I put the petal to the medal this holiday season with some different recipes for cookies. First round was some basic sugar cookies for decorating and the second round was a test between two different ginger bread cookie recipes.
I was pretty picky when looking through all the difference sugar cookie recipes on Pinterest. There are a ton to choose from, but I always find sugar cookies to be rather basic and was really focusing on ingredient list. I found this one that specifically called for almond extract with zero chill time. It also had me cut the dough a little on the thicker side for baking.
It wasn’t anymore complicated than other recipes and honestly, I found the consistency and taste spot on. The almond extract made a real difference in the flavor profile and the thicker cut helped maintain a softer texture. This is the recipe I used for the cookies from In Katrina’s Kitchen. The frosting was a custom recipe from a friend well versed in the baking world. I’m not sure I would recommend it for decorating per-say, but for taste? Absolutely. I’ll share that in another post.
Next up was the dual of gingerbread cookies. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of the rock-hard, snap in half type of cookies. I want me gingerbread cookies soft and chewy, almost bread like. So I picked two different recipes to see which one I liked more.
This one was all regular sugar and much heavier on the molasses. There was no chill time and a sugar coating before cooking. Overall the taste was great and the conclusion was that it would be great for dunking. Melt in your mouth type texture but definitely a little crunchier overall. Borderline sugar cookie vibe with a nice ginger-bite. Very simple and easier to throw together before a last minute event.
This ginger bread cookie recipe one the favorite cookie of the season award. Soft, chewy, and overall a more “authentic” ginger-bread like taste. It had way less molasses then the last one and only used brown sugar. There was a chill time (make sure you COVER it… learned that lesson..) and a nice little icing finish and wow is all of the little extra time worth it. Not something you can throw together quickly, but definitely wins over everyone who tries it. I brought home and empty tray from our community group this year. I can’t recommend this one enough.
All of these recipes I have saved on file for next season or for whenever I’m craving a good cookie. I’m no baking expert by any means and I tend to get nervous doing cakes or anything fancy, but cookies I always seem to love. So many different recipes that can hit any craving.
What’s your favorite cookie recipe? Send them my way! I would love to try them out.