Christmas Italian Slice and Bake Cookie Recipe

Thursday, December 5, 2013
We love the colorful cookies on our cookie tray around the Holiday. Christmas Italian Slice and Bake Cookies are the perfect addition to any cookie exchange too!One of the prettiest yet most delicious easy cookie you will ever make. Here is a versatile basic butter cookie recipe for all your party, events and Holiday needs. Take a look on how simple this is to wow your guests. Art at it's finest in one cookie. Tailored to your party event. Great for weddings, baby showers, 4th of July, you pick the color and flavor you want.

The flavor is up to you! Add whatever your friends and family like!

By making the coordinating colors for your themed party these cookies are will be the talk of your event!

Separate dough in 3 sections leaving one white, tint one with red food coloring and one with green.
You can also flavor each one with your favorite extracts, cherry for red, mint for green and almond for the white or leave this plain for a plain buttery cookie. This is a win win cookie for me, Christmas and Italian colors all in one and makes a great addition to any cookie tray. For the recipe see my slice and bake recipe from the Halloween addition by clicking here. Remember to use the paper towel holder cut up the center to place the dough in that holds the shape while in the freezer. These are always a big hit for any event or party easy to make and quite a conversation piece!

On a wax papered board, roll out each piece evenly then stack on top of each other.  Using the wax paper helps roll it up easier. Then use the same wax paper to cover and freeze in twisting the sides. After 2 hours of being frozen, take out slice, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at  degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly browned.

Basic Recipe for Slice and Bake Cookie Recipe

2 cups flour

3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 egg (at room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together in a measuring cup or bowl set aside.

In a heavy duty electric mixer beat the butter and sugar till light around 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, blend evenly. Pour in the flour mixture and beat on low speed until dough comes together.

Turn the dough onto some wax paper and shape into a 12 x 2inch long. Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours. Keep turning every half hour not to lose it's shape. Slice rounds to 1/4 inch thick or 1/2 inch thick for a softer cookie and bake and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 degree preheated oven. Bake anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness and if you want crisp cookies or soft. You can either make a few and then return the dough to the freezer or bake them all and freeze the cookies and take out as needed.

Flavored Cookies:

Coffee: add 1 tablespoon in with the egg.

Almond: substitute almond extract and add 1/4 cup chopped almonds with the egg or for

Pistachio add 1/4 chopped pistachios along with the almond extract with 1 drop of green food coloring

Chocolate: add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, another 1/2 cup sugar and reduce the flour by 1/2 cup (add in the flour mixture section.)

Cherry: add  1 teaspoon cherry flavoring with 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Lemon: add 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract and 1 teaspoon lemon zest
 in with the egg

Orange: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon orange juice in with egg

Spice: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, pinch of ginger to the flour mixture and optional: add 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

 thank you and Happy Baking!

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1 comment

  1. Gosh, you can tweak this recipe for any occasion with different colors and flavors. Perfect for the holidays!


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