It’s Almost That Time Again– 10 Vintage Christmas Cookies For Your Holiday Plate!

Posted on Dec 4 2013 - 7:00am by RetroRuth

My favorite time of the year is here! I have to admit making cookies is one of the highlights of Christmas for me – I have already started planning for this year. Since I just looked up all these vintage recipes to decide what to make, I thought I would gather them all up for you guys into a fun cookie round-up. Oh, and if you are going to make only one of these cookies, try the Chocolate-Filled Snowballs. They are awesome!

1. Annie’s Cookies

Annies cookies

The Verdict: These cookies are GREAT!

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

Fantastic aroma and nice and soft. Tastes like carrot cake without the carrots. Good with strong flavors and the fruit and nuts are a great combination.

2. Chocolate-Filled Snowballs

Chocolate Filled Snowballs

The Verdict: Very yummy

From The Tasting Notes:

The nut cookie base is good, even on its own. It has a good texture and a good vanilla flavor, but when you add in the chocolate kiss it becomes delightfully decadent.

3.  Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies

Frosted Lemon

The Verdict: Very Good

From The Tasting Notes:

Cookie itself has faint but noticeable lemon flavor. Good, soft texture for a sugar cookie. The frosting was strong, but otherwise yummy. If you follow the recipe (unlike me) I am sure it would be perfect!

4. Chocolate Cherry Chews with Cherry-Chip Frosting

Chocolate Cherry Chews

The Verdict: Awesome!

From The Tasting Notes:

Almost like fudge in flavor and consistency. Very rich and delicious! Easy to make and they stay moist. The Cherry Chip Frosting is a good match.

5. English Toffee Cookies

English Toffee

The Verdict: Very good and addicting.

From the Tasting Notes:

Chewy and buttery. They hold up really well and make a good addition to a cookie plate because of their texture. These actually age very well, and were BETTER a couple of days after they were made rather than right away. Tom made a note early in testing that they were a little bland, but then two days later crossed that out and wrote: “Nevermind. These are addicting. You just can’t stop eating them.”

6. Almond Bars

Almond Bars

The Verdict: Good, but soft.

From The Testing Notes:

Moist bars with a good almond flavor. Tom didn’t especially enjoy the texture, but I have had a few neighbors who received the cookies tell me that the almond bars were their favorite, so it must be just a taste preference thing. I personally loved them, but I love thick, sweet almond fillings. These were excellent with coffee and stored very well without losing much of their moistness.

7. Snowflake Spritz

Snowflake Spritz

The Verdict: Light and sweet.

From The Tasting Notes:

Good orange and cinnamon flavor. Tasted sweet and light. We both loved it!

8. Christmas Snowballs

Christmas Snowballs

The Verdict: Okay. Cookie was plain and crumbly.

From The Tasting Notes:

A little floury and crumbly, almost a chalky taste. Not very sweet, but cherry inside was a nice touch. Tastes a bit like shortbread on the outside. Cookie could probably be improved significantly by upping the flavoring of the cookie itself or by subbing chocolate for the cherry inside.

9. Gumdrop Jumbos: The Secret Ingredient is Ketchup!

Gumdrop Jumbos

The Verdict: Fun!

From the Tasting Notes:

These cookies ended up not being disgusting, but actually kind of fun. They didn’t taste bad, sort of bland really, but they were soft and thick. The gumdrops were a fun addition. If I was going to make these again I would add some cinnamon. If the thought of putting ketchup in your cookie totally freaks you out, you could omit the ketchup completely and just add more cinnamon.

10. Fancy Layer Cookies

Layer Bars

The Verdict: Not Good

From the Tasting Notes:

Baking a cake batter for extra time and drying it out does NOT make it into a cookie. The bake time on these was way too long. I would say start checking these after 20 mins, and go from there. Also, these could really use some butter, so I would say sub at least half of the shortening for butter. And make sure you space out your graham crackers. Maybe then you will get a good piece of cake out of this.

Pick of the Litter: Chocolate-Filled Snowballs!

Chocolate Filled Snowballs

These were the easiest to make and very good, which makes them the best in my book! Give them a try, you won’t be sorry!

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sara December 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I made the chocolate snowballs last year and they were a huge hit. They’re extra easy and delicious. Next is the English toffee bars!

  2. SarahW December 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I was just looking at this post in the archives and thinking of making the lemon cookies–I love a sugar cookie! But the snowballs sound fun–we are having heating problems at work, so I promised treats, maybe I’ll make them tonight!

  3. Libby December 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    My Momma made a version of the chocolate filled snowballs with PEANUT BUTTER cookies instead of just plain/sugar dough. OMG. Better than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

  4. Michael December 5, 2013 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for your post, helps narrow down all the cookie recipes to consider. Inspired by the chocolate-filled snowballs, hoping they’ll be an unexpected twist, the english toffee cookies (old fav), and perhaps the almond bars. I love soft textured cookies. Any recommendations for a chocolate-mint or perhaps a mint cookie?

  5. jennifer barnaby December 5, 2013 at 8:28 am - Reply

    What about holiday cookies with green and red sprinkles?
    Signed, Confused in Monaco

  6. Tam Francis December 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Yum Yum Yum, I love to bake and can’t wait to try some of these. My question is, do you know from when these cookie recipes hail? I’ve working on a sequel to the novel The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress and besides swing dancing, vintage clothes and sewing, there is quite a bit of cooking and recipes (Cuz I love FOOD!), so in the next one I wanted to add a Holiday with vintage baking. Are any of these recipes from the 40s? Or Popular in the 40s? Thanks.

  7. thelmaritter December 17, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    As I’ve said before I was not lucky enough to be raised in a family of good (or even mediocre) cooks. However one good memory was essies sugar cookies. I haven’t bothered to search for it because my son is nut allergic and the recipe calls for almond extract. Maybe one of your readers is also familiar with it and could pass the recipe on.

  8. Freezair December 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I just made a big batch of the chocolate snowballs! But I made a small alteration: Instead of nuts, I added in a hint of cinnamon and three tablespoons of cocoa powder and called them mudballs. DELICIOUS! And they’re so insanely simple, too! Only six ingredients! I already made one kind of Kiss-themed cookie on Christmas (peanut butter cookies with Kisses in them), so I guess I’ll add another to my repertoire! Not sure if I want to cut back on the cocoa powder a little (they came out INSANELY rich), or leave them as-is to discourage excess holiday snacking… (“Ugh, no, really, I couldn’t eat another bite!”)

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