I love baking special treats for the holidays, but I’ve gotten tired of making the same cookies, like chocolate chip or walnut. Come on, there has to be something more exciting and unique out there, right? So I’ve done some digging, and have asked friends and family to share their favorite recipes, and now I’m thrilled — I’ll have the prettiest, tastiest cookies this holiday! Here are 7 great holiday cookie recipes, and not one of them is average, dull, or even ho-hum.
Photo Credit: Polonia Catering
These are a traditional Polish cookie, and I use a recipe handed down from my grand-father’s mother, who was born and raised in Poland. You’ll need ½ cup of softened butter, 4 ounces of room-temperature cream cheese, 1 cup of flour, and your favorite flavor of preserves (raspberry and apricot are my favorites) plus powdered sugar for topping. Cream the butter and cream cheese together, then add the flour and beat until well-blended and “doughy.” Divide the dough in half, put each half in a large Ziplock bag, smush them flat, and chill. One at a time, take the dough out of the bags, roll it flat and about an eighth of an inch thick, cut the dough into 3-inch squares, and put a dab of preserves in the middle. Pinch closed opposite corners of the dough together across the preserves, then bake at 375 for about 13 minutes until the cookies are VERY light brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then carefully move them to a rack to cool completely. Once they’re cooled, sprinkle them with powdered sugar. So pretty!