Huh? Christmas cookies? It’s late-January, crazy woman.
I know, I know. I meant to post about these before Christmas, but as usual with my life these days, I fell behind. Still, though, I wanted to share my Christmas cookie successes for readers to bookmark for next year, if you feel so inclined!
I made four types of cookies this year to gift to neighbors, our landlord, some family members, and Graham’s teachers. I tried to find unique recipes that would look colorful and each have a distinctly different taste. My baking recipe Pinterest board is slightly out of control, so I started another private board to hone in on just the recipes that I was considering for the holidays. After some intense internal deliberation, the winners were:
Ultimate Chocolate Chip cookies (with pretzels added)
My old standby that never fails me. My newest trick is to crush up some hard mini pretzels and add them in, too, in order to bump up the crunchy-and-salty factor. (I don’t add the rest of the salt that the recipe calls for… just a pinch, since the pretzels are plenty salty).
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies
These were delicious and so rich — the cream cheese frosting is really what took them to a whole new level. I ended up needing to use all of the red gel food coloring I had to get the color right, so make sure you have plenty if you’re making these!
If you like eggnog, you will love these! I actually made a mistake the first time I made them — the recipe calls for three cups of flours, but my mom-brain couldn’t remember if I had already added two or three cups. The dough still seemed a little runny, so I went ahead and added another cup. The dough then ended up being much easier to work with, and the final result was a batch of deliciously cake-y cookies. Wouldn’t you know that when I made them a second time and correctly added three cups of flour, the dough was a bit runny and I found it hard to work with. So, accidentally adding a fourth cup of flour ended up making them better, in my opinion! The frosting (more like a glaze) was amazing and the perfect addition. Just a note that if you make these yourself, be sure to have plenty of flour on-hand to sprinkle on the finished dough before working with it — it is very sticky.
Peppermint Sugar Cookies
I’m not a big mint fan, but since I was baking these cookies for others I thought I’d give this recipe a whirl. Nick was my taste-tester and he gave them two thumbs up. Mine looked much flatter than the photos from the original recipe, but overall were easy and fun to make and still added some fun color to my cookie tins.
The photo above is what my final cookies looked like. Not as picture perfect as the images in the original recipe posts, but not too shabby, either — it goes to show that recipes found on Pinterest can actually work out for the average human who enjoys baking but is far from being a master baker!
For full recipes, check out the links above for each type of cookie. What great cookie recipes have you discovered lately?