Vitula’s Christmas Bells

christmas-bellsVitula’s Christmas Bells are pretty complicated and involves rolling dough, but it’s my favorite Christmas cookie.  I have used this recipe with children, even as young as kindergarten, but it takes a considerable amount of adult supervision.  Maybe you’ll want to try this recipe now that you are on your Christmas break, and serve them to your family.

3-4 cups sifted flour  (start with 3,  add more if the dough is too sticky)
1/2 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup (or molasses)
1 egg
1 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. Combine dry ingredients together.  Blend well.
  2. Add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, and cream.  Mix well.
  3. Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch.  Cut into 2 1/2 inch circles using a biscuit or cookie cutter.  Place 1/2-1 teaspoon of filling (see below) in the center of each circle and fold over the tops of the circle to form a bell.
  4. Place 1/2 maraschino cherry for the clapper of the bell.
  5. Bake at 350° 13-15 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Filling Ingredients:
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
6 tablespoons cherry juice (from maraschino cherries)
2 cups chopped pecans (or walnuts or almonds)

1.  Combine ingredients and stir well.
2.  Drop 1/2-1 teaspoon in the center of each bell circle.
Makes about 30 cookies.

Be sure to flour the surface when you are rolling the dough to keep it from sticking.  I like to roll the dough between floured sheets of waxed paper.  That works well for me.  I use the lid of a mason jar to cut the circles—the cookies are big, but it works okay.

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4 Responses to Vitula’s Christmas Bells

  1. A writer from the East says:

    Amazing, oh this is really scrumptious!!! I am so tempted to try this recipe in-fact :)
    I have been eating some yummy American cookies thanks to my colleagues who flew in with supplies, apart that I simply love Christmas traditions and have been part of some events at local levels.
    Also I wanted to take this moment to wish you happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Lovely New Year’s :) and specially I want to thank you for becoming a valuable part of my 2014 and your support and care in this really difficult times.

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  2. Sandie says:

    It’s been my honor, and very instructive, to become your blog follower. (Thank you for following me, too!) Thanks so much, for all your efforts and work toward women’s rights, and sharing the perspectives of your culture. I love the great cultural diversity in the world, and have so much to learn about life in other places. May your New Year be filled with great blessings, and may the world find some peace, as well! God bless you, and Pakistan!

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  3. A writer from the East says:

    Thank you so much Sandie, I too have learned a lot of positive things from you, all new learnings and I have also enjoyed our interactions on issues of rights in different cultures. Hoping you are enjoying the merry festivities and I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster blog-award so whenever convenient please take a look at my post :)

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    • Sandie says:

      Thank you for your very kind nomination–I just really write this blog to share fun (and hopefully helpful) teaching things. And the merry festivities of Christmas are one of my favorite rites of life! Blessings to you and congrats on your newest award!

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