Homemade Cookies that Make Great Christmas Gifts

Bake up some fun with one of these three delectable homemade cookies that make great Christmas gifts: Magical stained glass cookies, yummy White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut cookies or sassy Gingerbread Men. All three have a good shelf life and hold up well when packaged and shipped.

*STAINED GLASS SUGAR COOKIES*

Stained glass cookies are easy to make but look like works of art. As the Life Savers melt and then harden again, they truly do look like stained glass.

Sugar cookie dough

Life Savers

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

*Place each color Life Saver in a Ziploc bag and crush. Set aside.

*Roll cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface.

*Cut with cookie cutters. Cut inside this with a smaller cookie cutter, leaving an outline.

*Gently place this outline on the foil lined cookie sheet.

*Spoon the crushed Life Savers into the center of the cookie.

*Bake for about six minutes. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.

*WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES*

Who can resist the decadent taste of white chocolate melting in your mouth and the exotic crunch of macadamia nuts grown only in Hawaii? A crowd pleaser for sure!

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup butter (room temperature)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg (beaten)

2 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 bars white baking chocolate (chopped)

1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Cream sugar, butter, vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

*Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.

*Fold in white chocolate and nuts.

*Drop rounded tablespoonfuls, two inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

*Bake for ten to twelve minutes

*Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

*GINGERBREAD MEN*

Decorate these gingerbread men cookies with royal icing and wrap in saran wrap before placing in a gift bag or box. These can also be hung on a tree (make a hole for hanger before baking), placed in a stocking or added as a gift’s decoration.

3 cups flour

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks butter-room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar-packed

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

*Sift first six ingredients several times into a large mixing bowl.

*Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

*Add the molasses and egg to sugar mixture and beat well.

*Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

*Cover dough and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface.

*Cut cookies with a cookie cutter and place one-inch apart on ungreased sheet.

*Bake for about 8 minutes until edges begin to brown.

*Cool several minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*Decorate with icing of your choice.

Children of all ages will love these delightful homemade cookies that are easy to make. Bake up some love in your kitchen this Christmas with homemade cookies that make great Christmas gifts.

Source:
1. 30 Homemade Food Gifts – Edible Christmas Gift Ideas
2. Warrior Diet
3. Top 25 Food Gift Recipes | Taste of Home

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