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6 Holiday Cookie Recipes You Must Try

A few weeks past Thanksgiving and we’re well into the holiday season now. What you celebrate and how you choose to celebrate it determines what you’ll be spending the next month or so doing. This one of my favorite parts of the holiday season—that it seems to be customized per family and you’d really have to search hard to find the same holiday celebrated in the same fashion by two different families. There are so many opportunities for variety and one of the most common, and fun, ways to make the holiday your own is through food. More specifically—holiday cookies. Whether you’re one that starts the holiday baking the minute Thanksgiving is over (me) or you only prepare treats for Christmas Day, there are so many holiday cookies to choose from. Here are some of my favorites:

Image Credit: Bree Hester

Ginger Cookies {via baked bree}
Ginger cookies, ginger snaps, soft baked ginger cookies—I haven’t counted yet but I’d venture a guess that there are about a hundred different variations of this cookie. It’s quite personal and lends itself well to customization because of all the different ingredients that can be added, or removed, to create this cookie. This particular recipe is one of the best I’ve tried. They bake up to a nice crisp edge, but stay soft and chewy in the center, and have a kick of heat at the end from the ground up candied ginger.

Peanut Butter Blossoms {via hershey’s kitchens}
Do you call these peanut butter blossoms or just peanut blossoms? I always thought they were peanut butter blossoms (as this recipe is titled) but in my search I found many recipes titled “peanut blossoms” which surprised me. Who is right? Or should we just call it a draw because it’s the holidays and we’re suppose to be giving and kind and stuff? Either way: One thing that doesn’t need to be discussed is that no matter what you name these babies, you can call them damn good. It’s a classic cookie for good reason, and this particular recipe produces some of the fluffiest, most addicting cookie dough I’ve encountered. It’s a real fight to not sit on the kitchen floor with the mixing bowl and a spoon. Not that I’d know…

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies {via two peas and their pod}
This isn’t a traditional holiday cookie, but one to make to mix up the classics. You’ll need a bag of white chocolate peppermint m&ms which are only available in Target stores, not even online. I’ve never had a problem finding them and have always been able to find multiple bags, so worry not. This cookie is essentially a chocolate chip cookie with the M&Ms replacing the chips, so feel free to use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe instead of this one. If you’re a little thrown off by the white chocolate + peppermint + cookie dough combination, don’t worry, everybody I served these to (myself included) was as well…until we tasted them. It WORKS.

Decorated Sugar Cookies {via bakeat350}
Holidays are when the cookie cutters that have laid dormant in boxes somewhere in our homes come out to play. We finally use them to cut stars, people, crosses, trees, Santa’s and try desperately to paint faces on the cookies so that the stars look like stars and people look like people, and so on. It’s not easy! But if you let go of reaching for perfection here, it is a lot of fun (does it sound like I’m talking to myself here? No? Good.) The first step is using the right type of sugar cookie dough, one that will hold the shape that you cut and not swell into something-that-once-looked-like-santa-sometime-maybe. This recipe is it, and it tastes delicious. Bonus: if you’re looking for ideas for decorating or need step by step help click around Bridget’s entire site. She has tons of ideas with simple, clear instructions that will help you make the cookie that it’s in your mind a reality.

Image Credit: chanelcoco872 on flickr

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies {via mccormick}
A twist on the traditional chocolate crinkle cookie. Turning these into red velvet crinkles gives instant holiday vibes—you know, because of the red and stuff. These are also great if you’ve got a lot of other dark chocolate treats around and want a cookie with a light cocoa flavor. I could eat dark chocolate 23 hours a day but I’ve also heard of these normal people who might like to break it up a bit—make these cookies for those people! Also, if you don’t like to bake from scratch or are running out of time make them from cake mix instead. I’ve done it, and they passed with flying (holiday) colors.

Pfeffernüsse {via allrecipes}
These cookies are a traditional German cookie that is translated literally to “pepper nuts.” They’re a small, puffy cookie that is slightly spiced and were the surprise hit the first time I made them at my Christmas a few years ago. I’ve added them to my “these will be made every year” list and I have a feeling you will too. The cookies are unassuming, and might seem odd—there really is ground black pepper in them—but are addicting. Don’t be scared off by the long ingredient list, just about half of it is various spices, the cookies are super easy to make.

You’ll notice I left out the traditional gingerbread cookies from the list, and it’s because I haven’t found a recipe I love yet! I’ve tried out a number through the years and have never be satisfied, there is always something or multiple somethings wrong with the cookies. So, if you have a favorite gingerbread cookie recipe, share it with me below. I really want to like this cookie!

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7 Comments on “6 Holiday Cookie Recipes You Must Try”

  1. Noor Salem December 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Ginger cookies rock!

  2. travelingmind2anywhere December 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Looks so pretty! Love those cookies..

  3. paulettemotzko December 15, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Reblogged this on Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly.

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