Day 10 is here! Trendom’s 12 Days of Christmas is here to guide you with tips and tricks to get you through the holiday season. Over the next week and a half til Christmas, we’ll bring you the best holiday drinks, must-have stocking stuffers and tips on where to get those last minute gifts that always pop up on your to do list. Today we 3 Holiday Cookie Recipes!
A classic Christmas tradition for many people is baking cookies, myself included. When my family all lived a lot closer to each other, we would spend the weekend before Christmas baking nonstop. We probably baked 500 cookies every single year. It’s one of my absolute favorite memories of my childhood. Now that we all live a little further away from each other, it’s tough to get together to bake. Instead, we just divvy up the recipes and get to work! Then we all bring what we made to our Christmas Day celebrations and it’s just like old times (I even put way too much icing on all the gingerbread men to make it more authentic!)
So in the spirit of Christmas, here are my top 3 favorite Christmas cookie recipes! I hope you love them and try one or all three out for yourselves! Enjoy!
1. Peanut Butter Blossoms
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Extra granulated sugar, set aside
About 36 unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses
- Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended.
- Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder until dough forms.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar to coat entirely.
- On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 2 inches apart and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
- Remove tray from oven, and immediately press 1 chocolate Kiss in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.
2. Almond Crescents (although we don’t form them into crescent shapes because ain’t nobody got time for that… I promise they taste the same!)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1⁄3cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground almonds ** This is important!! They must be finely ground or the consistency will be weird.
1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray several cookie sheets with cooking spray.
- With a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla extract and almond extract, beat until incorporated.
- Stir in the flour and almonds. Work flour mixture into a firm dough.
- Working with 1 tablespoon of dough, roll into ball or crescent shape
- Place on greased cookie sheets and repeat until all dough is used.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown.
- Sift powdered sugar into a small shallow bowl.
- While the cookies are still warm , roll the cookies in the powdered sugar.
- Cool on racks.
3. Decorated Sugar Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine.
- Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar.
- Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time.
- Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.
- Slap as much damn frosting on as you want!!
- My favorite way to decorate is to just make 30 cookies that slightly resemble Harry Styles.
AND THAT’S IT!! Of course there are a hundred kinds of cookies you could make for Christmas, those are just the three I could not live without. Happy baking and Merry Christmas!