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Christmas Checkerboard Cookies

I hope you are enjoying Christmas Cookies Week as much as I am! So many great recipes being shared, my holiday baking list is getting bigger by the minute! Another find from Gram's recipe box today, classic checkerboard cookies, but I put a bit of a Christmas spin on them.

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The recipe calls for superfine sugar, but if you can't get it don't worry about it.  You can just pulse 1 cup of granulated sugar in the food processor until it's fine and then measure out the amount needed.   I chose to tint the vanilla dough with green food coloring to make the cookies a bit more festive. 

It's a little fidgety getting the 2 colors of dough to make the pattern, but it looks beautiful in the end. I decorated mine with a red "ribbon" so that they resembled wrapped gifts. The base cookie isn't super sweet so the icing just gives it that little extra something.

Check out these gorgeous Anolon baking sheets!  I just love the nice big edges that you can grab without smushing your cookies.  Everything cooks evenly, no need to rotate! Be sure to go and enter for your chance to win one of the prize packages from the amazing sponsors down below! 

Christmas Checkerboards

Christmas Checkerboards

Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4c superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Adams Extract & Spice Vanilla
  • Green food coloring, if desired
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • Decorating icing (optional)


  1. Divide butter and sugar between two bowls (6 tablespoons butter and 6 tablespoons sugar  in each).  To make the vanilla dough, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, plus food coloring, if desired.  Sift 2 1/4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder into bowl.  Mix with a wooden spoon and then turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
  2. For the chocolate dough, in the second bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon milk. Sift in 2 1/4 cups flour, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix with wooden spoon, turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
  3. Divide each dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface roll each piece into a rope about 12" long. Place a chocolate rope and a vanilla rope side by side.  On top of the chocolate rope place a vanilla rope, and on top of the vanilla place a chocolate. 
  4. Press against the counter on all 4 sides to form a square. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with the remaining ropes.  Chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350.  Line baking sheet with parchment. Cut each dough into 12 slices (I used a pastry scraper). Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Let cool on sheets 1 minute and then move to rack to cool completely.
  6. If desired, pipe icing onto cookies following the checkerboard lines, and then make loops to resemble a bow.  Let set for 4 hours.  Store in an airtight container.
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  1. Love how you wrapped them up into little gifts. Worth all of the effort.

  2. Totally worth the effort to make these cookies and I just love that bow!

  3. These are adorable! I'd love to "unwrap" one for Christmas

  4. Awww...these are just so sweet...literally! Love the little bows!

  5. I think these are the cutest cookies of the day!

  6. Love the little bows on these Christmas present cookies!

  7. Oh my goodness! How stinking cute are these cookies?? Like cute little packages. Such a creative cookie.


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