Elves are busy little, well, elves. This time of year, I think we all feel like we’re busy, busy, busy. To make your holiday baking life a little easier, I’ve collected twenty elf approved Christmas cookies for you.
There is no need to become a Grinch in the kitchen when it comes to baking time. If you’re stressed out trying to decide which recipe to bake, let these elf favorites guide your path.
I asked some of my friends for their best Christmas cookie recipe. They shared nearly 200 recipes with me! That’s a lot of cookies!! This collection is mostly traditional style cookies. You can see by scrolling through the list, there’s a little bit of sweetness for every elf.
If you can’t decide which recipe to make, then play some eeny-meenie-miney-mo and pick a couple. Or, if you’re totally into pleasing everybody, then ask each elf in your family to pick on recipe and bake that especially for them.
When it comes to storing cookies, you’ll want to make sure you have an airtight container. There are many holiday styled containers on the market today – and most of them are perfectly sized for gift giving. Fragile cookies need some cushioning, layers of waxed paper work well for this task. You can even crumple pieces of waxed paper to line the corners and edges of your package if you need extra cushioning.
Keeping soft cookies soft is always a challenge. My mother taught me (more years ago than I want to admit) a trick that she learned from her mother and grandmother. Place a slice of bread in the container with the cookies. When it’s stale and crusty, your cookies won’t be! If you still have cookies left to eat (really?!), add another slice of bread. Repeat until the cookies are gone.
I can’t explain the science behind why the bread works. It’s probably got to due with the genetic make up of the pastries. Yeah, that sounded good until you thought about it, huh?! At any rate, it’s a good way to use up the heels / ends of the bread that your kids won’t eat.
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Elf Approved Christmas Cookies
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