Love them or hate them (although I am not sure it is possible to hate them) holiday cookies are a defining part of the season. For me, it is yet another reason to dirty every dish in my kitchen and give out cookies. I personally don’t think there are any rules or guidelines when it comes to what type of cookies or sweets you can make. Last year I went a little crazy and cranked out quite a few different flavors. I have no idea what got into me to be honest. Sometimes I get caught up in the holiday season, which is strange because I am a self proclaimed Grinch, but I don’t think it is possible to be Grinch-y when it comes to cookies. Unless of course you are making these Grinch Cookies from Simplistically Living.
This year, I don’t have the time or energy to put together as wide a selection of sweets as I did last year. The basket contained: Kahlua balls, sugar cookie snowflakes, copycat Starbucks cranberry bliss bars, spice cookies, and chocolate crinkles.
The selection included I keep telling myself that at least I am getting around to doing it which is the important part. Between finishing up with school and working full-time, there isn’t a whole lot of time for baking at home. This year I am going with all new recipes!
I am making toffee pecan shortbread, peppermint mocha cookies, and I will be attempting to make Pfeffernusse cookies. I have really had a taste for shortbread that I haven’t been able to shake so I figured I would be my starting point when I began my brainstorming. I am using the recipe from Cooking Classy, Chocolate Dipped Toffee Pecan Shortbread, although I will not be dipping mine in chocolate. I am sure that they are incredibly tasty when they are covered in velvety chocolate, but I was craving a more simplistic flavor profile in my basket this year.
Next are the Peppermint Mocha Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I have had peppermint and chocolate on the brain ever since I made a chocolate peppermint cake at work a couple of weeks ago. All those crushed candy canes…nomnom.
To round out my flavor profile of a buttery shortbread and a chocolate cookies, I decided to try a little bit of a different type of spice cookie. The Pfeffernusse cookie is a traditional German holiday cookie with a serious amount of spices in it. I wanted to spread my cookie reach a little bit and bring in a little bit of culture to my cookie selection this year. The recipe I used was from Feeding Big and they were delicious!
I guess what I hope everyone can take away form this post is there is not right or wrong holiday cookie. There are no rules or guidelines, just make what you are feeling and spread some cheer. Everyone loves receiving cookies, no matter the flavor. Happy holidays everyone!