Christmas Cookies Made Easy

Need a last minute Christmas cookie?  These hint to the holidays because of the flavorful spices used but are easy and yummy enough to make year round!  (Because who needs to do fussy, time consuming baking when you have so many other things to do?!)

Brown Sugar Spice Cookies

Cream together:

  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar (I used evaporated cane juice and 1 tbsp molasses)

Mix in:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Mix in 4 cups flour, one cup at a time (I use white whole wheat). You will have a stiff dough.

Chill dough (or not) then roll to 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick (using  bit of flour to prevent sticking) and use your favorite cookie cutters OR roll into balls and press.  Bake in a 350degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Note: these easily come off my baking stone, but I need to use parchment paper with my stainless steal cookie sheet to avoid sticking.

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The kids enjoy using the cookie cutters.

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I enjoy finishing up quickly once the kids are tired of “helping”!

The next recipe we make year round.  It became our “go-to” cookie when Hannah was younger and couldn’t handle even the small amounts of soy in traditional chocolate chips (and our budget couldn’t handle the allergy-free kind!)

Grandma Healy’s Ginger Cookies

*This is a family recipe.  Grandma Healy was Tony’s great grandma who lived to be 103 years old (and lived independently until shortly before her death).  This recipe was engineered by an aunt to mimic the cookies Grandma Healy made (no one knew the recipe!).

Cream together:

  • 1/4 cup shortening (I use coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I find it to be plenty sweet with 2/3 – 3/4 cup sugar)
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I use black strap)

Mix in:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves or allspice

Then add 2 cups flour (I use white whole wheat) and mix well.  Use a cookie scoop or place by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  If they want to fall apart as you transfer them to a cookies sheet, just let them cool for a bit on the cookie sheet first.

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Enjoy a last minute Christmas treat…or save until some other time!

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