Whether you’re going to bake some of your all-time favorites with the kids or you plan to assemble cookie gift boxes during this holiday season, deciding on the most popular types of cookies for your Christmas cookie baskets can be a great way to get your baking season started. Here are just a few of the can’t-miss classics this year.
Peanut-Butter Blossoms: A relatively recent addition to the lineup of holiday cookies, these tasty treats are made using a classic peanut butter cookie recipe topped with a Hershey’s kiss. They’re as delicious as they are cute, and for many, no holiday cookie buffet would be complete without them.
Gingerbread Men: Easily the quintessential Christmas cookie, the mere idea of gingerbread dates back as far as ancient Greece. At the time, it was used in a number of different ceremonies. When ginger became increasingly available, the Eastern Europeans began creating the gingerbread most people know and love today. For many, Christmas just wouldn’t be what it is without these tasty treats.
Thumbprint Cookies: These are one of the most colorful choices on any holiday cookie tray. Often credited to a source in Eastern Germany just before the turn of the century, they’re as delicious to eat as they are to look at. The recipe itself has you make a shortbread style cookie, then create an indentation in the center that you can fill with your favorite jam just before baking.
Sugar Cookies: These almost always rank at the top of the list of favorite holiday cookies, and thanks to the ability to cut them into fun holiday shapes and decorate them with icing and much more, it’s not hard to see the logic in that choice. Whether you end up going with a recipe you have to roll out or a simple drop recipe, these are the cookies that will have the kids grabbing for more.
Shortbread: A very simple type of cookie, these were originally made in Scotland, but these days, there are so many variations that it can be tough to trace their roots. They come in a number of different shapes and sizes including the original shortbread circle and the shortbread fingers so many people eat today. The ingredients are always easy. It comes from one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. The texture is divine with these, as most of them crumble quickly, leading to a bit of fun as you finish your piece.
Snickerdoodles: No list would be complete without this favorite, and one bit of a soft, chewy snickerdoodle, and you’ll know why. Topped with a delicious cinnamon-sugar mixture, these have an amazing flavor. Most recipes have eggs, cream of tartar, and baking soda among the ingredients, and many of them have a cracked surface, depending on how soft the recipe itself is.
Christmas cookie favorites vary widely, but the key is to go with the ones you love the most. Delicious cookies that rank on your top list are the ones that will make holiday memories for years to come.