There's something about every holiday that begs for sugar cookies, so we had to make sure we put this recipe in our lineup. A classic, anytime of the year treat, from scratch sugar cookies are simply the best.
We took one of our favourite recipes for sugar cookies from Everyday Annie, swapped out the flour and added some xanthan gum — it was that easy!
The original recipe is for easy to bake and frost cookies, since you can simply roll the dough in balls, flatten, and bake. However we find it works just as well for cut-out cookies — and who doesn't love a versatile recipe?
Be warned, the full recipe makes a LOT of cookies, so get ready to roll! You can enjoy them plain, decorated with soft frosting, royal icing, or you can cover them in sprinkles before baking. Kids and adults alike will have plenty of fun decorating (and as you can tell we have a soft spot for using sprinkles for an extra bit of sparkle!)
Prep: 30-45 minutes (plus 1 hour resting time)
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 2-5 dozen cookies (depending on size and shape)
Crescent Cookies (Vanillekipferl) are a European Christmas tradition and a holiday staple in our family. These sweet, delicate cookies are typically made with walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts. This year we used pecans for a different taste, and because we had easy access to them.
The nutty flavour is complimented by the vanilla extract in the dough, and the dusting of powdered sugar on top — sure to be a cookie that everyone will enjoy this holiday season. If you have vanilla powder, you can add it to your powdered sugar for extra flavour!
Prep: 45 minutes (plus 12 hours resting time)
Cook time: 18 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Love chocolate? Participating in a holiday cookie exchange? Looking for an easy recipe to make with the kids? If you answered yes to any of those questions, these are the cookies you'll want to make right now!
Chewy, fudgy, super chocolatey — chocolate crinkles are an absolutely irresistible treat you'll want to keep all for yourself, but so easy to make that you won't mind sharing. These are great for baking with the kids, who are sure to be delighted and impressed by the appearance they take on as they bake.
Prep: 15 minutes (plus 4 hours resting time)
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies
Italian Savoiardi (or ladyfingers as we affectionately call them in North America) are versatile, lightly sweet sponge biscuits, that always seem to be the key ingredient in many a decadent recipe (tiramisu anyone?) We also really enjoy them on their own, with a generous dusting of icing sugar.
Despite the fact you can buy a gluten free factory-made version of these in the store, nothing beats fresh biscuits when you're looking to maximize on flavour. These do have a short shelf life, so plan on using them right away.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Yield: 2 - 2 ½ dozen (24 - 30) biscuits
We're always testing new recipes, and for our egg-free, dairy-free friends we spent a good amount of time getting this one for chocolate chip cookies just right.
Our latest experiment in adding more dairy-free and egg-free recipes into our repertoire led us to using aquafaba (also known as chickpea juice) as an egg substitute. We make a lot of hummus and always have a can of chickpeas around, so we gave it a try and were amazed with the results.
These chocolate chip cookies are vegan-friendly too (just swap out the chocolate chips for the mix-in of your choosing, or vegan-friendly chocolate chips.)
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-10 minutes
Yield: 1 ½ dozen (18) cookies
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