By Christmas cookie, I mean anything that can be served individually. It's all about the cookie (treat) tray. When I think of a well round Christmas cookie tray there are several flavors/textures I want to include: peppermint, gingerbread, orange or cranberry, eggnog, nutty, sugar cookies, and something chocolate. Obviously I think about this a lot, there are many lists! Above is 2015 cookie tray and at the bottom is the cookie tray from 2014. I've been making Christmas cookie trays for at least 10 years. The goal is to create a tray that is colorful and diverse in flavors and textures. Here are some recipes to get your brains thinking!
» Pale Yellow
Cream together butter and sugar until pale yellow.
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1. Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes - Using Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joes instead of Oreos make these cupcakes festive, delicious, and different. Also posted one year ago!
2. Rainbow Cookies or 7-Layer Cookies - An Italian/New York classic made by a mid-west transplant! Light, almondy, and moist because of the jelly between each layer. One batch is a lot of work, but it makes about 7-8 dozen cookies
3. Pecan Bark - My mom's recipe; her little twist on the classic saltine toffee.
4. Decorate Wreath and Tree Sugar Cookies - Love the green color and the simplicity of the wreathes. These cookies show a rare occurrence in my kitchen - restraint; simple is best.
5. Candy Cane Cheesecakes - Rich and creamy cheesecake flavored with peppermint and candy canes with an oreo crust; a delightful holiday treat.
6. Pumpkin Truffles - These are probably one of my favorites! Pumpkin bread mixed with cream cheese and dipped in white chocolate, yummy.
7. Peppermint Blossoms - A simple twist on a classic cookie: chocolate cookies instead of peanut butter and peppermint kisses instead of chocolate. Beautiful and festive.
8. Chocolate Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing - The Santas made from ice cream cones are totally adorable and there are also a few candy canes thrown in. Chocolate sugar cookies make a great canvas.
And here are some more goodies!
Candy Cane Truffles - Clearly peppermint and chocolate are the best and I love the combination! I've made these treats for several years and they are always a hit.
Stained Glass Sugar Cookies - These go back to the early days of the blog, improvements noted. Still a great cookie that looks lovely on a cookie platter.
Gingerbread Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing - Here are some soft gingerbread cookies. A few simple decorations make these cookies fancy and special.
Eggnog Cookies - I love eggnog and although the weaving part was too much work, the plain cookies were simple, little morsels of goodness.
Gingerbread Cupcakes - Tender, moist nuggets of gingerbread flavor with a simple frosting. A great alternative to cookies for your holiday dessert table.
Red Velvet Cupcakes - Red velvet cupcakes aren't necessarily Christmas, but their festive color make them perfect for the holidays!