It’s that time of year again! Time to turn on some Christmas music, put on your apron and roll out the dough for Christmas cookies. Maybe you want to bring a delectable plate of sweet treats to your family’s holiday gathering, or perhaps you just received a Snow Day Bouquet and need a recipe to help you fill the adorable cookie jar it came with once your flowers are gone! Many families have their own traditional recipes that they use each year, but others like to experiment and try new recipes. If you find yourself trying to answer the age-old question, “What cookies to bake this Christmas?” here are a few ideas:
The classic Christmas cookie recipe is a simple sugar cookie one. The great thing about them is the fact that they can be decorated with an easy dash of sprinkles or dyed sugar, or with intricate frosting designs. This recipe from the Food Network just consists of flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, an egg, milk and powdered sugar. Once you mix all of the ingredients together to form the dough, let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Then, all you have to do is roll it out, cut the dough into shapes (stars, Christmas trees and snowflakes), bake, and decorate!
A great way to channel a holiday vibe with your Christmas cookies is to incorporate mint into the recipe. If an old sugar cookie recipe just isn’t lighting you up inside, try this one from The Food Charlatan. Chances are, you have everything you need right in your pantry in order to make these refreshing minty treats. Just butter, sugar, eggs, peppermint extract, flour, baking soda and powder, cream of tartar, kosher salt and chocolate chips are necessary. If you want to give them some festive color, consider green and red food coloring and split the recipe into two colored batches.
Not only does the name of these decadent cinnamon pastries evoke warm feelings of nostalgia, but the smell of cinnamon is also perfect for the holiday season. If you want to try something different this holiday season, make these snickerdoodles from Cookies and Cups. Instead of using cinnamon and plain sugar for the topping, you can even use festive colored sugar instead! Since you don’t have to chill the dough either, you can whip these up right before a Christmas party!
The Christmas season is all about being together as a family. So take a little time in the kitchen and whip up some of these cookies! Share with us your favorite recipes below!