Can’t you just smell it? Imagine when you are walking into your family party. As you walk through the door, you are overtaken with the most amazing smell of HOMEMADE COOKIES. It really doesn’t get any better than this! I mean, I guess the beautiful snow, the sight of all of the lights, and the family gathering together are all great too. But the cookies… That’s where it’s at for me! Holiday baking is what I live for during December!
It isn’t just holiday baking though, it’s specifically the cookies. I have rounded up all of my most favorite holiday cookies for you to look through all in one place! Good luck trying to pick “the one” because they are all love at first taste! Ranging from sugar cookies to the classics like Linzer and Milano cookies, to kid-loving ones like the grinch cookie… You are just going to have to get started early this year so that you can try them all! I know that you will love them!!
This year is going to be YOUR year when it comes to holiday cookies! Once you’ve picked a recipe to try, read through these tips to make sure that you are doing the basics just right. Then, you will be absolutely sure to bake the best cookies you’ve ever had!
Chill AFTER rolling: Try rolling the sugar cookie dough before you let it chill in the fridge. It’s super soft and you can just roll it between a few pieces of parchement paper. Then store it to chill!
Round cookies: If you want your cookies to be perfectly uniform in their size and shape, and you don’t have a round cookie cutter, try using a empty paper towel holder. You can use this as a cookie cutter and all of your dough will be the exact same size! (This is helpful to evenly baking the cookies too!)
Powdered sugar: When you roll out cookie dough and need to spread something (usually flour) out onto the counter so that it doesn’t stick, try using powdered sugar instead! It works the same way except it adds a tiny bit of sweetness to the holiday cookies and it won’t dry them out!
Bring pan to room temperature: Before you throw another batch of cookie dough onto that hot pan, let it cool down to room temperature. (Or you can run it through some cold water for it to cool faster.) This helps so that your butter doesn’t melt before the other ingredients which will help the cookies not to spread.
Italian Christmas Cookies are soft, buttery, fluffy and melt in your mouth delicious. Flavored with a hint of vanilla and a sweet glaze, these tasty treats are a perfect holiday treat. Take them to your next cookie exchange, party or just for fun occasion!
Buttery, tender and unbelievably light these homemade Danish butter cookies are so much better than the tinned version. Loaded with flavour,they’ll literally melt in your mouth and are so easy to make.
Ingredients: unsalted butter, softened, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk, milk, all purpose flour, semi-sweet chocolate, melted, Sprinkles if desired.
White Chocolate Oreo Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy cookies loaded with slightly melted white chocolate chips and crushed Oreo cookies. These are warm and delicious cookies with just the right amount of sweetness!
Ingredients: butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, oreo cookies, white chocolate chips
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are classic chocolate cookies that kids of all ages will love. This particular recipe is enhanced with brown butter to give it a more complex flavor that takes these cookies from good to great!
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies are must-have holiday cookies that are also perfect for everyday occasions. The classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate in these cookies will delight chocolate peanut butter lovers and cookie lovers of all ages.
Cut out Sugar Cookies that have a crisp edge and the softest center! Topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting and sprinkles this is a tried and true family recipe! You will agree that they are the BEST!
Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Shortbread Cookies are buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies that get dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint. These cookies make the perfect holiday treat!
Almond Thumbprint Cookies are light, buttery, almond flavored shortbread cookies that just melt in your mouth. They get filled with Salted Caramel and topped with slivered almonds. These cookies will blow you away!
Ingredients: butter, white sugar, McCormick Almond Extract, all-purpose flour, caramels: store-bought or homemade soft, heavy cream, sea salt, Flaking salt for topping, Slivered almonds for topping