Less than 10 days until Christmas, so now is the time to be crossing people off your shopping list, or maybe adding someone on there at the last minute? If you’re like me, you have holiday parties and events all the way up until Christmas, and there are always gifts to give- it’s tough when you don’t know what to get. You can never go wrong with COOKIES!
Every year around the holidays, my family bakes Christmas cookies. The past few years, my mom has reserved a Sunday for us to come over, take over her kitchen, and bake cookies all day. We save some of these cookies for Christmas with our family, but the rest of the cookies we give away. Cookies are great gifts for neighbors, teachers, coworkers, your mailman- really anyone on your list! They are the best way to let someone know that you’re thinking about them over the holidays and that you think they’re extra sweet!
I am sharing three of our favorite cookie recipes here- you don’t need any special equipment, just a few mixing bowls and a cookie sheet (but a hand mixer or stand mixer helps!). Disclaimer- I didn’t invent any of these recipes because I am a super amateur baker. These recipes all come from other websites run by very talented chefs/bakers, so y’all know they’re going to be GOOD.
Yeah, ok, these are not your typical oatmeal cookies. They make an enormous batch of cookies, and the pudding keeps them soft on the inside. You can add whatever you want to these bad boys- chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, craisins, dried cherries, white chocolate chips, whatever your little baker heart desires! The best part about these cookies is you can make them sugar-free (sub in Splenda for sugar/Splenda brown sugar for brown sugar/use sugar-free pudding mix) and they still taste AMAZING! For the record, Drew has now made two batches of theses cookies in the past month, and we’ve already eaten/given away all of them!
These are my absolute FAVORITE cookies! Shortbread cookies are the ones that grandmas keep in cookie tins and they are impossible to resist. I grew up eating these at both of my grandmas’ houses so I wanted to try my hand at baking them last year. Spoiler alert: there is a LOT of butter in them. Do not be alarmed; just eat them in small quantities (or YOLO and eat them all like me). Pro tip: Use a hand mixer to mix the wet and dry ingredients, or if you have a stand mixer that works even better! You have to mix for a LONG time. So long that you’ll think, wow, these aren’t working, I could never be the Holiday Baking Championship winner. But just keep mixing, my friends, and the dough will form!
Drew really loves white chocolate so we tried these and they were a big hit! They’re not your typical Christmas cookies, but they’re so good and chewy that it’s like a holiday explosion in your mouth. These cookies are pretty easy to make, so if you’re not a baker but you really want some cookies, this is the recipe to try. Also, again, you can swap out ingredients, but I would recommend keeping the cranberries. Putting cranberries (or raisins or dried cherries) can help balance out the sweetness in your cookies. I think adding chopped walnuts would be a good addition here, too.
What are your holiday traditions? Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Let me know in the comments below!