Different Types of Cookies to Make Over the Holidays

Different Types of Cookies to Make Over the Holidays

Emma Smith, Dedicated Writer

It is a popular thing to make cookies during the holidays. It is pretty easy, tastes pretty good (in my opinion) and there are tons of kinds to make during the holidays! There are four different recipes that I really like, and other people enjoy as well. The four cookies are the classic sugar cookie, chocolate peppermint, gingerbread, and cranberry white chocolate.

Sugar Cookies

This Recipe came from sallysbakingaddiction.com

Directions:

Mix together all of the dry ingredients, set aside. Know what kinds of ingredients are wet and dry below the next recipe! Mix all of the wet ingredients. Then combine the wet and the dry ingredients. I recommend mixing with your hands. Make sure your dough is not crumbly. Then move on to the shape cutting…

Preheat oven to 350°F : Bake for 12 min

  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional, but makes the flavor outstanding)
  • Freeze for one hour

Tips:

There are a lot of different shapes you can do for these cookies. If you do not like shaped cookies, first make sure that the dough is all the way mixed, then take your hand or a cookie scooper and make a tiny ball. It is doesn’t really matter how big the cookies are but it does depend on what size you want the cookies to be. If you like your cookies big, make a larger ball. If you like your cookies small, make smaller shaped balls. Making shaped cookies are just a little more complicated but not that much. What you need to do is first have a relatively large space on a kitchen counter, then take all of the dough and sprinkle flour on it. Then you roll out the dough until it is not too thick and not too thin. Cut the cookie dough into shapes and bake.

Connection:

I have made lots of sugar cookies in the past. I always make them on Christmas and we always decorate them with icing. We do like to make them look nice but… sometimes they just taste good. When it comes to making sugar cookies we like to cut them into Christmas shapes not just circles. In my opinion I like to make my baking festive, so I always go a little extra!

 

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

This Recipe came from twopeasandtheirpod.com

Preheat oven 350°F : Bake for 10 min

Directions

Mix together all of the dry ingredients (not the sugar yet!), set aside. Then cream together the butter and sugar. Mix the rest of the wet ingredients until well combined. when everything is mixed, add in the crushed peppermint. Scoop into little balls.

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peppermint crushed pieces

Tips:

For this cookie you will need to separate the wet and dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients first in a bowl and then in another mix the wet. Then when each are mixed, combine the wet and the dry bowls. How to you know which ingredients are wet and which are dry? This will help…

Dry: Flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, sugar, brown sugar.

Wet: Butter, eggs, vanilla extract, peppermint extract.

Connection:

This recipe was something that I have actually never tried before! But since we are all kind of stuck at home this year I decided to maybe try something new. I absolutely LOVE anything with peppermint in it, but chocolate with peppermint….AMA-ZING! After thinking this was an awesome idea I just had to look up a recipe. Of course there were already some good ones out there so I picked one that I thought I would like. I have not made these cookies yet but I will be making these with this recipe this holiday.

Gingerbread Cookies

This Recipe came from sallysbakingaddiction.com

Preheat oven to 350°F : Bake for 10 min

Directions

Beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium high speed until combined and creamy-looking. Add in the egg, vanilla, and all of the dry ingredients. The cookie dough will be quite thick and slightly sticky. Cut into shapes when finished.

  • 10 Tablespoons (2/3 cup; 145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (200g) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (437g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Tips:

This will be a more hard cookie if you bake it at the wrong temperature. To prevent this from happening you need to bake the cookie at a lower heat. I would recommend 320°F or a little bit lower.

Connection:

I have NEVER made gingerbread cookies before, but I have read about making them quite a bit! One thing that I do know is that they are very fun to decorate. You can get very creative with these cookies, you could make them colorful, bright, seasonal, or just kind of fun and unique!

 

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

This Recipe came from sallysbakingaddiction.com

Preheat the oven to 350°F : Bake for 10 min

Directions

First beat the butter until smooth. Add in both kinds of sugar until well combined, as well as the dry ingredients. When everything is mixed in add the wet ingredients in slowly. Then when you are ready add the cranberries and the white chocolate chips. Scoop into balls and bake.

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup  dried cranberries

Tips:

Sometimes recipes have special ingredients that not a lot lot of other recipes for the treat has. In this recipe it is the cornstarch, it makes the cookie soft, puffy, and thick.

Connection:

This is a cookie I have made MANY times during the holidays. It is a great mix of a sweet and sour cookie! If you are the kind of person who does not like white chocolate you could add any kind of chocolate. You may not think this is the kind of cookie for the holiday season but, when you try it…it is a melt in your mouth cookie!

Which of these cookies sounds the most delicious to you?

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