By Courtney Hakanson
A Cookie for Every Taste
During the holidays, we always keep the kitchen stocked full of butter, sugar and our favorite spices in anticipation of making our much-loved holiday treats. Throughout the years we’ve concocted everything from candy cane truffles to gingerbread brownies and beyond. Yet, no matter what unique holiday confection we’re testing each year, we always make a batch of simple, buttery sugar cookies. To us, it’s not the holidays without them.
Sugar cookies are versatile and can take on various flavors and ingredients, making them the hardest working cookie dough in our holiday line-up. You can freeze the dough ahead of time and use only when needed. With a freezer filled with your own homemade slice and bake, a cookie baking party with your favorite girlfriends can be assembled at a moments notice.
Our thoughts on decorating? While simply icing sugar cookies is always an option, we love to experiment with different flavors and components to add inventiveness to the sugar cookie’s blank canvas. Below we’ve included some potential ingredient combinations and ideas, all of which can be made with the basic sugar cookie dough that follows.
- Cranberry-Pistachio Coins: After mixing dough, form into a log and roll exterior into a mixture of dried cranberries and pistachios. Freeze and slice directly from the log before baking.
- Thumbprint Classics: Make thumbprint cookies by rolling already chilled dough into small balls, making an indent with your thumb and filling with your jam of choice just before baking. We love raspberry and apricot.
- Festive Chocolate Chip: After mixing dough, fold in a chopped flavored chocolate bar (look for ones that are about 3.5 ounces) like peppermint or gingerbread for a holiday twist on chocolate chip cookies. Form into a log before freezing and you have your own slice and bake!
- Pecan & Sparkles: After chilling, roll balls of dough in chopped pecans and sanding sugar before baking.
- Peppermint Delights: After mixing dough, but before chilling, fold in white chocolate chips (1 cup) and some broken candy canes for a festive and minty confection.
GirlZone Sugar Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
11 tbs salted butter-room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, nutmeg and baking soda until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, blend together the butter and sugar until smooth and pale. At that point, add in the egg and vanilla and mix only until just combined. Mixture should appear light and fluffy.
- In batches, introduce the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixture. Continue to add in until the mixture has formed dough. If you’re including a mix-in, add in just after the dough has formed, and delicately fold in.
- At this point, either form the dough into a disk and refrigerate overnight for sugar cookie-cut outs or thumbprint cookies. You’ll need to roll the dough out for cut outs once it’s chilled. Alternatively, roll the dough into a log for slice and bake, coating the outside with any ingredients you want to use.
- To bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Once heated, bake for 8 -12 minutes depending on the heat of your oven and thickness of cookie. Let cool entirely before eating or storing.