Monday, December 17, 2007

Fruity Pastel Cookies - Christmas cookies from around the world

Baking cookies at Christmas is an old tradition that so many people treasure. I did some research and found out that the tradition of leaving Christmas cookies and milk for Santa isn’t a very old one. It is believed to have started around the 1930s during the time of the Great Depression. So, if you were nice, you thank Santa for the hard work on Christmas Eve, and if you were naughty you can still try to bribe him with some cookies!

I gave these cookies to our children's preschool teachers as a Christmas gift, placed them in clear boxes and attached a bow to the lid.

This is another contribution for Susan at Food Blogga who is hosting the Eat Christmas cookies event until December 24th. To join the fun and share your recipes, please click the red logo on the right for instructions.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin or flavor of your choice
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Red and green colored sugar and/or sprinkles

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and gelatin powder. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 2 inches (5 cm) apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Decorate as desired with colored sugar and/or sprinkles. Bake at 400°F (200 °C) for 6-8 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.

6 dozen

From our home to yours:
I used two flavors of gelatin powder and created red and green cookies.
- Remove cookies while they are still hot so they don't stick to the pan.

Adapted from magazine Taste of Home, Dec/Jan 2003


Susan from Food Blogga said...

I can't believe that the cookies and milk tradition is so young! That is so interesting, I'll be sure to mention it in my write up. These cookies are so beautifully colored Cris, they must be a hit with children and adults alike. Cheers, Susan

Patricia Scarpin said...

Cris, these cookies caught my attention - I love how colorful and beautiful they are!

Laurie Constantino said...

Your children's teachers are very lucky to receive these cookies - both the cookies and their packaging are very attractive. And adding jello to cookies - I've never heard of that before. I particularly like your opening picture - the cookies are picture perfect!!

Mansi Desai said...

I wonder if I can even get to eating these!! they are so cute I just can't think of devouring them, maybe with my eyes closed:D