Making Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like the holidays haven’t fully begun until that first batch of Christmas cookies comes out of the oven. I’ve been baking my fair share of desserts lately, like a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, a Cappuccino Cheesecake, and even these Gingerbread Cookies…all of which rank pretty high on my list of favorite sweet treats. But there’s something about the Classic Holiday Cookie. You know the kind I mean. Thin butter cookies cut into fun holiday shapes and then decorated with festive colors. With Christmas just about a week away now, I think it’s finally time to break out the first batch of these Classic Holiday Cookies! (And I highly suspect that this won’t be the only batch coming out of my kitchen this year…)
These Classic Holiday Cookies are surprisingly addictive. I find that the thin butter cookie base is the perfect contrast to the sweet icing on top. Plus, these cookies are hand-decorated…which always makes them taste better! Just because I say hand-decorated doesn’t mean they are hard to make, either. Just take a look at some of the examples in the pictures. You could top these with a simple icing and a sprinkle of colored, decorative sugar. Heck, you could just sprinkle these with decorative sugar before they go into the oven and be done with it! Of course, if decorating is your thing, then by all means have fun here. Pipe fancy decorations on that Christmas tree cookie or festive ribbons on the holiday gift cookie! The best part here is that the cookies will taste delicious no matter how you decorate them. (Even if they look like Franken-cookies, they’ll still taste great!)
Decorating holiday cookies is a great way to include the kids in the holiday festivities, too. You can bake up a tray or two of these butter cookies and then invite the kids in to have a decorating party. Just make sure to have a fun assortment of colored icings and festive decorations on hand! In fact, start a new tradition in your house and have everyone decorate a bunch of these Classic Holiday Cookies. Then everyone picks out their favorite one to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. Everyone wins with that game: the kids get to have fun making cookies for Santa…and Santa gets to have fun eating the cookies! So get those cookie decorations out of the back of the pantry and have fun getting into the Christmas spirit!