Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookie Recipes | Christmas Cookies | Cookie Recipes | Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Kiss Cookies | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies | Greek Pastries | Greek Cookies | s'more happiness
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.
— Julia Child

Some of my favorite memories of Christmas as a child include baking and decorating cookies with my cousins, grandmas, and parents. The house is so cozy, and with Christmas music blasting through the speakers it is easy to get into the holiday spirit. Plus, your hard work is immediately rewarded with warm, gooey cookies fresh from the oven! I’m going to share three cookie recipes with you today. The first is a play on chocolate chip cookies and those peanut butter kiss cookies in the photo above. The second and third cookies are recipes from my grandmother’s cookbook. She recently passed away and this will be my first Christmas without her, so I wanted to keep her spirit alive through her delicious cookies.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Kiss Cookies

So, I have to say, I haven’t made these yet, but I thought they would be amazing! The chocolate chip cookie recipe that I am using is from Crazy for Crust, and they really are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! I’m taking the recipe a step forward and adding some peanut butter to it, and then when the cookies are done will place the Hershey kisses on top.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (the recipe actually calls for 1/3 cup, but I like to put a bit less in, and it still tastes good!)

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour

  • Chocolate chips (add however many your heart, or stomach, desires :) the recipe calls for 1.5 cups)

  • Hershey kisses

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  • Melt the butter, I put it in the microwave for 10-15 second intervals and stir. I learned that trick in a cooking class I took in high school, if you don’t do it, the butter will start popping around and potentially burn.

  • Add the butter and granulated and brown sugars into a large bowl, and mix on low speed until it is smooth.

  • Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract on medium speed.

  • Combine the mixture with the baking soda and salt, then slowly mix in the flour. You don’t want to over mix, so as soon as everything is combined, you can add the chocolate chips in!

  • The recipe calls for the dough to be chilled for two hours, I skipped that step. The dough might seem a bit crumbly, but put it together into larger size dough balls and just trust me, they will come out amazing!

  • Put them in the oven for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges are light golden.

  • While the cookies are in the oven, start unwrapping the Hershey kisses, so that they’ll be ready when you need them!

  • Let cool for about 5 minutes, then start placing the kisses on top.

  • Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookies my grandma made. She would make them with my grandpa and he would always add extra chocolate chips for us, so yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar (recipe calls for 1.5 cups, but like I said above, cutting the sugar a bit doesn’t change the taste too much)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup cooked canned pumpkin

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2.5 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Chocolate chips (add however many your heart, or stomach, desires :) the recipe calls for 1 cup)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  • Measure out the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.

  • Beat in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.

  • Gradually add the dry ingredients, which have already been measured in a separate bowl.

  • Add chocolate chips.

  • The recipe calls to refrigerate the dough for a few hours or overnight, I haven’t done it before, and they still come out good!

  • Place the dough on the cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes on the medium rack and about 4-5 minutes on the upper rack until lightly browned.

  • Let cook about 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.

  • Store them in a tin or plastic container to retain moisture.

Greek Cookies - Koulourakia

These cookies are traditional around any holiday, I love them! My grandma’s cookies always came out so good, and here is her recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sweet butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs (plus one extra)

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 & 1/8 teaspoons powdered vanilla

  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4.5 cups flour

Directions

  • Bring the butter to room temperature and slowly beat in the sugar; add the three eggs, one at a time.

  • Measure the dry ingredients and slowly add to the mixing bowl, while also alternating with the orange juice.

  • The mixture will be really soft, and as such, it is best to refrigerate it a few hours or overnight.

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  • Take out enough dough for about 1 cookie sheet and refrigerate the rest.

  • Measure about a soup spoon full of dough and roll it into your hands until it is about 8 inches long, and then shape it into a koulouraki. (If you aren’t sure what they look like, google it and a bunch of photos will pop up.)

  • Repeat this process until you fill a cookie sheet. This recipe fills about 3 cookie sheets.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  • Brush the koulourakia with a beaten egg and bake for about 19 minutes in the middle rack.

  • Remove and cool on a wire rack. Store them in a container to keep them soft. They can be frozen too.

  • Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these cookie recipes and have a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas!