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Christmas Candy Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch


about 8 dozen

These delightful cookies hold up well in care packages I send to friends and relatives. They're also the first to go at potlucks when people come back to the table for one more sweet treat.
Christmas Candy Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) mini red and green M&M's or Heath baking bits
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • Additional sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, sugars and oil until blended. Beat in extract and eggs, one at a time. Whisk together flours, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in candy and almonds. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets 2 in. apart; flatten with bottom of a glass. Bake until light golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 184 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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