April 24, 2014

Spreading Christmas Cheer with Cookies

By Contributing Writer, Hilary Kimes Bernstein

Spreading Christmas Cheer with Cookies

 

Trying to think of a creative and delicious Christmas dessert? Look no farther than Christmas cookies. Christmas cookies are great because:

  • Most are easy to make.
  • You can bake Christmas cookies (and be finished with dessert prep!) far in advance – simply freeze your freshly baked cookies.
  • Christmas cookies can look very festive – and taste great!
  • You can make a wide variety of cookies to appeal to a wide variety of your Christmas guests.
  • At Christmas, many people get a little tired of eating so much and are looking for ways to cut back. Having one or two Christmas cookies is a satisfying and welcome dessert.

I love making Christmas cookies for most of these reasons. I used to try to bake all of my cookies in one weekend – but it was pretty tiring. For several years I’ve started baking one kind of cookie a day to cut back on feeling overwhelmed throughout December. Once my batch is cooled, I store them in my freezer. I simply stack them in a sealable glass storage container or tin foil baking dish – I place waxed paper between layers, cover in aluminum foil and store in freezer bag.

Then, once Christmas comes and I’m getting ready for a party, I take out enough cookies for a platter and let them thaw a couple hours in advance. They’re fresh, and the rest of my cookies stay frozen until the next party.

Warning: The cookie recipes I’m sharing with you aren’t gluten-free, low-fat, whole food, or Paleo-friendly. They’re not healthy. Eat them in moderation … because they’re dessert.

Chocolate Christmas Pretzels

One Christmas treat I don’t freeze in advance is my Chocolate Christmas Pretzels – they’re very quick to make. Technically they’re not a Christmas cookie, but I serve them on my cookie platters.

Chocolate Christmas Pretzels

More Christmas Cookie Ideas

Looking for variety in your Christmas cookies? Try these recipes:

Shortbread Thumbprints

Shortbread Thumbprints

Coconut Rounds

Coconut Rounds

Cranberry Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chip Cookies

First Day of Snow Fudge

First Day of Snow Fudge

What are your favorite Christmas cookies to bake and give?

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About Hilary Kimes Bernstein

Hilary Kimes Bernstein is a Christ follower, wife, mama, and writer who blogs about making healthy decisions that honor God and happen to help the environment at Accidentally Green. Her first eBook, First Bites, helps parents learn how to instill healthy eating habits during a baby’s first year. Her second eBook, Accidentally Green, tells exactly how and why her family started making healthier, greener changes.


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