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6 Classical Home-Made Cookies Recipes For All Occasions and Seasons

New home-made cookies recipes are always emerging seasonally, and they are often added to the cookie plate for your consumption.

Every single year, especially during festive periods, there are timeless treats again and again, and as you all probably know every holiday needs both new and old tradition to follow suite.

So, I would suggest that your make friends and family glow with excitement and engage their taste buds with these 10 home-made cookies recipes specially tabled for you.

Even if you have never made cookies before now, or you are a hard-core cookies freak (many of us are), you will pick up one or two things from this list of how to make your own home-made cookies.

Let’s get to it then.

  1. OATMEAL COOKIES

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Oatmeal cookies are one of the sweet treats many have enjoyed since childhood and they are a timeless classic kind of cookie. The kind of cookie I am sharing here have crispy edges and are chewy through the center; this is a very good cookie I must say.

You don’t believe me?

Wait till am done with this article.

Although there are numerous cookies recipes, and most likely you are familiar with a good number of them, the very best kind of oatmeal cookies recipe are the kind am sharing here.

I want to point out that here that whole oats and quick oats each on their own make a nice breakfast, but as far as cookies are concerned, old fashioned cookies are the best cookies you would want to try out.

Did you know that toasting your oats can make a huge difference in the flavor? I bet you had no idea but, if you did then you should know exactly what am talking about. Toasting the oats will change the way you actually make oatmeal cookies.

How To Make Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole oats, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

ITEMS

Measuring spoons(very essential)
Large baking sheet(s)
High-speed blender or food processor (optional)
Parchment paper or Silpat
Measuring cups
Medium mixing bowl
Stand mixer with paddle attachment or hand mixer and large bowl
Spatula
Wire cooling rack

PROCEDURE

From the very start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a single layer, spread the oats on a large baking sheets and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Afterwards, remove the sheet from the oven and allow to cool. Also, add ½ cup of the oats. I suggest you toast to a blender until the oats is finely ground. The baking powder, whole and grounds oats, flour, salt and cinnamon should be whisked together.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy for about 2 minutes, then mix the eggs one at a time, and also beat in the vanilla.

Gently mix the dry ingredients with the mixer on a low, and fold the raisins into dough.

Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes for chewy, soft cookies and 11-12 minutes for crispy cookies.

Finally remove from oven, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheets.

  1. PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

Between me and you, there are certain cookie recipes that are meant strictly for the holidays, unlike occasional cookies.  Trust me when I say that holiday cookies are just the best.

The peanut butter cookies fall under that category and it should be your one favorite Christmas cookie from now onwards.

Also, this recipe is one of the easiest as all you need do is just pop a little ball of peanut butter into a main muffin pan and bake until they are pale and puffy. Afterward, press the peanut butter cup into the center and voila you are done.

You see, I wasn’t kidding when I said it was the simplest.

Oh yeah, it is!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, then in a small bowl add flour, baking soda, salt and whisk up. Also, beat butter, sugar and peanut butter together until light fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla mix for another minute.

Reduce the mixer speed and add the ingredients and mix thoroughly, use the rubber spatula for final mix of the dough.

Finally, shape the dough into 1-inch balls and put in the cup of a muffin pan. Do not pressure the dough. Bake for the next 8-10 minutes until a light golden brown color is seen; remove from the oven and press the peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie.

Allow, to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing form pans and your cookie is ready for consumption.

  1. LINZER COOKIES

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Linzer cookies looks more like sandwich cookies, but they have tender, rich crumb. Borne in the city of Linz, theses amazing cookies consist of crust made from groundnuts, almonds and flour.

It’s actually amazing that cookies can be made from those.

Furthermore, almonds are the initial point for Linzer cookies. Sliced or whole almonds can be used for this dough so long as you toast the nuts and add a magnitude of flavor. Also, try to buy almonds that are fresh, and not that one that has been laying on your shelf for the past year.

INGREDENTS

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) whole, skin-on almonds
  • 2 1/4 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

ITEMS

  • Rolling pin
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor with blade attachment
  • Stand mixer with the paddle attachment
  • Parchment paper
  • Fluted round nesting cutters in 2-inch, and 1-inch

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING LINZER COOKIES

First of all, toast the almonds in a frying pan for about 8-minutes. Then allow the almonds to cool for about 20 minutes on a plate. Place the almonds in a food processor and add ½ cup of flour, process to a fine meal and later add 1 ¾ cups of flour and salt.

Also, beat the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes, add the vanilla and egg, return the mixer to medium speed and beat for a minute.  Add flour mixture and mix for about 30 seconds, stir the dough with a rubber spatula, then divide the dough into 2 equal portions about 4 ½ ounce each.

Furthermore, remove the dough form the refrigerator and unwrap, use 2 inch round cutter to cut as many round from the dough as possible then place 12 rounds on a paper lined baking sheets to cool for 30 minutes. Roll the remaining dough. Use 2 inch cutter to make rounds again, then use one inch cutter to make rounds again.

