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Christmas Crescent Cookies with Mince

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!

Baked mincemeat cookies.
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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!

Soft cookie dough in food processor.
Soft dough in a food processor.

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!

Mincemeat spooned out onto dough.

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.

Mince cookies rolled up.
Pretty Christmas cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

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Christmas Mincemeat Filled Cookies. An easy Christmas cookie thanks to the food processor and a super easy recipe for fresh mincemeat. You can make these Christmas cookies ahead of time.

Christmas Crescent Cookies with Mince

Yield: 64 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups of mince
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a food processor cream the first two ingredients.  You may use a hand mixer or counter top mixer to do this.  I like the food processor.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together and add to the food processor.  Process until the dough comes together in a ball.
  3. If you are making these cookies today, divide equally into 8 portions and roll into balls. Place into a plastic bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.  If you are baking the cookies another day,  shape into one ball and wrap in plastic and place in the fridge until you are ready.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. Remove dough from fridge, roll each small ball into an 8 inch circle. Cut into 8 equal wedges like a pizza, a pizza cutter is great for this.
  6. Place about half to a full tsp of mince on the wider end of wedge and roll toward point.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet, shaping into crescent by bending the edges down.  Bake at 350F for 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, cool on a rack and dust with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 64 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Hannah

Monday 10th of June 2019

Who knew crescent cookies were so easy to make!! The mince the filling really compliments the dough of the cookies.

Tina

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Those cookies were fun to make. I have never made a cream cheese cookie dough before, that was new to me. I'm glad you enjoyed this, how long did it take you?

Cheapskate Cook

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Wow, I can't believe how few ingredients these have. So cute too! Thanks for the mailing tips. I had heard of using bread to keep cookies soft, but never thought to use that mailing. Thanks!

Ellen

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Perfect for a dessert buffet or a holiday cookie tray for neighbors.

Patty @ Spoonabilities

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

These cookies look AMAZING!

Mary

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

These cookies sound delightful!

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