An easy stuffed and rolled cookie made easy in the food processor. Filled with Christmas mince, these cookies will fill your home with all the Christmas smells you love. Bake on!
I know what you are going to ask, especially if you are from the U.S. What is mincemeat? Is mince the same thing? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Discover the answers to your questions here and also get the embarrassingly easy mince recipe I made last week.
Ever since I made this mince, I have been thinking of ways to incorporate mincemeat into some baking adventures. Today I am sharing my Christmas Crescent Cookie Recipe with Mince, because you know, Christmas is only 65 DAYS AWAY!
I already started scouring recipes that I want to make during the holidays. Truthfully, I didn’t really get excited about the holidays until I moved to Utah. I have never been in a real Winter, with snow on the ground, chill in the air, yada yada. Now, once the snowflakes start their descent into my life, even cinnamon smells 10X more amazing and really bolts my holiday energy into overdrive. Does this happen to you? Do you live in a place that has a ‘real’ Winter?
After thumbing through a vintage Christmas Cookie Cookbook, I found a simple crescent cookie recipe that is filled with raisins and thought a) I can make this dough in a food processor and b) I can fill these with mincemeat. Hence this Christmas cookie recipe was born.
This is a Christmas cookie recipe that you can make ahead, the texture stays the same for a few days when stored in a plastic bag.
This is basically a Polish cookie called Kolaczki that is filled with Mince. A traditional Kolaczki cookie dough is rolled out and cut into small squares. Fruit or jam is placed in the middle and two corners are pinched together, baked, cooled on a rack and dusted with powder sugar right before serving.
This cookie dough easily whips up in a food processor. First you cream the butter and cream cheese and then you add the salt and flour. Pulse until the dough comes together and voila!
Just roll these babies out, fill with mincemeat and roll into a crescent. An easy Christmas cookie recipe for sure! These keep well so you can make these a day or two ahead. Perfect!
Tips for mailing Christmas cookies
Start with a sturdy box, tin or other sturdy container for shipping, bigger than you think you need.
If the cookies are standard drop cookies like chocolate chip or oatmeal per se, I use this method:
- If using a tin, line with plastic wrap, place cookies in tin. If you are worried about breakage, line with bubble wrap also.
- Add a slice of soft bread, I know weird. The moisture from the bread transfers to the cookies and keeps them soft. When the recipient receives their loot, they simply toss the hardened bread and enjoy the soft cookies.
- Wrap the cookies in more plastic wrap trying to get as air-tight as possible.
- Place lid on tin, use box tape to seal. Place address and postage on tin and mail as is or place the tin in a larger box. At this point if you use a box, you can use packing peanuts to protect further.
If the cookies have icing on them and are delicate, I use this method:
- Start with a tin or box bigger than I think I need.
- With cookies back to back, wrap in parchment paper and then wrap bubble wrap around them and tape in place. Continue with remaining cookies. The parchment keeps the icing from sticking to bubble wrap and the bubble wrap protects them from breakage. Now place these little packages into plastic bags that seal. Gallon is a good size.
- Place the bags in box or tin and add packing peanuts around and in between the bags of cookies. Seal with box tape, label and add postage. Your done!
That’s how I mail drop cookies or delicate cookies like those with icing or Swedish Almond Cookies.
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From our home to yours, may your holidays be filled with love, family, friends and good food. Bon Appetit and Fröhliche Weihnachten:)