Our Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas is only a few weeks away and we're in the mood to bake some cookies!

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes that really get us in the holiday spirit.

If you know peanut butter lovers, you’ll definitely want to bake a batch of Double Peanut Butter Cookies. This recipe includes both creamy peanut butter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, which are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

For the adventurous baker, try Chocolate Espresso Peppermint Cookies. The combination of Peppermint Chips and rich chocolate with the subtle hint of espresso will surprise your taste buds!

And no one can resist the traditional Sugar Cookie. We enjoy decorating them with a variety of toppings and decorations to add festive colors.

Double Peanut Butter Cookies Double Peanut Butter Cookies from CandyWarehouse.com
Ingredients:
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips

Holiday Sugar Ingredients: Mix these sugars together in a small bowl and set aside.
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup red colored sugar
¼ cup green colored sugar

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in baking mix and vanilla until smooth. Stir in peanut butter chips.
3. Roll dough in hands to shape into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in holiday sugar mix to cover. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass.
4. Bake 6-8 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.

Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.

View our Peanut Butter Cookie baking video here.

Chocolate Espresso Peppermint Cookies Chocolate Espresso Peppermint Cookies from CandyWarehouse.com
Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 60% cacao)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 eggs
Crushed Peppermint Candy Bits

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt chocolate chips in microwave safe glass dish. Stir every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder and salt. Gently whisk ingredients together to break up lumps.
4. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in sugar, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Beat in eggs. Add about half the melted chocolate (reserving the remaining for drizzle) and blend well. Gradually add flour mixture until fully combined.
5. Drop spoonfuls of dough on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cookies are cracked all over. Cool completely on wire rack.
7. Rewarm remaining melted chocolate. With a spoon, drizzle chocolate over each cookie. Top with peppermint bits. Chill to set chocolate, about 20 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

View our Chocolate Espresso Peppermint Cookie baking video here.

Holiday Sugar Cookies Holiday Sugar Cookies from CandyWarehouse.com
Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Various candy toppings and decorations

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gently whisk ingredients together to break up lumps.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture until fully combined.
4. Cover and refrigerate dough until chilled, about 3 hours.
5. Roll dough in hands to shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Using a fork, gently press on the balls to flatten. Decorate with selected toppings.
6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned at edges. Cool completely on wire rack.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

View our Sugar Cookie baking video here.

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