Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes: All In One For Holiday Baking

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Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!

 

Butter

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hen comes to baking cookies, do you use butter or margarine? It is best to use butter for your holiday cooking baking.  Why? Margarine just doesn’t have the fat to make the cookies perfect and flavorful. Plus margarine tends to make cookies thinner ad they can burn easier.  As author Joan Dye Gussow once said, As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than I trust chemists.”

If you do want to substitute margarine for butter in your holiday cookie baking, then my suggestion would be to watch the cookies. Bake them with a few minutes shy of the directions. This way they will not burn.

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies  photos from Bowl Me Over and Full Belly Sisters

Butter also works best at room temperature in holiday baking recipes. What is room temperature butter? Do I take it out the fridge and microwave it for 30 seconds to make it soft and room temperature?

NO! Do not do that!  It will make the butter just too soft. The best thing for butter in holiday cooking baking is to take out the fridge, put on your counter for an hour. Then use it. This is just the right amount of time to soften the butter and make it the right texture and temperature for the perfect cookie.

Unsalted butter vs salted butter, which is better? The grand dame of baking and cooking, Ms. Julia Child has always said it is best to use unsalted butter when comes to baking.  Some brands of salted butter have more sodium than others.  If you use salted butter, only use 1/2 the amount of salt called for in the recipe. Do not skip the salt, as salt brings out flavors and balances the sweetness in a recipe.

Flour

Sift or not to sift? Originally the idea of sifting flour was because it helped get rid of the lumps and critters that could be in flour. Flour mills have come a long way since then that having flour with lots of impurities isn’t so much the case.

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies from A Dish Of Daily Life, Mildly Meandering, and Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

However, it is still a good idea to loosen up the flour for holiday cookie baking. When flour sits on a shelf so long, it can settle. By loosening up the flour it makes for fluffier cookies. Truthfully, not sifting the flour can lead to a dry cookie.

How can you prevent the dry cookie? Put the dry ingredients in a fine-mesh strainer over a piece of parchment paper, shake the strainer until everything’s on the paper, then when it’s time to add, pick up the paper and let the ingredients slide out into the mixing bowl.

Eggs

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies from The Foodie Affair, Masala Herb, and April GoLightly

Always use fresh eggs. Also for great holiday cooking baking, incorporate room temperature eggs into the creamed butter and sugar one at a time. The trick to getting eggs room temperature? Well unline butter there is a quick trick for this,  place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to warm them up quickly.

Mixing Up The Dough

Overmixing cookie dough can lead to tough cookies. Always add the dry ingredients in a few batches to the dough. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go to keep everything incorporating evenly.

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies fromWest Via Midwest, Platter Talk, The Foodie Affair

Holiday Cookie Baking

Always preheat the oven before you start baking. The rule of thumb is to preheat the oven 10 to 15 minutes before you begin baking cookies. Is your oven at the right temperature? It is best to invest in an oven thermometer. This will help you know if your oven is baking, roasting, basically behaving correctly.

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies from Take Two Tapas,  A Kitchen A Hoor’s Adventures, Take Two Tapas

baking sheets, what do I use? There are different types out there. Allrecipes had a guide that breaks it down so nicely:

  • Thin baking sheets might allow the bottoms to brown too fast.
  • Insulated baking sheets allow air movement and help cookies bake evenly, but they can be expensive.
  • Cookie baking sheets without rims allow cookies to easily slide off the sheet when they’re used with a liner.
  • Semi-thick rimmed baking sheets—also called jellyroll pans—are available just about everywhere, and are a fine multipurpose baking choice.

What is the ideal baking sheet to use? The best sheet for baking is light colored, shiny, without sides and made from heavy-gauge aluminum. My personal choice is the ones made by OXO. They are simply wonderful for holiday cookie baking.

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Recipes

As promised here is a list of of cookie recipes that will please everyone this holiday season!