Finally, arrange the cookies in 2 racks and divide the oven into thirds and heat to 350 degree F. Bake the cookies until brown, allow to cool and serve.

 

  1. GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Gingerbread-Cookies

This richly spiced cookie coated with ginger, cinnamon and cloves is a scent of the season. Get this straight, with the wrong recipe they can become hard or even worse, so I have created a gingerbread cookie recipe that is not only flavorful, but also easy to handle.

HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups (18 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/2 ounces) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (12 ounces by weight) molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

EQUIPMENT

Measuring cups and spoons
Spatula
Scale
Stand mixer with paddle attachment
Parchment paper
Cookie cutters, such as rounds, person, trees, snowflake, star
Rolling pin
Pastry brush

First, whisk the ginger, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salts, nutmeg and cloves together in a bowl, then place the butter and brown sugar in that bowl, mix on a medium speed for about 3 minutes until the butter is lightened in color and fluffy. Also, add egg, molasses and vanilla and, mix for about 30 seconds.

Stop the mixer for now, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add flour then mix on a low speed for about minute.

Furthermore, remove the dough from the bowl, and divide it into 2 then shape each portion into 1 inch rectangle.

So, wrap the rectangle in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or better still overnight.

Now, heat the oven to 350 degree F and arrange 2 racks into the oven.

Meanwhile, sprinkle a few table spoons of flour on the rolling pan and unwrap one portion of the dough and place it on the flour. Brush off excess flour from the top of the dough with a pastry brush.

Then, cut as many shapes as possible with a cookie cutter, transfer the cut shapes to the baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between the cookies. Repeat rolling and cutting the second portion until you have filled the baking sheets

Finally, bake for 4 minutes, rotate the baking sheets between the racks until the edge appear dry and a bit dark brown than the other cookies. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely between batches and decorate the cookies with Royal Icing.

  1. BOOZY MARMALADE SHORTBREAD COOKIES

BOOZY MARMALADE SHORTBREAD COOKIES

These shortbread sandwich cookies display an element of a cocktail into a beautiful form of cookie, and I have no doubt that you will love them.

HOW TO MAKE BOOZY MARMALADE SHORTBREAD COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES:

  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

BOOZY MARMALADE:

  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 2 dashes bitters, such as Angostura
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for sprinkling on top

First of all you should know there is a special equipment used in making this cookie and it is a 2 /1/2 to 3 inch cookie cutter. Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets, then with an electric hand mixer, mix the butter vanilla and sugar and beat on a medium high until creamy. Try not to eat too much of the mixture before you can make the cookies because, am sure the mixture is enticing.

Sift the flour and salt together, and slowly add the vanilla, butter, sugar mixture and avoid over mixing else it will look gross. Place the dough into a disk and cover with a plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Finally, roll up the dough in two pieces to 1/8 inch thick, then use a 1 ½ to 3 inch round cookie cutter I stated earlier to cut the dough into 36 to 40 rounds. With that cutter, cut the hole in the center of the cookie and place the cookie on a prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for about 15 minutes until the edges become brown, cool on a wire and serve.

  1. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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For me, these cookies are my favorites. I am being honest here. There seems to be an inclination to chocolates for women no matter the source, even if it were to be from cookies. Chocolate chip cookies come with this awesome taste of real chocolates, and don’t start getting scared as you aren’t making any chocolate. Just the cookies.

So, if you will read through, am sure you will know how to make chocolate chip cookies in no time.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark, but we prefer dark!)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, very soft
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

EQUIPMENT

Large bowl
Mixing spoon
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Baking sheet
Cooling racks

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degree F and spray the cookie sheet with nonstick spray or you can use a liner.

Then mix the two sugars. Endeavor to break any chunk of brown sugar until it is fully mixed. Mix the softened butter into the sugar in globs, then mix the cracked with butter / sugar in a bowl eggs one at a time.

Also, measure and mix the salt, vanilla, baking soda with flour into a separate bowl, add the flour at once. To avoid forming, mix the butter a little while longer.

Now, if you prefer you can mix the baking soda and salt with the flour in a separate bowl instead of just adding them. With this, the ingredients will go round the batter. Honestly I just prefer to save myself an extra bowl to wash that why I do this.

Furthermore, add the chocolate chips and use the folding motion to compress them together into the butter. Then, scoop the butter onto the baking sheet, space the balls of the dough roughly 2 inches apart. Use a tablespoon and measure out slightly rounded balls, you can make them larger if you want.

Finally, bake the cookies for about 9-11 minutes, take them out as soon as they look puffy and dry to touch. Allow them to cool for a minute and as they cool they will certainly collapse by themselves.

Note that; mixing cookies, as most of us like to do, makes the cookies denser and chewier. You can make the chocolate cookies with hands or mixer. Also, the cookie dough can be refrigerated for several days before baking. This will deepen the caramel flavor into the cookies.

 

Research Materials Used For This Article and Further Reading:

TheKitchn.com

BrownEyedBaker.com

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