Christmas without cookies is like Santa without his reindeer, a tree without ornaments, like...well, you "get the point." See what I did there? Anyway, as an expert in Christmas confection I give you the Top 5 Christmas Cookie Recipes.

  • 5

    Peanut Butter Cookies


    Ingredients

    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


    Directions

    Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.

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  • 4

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


    Ingredients

    • 1 cup shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 cup golden raisins

    Directions

    In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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  • 3

    Sugar Cookies


    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 1 cup sugar 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    Directions

    In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in sugar. Place on greased baking sheet; flatten with a glass. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

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  • 2

    Snickerdoodle Cookies


    Ingredients

    • 1 cup shortening
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. In a small bowl, stir together the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the cinnamon. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, then roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar. Place them onto an unprepared cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be slightly brown. Remove from sheets to cool on wire racks.

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  • 1

    Chocolate Chip Cookies


    Call me old fashioned...this is my favorite Christmas cookie.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 egg 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the batter just until moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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