies)

Sand Tarts

Spritz Cookies

Sour Cream Cookies

Michigan Rocks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Date-Nut Pinwheels

Cherry Cookies

Pecan Tarts
(These are not really a cookie, but a delicious little pastry that's a nice addition to a tray of cookies.)

For more of my favorite cookie recipes, including many bar cookies, see
Tis' the Season for Christmas Cookies.

For all my cookie baking tips... ingredients, measuring, rolling the cookie dough, cookie sheets, decorating, cooling and storing the cookies, see Baking Cookies.

Finding cookie recipes on the internet is no problem, except there are so many choices! Here's some of the best!

The Cookie Tin
An on-line cookie book with over 150 international recipes.

Cookie Recipes from
Tons of cookie recipes to try. If you don't know where to start, they offer a recipe of the day and a week's top ten list to choose from also.

The Pastry Wiz
A very nice assortment of Christmas cookie recipes.

Christmas Cookie.Com
A very large website - a treasure chest of Christmas Cookie recipes.

Abigail's Christmas Cookie Recipes
Many Wonderful Christmas cookie recipes - Choose from Christmas baking traditions like Shortbread Cookies, Fruit Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Cookies Squares and more.

Cookie Recipes from Robin's FYI
Recipes for all sorts of bar cookies, roll-out cookies, sliced cookies, filled cookies, pressed cookies, molded cookies, drop cookies, baklava, and biscotti are all included here!

Recipe Lu's Cookie Page
Besides finding a big variety of cookie recipes here, scroll all the way to the bottom for "Cookies 101" for expert advice on storing and freezing cookies plus how-to's for packing and sending them.

The M & M's Bakery
Red & Yellow have many recipes for decorative, delectable, colorful cookies.

Sugar-Free Cookie Recipes
If someone in your family has diabetes, be sure to see the special sugar-free cookie recipes from

If your cookies stick to the pans, crumble too easily or just aren't turning out the way they should,
go to the troubleshhooting pages at

It lists cookie baking problems, possible causes, and offers solutions.

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