The holidays are great for a lot of reasons. You get to hang out with your family, you give and receive gifts, and there’s snow (hopefully) to play in. But let’s face it. The best thing about the holidays is that it is socially acceptable to eat everything in sight. Cookies are the best part of this holiday smorgasbord.
Cookies are great because there are infinite kinds, so you never get sick of them. They also make fantastic, heart-warming (and cheap) gifts for all of the wonderful people in your life. Whether you just want to stuff your face or give nice gifts, I compiled a list of delicious cookies to get you through this holiday season.
White Chocolate-Chai Cookies:
I always like sticking tea into baked goods. Here’s
a spicy-sweet mixture.
1 stick of butter
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
½ cup white chocolate chips
2 bags Chai tea
¼ tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla
together until well blended. Stir together flour and
salt. Open up tea bags and mix with flour mixture.
Slowly pour flour into butter until well-combined.
3. Scoop onto greased baking pans. Bake for 15-20
Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies:
These cookies are the perfect blend of Thanksgiving and
Christmas. If you’re undecided about which holiday you like
more, just make a cookie that celebrates both of them!
2 cups all-purpose flour 1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoons of pumpkin 1 cup canned pumpkin
pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 cups Craisins or
1/2 teaspoon baking soda chopped fresh cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
or margarine, softened
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking
soda in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl
until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Add pumpkin and vanilla
extract. Beat well. Gradually beat in flour mixture until evenly
mixed with wet ingredients. Stir in cranberries. Drop by rounded
teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Greek Almond Tea Cakes:
These cookies are good with a morning cup of coffee or tea. Try
them frozen, too.
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter at room
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup minced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. In a bowl, mix butter and egg until
fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups
flour and 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar.
Slowly add the flour mixture into the
butter mixture. Place on cookie sheets.
3. Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes.
4. Place more powdered sugar in a
bowl. Gently turn warm cookies in
sugar, and then set on racks to cool.
Cream-Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Cookies:
These cookies are wonderful. Who doesn’t like cookies? Who doesn’t like
cream-cheese frosting? Together, they’re a magical couple.
3/4 cup flour 4 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp baking powder bowl of equal parts
1/4 tsp salt cinnamon/sugar for rolling
1/4 tsp baking soda cookies in.
1/4 cup sugar Filling:
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 tsp powdered sugar
4 tsp milk 3 tbsp cream-cheese
1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla extract, milk and vegetable oil. Pour the
wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir.
4. Smush the dough together into a giant ball. Roll out into cookie balls and
flatten each into discs. Place the filling into a disc and put another disc on top of
it. Cinch the sides, and roll into a ball.
For the Filling: Beat ingredients together.
5. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mix and place on baking tray to chill.
6. Cook in oven for 10-11 minutes.