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Christmas Sweeties Cookies

Sweeties are a fluffy, glazed almond flavored cookie that is unique to Texas. While usually pink in color, we switched things up and made red and green Christmas Sweeties! They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies to make every year!

red and green sweeties cookies in cookie tin

Red and Green Christmas Sweeties

Our family moved to Texas in the summer of 2004, to a small town called Lake Jackson.

Around Christmas of that first year, we were introduced to a cookie called Sweeties. My daughter’s high school class made them in great quantities for a bake sale.

This was the first time I had ever seen these adorable cookies. Her school made them in red and green and they looked so pretty and festive.

And their taste was wonderful. They have an almond flavor and they taste a little like a sugar cookie but their texture is more delicate.

Each cookie is painted with an almost flavored sugar glaze that makes them sparkle. I like them also because they have the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

Since 2004, we have made these cookies for the holidays and they are a family favorite. They are easy to make and are always a big hit.

stacks of red and green Christmas cookies

What You Need to Make Sweeties

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For the Dough

  • Butter — Use unsalted butter, as we do add salt to the recipe
  • Sugar — White granulated
  • Eggs
  • Almond Extract — This gives Sweeties their distinct flavor
  • Flour — The recipe calls for all-purpose flour. I used Bob’s gluten-free baking flour for my batch. I loved the taste and flavor.
  • Baking powder
  • Cream of tartar — See notes on this below
  • Salt
  • Red and green food coloring — Use normal food coloring—not gels. I tried gels for my first batch and it did not work well. I had best results with the inexpensive food coloring I found in my grocery store.

For the Glaze

  • Powdered sugar
  • Almond extract
  • Milk

Kitchen Tools Used

ingredients to make Sweeties cookies

Can You Skip the Cream of Tartar?

The recipe calls for a small amount of Cream of Tartar.

Cream of tartar helps with the distinctive taste and texture of the Sweeties. It’s not very much and I haven’t tried making them without it, so I recommend you keep it in.

red and green swirled sweeties cookies

How to Make Sweeties

Before you start, note that the dough gets refrigerated for two hours before baking. Also, they have a tiny bit of cream of tartar in them. The other ingredients are common in many kitchens, but that may not be something you have on hand.

Cream the butter and sugar with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

mixing eggs into cookie dough

Stir in remaining ingredients, taking care not to over-mix.

making Sweeties cookie dough

Divide the dough evenly into two bowls.

two bowls of cookie dough

Add a little red food coloring to one and mix in. You don’t want to totally mix it in, just so the color is lightly spread through the dough.

red swirled cookie dough

Add a little green food coloring to one and mix in. You don’t want to totally mix it in, just so the color is lightly spread through the dough.

green swirled cookie dough

Refrigerate dough for about 2 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Flatten each ball slightly.

Bake for 12 minutes, but keep a close eye on them. Don’t overcook. You don’t want these to brown at all!

While the cookies are baking, mix your glaze ingredients in a bowl.

When cookies are done, remove from oven and place on rack. Put a towel under the rack to catch any extra glaze.

putting glaze on Christmas sweeties cookies

Spread about 1 teaspoon of glaze on each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

How to Store Sweeties

Store in an airtight container. Do not store with any other cookies.

Try to make them just one layer, but if you need to stack, place a layer of parchment or wax paper between the layers so the glaze doesn’t stick to other cookies.

They should last up to a week, but do taste best within the first couple day.

Tips to Make the Best Sweeties

Mixing the dough: The recipe says to not over mix. You add the dry ingredients by hand. Under mix it slightly because you will be mixing it a little more when you add the food coloring.

Baking: Watch these. You don’t want them to brown or over cook.

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stacks of red and green Christmas cookies

Christmas Sweeties Cookie Recipe

Sweeties are a fluffy, glazed almond flavored cookie that is unique to Texas. While usually pink in color, we switched things up and made red and green Christmas Sweeties! They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies to make every year!
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 101 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • red and green food coloring

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 TB milk

Instructions
 

  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs, mix in one at a time.
    mixing eggs into cookie dough
  • Stir in remaining ingredients but do not over mix.
    making Sweeties cookie dough
  • Divide the dough into two bowls.
  • Add a little red food coloring to one and mix in. You don’t want to totally mix it in, just so the color is lightly spread through the dough.
    red swirled cookie dough
  • Add a little green food coloring to one and mix in. You don’t want to totally mix it in, just so the color is lightly spread through the dough.
    green swirled cookie dough
  • Refrigerate dough for about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • Flatten each ball slightly.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Don’t overcook. You don’t want these to brown at all.
  • While the cookies are baking, mix your glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  • When cookies are baked, put them on a rack to cool. I like to put a towel under the rack to catch the glaze.
  • With a pastry brush or spoon, spread about a teaspoon of glaze over the tops of each cookie.
    putting glaze on Christmas sweeties cookies
  • Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Do not store in same container as any other cookie.
    red and green sweeties cookies in cookie tin

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 46IUCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. There is no flour on the recipe

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