A lot of care and attention is put into the decorations which almost always include green and red sugar.
This Belgian Christmas cookie recipe is from MomsWhoThink.com.
Belgian Christmas Cookies
2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped unblanched whole almonds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons red sugar crystals
2 teaspoons green sugar crystals
Cream butter with almond extract. Add brown sugar gradually, creaming until fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together; add in thirds to creamed mixture, mixing until blended after each addition.
Turn into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan and spread evenly to edges.
Sprinkle a mixture of almonds and cinnamon over batter, then sprinkle with a mixture of red and green sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees F 10 to 12 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.