I love making an assortment of cookies for the holidays! My mom always did the same, and it’s a tradition I intend to keep. There are all kinds of amazing holiday treats you can make, but these three cookies are always make the list in our house. (Keep posted for more of our favorites holiday cookies and desserts in future posts!)
Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
These cookies are my favorite. Not only because they are absolutely delicious, but they are also only 4 ingredients and super easy to make. They’re not as sweet as regular cookies, so I tend to eat too many! But hey, tis’ the season!
You will need:
- 1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, chilled
- 1/4 cup sifted powder sugar
- 2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 325. Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until dough forms a ball.
- Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter; place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 325 for 18-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe makes 1 1/2 dozen. Hands on time = 15 mins // Total time = 50 mins. You can find this recipe in The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook 2013.
Simple Sugar Cookies
These cookies are a kids favorite, because they get to decorate them after. They’re pretty easy to make, so the kiddos can help, then you just let them cool and let the decorating contests begin! We love decking our cookies out, so we always go to Target to get our decorating icing and sprinkles. (Links below.)
You will need:
- 1 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. salt
- Decorating icing and sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 400. Mix the butte,r sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- Blend flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Chill dough for at least an hour.
- Remove from fridge. Roll out and cut.
- Place on cookie sheet. Bake 6-8 mins.
- Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
- Let cool completely, then decorate with icing and sprinkles.
This is my mothers recipe (which I’m sure is also many others recipe), but it means I don’t have exact amount of cookies, times and sources.
Classic Peanut Butter w/ Hershey Kiss Cookies
These cookies are a classic for my family, and most families I know. It takes peanut butter cookies and adds some chocolaty goodness, which is something to be obsessed about. We can’t get enough of these when it holidays come around!
You will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Red/Green sugar crystals
- 48 Chocolate Hershey Kisses
- Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, soda and salt in a small bowl.
- At high speed, beat butter, peanut butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Reduce speed to low, beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture until completely combined.
- Using level tablespoonfuls per cookie, roll dough into balls, and coat with decorative sugars.
- Place on baking sheets and bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven. Immediately press 1 kiss into the center of each cookie. Remove from pan and let cool.
Makes 48 cookies. Again, this is my mothers recipe (which I’m sure is also many others recipe), but it means I don’t have exact times and sources. Enjoy!
I hope you and your family enjoys these cookies! I love trying new recipes for holiday cookies! What are some of your family’s favorites cookies this time of year? I love hearing from you! Like, comment, and share!