This year I decided on Candy Cane Cookies, Spritz Cookies, Sugar Cookies, and Almond Cherry Spritz Wreaths. There is a really great tutorial for spritz cookies here. I love her tutorials and my spritz cookies have always turned out great following this recipe. The green trees at the normal spritz dough tinted green and the flower looking ones are the Cherry Almond. They have almond extract in them and halved maraschino cherries in the center.
For the sugar cookies I once again used the recipes from Bake at 350. The cookie recipe it here and the icing recipe is here.
Last, but not least and my personal favorite the Candy Cane Cookies.
Candy Cane Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
red food coloring
Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. divide dough in half and tint half red. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Heat oven to 375. To form cookie shape 1 teaspoon of each color dough into a 4-inch rope side by side. press together lightly, twist, and shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes. In my oven 10 mins is perfect. Remove them from the cookies sheet almost right away and let cool on a wire rack.
One great thing about all of these cookies is that they are very kids friendly. Once you get the rhythm going on spritz cookies you can totally let your kids help pump them out. Kids are always willing to use cookie cutters on the sugar cookies and although they don't always turn out as pretty when kids make them I usually like to give each kid a little bit of each color and let them make a few candy canes while I am making them.
I gave the cute red and white boxes out to my neighbors and I got a few of these cute Santa boxes for teacher gifts.