I'm one of those people who waits until the last minute to make my Christmas cookies. I don't have any particular recipes that I use year after year. I'm more impulsive, making what sounds good a day or so before I get ready to start baking. Many times I'm more interested in how I might creatively package the cookies than I am in the actual cookie itself.
I came across Party Best Butter Cookies (undated, 28 pp.) while looking through my booklets trying to get inspired. This looks similar to another Pillsbury Flour booklet that I wrote about last year. Same crease down the center, a few other sponsors besides Pillsbury--this booklet has Saran Wrap, the American Dairy Association and Sun Maid Raisins.
I agree with this advertisement from the American Dairy Association. I always use real butter.
This recipe for Pepparkakor Cookies is used in several of the Christmas Service Ideas.
So is this recipe for Grandma's Sugar Cookies. The original owner of the booklet though these were good and notated it in the page margin. There are all kinds of ideas for using this basic sugar cookie recipe.
Like the booklet last year, this one also has some crafty projects such as this Sugarplum Tree:
How about these Modern Christmas Trees that use the Pepparkakor Cookies?
This page gives instructions (though no picture) for making a mobile with Christmas cookies as well as instructions for making a cookie cover from white net and clear plastic (which is pictured below).
These Cookie Trees can be made with either the Pepparkakor Cookie recipe or Grandma's Sugar Cookie recipe.
These Nibbling Trees make use of styrofoam forms for table centerpieces:
Here's another craft project using 1-lb and 2-lb coffee cans. Now we have lots of plasict coffee cans--how's that going to work out?