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Christmas Cookie Recipes That Will Liven Up Your Holidays

Let's face it - Holidays really isn't the same with Christmas cookies. Year after year, many foodies have various excuses not to make their own batch of freshly baked cookies and settle instead for the factory-made, foil-packaged, store-bought kind. 

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This year is the year to throw away all your excuses! Here are great Christmas cookie recipes that will surely liven up your holidays and sweeten the smell of your kitchen!

For those who want unique international cookies to munch on, try these awesome recipes for Christmas cookies enjoyed in Italy, Russia and Germany. Foodies who have no patience to shop for a ton of ingredients can enjoy Holiday baking with only three ingredients at hand! And for those who are watching their weight or just looking after their health in general, munching on cookies doesn't have to mean packing on the pounds with the help of these healthy reacipes. Happy baking!

 

Int'l Cookie Recipes      3-Ingredient Cookies   Healthy Cookies

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Cookie Recipes From All Over The World

Italian Christmas Cookies (Cakescottage)

 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

"Easy to prepare, these colorful cookies, crunchy outside and incredibly soft inside, are an unavoidable and very popular part of the Italian festive cuisine. Their lightly sweet taste is again as most Italian cookies, perfect for dipping in espresso….or wine!"

Ingredients
Cookies

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3½ cup flour
  • 4 tsp.baking powder

Icing

  • 2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 tsp. water

 These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!

 

German Sugar Cookies (The Forge)

"In the southern part of germany I come from we call them "Austecherle"... With a name like that for a basic but fantastic, cut-out sugar cookie they naturally have to taste great :)"

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • a dash of salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

via German Sugar Cookies (The Forge)

 

Russian Tea Cakes (From This Kitchen Table)

Russian Tea Cakes aka snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Dust Balls as we called them. These are my favorite Christmas cookies. Super easy and they melt in your mouth.

"Do yourself a favor and make a double batch while you are at it! The 24 cookies will be gone in no time – they are that addicting. They keep well in the freezer as well."
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts
  • additional powdered sugar

Russian Tea Cakes aka snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Dust Balls as we called them. These are my favorite Christmas cookies. Super easy and they melt in your mouth.

 

3-Ingredient Christmas Cookies

3 Ingredient Christmas Orea Cookie Balls (Mommy Snippets)

This recipie from Mommy Snippets is the ultimate no-sweat cookie recipe of all time. Aside from having only three ingredients, it's also a no-bake recipe, so no need to get that oven pre-heating!

This recipe is all about mixing cream cheese and crushed Oreos together to form truffle-like treats which are then covered in chocolate. It's somehow similar to graham balls, but this is much richer and is a bigger hit for lovers of cookies and cream. 

3 ingredient Christmas Oreo Cookie Balls

"Whenever you find the cream cheese and Oreos mixture crumbling, pop the same back into the freezer for a few minutes and then shape the balls once the mixture is chilled and ready to mold again."

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)- I used the Oreo Duo Cookies
  • 4 pkg.(4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

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via 3 Ingredient Christmas Orea Cookie Balls (Mommy Snippets)

 

3-Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Just like the most delectable grubs on Earth, shortbread is only made of three ingredients - butter, flour and brown sugar. Who says you need a lot to make an extremely satisfying batch of baked goodies?

Though simple buttery shortbread cookies are already more than enough to please the palate, please, please go ahead and purchase the optional ingredient - sprinkles! It will make this cookies a lot more "Christmasy" and festive, perfect with a hot cup of chocolate on Christmas Eve! 

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"These buttery shortbread cookies are simply divine. They are melt-in-your-mouth amazing, bursting with the goodness of butter, and easily dressed up or down."

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups salted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour, divided
  • Optional: Your favorite sprinkles

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3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies

We know what you're thinking - cake mix is... for cakes, right? Nah, they're not just for cakes, but for a lot of other stuff as well, including Christmas cookies! These treats look may look fine and delicate, but they're actually super easy to make - just dump a box of cake mix in a bowl with eggs and oil, mix mix mix, and you're done! 

Drop spoonfuls in a baking sheet and a few minutes later, you'll have a plate of freshly baked cookies for you and your family!  

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"Have you ever made cookies from a box of cake mix? Cake mix cookies are soft and chewy and super delicious! Plus, they only require 3 ingredients, so making them is essentially a no-fuss, fantastic treat."

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25 oz) box of cake mix- any kind. (The cookies pictured here were made using a strawberry cake mix and a Funfetti cake mix)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 c. Vegetable Oil

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Yummy Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipe

Healthy Sugar Cookies (Chocolate Covered Katie)

These healthier version of the regular sugar cookies uses healthier sweetening agents such as coconut sugar and evaporated cane juice instead of the regular sugar. Whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour is also used in place of white flour. And for butter, a low-calorie buttery spread.

These substitutions may seem small, but you'll be amazed at how they can make yourl cookies so much healthier!

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"This healthy sugar cookie recipe fulfills all of the above requirements… and yet these cookies are whole-grain, lower in sugar, and cholesterol-free at the same time."

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup spelt,  ww pastry, or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt (just under level)
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or sucanat, coconut sugar, or evaporated cane juice (or xylitol for a sugar-free version)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup butter-type spread, such as Earth Balance (Some readers say you can use coconut oil, but I haven't tried it. I wouldn't recommend using a low-fat buttery spread.)

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via Healthy Sugar Cookies (Chocolate Covered Katie)

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies (DIY Natural)

This recipe will surely be a hit among choco chip cookie lovers. The combination of apple source, honey, oats, nutmeg and cinnamon almost makes this cookie somewhat similar in flavor to a healthy granola bar.

Take the health factor to the next level by substituting regular butter with the low-calorie kind, and you'll have a batch of lovely cookies that are not only yummy but also guilt-free!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

"We now enjoy this dessert masterpiece not only after meals but also as a snack and even as an occasional quick breakfast." 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ stick butter 
  • ¾ cup raw honey 
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 ½ cups organic white wheat flour 
  • 1 cup organic whole rolled oats 
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1 tsp. sea salt 

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Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies (Lexi's Clean Kitchen)

What's great about this cookies is that it raw honey and applesauce for sweetness. And because of the natural flavors of vanilla extract and almond extract, you don't really need to add more sugar because the flavor profile is superb as it is.

Make your batch a lot more wholesome and truly your own by using homemade jam instead of store-brought kind!

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"Linzer torte cookies sort of remind me of hamantaschen (a Jewish cookie) minus the almond-y flavor. I love them both. I also love thumbprint cookies. Now I am in love with the 3 cookies combined! "

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Dash himalyan sea salt
  • 5-6 tbsp homemade or store-bought jam

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Make cooking time a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable, because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean up time in half.

 

 

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