Christmas is my favorite holiday and it’s just around the corner! Ever since I was a little girl, I have longed for this day. My favorite people in one place, all that joy, coziness, carols and laughter. Let’s not forget the piles of mouth-watering food. I mean, who doesn’t love that?
Although preparations for Christmas dinner parties can be quite stressful, I see it as an opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. Santa has his elves, so why not get a helper of your own – your partner, kids, friends – to help you in the kitchen? It is the most magical time of the year and should be spent with great people and in festive spirit.
If you are hosting a dinner party, make sure you step up your game! After all, this is the time of the year when we make the most of our cooking skills. I truly believe that Christmas treats are the icing on the cake when it comes to gatherings like these, which is why I will share some of my favorite jaw-dropping cookies that will suit everyone’s taste.
So, are you ready to serve some of that Christmas spirit on the table with these incredible cookie ideas? Here are my top five Christmas cookie ideas:
#1 Christmas gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread cookies are a must on Christmas! They are fun to make and delicious to eat. The fun part is that kids can help you cut them into shapes and decorate them. But why do kids go crazy over these cookies? I think it’s because they have a bit of personality. You can draw faces, outfits, and it’s a great creative outlet for kids. Make your own gingerbread village and it will definitely steal the show.
My advice is to think beyond the traditional gingerbread man cookie and be creative. The possibilities are endless. You can make different shapes, cut out edible Christmas decorations, or even build houses out of gingerbread. You can create a winter wonderland with nothing more than gingerbread, and if you do, your kids will be thrilled, I promise.
Gingerbread cookies are the perfect Christmas treats. They are moist, flavorful and will fill your house with a scent of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, whatever you decide. Be brave, experiment, add your own secret ingredient. At the end of the day, grab your hot cocoa, a blanket, a plate of your delicious cookies and enjoy the winter magic.
The one-and-only bite-sized indulgence. My absolute favorite. What’s not to like about truffles? They are easy to make, time efficient, inexpensive, and most important, you can prepare them ahead of time. If you have a busy December schedule but still have to feed a crowd, this is the way to go.
The name comes from a fungus called truffle. The reason why they are called the same is because of their similar shape which is rustic and misshapen. Even though they have a gourmet reputation, they are actually pretty easy to make. You only need two ingredients, chocolate and cream.
Truffles can be formed and finished in many different ways. After choosing a good-quality chocolate (around 60% cacao chocolate), chop it and pour the heated cream on top. While whisking it, you will start to get a silky and shiny mixture called ganache. The ganache is the base upon which truffles are formed.
Give the ganache enough time to cool down and then start making your truffles. The easiest way to do them is to roll them in your hand and create small heavenly bites. For decorating them, you can choose whatever comes to mind. Dip them in chocolate, roll them in cocoa powder, cover them with luster dust or sprinkle them with chocolate shavings – the list goes on and on. Hurry up, make a wonderful presentation.
#3 Peanut butter cookies
If you are a fan of peanut butter, these are the cookies that will satisfy your cravings for chocolate and peanut butter at the same time. The incredible thing about this is that you can use whatever you have in your pantry. There are crunchy peanut butter cookies, there are smooth ones, you can even go for a no-bake version. Simple as that.
It goes without saying that the star of these cookies is the peanut butter. So, try using creamy peanut butter instead of the natural type where the oil separates in the jar. Remember, you are aiming for perfection.
Peanut butter cookies, I believe most of you will agree, are best made soft. To make this happen, bake them only for about 10-12 minutes. After removing them from the oven, let them cool down on the baking sheet. In no time, you will have your soft peanut butter cookies. However, if you prefer crunchy cookies, let them bake for a few more minutes and you are good to go.
There are so many different ways of making brownies, let alone decorating them. Fluffy brownies can easily win everyone over. It is a one bowl dessert, suitable for any occasion. Are you wondering if something as delicious as a brownie can really be this easy? The answer is YES. They are so easy to make, you will think there’s something wrong with the recipe.
That being said, it is still puzzling why many people use the store box mix for brownies. You need less than 10 ingredients. What you need is some butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, flour and a bit of salt. I’m sure you already have all of that at home. Just mix the right amount in a bowl, pour it in a pan and pop it into the oven.
Your brownies will be ready before you know it. You can top them with cream or berries, or glaze them with ganache. The best way to do this is to wait for them to cool down before cutting into them. The real question is, does anyone wait?
#5 Christmas sugar cookies
Speaking of Christmas sugar cookies, tons of ideas come to mind. Don’t you agree? They are ideal for decorating. You can shape them into countless festive symbols and top them with any frosting you decide. There’s nothing better than a Christmas sugar cookie with a cup of hot tea.
Icing a sugar cookie is a ritual. You need piping bags and small piping tips to make it adorable. After you make sure the icing has the right consistency, outline the Christmas sugar cookies first, then fill the center and use a toothpick to spread the icing around.
Another way is to flavor them with almond extract or vanilla extract. If you like sugar more, what you can do is flatten the sugar cookies with the bottom of a sugar-coated glass. Trust me, it tastes as delicious as it sounds.
I hope you got inspired by these incredible and easy cookie ideas. Now, you have all the tips for creating the flawless sweet table for your guests. You know what they say, “Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling”. Make it memorable!
I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!