Baking Christmas cookies is something I look forward to this time of year, but baking Christmas cookies with my sister – that takes it to another level of fun! Jill & I set aside time on Sunday afternoon at her house, & we had such a blast! Talking, laughing, baking, listening to Christmas music & enjoying the beautiful decorations she has on display throughout her home. We decided that this should probably become a yearly tradition for us…And oh yes, we made cookies…lots & lots of them! My brother in law was gracious enough to be the taste-tester ((ahem)) & he gave them the thumbs up!
So here’s one of the recipes we made, which came from the Nestle site.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (we also added a pinch of cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 – 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin pie puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the filling: We would recommend doubling the recipe below
4 oz. cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (we added a little more plus a small amount of almond extract)
1 – 1/2 cups powdered sugar
For the cookies: Combine the dry ingredients, mixing well then set aside. Cream together the butter & sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the pumpkin & vanilla, & beat until smooth. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until it is combined.