My Christmas Cookie Lineup

With today being national cookie day, I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas Cookie recipes!

There are so many great holiday treats out there, but this year, I made Norwegian Christmas Cookies (very similar to butter cookies), and Kolaches (one of my childhood favorites). Baking Christmas cookies was always something I loved growing up, so every year I make time to bake with family and friends. It is a great way to come together during the holidays and share moments with your loved ones.

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Norwegian Christmas Cookies

Makes about 12 dozen

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 sticks salted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar cubes, coarsely crushed, or pearl sugar

Preparation
Beat together 1 egg and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Sift in flour and baking powder and add butter. Beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.Preheat oven to 350°F.Lightly beat remaining egg. Roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press thumb into center of each ball to flatten, leaving a depression, and brush lightly with egg. Sprinkle crushed sugar in centers and bake in batches in middle of oven until golden, 12 to 18 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.
Kolaches
Makes about 1 dozen (I typically double this recipe, just cause I love them so much)
Ingredients
½ cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup of your favorite jam (I like blackberry or seedless raspberry)

¼ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

Beat butter and cream cheese in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour gradually, beating well after each addition.

Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-inch circles. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon jam into center of each circle. Fold opposite edges together, slightly overlapping edges.

Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

I hope you all can enjoy baking yummy treats this holiday season!

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