Classic sugar cookies and more treats for Santa

Get the milk ready for Santa, because he'll love these cookies. Susan Westmoreland, executive food editor of Good Housekeeping magazine, shares three great cookie recipes from the “Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook.”

Classic sugar cookies
Servings:

Makes 76 cookies

Ingredients

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened (do not use margarine)
    • 11/2 cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

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Ornamental cookie frosting
Servings:

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

    • 1 package (16 ounces) confectioners
    • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
    • 1/3 cup warm water
    • Assorted food coloring (optional)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Hermit bars
Servings:

Makes 32 bars

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick), softened
    • 1/3 cup dark molasses
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup dark seedless raisins
    • 1 cup pecans (4 ounces), toasted and coursely chopped (optional)

Preparation

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Thumbprint cookies
Servings:

Makes 56 cookies

Ingredients

    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup butter or margarine (11/2 sticks), softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 11/4 cups walnuts, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup favorite jam

Preparation

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