Americans, on average, consume 2 billion cookies per year. This works out to about 300 cookies per person.
This may not seem like a large number and over the course of a year, it equals 25 cookies per month. The average person may eat as many as 35,000 cookies in their lifetime. If you lived to be 100 years old, this would equal 350 cookies per year.
Cookies are a huge part of our day-to-day lives. They’re even more important when the holiday season rolls around. Holiday cookies create a sense of family and community.
What better way to celebrate the season than with some fun holiday cookie recipes? In this post, we’ll share 7 over-the-top holiday cookies you can use. Keep reading below for more information.
1. Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean your holiday cookies can’t mix it up a little. These Raspberry White Chocolate Chip cookies incorporate white chocolate chips with pieces of real raspberry for a sweet and tangy cookie bursting with flavor.
The white chocolate chips give it a hint of vanilla with a buttery and creamy flavor. This complements the zing of the raspberry. You can use fresh, frozen, or dehydrated raspberry pieces.
The ingredient list is fairly standard so you don’t need any super special items from the store.
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup butter softened
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup raspberries chopped
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Combine butter and sugars together in one bowl and mix for 2 minutes until fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla extract and mix. Then add in the dry ingredients.
Fold in the white chocolate and raspberries. Spoon onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
2. Triple Chip Cookies
Why have just one type of chip in your cookies when you can have three? To really make your holiday cookies stand out, try Triple Chip Cookies. There’s no rule in holiday cookie recipes that says you can only use one type of chip per cookie.
You can use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and white chocolate chips together in one cookie that is overflowing with rich and decadent flavoring.
Best of all, you can make these cookies Gluten-Free for anyone in your family or workplace that suffers from Celiac Disease or Gluten intolerance, so no one has to miss out on the fun of enjoying holiday cookies. All you need is gluten-free flour in place of regular flour.
3. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
There are few things that go together better than cookies and milk. Santa agrees and so do 84% of Americans who believe that holiday cookies and milk are the top holiday pairing. Another great pairing for holiday cookies is peanut butter and chocolate.
Peanut butter cookies are amazing on their own, but they’re even better dipped in chocolate. If you’re making peanut butter cookies as part of your repertoire this holiday season, try coating them in chocolate or dipping half of the cookie into some sweet and creamy milk chocolate.
Everyone in the family from kids to grandparents will be snatching these Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter cookies up. So you’d better hide a few to leave out for Santa Claus too.
4. Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodles are becoming a staple in holiday cookies. They feature crisp edges, cinnamon and sugar mixed into the dough, and a chewy center topped with a thick layer of cinnamon sugar coating.
The real origins of Snickerdoodle cookies aren’t quite known, some believe they are German in origin while others believe they are Dutch. But what everyone can agree on is that they are the perfect balance of sweet sugar with the right bite of spicy cinnamon.
Now if you really want to give these classic holiday cookies a boost, try them with a cinnamon roll icing on top before you add the cinnamon and sugar topping. Or fill the inside with cinnamon roll icing to create a warm and tasty treat that further enhances the humble Snickerdoodle’s popularity.
5. Gingerbread Zest Cookies
Gingerbread cookies have been around since the 11th century. They were thought to help with stomach aches because ginger is a primary remedy for stomach pain. Baking and eating a gingerbread man was also believed to attract a husband for a single woman.
Gingerbread cookies are also a holiday cookie decorating must-have as children, parents, and grandparents love to gather around as each decorates and creates their own unique gingerbread people. You can use candy, frosting tips, sprinkles, and sugar.
If you want to add more oomph to your standard gingerbread cookies, try adding an extract. Adding orange zest to your gingerbread dough mix will create a subtle but tasty variation of this tried and true holiday cookie.
6. Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Jam thumbprint cookies are an iconic part of the holidays. What makes these holiday cookies unique is the ability to use several types of jam for filling to create multiple flavors in one cookie.
Not only that, but these shortbread cookies are simple and quick to make. You only need a few basic ingredients.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) of butter softened
- ½ cup of white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
- assorted jams for cookie fillings
Mix the butter and sugar together first, then add in the vanilla extract and the egg and blend. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend well.
Form into dough balls and press your thumb into each dough ball on the cookie sheet about halfway down. Fill the center with a small spoonful of your favorite jam flavors. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes and let them cool before serving.
7. Sugar Cookies
Another one of the holiday cookie decorating greats, sugar cookies are versatile and delightful holiday cookies that perfectly encapsulate the season. You can sprinkle them with colored sugar or frost them with buttercream and cut them into fun holiday shapes.
Sugar cookies are essential foodstuffs for hosting and entertaining but you may be looking for ways to jazz up your sugar cookie holiday recipe. If you want even more flavorful sugar cookies, add peppermint, almond extract, or citrus for a richer and more distinct flavor beyond vanilla extract.
If you’re feeling really bold, put espresso powder into the sugar cookie mix to make a sugar cookie with a daring flavor. Add fruit to the mix for more variety.
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The holidays are a terrific time for reconnecting with family and friends. But as much as you want to make all of your favorite holiday cookie recipes, you may not have the time you need to do everything else you want to.
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