‘Tis the season for holiday cookies! Not only are they great to leave for Santa Claus, but cookies are also a wonderful way to show appreciation for your coworkers, brighten a friend’s day, or surprise your neighbors this holiday season. With so many cookie types, shapes and recipes, it can be hard to choose which cookies to make. We’re here to help with three festive holiday cookie recipes:
Yields: 24 Cookies
1 hour and 30 minutes total time, 30 minutes prep
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons rum extract
1 small pinch ground cloves
1 large egg yolk
4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
24 striped milk chocolate-white chocolate drops, such as Hershey Hugs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and ½ cup of sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add cream, rum extract, cloves, egg yolk, and 2 teaspoons of nutmeg. Add flour mixture and mix well. Roll the dough into balls and roll each ball into a mixture of ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons of nutmeg. Arrange on baking sheets and bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a chocolate drops in the center of each cookie. Get the full recipe on The Food Network.
Holiday Meringue Miniatures
Yields: 84 Cookies
1 hour total time, 20 minutes prep
2 large egg whites, room temperature
½ teaspoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
Red gel food coloring
Beat eggs, vinegar, and salt with electric mixer. Add extracts. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Place a ½ inch round tip onto a pastry bag and paint five stripes of red food coloring around the interior of the bag. Transfer meringue mixture to bag and pipe dollops onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 1 hour at 225 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Get the full recipe from Taste of Home.
Cranberry Wafer Cookies
Yields: 30 Cookies
1 hour and 25 minutes total time
1 log Honey-Vanilla Sablé Dough (a specialty French dough)
⅓ cup dried cranberries (can also substitute dried cherries or figs)
Combine dough and cranberries in a bowl before pressing dough into a parchment-lined pan. Cover pan with plastic wrap and place into the freezer for an hour. Remove from freezer and slice dough into thin strips. Place strips on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Get the full recipe from Bon Appetit.
We believe it’s how you live that matters and want to share fun recipes for you to enjoy with friends and loved ones. We hope you try these recipes and would love to hear what you’re baking during the holidays! Share your favorite cookie recipes on our Facebook page or if you need more cooking inspiration, check us out on Pinterest for additional ideas.