’tis the season for a really great Weekly Menu Plan Christmas Cookies! Join in the fun with some of the Dinner Diva’s favorite holiday cookie recipes!
Holy heck, y’all! How in the world did it get to be December already? I mean, seriously. One minute we were watching the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, the next minute I was baking All of the Pies for Thanksgiving, and now we’re sliding into December and the holiday season.
My friends, the Dinner Divas, and I are thinking that you might being in a similar situation. That’s why we’re taking a break from weeknight dinners to focus on the fun stuff–the Weekly Menu Plan Christmas Cookies! We’re sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes this week so that YOU can have a few more easy recipes that are bound to make you the hit of your next holiday cookie exchange.
Snowballs are a holiday must around here, and I’m not just talking about the frozen variety that we see so much of here Up North. No, I’m referring to the warm and sugary cookie variety. My grandma’s favorite Christmas cookie were the crunchy, spiced Pfeffernusse cookies that we simply called Snowballs. As I grew older, I realized that “snowball cookies” could be of a variety of flavors, so long as they were round and rolled in a hefty coating of powdered sugar. Just imagine the possibilities! Sarah – The Chef Next Door bakes these festive Red Velvet Snowball Cookies with all of the great flavors of red velvet cake, in a sweet, powdered sugary, package. These are destined to be a new holiday favorite!
The holidays aren’t complete without a batch of Classic Sugar Cookies to decorate. Cheryl – Pook’s Pantry has an easy recipe that is not only super delicious, but also plays nice in the kitchen. What I mean by that is that her sugar cookie recipe doesn’t go rogue and spread out in the oven. The cut out shapes bake to actually resemble the cookie cutters which shaped them. I like that in a sugar cookie.
What I really love is the fun look of my Peppermint Shortbread Pinwheel Cookies. I came up with this cookie in my failed quest to make what should be simple candy cane cookies. After a half dozen trials worthy of a Pinterest Nailed It! feature. Then I took a cue from my Happiness Cookies and tried pinwheels instead. I use my favorite shortbread cookie recipe as a base for these surprisingly simple cookies that give a touch of whimsy to every cookie platter.
The Christmas seems to bring out the chocolate-peppermint lover in everyone. Jenni – Pastry Chef Online indulges that love and treats our gluten free friends with her Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Crackle Cookies. Hooray! Go ahead and wash it down with a Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte, if you’re feeling sassy.
Now before you say that this doesn’t look like a Christmas cookie, I’m just going to remind you that good things often come in unassuming packages. Take wasabi–the cool green, creamy appearance gives off a tranquil vibe, but one bite and WHAM! You’re sure that flames are shooting from your mouth. The same goes for these cookies. Well, not the fire breathing experience, but rather the explosion of flavor that occurs when eating them. Stuffed Chocolate Chip Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Cookies from Susan – Girl in the Little Red Kitchen have a whole lot of gooey, sweet & salty goodness going on inside an otherwise modest presentation.
The holidays don’t feel complete until I bite into a buttery Spritz Cookie. The understated elegance of Sarah – The Chef Next Door’s recipe is a true holiday classic.
Speaking of understated elegance, Cheryl – Pook’s Pantry’s Butter Pecan Biscotti is the perfect treat to dunk in coffee when you don’t want to gorge yourself on dessert. I’m not sure that I know that kind of restraint, but I’m always up for biscotti!
What is your favorite cookie on the Weekly Menu Plan Christmas Cookies?
Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie? Do tell me about it in the comments!