The Christmas tree is lit up, holiday music is playing in the background and the aroma of freshly baked cookies is in the air. Does it get any better than that? Although I acknowledge I am more of an amateur home cook than a baker, every holiday season I am motivated to bake cookies (motivation = magazine covers at the grocery store checkout).
I once accidently replaced the sugar in a recipe with salt and ended up with a pretty disgusting no-bake strawberry pie. Needless to say when I delve into searching for holiday cookie recipes, I make sure they are ridiculously simple, require no rolling or cutting and of course leave me drooling when reading the recipe. This holiday season I found 5 recipes I am so excited to try AND share so let's dive right in!
I love anything that isn’t suppose to be good for you (cookies) that have a healthy component (ginger). Curbs the guilt of eating a few, right? This cookie is a classic and just embodies the holidays. And despite the spicy “adult” flavour of ginger, my daughter actually loves soft ginger cookies.
Did you know that almond flour is an antioxidant? With all the holiday indulging, this holiday cookie must counteract all the junk I’m putting into my body, right? And with only 8 ingredients and a 35-minute prep and bake time, this might be one of the easiest and healthiest chocolate chip cookies around.
Like many of you, I have a thing for pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scents, actually pumpkin anything. It just makes ushering in the cold weather somewhat bearable. This recipe was created by a dietician and is packed with fibre-rich oats, whole grain flour and is low in sugar and fat so it was a no brainer to put on my attempt to bake list.
Davida at The Healthy Maven perfected the ultimate indulgence cookie that is also gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly. This would be a great “after holiday dinner with your tea and coffee” cookie. And perhaps even paired with some Bailey’s if you’re feeling particularly “grown up”.
My absolute favourite cookie is biscotti dipped in my latte. I love how it soaks up the latte and gets just the right amount of soggy and all the flavours meld together. This holiday flavoured treat looks sophisticated in a cookie jar and you don’t need to make dozens to give as gifts. The recipes makes 16 to 18 cookies and 6 in a jar make a lovely gift (even for vegans!).
Each of these recipes are perfect for eating and gift giving, the essence of the holidays in a nutshell. So if you think they are drool worth like I do and want to give them a go, click the recipe names to access complete ingredient lists and cooking directions. Happy baking (and snacking)!