Time to make the Christmas cookies!

by jerseygirl on December 10, 2009 · 25 comments

WARNING! These will make you gain weight! Okay, now that I have cleared that, let’s proceed with the recipes. If, you are a frequent reader, you know I try to make food that is somewhat healthy most of the time. I don’t bake too often for fear I’ll eat it all myself. But it’s holiday time, right? And if I want to make a batch of cookies and eat half myself, then that is what I am going to do!
These are three of my favorites for cookie trays. The Double Chocolate Cherry Almond Drops require a bit more work but are pretty and well worth it. The gingersnaps and saltine toffee are easy and two of my go to recipes for the holidays. This is not the end of the holiday treats. I will be posting more soon. What are your favorite holiday goodies?
One last thing. My friend Michaela has a recipe in the Ile de France contest. Please click HERE and rank her recipe. I thought it was definitely worth five stars. Great holiday appetizer! All you have to do is click on the stars. Thanks!

Double Chocolate Cherry Almond Drops

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips or broken up white chocolate, divided
24 maraschino cherries
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer beat the butter until creamy. Add almond butter and sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour until smooth. Mix in 1 cup white chips while reserving the rest. Roll dough into one inch balls forming 24 cookies. Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper. With your fingers or the back of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in each ball. Place one cherry in each cookie. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until bottom of cookies are golden and cookies are set. Cool completely. Melt the remaining white chips in the microwave and drizzle over the cooled cookies. Melt the semisweet chips and then drizzle the dark chocolate over the cookies. Let the chocolate harden before serving. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Blue Ribbon Gingersnaps (from the Blue Ribbon Baking cookbook)

•3/4 cup shortening
•1 cup packed light brown sugar
•1/4 cup molasses
•1 large egg
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•2 teaspoons baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1 teaspoon ground cloves
•1 teaspoon ground ginger
•1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed. Dough can be chilled for easy handling. Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts. Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack. Makes 3-4 dozen.

Saltine Toffee
40 saltine crackers (1 sleeve)
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups chocolate chips

Line jelly roll pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Lay crackers out flat on foil. Melt sugar and butter and bring to boil until foamy (about 3 to 5 minutes). Pour over crackers and spread to coat. Bake 5 minutes in 350º oven or until bubbly. Remove from oven. While hot, sprinkle with chocolate chips, let soften and melt, then spread. Sprinkle with whatever toppings you like. Let the chocolate harden then break into pieces. Keep stored in the refrigerator.

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Lynda December 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Oooo, gotta love Christmas cookies! These are some great looking recipes that I don't have…thanks for posting them! I agree, this is the time of year when you can indulge if you want to. And I want to! 🙂


Patsyk December 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Gorgeous cookies, Lisa! I never think of saltine toffee this time of year for some reason… love the idea!


RecipeGirl December 11, 2009 at 1:16 am

These are so pretty!!


HoneyB December 11, 2009 at 6:50 am

They all look yummy! I have always wanted to make the saltine toffee but am afraid to because I do know that I would probably eat it all by myself!


Lea Ann December 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

I've got my eye on that Salteen Toffee. I love sweet and salty together and have never seen anything like this. Thanks for a fabulous post.


Prudy December 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

Yum! They look fantastic!


kat December 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

We love that saltine toffee & Matt would think those cherry cookies were the best thing


The Food Hunter December 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

I'm loving the double chocolate cherry almond drops!


That Girl December 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

Great recipes!


Maria December 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Love your ideas! I need to get baking!


Katrina December 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Love that "scary" (because I eat too much of it) toffee crunch. And I've been looking for a certain kind of ginger cookie and will have to add these to my list!


teresa December 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

fantastic cookies, those are going to make some killer plates!


Debbie December 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Oh those look great Lisa!! I love cookies and seeing all the cookie recipes this time of year! Great pics!


Mary December 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

They all look scrumptious! I'll bet they're good :-).


The Blonde Duck December 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

The holidays are definitely not a time to diet!


Dawn December 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm

tis time for cookies isn't it? I have so many to make…. come help me? lol


Free Samples December 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Wow, these look great!! good work =]


Pam December 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Both look amazing! My kids would be thrilled to make either of these recipes.


Chef Jeena December 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Gorgeous cookies Lisa, I would eat all of them delish!


Chef Fresco December 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Ohh I love these cookies! Beautiful!


Deb in NJ December 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I'm so going to try the saltine toffee – sounds delicious! My favorite cookie to make for the holidays (and special people's birthdays) are Cherry Winks. The recipe used to be on Kellogg's corn flakes boxes.


Clumbsy Cookie December 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Is this cookieland???


Mandy December 17, 2009 at 3:02 am

Lisa, these treats are fabulous. My brain is thanking you and my hips are cursing your name.:0) Can't wait to try them!


Shelly Borrell December 22, 2009 at 5:33 am

Love those Cherry Almond Drops — I'm inspired. And I like Gingersnaps a lot too. Always great stuff! Merry Christmas.

Shelly 🙂


Shelby December 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

They all look awesome! I have yet to try the saltine toffee. It looks so good and easy to do thought!


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