MckLinky Monday ~Holiday Cookies!

Today it's share your favorite holiday cookie recipe day on the RHOK, so be sure and link up below with your very own favorite!  I will be sharing 3 different recipes. Why? Because I can. And I like people to salivate while reading.

First are Pumpkin Cookies which I have shared before. But they are my very favorite. Ever.

First, put 2 cups of raisins (People! Raisins are your friend. Do NOT be afraid. You boil them, and I can assure you this does something magic and they do not taste all raisiny and grainy. Cross my heart & stuff) on to boil. After they've boiled and plumped, drain them.
While that's going on, preheat the oven to 350* and....

Cream together:
1C Crisco
1C sugar
1C brown sugar
2tsp vanilla

Then stir in 1 can of pumpkin, mix well.

Add to that
4C flour
2tsp baking powder
2tsp baking soda
2tsp Cinnamon
Mix well

Then, add 1C chopped pecans if you wish and mix in the raisins

Drop by tablespoon on baking sheet and pat the lump down just a little.
Bake at 350* for 10min

While all that's a baking- then make the icing:

1 Box 8oz, Powdered Sugar
1 stick of margarine
1.5 t maple flavoring (I use pure maple syrup bc I can never find maple flavor)
2 tsp milk

Melt the stick of margarine, then stir in the powdered sugar and maple over low heat. Then add the bit of milk to make the icing creamy.

Ice the cookies while still warm!

Next, are sugar cookies, of course.  My great grandmother has a recipe we use.  It has to be refrigerated over night though for best results, so planning ahead is a must!

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight).
Preheat oven to 400*. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before icing.

And then, RUN don't walk over to Bridget's Blog because she is the best sugar cookie decorator in the whole wide world.  She even just went to to the lodge and teach The Pioneer Woman. She makes gorgeous things like this:

And finally my favorite. And by my favorite, that is what I mean. No one else likes them in my whole family except me.  But, my Granny, she makes them for me without fail. Every year. They are Stained Glass Window Cookies, or some call them Cathedral Cookies.

1/4 cup butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs, beaten
1 (10.5 ounce) package rainbow colored miniature marshmallows
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

Melt together the butter and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir to blend, then stir in the eggs, colored marshmallows and pecans.
Pour the mixture into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, lined with foil. Dust with powdered sugar and refrigerate until firm.
Remove chilled dough from loaf pan, remove the foil, and slice into 1/4 inch slices.


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