My husband and I both have a complete obsession with Christmas. (I might be pulling him into the “obsessed” category to make myself feel better, but moving right along…)
I absolutely love having every inch of our house decorated for Christmas. From the tree to the lights outside, and yes — the pups have stockings, too! Since we’ve moved into our apartment in Denver, it’s been a little more difficult to decorate, so I had to get creative this year. So I decided to pull out some old recipes I used to make when I was in college and do a little Christmas baking!
I’ve always loved the idea of Christmas cookie swaps and giving cookies as Christmas gifts, so I wanted to pass these recipes along to you for some amazing Christmas baking ideas!
Apple Pie Cookies
I think these might be Hunter’s favorite! I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest when I was in college and I’ve loved making them ever since!
These apple pie cookies are absolutely gorgeous and really fun to make! Just a disclaimer- they are a liiiiittle messy. If you’re a fan of the crunchier pieces of apple pie, these cookies are perfect for you!
As my husband likes to say — “I love these cookies. I love apple pie and I love cookies.”
- Box of Pillsbury Pie Crusts (2 in a box)
- Caramel sauce
- 1 can of apple pie filling
- 1 large egg for egg wash
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Nutmeg
- Flour for sprinkling
How to make Apple Pie Cookies:
Roll out the first pie crust to make it a bit thinner (and to get more cookies out of it — I mean, who doesn’t want that?!) Make sure you sprinkle some flour on the pie crust and on your counter to keep things from sticking.
Spread a thin coat of caramel sauce over the crust.
Chop up the apple pie filling to make the apple pieces a bit smaller. Then add it on top of the caramel-coated crust.
Side note: I like to add the entire can of pie filling, but if you want your cookies to be crunchier, you can add less.
Roll out the second crust to the same size as the first one and cut it into strips. About 1-inch strips should be a good size!
Take the strips and create a lattice on top of the pie filling — just like a regular apple pie!
Pro tip: Don’t create the lattice on the counter and try to transfer it afterward. Trust me. This won’t be fun for you.
Dip your round cookie cutter into the egg wash and cut out the cookies. (Don’t have a round cutter? Just use a glass! It works just as well!)
Pro tip: Cut the cookies as close to each other as possible! This is going to get you more bang for your buck.
Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash and top them with the cinnamon sugar and nutmeg.
Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. (My high-altitude friends- this baking time should be good for you, too. But just set the timer for 1-2 mins less just to be sure!)
Let them cool for just a bit once they’re done.
Seriously, these are some of the most delicious and beautiful cookies for Christmas! If you do decide to share the love and gift them to someone, I’d recommend just doing single layers of the cookies instead of piling them on top of each other. They tend to fall apart that way and won’t be quite as pretty.
Now, these are my favorite. It honestly should be embarrassing how many of these I ate after shooting the photos for this post!
Honestly, I’m pretty picky about snickerdoodle cookies. I don’t like my cookies to be really crunchy and for some reason, snickerdoodles seem to be crunchy, for the most part. But this recipe… these are perfect.
I can’t take credit for this recipe either, but I’ve had it for so long, I don’t have a clue where I got it. But I couldn’t keep this one to myself!
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
How to make Snickerdoodle Cookies:
Mix 1 1/2 cup sugar, butter, shortening, + eggs
Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda + salt
In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar + cinnamon — roll balls of dough in the mixture
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees
Try the recipes out for yourself and let me know what you think! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram — bonus points for stories of the baking process AND your final product!