A little lovin’ from the oven
What could be sweeter than heading into the kitchen during the holidays to bake homemade cookies for the ones you love? Christmas falls on the 25th, Kwanzaa kicks off on December 26, and Bake Cookies Day is conveniently nestled in the middle of it all on December 18. So no matter what you celebrate, this year you can do it with cookies!
Baking is a wonderful way to spend quality time with family and friends, and little ones will never forget those magical moments in the kitchen during the holiday season. Make it even more worthwhile by baking large batches so everyone involved gets to take home some of the fruits of their labor. Most cookie recipes can be easily doubled or tripled, depending upon how many you hope to make.
Classic cookies like big, fat, chewy chocolate chip cookies, the simple and comforting oatmeal cookie or cinnamon-spiced snickerdoodles are all wonderful options for a family baking day. But if you want to tailor your cookies to the holidays you’ll be celebrating, check out these festive recipe ideas:
Christmas cookie collections
- Food.com has a delectable list of 25 classic Christmas cookies, including beautiful iced sugar cookies, fudge crinkles (a recipe which uses a cake mix as the main ingredient!) , and sweet and spicy gingerbread cookies.
- Martha Stewart features peppery, German Pfeffernussen cookies , chocolaty rum balls , and brandied-fruit tartlets in her Christmas cookie collection.
- Betty Crocker also has several tempting Christmas treats including festive mint chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-dipped shortbread, and beautiful no-bake Christmas wreath cookies that are sure to delight bakers young and old!
While Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated with foods fried in large quantities of oil (like fritters or doughnuts) in commemoration of the miracle of the oil, adding cookies to the holiday table is a sweet way to add a delicious new tradition to your family gathering. Check out these lovely Hanukkah cookie ideas:
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has four inspired ideas for Hanukkah including chocolate coin cookies, traditional Mandelbrot, poppy seed orange-cookies, and the world’s best Rugelach, which means “little twists” in Yiddish.
- Better Homes and Gardens has some sweet cookie ideas including Hanukkah cookies with blue almond icing , hazelnut cutout cookies, and holiday pistachio cutouts.
- Shelterness has a unique and creative idea for a sugar cookie menorah. Your favorite sugar cookie cutout recipe and a little creativity is all you need to make this truly spectacular sweet treat.
- If you can’t find cookie cutters in the shapes you’d like, you can actually create your own! Visit Sweet Sugar Belle for simple, step-by-step instructions to help you make fabulous custom cookie cutters.
- Benne wafers—sweet sesame seed cookies—are a traditional Kwanzaa treat. There are many Benne wafer recipes online to choose from, so take a look at Food.com , allrecipes.ca, and Simply Recipes for a little inspiration.
- Sprinkle Bakes has a recipe for colorful spiral cookies that could be easily customized to incorporate the traditional Kwanzaa colors red, black and green.
- Food.com has a recipe for African ginger cake, which actually isn’t cake at all, but spicy, buttery cookies that originated in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Cookies also make fantastic gifts—and ‘tis the season—so check out Better Homes and Gardens for 26 gorgeous and creative ways to wrap up your cookies and other homemade treats that will make them look as good as they taste!
No matter what festive treat you decide to whip up on December 18, enjoy the time spent with family and friends making delicious memories.
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