It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With that comes holiday hosting and toasting with friends and loved ones. We know how busy the holidays can be, so we’re here to help put a little prep in your step with a few of our favorite (and simple) holiday cookie recipes.
Festive Sugar Cookies
The best part of this sugar cookie recipe is its versatility – you can add red and green holiday candies into the batter before baking, or top with colorful frosting once the cookies have cooled.
• 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 ½ cups white sugar
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup chocolate candies (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, blend flour, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and butter until well blended. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Carefully blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. If you are using chocolate candies, add them with dry ingredients.
Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 8 -10 minutes or until dough is firm and cookie bottom is golden. Cool on wire racks and garnish with frosting, if desired. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Mint Chocolate Christmas Cookies
Peppermint is a famous holiday flavor that pairs well with coffee or hot chocolate on a cold day. These cookies are minty, indulgent and easy to make, requiring only three ingredients and no baking, so they're the perfect time saver during the busy holiday season.
• ½ pound (about 8 squares) baking chocolate
• 2 – 3 drops organic peppermint extract
• 1 sleeve round stoned wheat or butter crackers
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Add peppermint extract and blend well. Remove from heat. Individually dip crackers into chocolate mixture until completely coated. Place on cookie sheet, about 1-inch apart, and cool completely before serving. Makes about 40 cookies.