This weeks recipes are provided by AllRecipes.com. We will be focusing on holiday cookies, because, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, these holiday cookies are tasty!

Soft Christmas Cookies

Recipe by: Georgie Bowers “Soft cut out sugar cookie that I have used for years. I sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or you could also try icing them when cool” satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on track with your health.

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ready In: 3 hours

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Tip

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 97 calories; 4 g fat; 13.8 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g protein; 8 mg cholesterol; 81 mg sodium.

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Recipe by: Dee 

“Shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with raspberry jam, and drizzled with glaze.”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 18 minutes

Ready In: 1 hour 15 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
  • Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

Tip

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 104 calories; 5.2 g fat; 13.7 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g protein; 14 mg cholesterol; 37 mg sodium

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