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Vintage Christmas Cookies to Make Ahead

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Get a jumpstart on the season with these Make-Ahead Vintage Christmas Cookies. Add to your holiday cookie plates and boxes with classic vintage Christmas cookies popular over the decades.

Table filled with Christmas Cookies to Make Ahead

Incorporating Vintage Christmas Cookies recipes into your holiday baking makes Christmas even more meaningful. And we’ve gathered the best Vintage Christmas Cookie recipes we could find. 

Christmas is about tradition and meaning and togetherness… and celebrating the best of our lives.

Often it’s a blending of classic traditions with unique twists and new ways of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s what makes Christmas special. 

This year, like never before, we’re planning and dreaming and thinking about Christmas earlier than ever.

With more time at home, we can make Christmas better than ever before.

Here are some ideas of Vintage Christmas Cookies to make ahead this year.

Vintage Christmas Cookies by the Decade

Good Housekeeping put together a list of popular Christmas cookies by the decade. It’s a fascinating list you might enjoy reading. Here’s the summary version:


Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts: At the turn of the century, life was slower and simpler. Bakers relied on molasses as a key sweetener


Classic Peanut-Butter Cookies: Peace gave way to World War I, the gas range replaced coal and woodstoves, the Oreo cookie debuted, and brands of peanut butter hit the market. 


Tea Cookies: This was a time for tearooms (thanks to Prohibition) and dainty pastries and cakes. Plus, the brownie was born.


Icebox Cookies: During the Great Depression, butter was a luxury; most cookie recipes used shortening. Electric refrigerators brought icebox cookies to the forefront. Cookie dough that was chilled and sliced became popular. When the Depression ended, spritz cookies became the rage.


Cranberry Honey Walnut Drops: During World War II, sturdy roll-and-slice spirals and drop cookies became popular. They were perfect for sending care packages to loved ones during the war.


Vanilla Wafer Cookies: During the baby boom, cookie baking with cake mixes became the rage. Home bakers wanted to new ideas; the sweeter and more unusual, the better. It was fun to use “novel” ingredients like red candied cherries, instant coffee, and crushed vanilla wafers.


French Madeleines: A decade like no other: We landed on the moon, flew to Europe and watched TV chef Julia Child cook French food. And Cool Whip came along.


Peanut Butter Blossoms: Granola, hippie food of the 1960s, became a mainstream favorite. International flavors and natural ingredients like whole grains and seeds dominated diets and baking. But chocolate is chocolate and Peanut Butter Blossoms began appearing on most Christmas cookie platters.


Snickerdoodles: Business was booming, and gourmet cookie shop were in every mall. Rich, gooey sweets were splurges. While leg warmers and spandex were in most closets, Snickerdoodles were favorite cookies of the decade. 


Funfetti Cookies: While healthy eating became more of a priority and many cookie lovers turned to lower-fat cookies, Funfetti cookies came on the scene in 1989.


Espresso Crinkles: The coffee culture began and infused not only our beverages but cookies too!

Making Christmas Cookies Ahead

Unbaked Cookie Dough:

Freeze small portions of raw cookie dough, wrapped in foil and stored in an airtight freezer container. Be sure to label the dough with its contents, date, and baking instructions. Defrost in the refrigerator prior to baking.

Unbaked Drop Cookies:

I like to freeze unbaked drop cookies individually. Freeze individual unbaked cookies on cookie sheets until firm. Transfer to a labeled freezer-safe airtight container. When you’re ready to bake, arrange unbaked dough on cookie sheets, let warm to near room temperature, and bake as directed.

Baked Cookies:

I find it most convenient to freeze baked, iced, and decorated Christmas cookies. Let them cool completely and place in an airtight freezer container with wax paper or parchment paper between layers of cookies.

Start early and you’ll have the best Christmas Cookie tray you’ve ever made!

Vintage Christmas Cookies and Recipes

Vintage Christmas Cookies to Make Ahead

Get a jumpstart on the season with these Make-Ahead Vintage Christmas Cookies. Add to your holiday cookie plates and boxes with classic vintage Christmas cookies popular over the decades.

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