Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes

By December 24, 2012Aging in Place

Who wouldn’t like to have some delicious homemade cookies during the holiday season? Nothing says Christmas quite like the scent of chocolate chip or gingerbread cookies filling the air as they bake in the oven. Whether seniors are looking for the perfect snack to leave for Santa or simply a different take on a classic holiday cookie recipe, the recipes below are sure to make everyone holly, jolly and coming back for more!


Santa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies




2 cups 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter (softened to room temperature)
1 Tablespoon 2% milk
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda, set aside.
  • Using a mixer; cream together the butter, milk, brown sugar, and white sugar until thoroughly blended.
  • Add in the egg, the egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until well blended and smooth (about 1 minute).
  • Slowly blend in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do not overbeat.
  • Add the chocolate chips, and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter (about 30 seconds).
  • Drop by rounded 2 Tablespoons (use a cookie scoop or combine 2 Tablespoons of dough into a rounded drop) onto the prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies should have golden brown edges and soft centers.
  • Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.


Rudolph’s Gingerbread Cookies




3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla extract




  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl until well blended.
  • Using a large mixer bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and egg using medium speed until well blended.
  • Add molasses and vanilla. Continue mixing until well blended.
  • Gradually stir in dry ingredients until dough becomes smooth.
  • Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic.
  • Let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place half of the divided dough on a floured surface.
  • Roll dough to around 1/4″ thickness. Flour your work surface and rolling pin as needed to keep the dough from sticking to surfaces.
  • Cut out cookies with fun cookie cutters. Use gingerbread men, reindeers, snowflakes or Christmas trees.
  • Place cut-out cookies 1 1/2″ apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake one sheet of cookies at a time for about 7-9 minutes, making sure not to over bake. Cookies will become firm after cooling.
  • Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to cool until firm enough to move to a wire rack.
  • Decorate gingerbread men with icing, candies, or colored sugar once fully cooled.

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