One of our favorite things to do during the holidays with the kids is bake Christmas cookies. Baking with your kids is not only fun, but it is creating memories that will last a lifetime. If you have a little one, ciao! baby chair is perfect for this type of activity. Your child can sit and participate while staying safely away from the oven.
Our favorites are Peanut Butter Blossoms, Sugar Cookie cut-outs, and Pretzel Turtles. The recipes are below. We hope you enjoy these recipes. Remember to be patient and have fun. It is not about the mess or even the finished product, but just having fun and spending time with family.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Peanut Butter Blossoms – makes about 4 dozen
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
48 Hershey® Kisses® chocolate candies, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cream butter or shortening and peanut butter. Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture until well mixed.
Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Place balls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.
Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs – Makes approximately 2 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degree. Mix 2 sticks of butter, 2 cups of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add 2 eggs. In separate bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of flourand 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix with butter ingredients. Form a ball with half of dough and roll out on floured surface. Use cookie cutters. Bake 6 minutes. Decorate with frosting and colored sugars.
Pretzel Turtles – Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 bag Rolo’s unwrapped
1bag small pretzel twists
1 bag pecan halves
Place pretzels flat on baking sheet, place rolo on top of each. Bake 3 minutes. Push a pecan half on top of each as soon as removed from over. Allow to cool.