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Five easy holiday cookie recipes

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Make yummy holiday treats in any sized kitchen

You don't need a big kitchen to make amazing holiday treats. Grab your apron and mixing bowls and get ready to dazzle your friends and family with these simple holiday cookie recipes. [caption id="attachment_1593" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Making Gingerbread cookies in your Edmonton apartment Photo by Valters Krontals (Flickr)[/caption]

Microwave Peanut Brittle

They'll think you toiled over a hot stove all night -- and there's no reason to tell them differently! Ingredients
            non-stick cooking spray
            1 cup sugar
            ½ cup light corn syrup
            ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
            2 cups roasted, salted peanuts
            1 tablespoon unsalted butter, in pieces
            1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
            ¾ teaspoon baking soda

Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper. In microwave-safe bowl, stir the sugar, corn syrup and salt until smooth. Microwave for 1-4 minutes on high. Mix the peanuts and butter in, the microwave on high again for 3-5 minutes. Remove the mixture from oven and add the vanilla and baking soda. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread with spatula. Let stand until hardened. Then break up the brittle and share!

Snowball Cookies

You won't find these being thrown at anybody, because they're too good to let go of!
            1 cup butter
            1/3 cup sugar
            2 teaspoons milk
            confectioner's sugar
            2 teaspoon vanilla
            2 cups flour
            ½ cup black walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream sugar and butter, then add vanilla and milk. Stir in flour and nuts. Make into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. After they're cool, roll in the confectioner's sugar.

Brown Sugar Cookies

These little devils will disappear faster than you can say, “Ho, ho ho!". 
    Ingredients             12 tablespoons butter
            1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
            ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
            1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            ½ teaspoon cinnamon
            1 ¾ cups flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, brown sugar and ¼ cup of granulated sugar until creamy. Add vanilla, salt and ¼ teaspoon of the cinnamon and beat until smooth. Reduce mixer speed and gradually add flour. Mix remainder of the granulated sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Shape the dough into balls of about 1 teaspoon each.  Roll each in the sugar-cinnamon mix, place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden and scrumptious!
[caption id="attachment_1594" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Making Gingerbread cookies in your apartment Photo by Valters Krontals (Flickr)[/caption]

Easy Gingerbread Cookies

Let the youngsters help with this easy, delicious holiday standard.
Ingredients             1 5.9-oz package butterscotch pudding mix
            ¾ cup butter
            ¾ cup brown sugar
            1 egg
            2 ¼ cup flour
            1 teaspoon baking soda
            1 tablespoon ground ginger
            1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream pudding mix, butter and sugar. Add egg and blend well. Mix flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon, then add to pudding mix. Chill for 1 hour. Roll dough onto a floured board, about ¼ thick. Use fun cookie cutters or shape into little men. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Holiday Fruit Drops

The deliciousness factor of these gems absolutely belies how easy they are to make.
            1 ½ cup flour
            ½ teaspoon baking soda
            1 teaspoon salt
            ½ cup shortening
            ¾ cup sugar
            1 egg
            ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
            1 cup candied fruit, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Stir together the dry ingredients. Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, and beat thoroughly. Blend candied fruit in. Using a teaspoon, drop onto ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is to delight your friends and family this holiday!
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