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    The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

    Cultures are established around the making and sharing of food. At no other time is that more obvious than the holiday season. When it comes to those cherished holiday traditions, baking – or eating – homemade holiday cookies is likely one of them. Whether you are looking to start a new tradition, or want to try our take on some old favorites, these recipes will stand the test of time.

    First up, the Sugar Cookie!
    The sugar cookie, or shape cookie, is truly the original Christmas cookie. It was first brought to America by the Dutch in the 17th century. Then in the late 1800’s, cookie cutters became readily available and people began cutting sugar cookies into various holiday shapes. Reindeer, holly leaves, stars and candy canes are just a few of the popular shapes for these special cookies. One sugar cookie recipe that is sure to become your family’s favorite is from Betty Crocker.

    Classic Sugar Cookies
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    1 egg
    2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    Granulated sugar or colored sugar

    The full recipe can be found here.

    Gingerbread Cookies

    The gingerbread cookie is another type of cookie that has become a staple in many homes during the holiday season. When the colonists first traveled to the New World, they brought along their favorite recipes from home. Gingerbread, with roots that stretch back to medieval times, was one of those recipes that made its way from Europe to America and has now become a special part of the holiday season. During Christmas it is common to see gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses in homes all across the country. Like most cookies, there are several varieties, but the one listed below is sure to make your whole family smile.

    Gingerbread Cookies
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon ground ginger
    1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup molasses
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

    However, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without the beloved chocolate chip cookie. Kids all around the country will eagerly bake chocolate chip cookies on Christmas Eve to leave out for Santa as a thank you for bringing presents. While there are many variations of the chocolate chip cookie, nothing beats a traditional chocolate chip cookie when it comes to making the best Christmas cookies.

    Chocolate Chip cookies
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 egg
    2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
    1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

    Using various fruits and nuts in desserts is another treasured holiday tradition. Our pastry chefs here at the Isle shared the ingredients for their two favorite kinds of cookies! Cakes and cookies made with cherries and raspberries can often be seen on the table during the holiday season. Ranked among some of the best Christmas cookies, are those that incorporate both fruits and nuts. Below are two recipes that are sure to add a little sweetness to all the festivities of the holiday season.

    Cherry Nut Cookies
    3 # butter
    1 # sugar
    6 eggs
    3 # A.P. Flour
    2 # maraschino cherries
    2 # pecan pieces or chopped walnuts
    4 tablespoon vanilla flavor
    1 tsp. salt

    Chocolate Raspberry Cookies
    8 oz. butter
    12 oz. brown sugar
    4 oz. granulated sugar
    4 oz. corn syrup
    4 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 # melted dark chocolate
    1 # A.P. Flour
    4 oz. cocoa powder
    1 tbsp. baking powder
    8 oz. chocolate chips
    8 oz. raspberry filling or jam

    With all the recipes out there, it is important to remember that the best Christmas cookies are the ones that leave your whole family feeling the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Sharing food with family and friends and making memories is what the holidays are all about.

    For those who aren’t in the baking mood, we have some amazing top secret recipes baking up here at Isle® Casino Waterloo that we are happy to send you home with! Our award winning pastry chefs are working overtime this holiday season to fill all the holiday baking needs our customers have. Stop by next time and place an order!
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