20 Vintage Christmas Cookie Recipes We All Used To Love

When the holidays roll around, is there anything better than walking into a house that smells of fresh cookies? Gingerbread, shortbread, even a basic chocolate chip cookie is a nice treat.

As we move into the age of the internet, though, it seems like there’s a recipe for every type of extravagant cookie you could imagine! Remember the good ol’ days when baking was simple, and not a competition?

We found some of the best vintage Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to still be a hit today, and will hopefully bring back fond memories!

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3 Tasty Tips That Will Guarantee You The Best Shortbread Every Time

It’s the Christmas season, and we all know what that means! It’s Christmas cookie time! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, the taste of homemade shortbread cookies is enough to put anyone on their best behavior.

You may have been trying to perfect a recipe for years, or just don’t know why the one you pulled off of the internet isn’t working out. But whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered with 3 easy steps for making the best buttery treats this holiday!

Unsurprisingly, the biggest part in making the best shortbread cookies is the way you handle the butter beforehand.

Firstly, always use unsalted butter, and then add your own amounts as you see fit! You also want to make sure that the butter is at room temperature when mixing the batter together. That means keeping it out beforehand for several hours, rather than melting it in the microwave at the last minute!

One big problem that many amateur bakers face is their shortbread seems to “melt” in the oven. Avoid this by chilling your dough before putting it into the oven!

Either keep them in a block, or cut them into the shapes you prefer and then stick them in the freezer on pieces of baking paper. Then you can choose how much you want to make when you want to!

10 Christmas Cookie Fails That Santa Probably Will Leave Untouched This Year

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially thanks to all the obligations that come with them. You have to decorate the house, put up the tree, buy the presents, deal with relatives that you hate, and of course, cook up enough food to feed a small country.

Christmas baking is a fun time… when you’re good at it. Unfortunately, getting there takes practice, and until we’ve gotten enough of it, most of our culinary creations look like these…

I mean, I GUESS they look like sweaters?

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Those poor snowmen…

Heavy

Oh god, what’d they do to you Olaf?

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I uh… don’t wanna know what this gingerbread guy’s been up to…

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Trust me, it gets worse from here…

This Ingredient Will Change The Way You Make Cookies

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My mind has been blown! Did you know that you can make deliciously soft cookies using boxed cake mix? It’s basically the most amazing hack ever! The best part is that no one will ever know you had a little help in the kitchen, because these cookies are totally tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup pumpkin pie filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and pumpkin pie filling.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup M&Ms

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and M&Ms.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped coarsely

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and chopped peanut butter cups.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and white chocolate chips.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

You Can Now Get Cookies With Your Favorite Celebrity Faces On Them

In the competitive food industry, every restaurant, bakery and coffee shop tries to offer something that sets them apart from the rest. So when pastry chef Sarah Silverman (no, not the actress and comedian) decided to open up a bakery with her partner, she knew exactly what to do to make their store stand out.

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Silverman has been baking up some very creative cookies at her New York-based store, Cupcake Market, and it involves some of the world’s most famous stars

The pastry expert has become very popular over the last year for her hand-painted portrait cookies featuring the faces of your favorite celebrities.  

Silverman first got the cool idea during the 2016 presidential primaries. She created cookies with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s faces so people could vote with their stomachs.

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Since then, Silverman has designed cookies with plenty more of pop culture’s movers and shakers, including Kim Kardashian and Oprah.

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Silverman has created hundreds of cookies, but she has no plans to stop any time soon.