Our Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

United Christmas Cookie

The holiday season has arrived, and we’re ready to spend time with friends and family, enjoy some hot cocoa, and decorate our tree. Baking some tasty Christmas cookies for yourself and others to enjoy is one of the best ways to share the Christmas spirit.

At United, we appreciate a great Christmas cookie recipe, so we are sharing our favorites with you this week. Who’s ready to bake some delicious Christmas cookies with us?

Sara Moats’ Thimble Cookies


1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg, separated

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter

1 cup jelly, whichever flavor you like



  1. Cream butter and then add brown sugar and continue creaming.
  2. Blend in egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape dough into quarter-sized balls and dip balls in slightly beaten egg whites, then into walnuts.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Press a deep hole in the center of each one with a thimble or fingertip.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes.
  8. Let cool and easily press the hole again and fill with jelly.


Kelly Shriver’s Ginger Cookies


1 cup sugar

1 cup Crisco

1 cup molasses

2 eggs

1 tablespoon ginger (more than level)

1 cup sour cream or buttermilk

4 teaspoons baking soda

4 1/2 cups flour or enough for soft dough



  1. Mix together the Crisco and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Stir the molasses and eggs into the mixture.
  3. Add in the sour cream or buttermilk.
  4. Gradually stir in the flour, ginger, and baking soda.
  5. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

We hope you enjoy our tasty cookie recipes. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our United Career Institute faculty, staff, and students!