The tree is up, the stockings are hung and the lights are glistening. The house is quiet, until beep beep: the oven timer goes off, alerting everyone the Christmas cookies are ready.
Christmas cookies come in many shapes, colors and flavors. Here are 10 ideas to fulfill that festive cookie baking urge.
1. Patterned Sugar Cookies: Classic sugar cookies with a twist. After making the sugar cookie dough, roll the dough into balls on a cookie sheet. Using a glass cup with a design cut into the bottom, press down on the dough, flattening them and leaving a delicate design. To highlight the design sprinkle powdered sugar on top, before baking. Find the sugar cookie recipe online.
2. Peppermint Patties Cookies: These cookies require no baking, only freezing, and a round cookie-cutter. Dip the patties in chocolate and sprinkle with crushed up peppermint candies. Find the recipe online.
3. Red Velvet Cookies: Bake these soft and festive cookies for 10 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Find the recipe online.
4. Big Gingerbread Cookies: Stick to the classic gingerbread flavor, minus the crunch. These cookies are soft, sprinkled with sugar and only take 10 minutes to bake. Find the recipe online.
5. Reindeer Cookies: Peanut butter cookies that look like reindeer using pretzels for ears, red M & M’s for noses and brown M & M’s for eyes. Find the recipe online.
6. Swirl Sugar Cookies: Requires traditional sugar cookie dough and food dye. Make three sections of cookie dough: non-dyed dough, red dyed dough and green dyed dough. Flatten each section of dough and layer on top of each other, roll all of the dough into a log shape, cut the log to make one-inch thick cookies, and finally roll the edges in festive sprinkles. Find the recipe online.
7. Graham Cracker Crunch: Turn crackers into cookies using this recipe. The main ingredients call for things many may have lying around the kitchen: butter, salt, brown sugar and graham crackers. To complete the festive look adorn with green and red sprinkles. Find the recipe online.
8. Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies: A cross between chocolate chip cookies and funfetti cake. These cookies can be made for any occasion, but for a holiday touch add red and green sprinkles to the batter. Find the recipe online.
9. Sugar Cookie Buttons: A buttery short-bread version of the sugar cookie. These cookies can double as an arranged gift and treat. The cookies can be stacked and threaded together with a ribbon. Find the recipe online.
10. Nana Cookies: Piped cookies that are sweet and savory. Similar to biscotti, these cookies go great with coffee. Find the recipe online.