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Whipped Shortbread

Ingredients
3 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cornstarch
Nonpareils and/or halved candied cherries

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.

With hands lightly dusted with additional cornstarch, roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with nonpareils or cherry halves.

Bake at 300° for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16-18 dozen.

Recipe found here: Whipped Shortbread

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Buttery Spritz Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners’ sugar glaze; dip and decorate as directed.

Recipe found here: Buttery Spritz Cookies

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Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add pistachios; mix well.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with your thumb; fill each with 1/2 teaspoon jam.

Bake until bottoms are light brown, 13-16 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. If desired, dust with additional confectioners’ sugar. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe foumd here: Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

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Easy Reindeer Cookies

Ingredients
1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
60 miniature pretzel twists
60 semisweet chocolate chips
30 red-hot candies

Directions
In a mixing bowl, combine dry cookie mix, oil and egg. Beat until well mixed. Shape into a 7-1/2-in. roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using thumb and forefinger, make a slight indentation one-third of the way down the sides of each slice. Press in pretzels for antlers, chocolate chips for eyes and a red-hot for the nose. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: You may substitute any peanut butter cookie recipe for the cookie mix, oil and egg.

Recipe found here: Easy Reindeer Cookies

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Triple-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, cubed
4 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
2 teaspoons shortening

Directions
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate; cool. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add sugar and eggs. Beat until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture. Stir in 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are set and tops are slightly cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat shortening and remaining chocolate chips on high for 1 minute or until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand for 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 dozen.

Recipe found here: Triple-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup canned pumpkin
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.

Recipe found here: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Scandinavian Pecan Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually add flour until blended.

Shape into 1-in. balls. In a small bowl, beat egg white. Dip balls in egg white, then roll in pecans. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.

Bake at 375° for 8-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Scandinavian Pecan Cookies

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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons hot water

Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add milk, egg and orange juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and nuts.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; transfer to a small bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost the cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

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Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs, separated
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 cup seedless raspberry preserves

Directions
Cream butter, gradually adding 2/3 cup sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball; cover and refrigerate until firm, 30-45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. On a surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Using a floured 1-in. cookie cutter, cut out centers of half of the cookies.

Beat egg whites until frothy. Mix almonds and remaining sugar. Brush cookies with egg whites; sprinkle with almond mixture. Bake solid and window cookies 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread 2 teaspoons raspberry preserves over the bottoms of solid cookies. Top with window cookies, almond side up.

Editor’s Note: For variety, substitute apricot, strawberry or your favorite preserves in place of raspberry. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Linzer Cookies

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Snow-Topped White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Ingredients
1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white baking chips
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted

GLAZE:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Place cookie dough in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes to soften.

Add flour and vanilla to dough; beat until blended (dough will be slightly crumbly). Stir in baking chips and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For glaze, mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in glaze. Sprinkle with coconut, patting gently to adhere. Let stand until set. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Snow-Topped White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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