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!
Cookies on Seduction in the Kitchen

From Seduction in the Kitchen:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting
  2. Lady Locks A Pittsburgh Cookie
  3. Chocolate Cookie Butter Blossoms
  4. Almost A Nutter Butter Cookie
  5. Chocolate Ravioli Cookies
  6. Amaretto Toffee Oat Balls 
  7. Apple Pie Cookies

From Other Food Bloggers:

  1. GRANDMA COCHRANE’S HOMEMADE PECAN SANDIES from Bowl Me Over

  2. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies with Pretzels from Full Belly Sisters
  3. GRANDMA BERTHA’S BUTTER COOKIES from Bowl Me Over

  4. LEMON BLUEBERRY BARS from A Dish Of Daily Life

  5. Hot Chocolate Cookies from Mildly Meandering
  6. WHITE CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE COOKIES from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish

  7. Mexican Wedding Cookies from The Foodie Affair

  8. Lebkuchen Recipe – Gingerbread Cookies from Masala Herb

  9. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES from April  GoLightly
  10. Thumbprint Cookies With Salted Rolo Candy from Take Two Tapas

  11. ESPRESSO MOCHA MACARON WITH SALTED DARK CHOCOLATE FILLING from A Kitchen A Hoor’s Adventures

  12. Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies from Take Two Tapas

  13. TROPICAL CHRISTMAS COOKIES from West Via MidWest

  14. SPITZBUBEN JAM SANDWICH HOLIDAY COOKIES from Platter Talk

  15. Chocolate Shortbread Snow Cookies from The Foodie Affair

 

Holiday Cookie Baking Guide and Recipes are full of tips and tricks to create the perfect cookies for the holiday season. If you want to bake the best cookies this holiday season then this guide is what you need. Plus it has some really nice recipes you can follow as well!

 

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24 Comments
  • Sarah
    November 27, 2017

    This is amazing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to sift and then…sighing…just say it doesn’t need it. And while I’m sure I should still follow the recipe, you saying that flour mills have come a long way makes me feel just a little bit better about my rebellious side!

    • Deanna
      November 27, 2017

      To sift or not to sift. If your flour has been in your pantry for a year then yes please sift it, just to freshen it up. If you just bought it, then bake away!

  • Liz
    November 27, 2017

    This is such a handy guide!! I’m definitely more of a cook than a baker so these tips are helpful!

  • Ginny
    November 27, 2017

    Great information on baking the best light and delicious cookies. Thanks for over 20 cookie recipes too!

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      You are welcome!! Thank yo!!

  • Edyta at Innocent Delight
    November 27, 2017

    I love the tips and you gave us a nice collection of cookies. Cannot wait to start baking.

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      Thank you!!! I love baking season myself 🙂

  • Debra C.
    November 27, 2017

    Love the baking tips! I’m doing quite a bit of holiday baking this year and I’ve found some delicious ideas here!!

  • lisa
    November 28, 2017

    Ok, ok – time to get out my apron and rolling pin… You’ve given me a lot of inspiration and some terrific tips — always preheat the oven…. Got it!

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      Yep preheat it!! Thank you!!!

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    November 28, 2017

    Thank you for including my cookies, Deanna! This is a great guide! Sharing!

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      You are so welcome!!! Thank you!!

  • linda spiker
    November 28, 2017

    Oh no question I am with you, butter all the way!

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      Butter baby butter lol!!!

  • Tina
    November 28, 2017

    Holiday cookies are new to me, baking at least, I have plenty experience eating these;) This is very helpful, thanks!

  • Beth
    November 28, 2017

    This is very comprehensive list of baking tips! Great instruction!!

  • Juie
    November 28, 2017

    Great post Deanna! Love all the tips and cookie recipes!

  • Luci
    November 28, 2017

    Using only butter gives you such a better cookie. It maybe a little expensive but its worth it, I normally stock up on butter around this time because a lot of stores have sales for it to be cheaper.

    • Deanna
      November 28, 2017

      Im the same way I stock up on butter. Right now Costco has the best price for it, so got it from there. 🙂