Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25[a] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
The traditional Christmas narrative recounted in the New Testament, known as the Nativity of Jesus, says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then spread the word.
There are different hypotheses regarding the date of Jesus’ birth and in the early fourth century, the church fixed the date as December 25.[b] This corresponds to the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar. It is exactly nine months after Annunciation on March 25, also the date of the spring equinox. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, part of the Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
Christmas Shortbread Cookies
These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are very easy to make and you need only three ingredients for the flour, butter, and sugar, and if you want you can add vanilla extract. Quick and easy cookies are perfect for every occasion so you can make little presents of them. Fresh baked Christmas Shortbread Cookies are something you can’t omit in this part of the year. I like it when they stay at my table because they remind me of the happiness and celebration of these holidays which are coming. I can’t imagine New Year without these lovely sweet cookies. You can take them out with you, make some coffee with an espresso machine.
These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are so soft and nice and I am sure that you will love them on the first bite. I recommend you immediately make a double mixture because I know that you will enjoy them. When my friends come over I have these sweets so we can enjoy them while we are spending time together. You can eat them with a cup of coffee or tea if you want so try to surprise someone with this easy recipe. These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are real mini edible presents. Enjoy this holiday magic!
- 1 cup salted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- Optional: red and green sprinkles
- In a medium bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until well combined
- Add all-purpose flour and mix until combined
- Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes
- The dough should end up soft and pliable, similar to play-dough, not sticky
- Form a ball, wrap tightly, and chill for about 30 minutes
- While the dough is resting, preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
- Roll dough out to about ½ inch thickness, use a cookie cutter for shapes
- Place each cookie 2 inches apart on baking sheet, sprinkle sprinkles over the top if desired and gently press into dough
- Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown
- Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool.
And that’s where this recipe comes in…a melt-in-your-mouth classic that’s pretty much effortless to make. AKA, festive, sprinkle-studded, Christmas Shortbread Cookies! All you need are a handful of simple ingredients:
- Butter. It must be at room temperature. And I recommend unsalted butter so as to have more control over the saltiness of the final cookies. However, if you only have salted butter, just reduce the additional salt by a pinch.
- Powdered sugar. Sometimes I make my shortbread with granulated sugar, and it’s fabulous. But for this recipe, I opted for powdered sugar, which yields a more delicate, melt-in-your-mouth cookie.
- Salt. Don’t neglect to add salt to your cookies, as it enhances their overall flavor.
- Pure vanilla extract. These cookies are so simple that vanilla adds a lovely dimension.
- Pure almond extract. While I think it’s really easy to go overboard with almond extract, adding just a touch of it to certain recipes can be perfection. I typically combine it with vanilla so as not to overpower.
- All-purpose flour. A very important tip for this recipe…BE SURE TO MEASURE YOUR INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY. This includes both the flour and the powdered sugar. They should be fluffed and spooned into the measuring cup, then leveled off. If the dry ingredients are packed down when you measure them, or if your measuring cup is overflowing, your cookie dough will turn out crumbly. Alternatively, if you don’t fill and level your cup adequately, your dough may turn out too sticky.
- Sprinkles. I prefer a combination of nonpareils and jimmies in shades of red, green, and white. Feel free to change up the color of the sprinkles to celebrate other holidays or occasions, however. You can also use different shapes of sprinkles. Just keep in mind that if you use flat sprinkles that have been cut into shapes (like little green Christmas trees and yellow stars, for example), the shapes are going to get buried in the dough and sliced at weird angles and you won’t be able to tell what they are anyway.
HOW TO MAKE THEM
These easy Christmas cookies may not be the fanciest treats in the Santa Claus cookie jar, but as previously mentioned, they’re pretty darn easy to whip up. And that would be thanks to a certain handy-dandy kitchen appliance! Here’s a breakdown of the oh-so-simple steps.
- Add the softened butter, powdered sugar, salt, and extracts to your food processor. Process until smooth.
- Add the flour and pulse until the mixture looks chunky.
- Add sprinkles and pulse a few more times, until they’re just incorporated.
- Turn the cookie dough out of the food processor bowl and press it together into a ball. Cut the ball in half and form each half into a log.
- Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill until firm.
- Can anyone say homemade, slice-n-bake Christmas cookies??? That’s right, y’all…it’s time to slice, bake, and enjoy!
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These cookies are perfect for the holiday season, so let me show you how to make them …