Christmas Baking Ideas

What are you baking for Christmas this year? Now that my shopping is complete, my homemade gifts are made, and my kids are off school for winter break, I can finally focus on my Christmas baking! Here are a few things I will be making for our holiday parties.

Funfetti Shortbread Bites from cookingclassy.com

I made one batch of these adorablly delicious shortbread bites with my daughter. They didn’t last long, so we will be making another batch to bring to our family Christmas parties.  This recipe comes from a wonderful blogger at Cooking Classy. I have been following her for the last couple of years. Every recipe I have tried from this blog is fantastic! These are a wonderful treat to bring to your Christmas party or to hand out to neighbors and friends. It is a very quick and easy recipe, and it makes a lot at once. Click on the caption above for the shortbread bites recipe.

 

Italian Ricotta Cookies from cooking classy.com

These Italian ricotta cookies look so delicious. I love trying new recipes, and I cannot wait to try this one! Click on the caption above for the link to the recipe from Cooking Classy.

 

Twix Thumbprint Cookies from cookingclassy.com

These Twix thumbprint cookies from Cooking Classy also look wonderful. I know my family will love these as well! Click on the caption above for the recipe.

 

Holiday Butter Cookies from King Arthur Flour

I have been using this Holiday Butter Cookie recipe for my cutout cookies for the last couple of years. I use fiori di sicilia to flavor the cookies. It is a wonderful blend of citrus and vanilla that makes these cookies so delicious. If you cannot find it, you can use any flavor you prefer such as vanilla extract or almond extract.  I do not roll my dough quite as thin as the recipe suggests. I like my cutout cookies on the thicker side. This cookie has the perfect combination of crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The cookies also hold their shape after being cooked. I also like the cookie icing recipe. It dries shiny and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the butter cookies. I will be making quite a few of these cookies this weekend. I am bringing them to my families annual cookie decorating day at my mom’s house. I am also hosting a cookie decorating party for my girlfriends. I provide the baked cookies and icing and the girls bring the wine and appetizers!

I would love to hear what you are baking this year. Let me know in the comment section below! Happy holiday baking!!!

Look for my next post soon…my make ahead cinnamon rolls. Not only do they make a quick and easy breakfast for Christmas morning, but they are also the perfect gift for my mommy friends! What better gift for a busy mom than a quick breakfast that she doesn’t have to cook!

 

 

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