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12 Days of Christmas Cookies 3 & 4: 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 3 & 4: Cranberry Lemon Cookies and
November 24, 2020
Dear Cookie Elf reader,

Welcome back to The Cookie Elf File! It’s that time of year when we send you cookie recipes, cookie trivia and simple baking tips to give you easy ways to bake 12 days of Christmas cookies.

This year, we’re sending you two recipes in each email to cut down on the mail in your inbox. Bookmark or pin these recipes so you can use them in your holiday baking.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 3 : Cranberry Lemon Cookies – Super-Soft, Super-Easy Drop Cookie Recipe

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If you like soft cookies, you’ll a-d-o-r-e these Cranberry Lemon Cookies. It’s the pudding mix in the cookie dough that gives them a velvety texture on the inside. Between the cranberries and lemon, they've got just enough "bite" to give these really, really flavorful.


And here’s another tip for this easy drop cookie recipe if you want colorful cookies for your holidays: sprinkle a few extra chopped dried cranberries on the cookie tops before baking them so that the red color stands out.

Prep time: 10 minutes (plus glazing)
Bake time: 10-12 minutes
Makes 4 dozen cookies

Get the full recipe for Cranberry Lemon Cookies… and check out other Drop Cookie Recipes on our Pinterest board.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 4: No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – No Oven Needed!

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In a unique twist, No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookiescombine two iconic, easy cookie recipes into one: Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies and Homemade Rice Krispie Treats. No marshmallows in this recipe! Instead, the ingredients hold together with peanut butter.

This is a fun and easy cookie recipe to make with kids. They can help by unwrapping the kisses, dropping the cookie dough onto the baking trays, and pressing the kisses into the centers.

And best of all … there’s no baking time. The cookies ready to eat almost right after you top them with kisses.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes 2 – 2 ½ dozen cookies

Get the full recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies… and check out other Simple No-Bake Christmas Cookie Recipes on our Pinterest board.

The Un-Santa Book: Plan Now for a Meaningful Christmas

The Un-Santa Book is packed with ideas for celebrating the Christmas season in fun ways that teach about the gift of God's Son.

It's filled with fun, meaningful Christmas activities for your kids, homeschool group, class, or event - with reproducibles!

You can even use the book to host a complete festival or sponsor a unique holiday event or simply doing Christmas crafts with kids during this special time of year.

Good gift idea, too! Learn more.

Cookie Baking Tip: What’s the Best Cookie Glaze Consistency?

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More Easy Cookie Recipes with Cranberries

Cranberry Almond Biscotti: Low-Fat, Low Carb Italian Cookie RecipeCranberry Sugar Cookies: Just 3 Ingredients!Cranberry Walnut Squares: Easy Holiday Bar Cookie RecipeChristmas Cookie Bars: Cranberries and Coconut, Ho Ho Ho

That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

Kathy, The Cookie Elf

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