I’m sure you’ve seen the wonderful — and wonderfully easy — bar cookies that Times cooking columnist Ben Mims developed for this year’s holiday season. These cookies are beautiful and will please everyone in your cookie-making party. However, some people consider the process of decorating and baking individual cookies an essential part of the holiday season.
This recipe is for you if you love classic sugar cookies iced with holiday whimsy. It was one the 10 most popular entries from the L.A. Times 2013 Holiday Cookie Bake Off.
This easy recipe for sugar cookies is sweet and homemade.
YieldsMakes approximately 2½ dozen (3-inch) cookies
From a time and efficiency standpoint, these “dream” cookies fall somewhere between the convenience of bar cookies and the intricate, multistep process of rolling dough, cutting out individual cookies, baking, icing and decorating them. A cookie scoop makes quick work of portioning the individual cookies, and different-sized sprinkles or dragées allow for simple decorating with an elegant-looking result.
These cookies are light and airy and packed with eggnog. They were inspired by Swedish “dream cookies”, making them a great addition to holiday parties.
Time1 hour and 30 minutes
YieldsIt’s approximately 50
These house-shaped cookies are another finalist in L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake Off 2017. They can be decorated with detailed detail and don’t require the engineering required for complicated, multi-level, 3-D gingerbread homes. Even if you only have one or two slices of gingerbread, it won’t take the whole house down.
These holiday gingerbread cookies are full of warmth and spice, but not too much for children. These cookies are perfect for decorating Christmas cookies.
YieldsEach cookie makes approximately 3 dozen, depending on its size.
These molasses cookies make a great holiday treat. They’re simple and elegant, with a hint of spice.
These molasses-based cookies have a lot of spice and sugar, reminding of grandma’s recipes. They are a popular choice for Christmas and other holidays.
YieldsAbout 4 dozen cookies.
They look like basic chocolate crinkle cookies dusted with confectioner’s sugar, but one bite — even just a whiff — immediately tells you that this is not quite what it seems. The unique combination of cocoa powder, anise-y liquorice and almond paste creates a delicious flavor that will please chocolate and licorice enthusiasts alike.
This rich chocolate cookie is a perfect combination of sweet almond paste and anise-y liquorice.
Time1 hour and 30 minutes
YieldsAbout 2 1/2 dozen
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