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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening (part butter or margarine if desired)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

METHOD

  1. Mix thoroughly the shortening sugars, egg and vanilla.
  2. After that mix dry ingredients together and blend in well into a wet mixture.
  3. Add the chopped nuts and chocolate pieces and put rounded teaspoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until softly browned in a preheat oven at 375 degrees F. After you take them out, the cookies will still be soft.
  5. Cool them slightly before removing from the cookie sheet and serving or storing as desired.

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Vanilla Half moon Cookies

Ingredients
6 oz. butter
2 egg yolks
8 oz. flour
3 oz. sugar
4 oz. ground almonds
8 oz. powdered sugar
Seeds of 1.5 vanilla beans


METHOD

  1. Next mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks, flour, almonds and vanilla. Make 2 strands from the dough and put it in refrigerator for about an hour.
  2. After that slice each strand into small pieces and use your hands to roll out each piece into an approximately 2 inches long strand; pull the ends and form a half-moon shape with it.
  3. Put that to a lined baking sheet and bake it for 10-15 minutes at 350 F.
  4. Add the powdered sugar and remaining vanilla seeds. Then carefully, roll the warm half-moons to sugar and vanilla mixture and your cookies are ready.

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Double Quick Pumpkin Bars

For the bars:

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

Ingredients
1 teaspoon milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces cream softened cheese
6 tablespoons softened margarine

 

METHOD

  1. Keep the oven preheated at 350F.
  2. Take a large mixing bowl and in it put the eggs and sugar and beat the mixture until it is creamy. Put in the rest of the bar ingredients in the bowl and mix well.
  3. Put the batter into an ungreased roll pan and Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. After that remove and cool it completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.
  4.  
  5. For making the frost, mix together all the frosting ingredients into a creamy mixture. Then spread it on the cooled, uncut cookies. After frosting has set, cut the cookies into bars of equal size.

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Apricot Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 large egg
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven at 375F. Sieve the baking powder and floor together and put it aside. 
  2. Chop or snip dried apricots into pieces slightly smaller than chips.
  3. Cover with boiling water. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until mixture is light and creamy. Add egg and apricot preserves. Continue to beat until well blended.
  4. Pieces of apricot will remain visible. Stir sifted ingredients into creamed mixture until it is well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Drain water from apricot bits and fold those bits into the batter. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, putting them about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly browned.

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Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients
    1 egg
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup confectioners' sugar
    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
    1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) butter, softened
    1/2 teaspoon red food coloring or enough for desired color

 

METHOD

   

  1. Preheat oven to 375°, put the flour, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, butter, salt, and egg in a bowl. With a hand-held electric mixer blend the ingredients.
  2. Keep half the dough separate and to the rest of the dough put the red food coloring and peppermint extract and blend it properly.
  3.  
  4. Take 1 teaspoonful of the plain dough, put it on a flat surface and roll it into the shape of a four inch rope. Repeat the same process using the other portion of the dough.
  5. Put the ropes side-by-side and gently coil together and smudge ends lightly to seal it.
  6. Next, curve one end to form candy cane and transfer this to ungreased baking sheets with a spatula. Bake cookies for ten minutes, or till it is slightly browned at the edges.
  7. Now remove from the oven and let it cool and then serve or store it

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Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 egg
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
Granulated sugar, colored sugar, or cinnamon sugar
 

METHOD

  1. Combine together the butter and shortening with an electric mixer, put the sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt in the mixture and blend it well.
  2. Beat the egg and vanilla and flour in the electric mixer and make the dough.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 3 hours and after that flatten it out and cut them into shapes that you want.
  4. Sprinkle it with colored sugar, granulated sugar, or cinnamon sugar before baking. Bake it on an ungreased cookie sheets at 350° for about eight to ten minutes, or till the ends are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.

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Leaving cookies for Santa and his entourage is perhaps one of the most recognized Christmas traditions among kids all over the world. For many people the earliest memory that they have about the holiday season is baking Christmas cookies of various types with their siblings and parents in their family kitchen. Kids love to bake cookies and get busy with all the other activities during the holiday time; baking some Christmas cookies for kids is a sure way of bringing a smile on their face. Get hold of some delicious Christmas cookies recipes with pictures and try baking something entirely new this time.

 

History of Christmas Cookies

The history of keeping Christmas cookies for Santa and his helpers is believed to have originated in America during the great depression. Parents involved the children in this practice of baking cookies and leaving it outside to teach them the spirit of giving and sharing with others. These days, children keep the cookies to help Santa and his helpers in their long journey all over the world for delivering gifts to all the wonderful kids. The Christmas cookie recipes for this vary from country to country based on the traditions followed there.

 

Christmas Cookie Ideas

Christmas cookies can be made in all shapes and sizes, you just have to choose a design that you kids will love. Help your little one to create his/her personal choice of cookies with the help of a Christmas cookies cutter. For this you will have to make the dough out of your Christmas recipe ingredients, flatten it and keep it on a surface where the child can sit comfortably and make the designs. You can get cookies cutters in different shapes from the store including an angel shaped cutter, a Santa shaped cutter and a Christmas tree shaped cutter etc. Making Christmas cookies for kids can be all together different experience with the help of the cookie cutters.

 

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