Merry Christmas to you and yours…Santa’s Cookie Plate

Santa will be very happy with his cookies this year…

the kid’s and I rolled out a batch of Aunt Maxine’s Famous Sugar Cookies and mommy’s favorite, Mexican Wedding Cookies.

My sister in law’s sugar cookies are honestly the best sugar cookies I have ever eaten. They are crisp and just melt in your mouth…mmmm. And I have fond memories of my mom baking Mexican Wedding Cookies for us during the holidays, I love their bite size shape and their buttery and nutty texture. These recipes make plenty so they are perfect for sharing!

These cookies are classics…you can never go wrong with that.

Aunt Maxine’s Famous Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
granulated sugar (regular or colored)

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (you can do night before and put in fridge)

Heat over to 375 degrees. Divide dough into halves (just use a big clump at a time) Roll each half/clump 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. (I use cutting board or counter) Cut into desired shapes with 2 to 2/12 inch cookie cutters; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are light brown. 7-8 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.


Mexican Wedding Cookies
Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook

1 cup pecan halves
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a food processor, combine pecans with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar; pulse until nuts are finely ground. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar-nut mixture, flour and salt; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter and 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed until the dough just comes together.

Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls; place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are pale on top and lightly browned on bottom (lift with a spatula to check), 10-12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place remaining 1 cup confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl, and roll cookies in it to coat completely. Cookies can be kept in an airtight container, layered between sheets of waxed or parchment paper, at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Makes about 6 dozen.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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23 Responses to “Merry Christmas to you and yours…Santa’s Cookie Plate”

  1. The Food Librarian posted December 24, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Looks delicious! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! – mary the food librarian

  2. Pam posted December 24, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Now those are my kind of cookies. They both look pretty and tasty.

    Happy holidays Aggie.

  3. Geri posted December 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Mexican Wedding Cookies are so delicious. I really like them. Sugar cookies are also one of my favorites. Looks like you’re cooking up a storm.

  4. Barbara Bakes posted December 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Your cookies look great! I’ve never made Mexican Wedding cookies. Sounds pretty easy! Merry Christmas!

  5. Mary Ann posted December 24, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I think Mexican Wedding Cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookies. I love them. Wouldn’t mind some right now, actually. They look great! I am sure you are going to make Santa very happy tonight!!!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Girl Japan posted December 25, 2008 at 5:46 am

    I sure love your choices for Santa Aggie = )

  7. Pamela posted December 26, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Great looking cookies! I’m sure Santa wasn’t disappointed. :o)

  8. Lisa Harper posted December 26, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Merry Christmas Aggie! I love those wedding cookies too..haven’t had them in a while. Guess I have no excuse not to make them now that I have a recipe. =)

  9. Erica posted December 26, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Merry Christmas Aggie! Mexican Wedding cookies are Josh/my favorite cookies! They all look soooo melt in your mouth good!!

  10. Caitlin (see bride run) posted December 26, 2008 at 4:03 am

    those look delish! happy holidays!

  11. Paula posted December 26, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Merry Christmas, Aggie! Those cookies look pretty tasty … I bet Santa was pleased!

  12. anudivya posted December 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I wish I could steal them before Santa gets to them :) THey look lovely.
    Happy Holidays :)

  13. Gloria Chadwick posted December 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I’m sure Santa (and you!) enjoyed the cookies. There’s an award for you on my blog. :)

  14. Annie posted December 28, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Everything looks great… I want to try those Mexican Wedding Cookies! Thanks for the recipe.

  15. HoneyB posted December 28, 2008 at 1:49 am

    The cookies look delicious!

  16. VeggieGirl posted December 28, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Wonderful cookies!!

    Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas!!

  17. Sarah posted December 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I love Mexican wedding cookies, too! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  18. Hollee posted December 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I love Mexican Wedding cookies. I got a cookie cookbook for Christmas, and noted them in there. I just might have to “test” soon to make sure they’re good enough for Santa next year :)

  19. Peggy posted December 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I bet that was one happy Santa. I hope you had a great Christmas.

  20. Bridgett posted December 29, 2008 at 3:54 am

    What a very lucky santa to visit your house and get those cookies! Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  21. The Blonde Duck posted December 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Have a happy New Year!

  22. lauren posted December 29, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    merry christmas! those mexican wedding cookies are my favorite!

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