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Super Secret Christmas Cookie and Frosting Recipes

As my sincerest, most joy-filled thank you to my readers and dear author friends who have supported the release of Navy Christmas and Navy Joy in Coming Home for Christmas, may I present my most closely-held family recipe! If I could have sent a dozen of these to each of the military and their family that you helped me send books to, I would have. Enjoy!

Misha Guards the Cookies

Geri’s Christmas Cut-Outs

This recipe is a combination of my Polish-American Grandmother’s huge cut-out cookies, and my mother’s Christmas cookies, topped with my aunt’s incredible frosting.

Sour Cream Cut-Outs

(very loosely adapted from Southern Living’s Sour Cream Cookies in their Christmas Cookies book of 1986):

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

1 cup sugar (I like to use turbinado or raw cane but white is best for special occasions)

1 egg

1 8-oz container of sour cream

2 tsps anise flavoring (all natural is best)  note: my grandmother’s original recipe says “use 39 cents worth of anise.”

4-5 cups flour (I use King Arthur Unbleached but Whole Wheat Pastry flour works fab, too)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar, add egg, anise, sour cream. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add to wet mix very slowly but make sure to mix well. You will need extra flour later, for rolling out dough. Divide the dough into thirds and chill for at least an hour. I usually make the dough a few days before I am ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 350.

Roll dough onto floured surface to ¼” and cut out in desired shapes (you can go thinner but they won’t be as scrumptious, plus you want a substantial cookie to hold the frosting). These cookies will rise and expand in the oven so leave enough room between them on the cookie sheet. Place cut-outs on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes depending upon thickness. They are done when very lightly browned. Cool on racks before frosting. Sometimes I don’t get to the frosting until the next day, that’s okay– just make sure you store in an airtight or foil-topped container.


Aunt Margie’s Frosting

 ½ cup milk

1 tbsp cornstarch

Mix the above 2 ingredients and cook in medium saucepan until it thickens. Stir in:

1 tsp vanilla

 Cool thoroughly.

Pour into

½ c. butter (softened)

1 lb. confectioner’s sugar

Beat with a hand mixer (or stand) until creamy. Divide up as desired and color with food coloring. White with different colored sprinkles is always a hit. Frosting will set as it dries on the cookies. We set up a cookie decorating workshop and I put my family to task (since I’ve done all of the baking). They can decorate 12 dozen inside of 90 minutes!


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  1. Thank you for sharing your family recipe, I’ve been saying that I need to start baking again, so I’m saving this recipe and will attempt to make them just as pretty and hopefully just as delicious

  2. I love baking Christmas cookies. It’s not Christmas without sugar cookies and spritz. I always bake at least one new recipe. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  3. How wonderful to find your recipe Geri! I had two Polish American grandmothers who were great cookie makers. Thanks for sharing your recipe…I will make them for Christmas.

  4. Sorry Geri! I can think of only one person in my family who’d like these; my mom! She’s wild about licorice-anything. While I love to bake, I’m not sure I’d make these, since I can’t even stand the smell of anise. Still, maybe as a treat for her…My 2 favorite Christmas cookie recipes are a type of spicy butter cookie: one with cardamom, one with clove.

  5. This sounds like a great recipe, the sour cream and anise will stop it from being the usual blah sugar cookie ;-). I will have to figure out what 39 cents worth is in today’s measurement.

    Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway.

  6. These will be great to bake with my granddaughters. They will get very creative with decorating! Thanks for sharing your recipe and your talent.

  7. How wonderful that you have recipes handed down from loving family members! We have a fun tradition that helps to keep those precious recipes through the generations. A recipe card is mailed along with a bridal shower invitation. Not only does the bride start her marriage with a collection of family recipes, but she also has those recipes written in the hand of the giver. These cards become treasures!

    1. Congrats, Nancy! You are the winner of the Christmas/Holiday reader gift bag. Please email me privately through the contact form on this site and I’ll get your prize out to you! Peace, Geri

  8. i have to comment on Misha, there should be a balloon over her head that says,”just take that camera off me for a minute, will ya?”.

  9. My NAVY hubby (who will retire at the end of Jan. ’16) loves Cut-Out cookies. He makes them every Christmas. He makes Peanut Blossom cookies as well. My favs.! Thanks, Geri, to you and your hubby for your service. The hubs and I would love to read some of your NAVY books. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  10. Thank you for sharing your family recipes with us. These look and sound delicious. Thank you for the chance to win some of your wonderful books!!

  11. Thank you for sharing your family recipes with us being as i grew up in a foster home there are no recipes from the family. So I just love these kind that ones send.

  12. Mmmmm….my mouth is watering just reading this. Thank you for sharing. I’ve never used sour cream in a cookie and this looks delicious. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving with friends and family.

  13. I absolutely love these cookies! They don’t last more than a day in my house. They put a smile on my children’s and husband’s face every time. Thank you so much.

  14. I honestly didn’t think that I would like sour cream cookies but they are really good. I made them and took them to work where I had several other people request the recipe. Thanks for the great recipe and for the chance to win. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season.

  15. Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas Cookie recipe! They look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance. 🙂

  16. Hola Geri, You are a natural giver and a genuine human being. Thank you for the recipes. I am reading Wedding takedown and I am in love with Rio. I am a slow reader but I still enjoy your books. I also got Navy Christmas and Her Christmas Protector. Can wait to enjoy those ones too. God Bless you always and your beautiful Family! Merry Christmas!

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