Do you love baking cookies during the holidays? We are sharing our best holiday cookie recipes in our holiday cookie recipe ebook! A collection of the best tasting, festive and fun cookie recipes just in time for your holiday baking!
We love making treats and baking during the holidays! Do you? One of our favorite things to bake are our favorite cookie recipes! These cookies are perfect for taking to your holiday parties to share with your friends and family! They also make great homemade gifts for friends and neighbors! I love how easy they are to bake! You can literally have a yummy holiday treat in 30 minutes to an hour or two depending on the type of cookie recipe you want to make!
HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES
Want to know what cookie recipes we have included in our Holiday Cookie Recipe eBook? I will share a list of the ones included below.
- Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
- Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
- Italian Christmas Cookies
- Pinwheel Swirl Christmas Cookies
- Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
- Brown Butter Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Snowball Christmas Cookies
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oreo Magic Bars
- White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies
- Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Eggnog Snickerdoodles
- Pecan Sandies
- Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies
- Soft Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
*We have a Homemade Candy Recipe eBook too if you are interested! If you love cookies and need some great recipes for you holiday parties this year, you can check that out by clicking in the link below!
**And we have a really cute Printable Recipe Binder Kit available to add all your new holiday candy and cookie recipes too! Along with the recipes you already use as a family! To learn more about that, you can click on the button below!
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BAKING COOKIES
There are several things you can do to help ensure you end up with the best cookies as an end result with your cookie baking. If you try to follow these tips you can end up with the perfect cookie!
MEASURE FLOUR CORRECTLY
This is the most important tip for any baker. Adding too much flour will make your baked goods tough and dry. And be sure to not overwork the dough; mix just until the flour disappears.
CHILL THE DOUGH BEFORE BAKING
Next, handling the dough. Chilling the dough helps softer doughs keep their shape and makes the dough easier to work with. I find that chilling the dough improves the flavor and allows the dough to relax a bit.
USE A MARBLE OR SILICONE ROLLING PIN
You can use a Marble Rolling Pin and chill it to keep the dough cold while you’re working with it. Marble and silicone rolling pins allow you to use less flour when rolling out the dough. Using a combination of powdered sugar and flour to dust the work surface will also help keep the cookies more tender. Also, think about purchasing rolling pin rings that you wrap around the pin so your dough is an even thickness and all the cookies bake at the same time.
USE AN OVEN THERMOMETER
Be sure that your oven is accurate with a thermometer, then bake cookies at a slightly lower temperature if your oven tends to overbake. The instructions for your stove or oven will tell you how to adjust the heat if necessary. I have a digital oven, so when a recipe calls for a 350 F oven, I set the temperature to 345 F. This small reduction in temperature ensures the cookies won’t overbake and overbrown, especially on the bottom. With each batch of cookies, the baking time will be reduced because of the increased humidity in the oven from the cookies.
SOFTEN BUTTER PROPERLY
It’s difficult to soften butter properly in a microwave oven; too often part of the butter melts, which will change the structure of the cookies. Butter and sugar form the basic structure of the cookies. Soften butter by letting it stand at room temperature for a couple of hours. You can also grate the butter into a bowl, then it will soften in a few minutes if you don’t have the time.
Making and freezing doughs ahead of time not only is a great time saver, but it improves the texture of the cookies. Icebox cookies are shaped into a log, wrapped, and chilled or frozen until it’s time to bake. You can form drop cookie dough into balls and freeze; bake from the frozen state, adding a few minutes to the baking time. This technique also lets you make all the doughs one day, then take another day for the fun part: baking and decorating!
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS
Make sure that all of your ingredients are fresh. Buy new baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, spices, flour, and sugar. Most of us don’t bake often during the year, and it’s a good bet that your ingredients are more than a year old.
I set the timer for 1 to 2 minutes less than the cooking time called for in the recipe. I take the cookies out of the oven just as they’re beginning to look done because the residual heat from the cookie sheet will continue to bake the cookies. Also, slightly underbaked cookies are more tender and moist.
INSULATED COOKIE AND BAKING SHEETS
One of the biggest problems with delicate doughs is they can get too brown on the bottom. Insulated sheets prevent that so your cookies turn out perfectly every time. And using cookie scoops means your cookies will all be exactly the same size which is a fun way to make them a little prettier if serving to friends and family.
COOKIE BAKING SUPPLIES
Here is a list of some of our very favorite cookie baking supplies. Using the right tools can make a big difference in how you cookies turn out!
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- Silpat baking liners
- Cooling rack
- rubber spatula
- kitchen hand towels
- cookie spatula
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Baking Sheet
- Silicone Baking Mats
- Cookie Scoop
- Silicone Spatulas
- Cooling Racks
- Hot Pads
- Pampered Chef Measure All Cup
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Powdered sugar spoon
- Squeeze bottle
- Nut chopper
- Holiday shapes cookie cutters
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday Baking! What are your favorite holiday cookies to bake this time of the year? xoxo
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