Holiday Cookie Guide

As the temperature drops in the month of December we all spend more and more time snuggled in the warmth of our homes. It’s no wonder then that we are drawn to spend even more time in our kitchens, filling the warmth with the smell of homemade cookies. The most difficult part of baking cookies is figuring out which one (or ten!) to make, they’re all so darn good! This guide will provide you with information to narrow down the choices. Or, you may just decide to make them all!

Sugar Cookies

These holiday classics are simple, delicious, and wonderfully versatile. Honestly, it’s hard to beat a cookie that requires only seven ingredients: flour, baking soda, sugar, unsalted butter, salt, an egg, and pure vanilla extract. You can probably make these cookies right now without even getting in your car to run to the grocery store. As a holiday bonus, you can even make this dough up to three days in advance. So let’s talk ideas. First, bust out those cookie cutters. Sugar cookies were born to be shape shifters, so go crazy. Want to add more than a fun shape? How about dipping half of your cookie into melted chocolate? And why eat one sugar cookie at a time when you can eat two? Using some Nutella or frosting, make yourself one small bite of sugar cookie sandwich heaven. Don't forget the frosting and the sprinkles! With endless possibilities, bringing your kids in to help decorate is a great way to bond over the holidays.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is it any wonder why the Cookie Monster is always pictured devouring chocolate chip cookies and not some other variety? There’s just something incredible about the ooey-gooey chocolate morsels surrounded by sugary goodness that drives everyone to exclaim “Me want cookie!” Like its relative, the sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookies recipes usually only call for the basic ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, and, of course, chocolate chips. If you want to add a little flair to your CC recipes, some options include pistachios, freshly ground coffee, or even popcorn. You can always upgrade your cookie to sandwich status by taking a note from the bakery of Publix: use a whipped frosting to join two chocolate chips cookies in matrimony, and then dip half of the sandwich in melted chocolate to make it irresistible.

Ginger Crinkles

The wonderful thing about these lovely ladies is how they make your house smell like Christmas. They do require more ingredients than the classics above but their holiday flair is worth the work! Although the preparation includes several steps, ginger crinkles only take about nine minutes to bake, so you’ll be pulling them out of the oven before you’ve even had time to wash the mixing bowls.

Peanut Butter Cookies

For a cookie that’s more savory than sweet, it’s hard to top your basic peanut butter cookie. With very few ingredients you can make a cookie that is sure to satisfy your craving for crunch and that tastes great with a large glass of milk. Most peanut butter cookie recipes call for three ingredients: sugar, egg, and peanut butter. Honestly, could that be any easier? Thinking of taking your peanut butter cookies to another level? Consider adding a Hershey’s kiss right in the middle of each cookie as soon as you pull it out of the oven. Or maybe you want even more peanut butter? That’s a problem easily solved with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup.

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