What Cookies ARe You Leaving For Santa This Year?
As I near the end of my semester, all I can think about is how finals and studying are getting in the way of my Christmas cookie baking time. I become a complete cookie baking-fiend every Christmas season. My kitchen is like Santa’s workshop for cookies. Surprisingly, I’m not a huge cookie fan normally. I usually prefer cakes, pies, and brownies over cookies most days out of the year. While I do get more in the cookie monster, munchie mood during the holiday season, I mostly make cookies to give out to other people.
I wish I could buy gifts for nearly everyone in my life. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to do that. (Wouldn’t it be nice if I was rich enough one day to do that? A girl can dream!) So, instead of getting everyone presents, I give out the cookies I make. I think they’re an excellent sentiment because it tells the person you’re thinking about them without making them feel like they have to give you a present back. And, it can be really fun giving cookies as presents. You can get cute gift tags to put on the bags or nice, festive plates to put the cookies on.
Here are some of my favorite cookies you have to make this holiday season:
Thumbprint cookies remind me a lot of my childhood. I don’t think there’s been one Christmas since I’ve been old enough to eat solid food when these cookies haven’t been made. Part of the reason why I loved thumbprint cookies as a kid is because they’re fun to make. You literally stick your thumb in the raw dough to make a “thumbprint” shape to fill jelly into. I like the combination of the sweet, fruity jams in the center of the cookie with the buttery, soft dough.
Ghiradelli Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
Oh. My. God. These are the best cookies ever invented! Ghiradelli Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies are basically pure chocolate. They are probably the richest cookie I have ever tasted. If you’re in need of a chocolate fix, just about one cookie will do it for you. But, they’re so tempting that one is never ever enough. I think my mom and I found this recipe on the back of one of the Ghiradelli chocolate chip packages. Obviously, trying out of the recipe was one of the best decisions we have ever made.
Red Velvet Crinkle
I went through a phase when I was obsessed with red velvet everything. Let’s be real, that phase has never actually come to an ending. I remember the first time I ever made red velvet crinkle cookies. I think I was in early high school and my parents had gone out to dinner leaving my sister, cousin, and I home alone. This was probably one of the first times they had let me use the oven while home alone.
Anyway… these cookies are actually made with a cake mix. Not only does this make the baking process a bit easier, but the end result is a cookie-cake combination creation. They have a crunchy outside but a soft, chewy inside. These cookies completely melt in your mouth.
Another fun cookie that reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, my mom had what she called, a “cookie gun.” Basically, we would put the butter cookie dough with a little bit of food coloring in the gun, we would press a button, it would make an awful tooth-drill type noise, and the cookies would pop out in a Christmas tree, snowflake, or heart shape on the cookie sheet. Our electric one broke, so now we have to use a not as fun manual one. At least the cookies still taste good!
My favorite part of the butter cookie recipe is that it usually yields a lot of little butter cookies. That makes them even more perfect to give out as gifts. The cookies are really cute because you can choose from a number of different shapes to make them into. Also, be sure to put some food coloring on the dough before it goes in the press. And, add sprinkles to the cookies right before putting them in the oven.
Why is gingerbread the most cliché Christmas cookie, yet the HARDEST cookie mix to find during Christmas season?? I don’t understand why I always have trouble finding gingerbread cookie mix after the first week of December. Luckily this year, my mom went out of her way to find two gingerbread mixes for my sister and me to whip up for Christmas. While I love the cinnamon gingery taste of gingerbread cookies, I think the best part about them is the frosting. I basically drown my gingerbread in frosting, and I have no regrets whatsoever.
I think my favorite all-time flavors are definitely vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and, of course, cinnamon. I go crazy when it comes to cinnamon desserts (crumb cake is one of my favorites). Snickerdoodles are the definition of a cinnamon dessert. They’re so addicting! I feel like they are more of a soft, chewy cookie like the red velvet crinkle cookies. I definitely think I like cookies better when they’re borderline cake-y. Snickerdoodles are a fairly recent addition to my family’s Christmas cookie collection. They are definitely one of the best sellers now!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Okay, I know. Don’t judge me though. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are actually really good. There’s a HUGE difference between oatmeal chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. The chocolate chips take these cookies to a completely different level.
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies remind me of my mom. She used to make them a lot when I was a kid. She still gets random cravings for them every so often. Since my mom made them so often, I didn’t always associate them with Christmas. The past few Christmases she’s been requesting them, so now they are a Christmas staple.
So, I’m not a complete cookie hater. I do like cookies, but mostly at Christmas time. Baking (and eating) Christmas cookies just gets me in the holiday spirit! If you’re not a baking fiend like me, make sure you try at least one of these recipes this holiday season!
Happy Baking, my Dolls!
Anxious to end this semester and get on with winter break already? Saaaaaame! Read “Senioritis (Part 1).”