5 Holiday Cookie Concepts that Win the Winter Cheer Award

Behold, it’s time again for yummy cold weather treats that no one can resist.

Have visions of sugarplums danced in your head lately? Well, then you are ready to bust out with some of these ridiculously lavish holiday cookies. These recipes are great because they are not very elaborate, we gave you some mix-an-match ideas about frostings and decorations, and the kids can easily get in on this fun activity.

  1. Dark Chocolate Shortbread. So easy, so fast, you don’t even have to roll these out with a rolling pin, you can mix the dough, roll them cylinder-shaped in plastic wrap, and stick them in the freezer. When you are read to bake them, just cut them into coins and bake, voila. Suggestion for a really rich cookie: instead of just plain cocoa, do half Dutch process and half cacao powder. If you want to get excessively fancy, you can stick a chunk of peppermint or chocolate in the center of each one before you bake. This dough is also great for rolling out and using cookie cutters to decorate. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/dark-chocolate-shortbread-107451

 

  1. Caramel-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies. Just when you thought that peanut butter cookies couldn’t possibly get any better, enter caramel. The recipe is straightforward and kids love hiding the little chunks of caramel inside the dough. Hint: find a local confectioner to source your caramel; that way you know it’s made with high-quality butter. http://memoriesbythemile.com/2015/05/28/peanut-butter-caramel-cookies/

 

  1. Citrus Ginger Cookies. This one pulls out all the stops, using fresh, candied, and powdered ginger, plus molasses and vanilla. You can also use a combination of tangerine, orange, and lemon. When you grate the peel with a fine micro-planer, you will produce the most incredibly fragrant thing you’ve ever smelled coming out of the oven. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/237863/citrus-ginger-ginger-snaps/

 

  1. Cranberry Bliss Cookies. Cleo Coyle came up with a brilliant use of leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner: roll it into pastry dough and drizzle a little frosting on top. These fluffy, tart, and sweet cookies are a lot like rugulah; you can even fold some walnuts into the mix. Yum! http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2012/11/Cleo-Coyle-Holiday-Bliss-Cookies-Starbucks-Cranberry-Bliss-Bar-Recipe-Leftover-Cranberry-Sauce-Cookies.html

 

  1. Meyer Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies. These are knock-your-winter-socks-off good. The tang of the lemon and the smoky spiciness of the cardamom go together so well. These go really well with honey lavender tea so the pair is great for daytime holiday gatherings or work parties. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/meyer-lemon-cardamom-crinkle-cookies.html

 

You can worry about your wasteline later; that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for! Baking cookies is such a simple pleasure, especially for younger kids who get such a big kick out licking the spatula and waiting eagerly by the little window on the over. A little sweet treat brings a glow of warmth to any gathering, and that goes double for homemade desserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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