Christmas bell cookies

I remember these Christmas bells from my own childhood, though I rarely made them myself as an adult.  I’m not really sure why–they aren’t hard and have a lot of bang for the amount of effort.  These are perfect for the Christmas cookie platters because of their simple festive nature.

These cookies are refrigerator cookies, which are perfect for busy schedules.  You can mix them and shape them one evening, and bake them the following one.  They are also perfect for serving to guests, as they easily go from waiting to be baked to sliced and baking, scenting the house with that unmistakable aroma of real baking cookies.

Christmas Bell Cookies

  • 1/4 c. shortening
  • 1/4 c. margarine or butter
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • red or green food coloring

Beat shortening, margarine, sugar, egg, and vanilla until well blended.  Combine flour, soda, and salt; add flour mixture to shortening mixture; blend well.  Remove 1/3 of the dough and set aside.  Tint remaining dough either red or green.  Shape dough into roll 10″ long and 1 1/2″ in diameter.  Pinch top side of roll together, leaving the bottom rounded and flared, in a “bell” shape.  Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill to firm roll.

With remaining dough, save 1/4 c. dough for clappers.  Take remaining portion and place on waxed paper.  Roll out dough into square large enough to cover tinted portion, approximately 10″x 4″.  Trim edges.   Wrap chilled tinted portion in plain dough, cover entire roll with waxed paper and chill again.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut dough roll into slices 1/8″ thick using very thin sharp knife.  Place 1/2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  From reserved 1/4 c. dough, form tiny balls for clappers.  Place 1 clapper ball at the base of each bell cookie.  Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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