10 Creative Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Ready for some deliciously baked holiday treats, but tired of using the same old pre-packaged M&M cookie dough? Look no further! Her Campus has compiled a list of 10 new easy-to-bake holiday cookies! Get out your oven mitts and read on; you’ll almost be able to smell that warm, sugary goodness!

Peppermint-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 (16.5 ounce) tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, separated into 1-cup portions
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for decoration
  • 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, and a 1/2-ounce cookie scoop
  • 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  • mixing bowl
  • tablespoon

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat it to 350 degrees. In your mixing bowl, knead the cookie dough and 1/4 cup of flour together until smooth. Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use the cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough. Keep kneading out the scraps of dough and rolling it out until you’ve used all of it (you should be able to cut about 24!). Place your dough circles on one of the baking sheets and bake the cookies in the oven until they’re slightly golden around the edges (approx. 10 minutes). Let the cookies cool completely.
Set up a double boiler by placing a bowl with the cup of chocolate chips and the cream over a pan of simmering water. After the chocolate has melted, whisk in the peppermint extract and refrigerate the mixture for an hour.
Take the chocolate mixture out of the refrigerator and place about a tablespoon of the chocolate on half of the cookies. Use the remaining cookies to make sandwiches with the chocolate-topped cookies. Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and freeze them until the chocolate filling has set (about 25 minutes).
Combine the remaining cup of chocolate chips and the vegetable oil in another bowl, set up another double boiler, and stir the mixture until smooth. Dip the top of each cookie sandwich in the melted chocolate and place on the baking sheet to set. Sprinkle the tops with your crushed candy canes and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

What you need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • wax paper
  • small pot
  • teaspoon

In your small pot, combine the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute, and then add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Use the teaspoon to dollop the mixture onto your wax paper. Wait until your cookies have cooled and hardened, and enjoy!

Cookie Dough Truffles with Sea Salt

What you need:

  • ready-made chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 2 (12-ounce) bags semisweet chocolate morsels
  • coarse sea salt
  • your preferred type of chocolate morsels (white, milk, etc.), melted
  • sprinkles
  • chopped nuts
  • cocoa powder
  • powdered sugar
  • toothpicks or wooden skewers
  • baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  • plastic wrap
  • teaspoon

Use your teaspoon to dish out large spoonfuls of the cookie dough and roll them into little balls. Arrange them up on your lined baking sheets. Cover the sheets with plastic wrap and let them set in the freezer for at least 2 hours (they can stay in there for up to 1 week). Set up a double boiler by placing a bowl of the semisweet chocolate morsels over a pan of simmering water and melt until smooth. Remove the baking sheet of truffles from the freezer and use the toothpicks/skewers to dip the dough into the chocolate. Place the coated balls on the parchment to set, removing the toothpick. Sprinkle the truffles with a little bit of sea salt and decorate them with your other chocolate morsels, chopped nuts, sprinkles, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Place the baking sheets in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so the chocolate can set. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week!

“Forgotten Kiss” Meringues

What you need:

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup superfine granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  • electric mixer
  • 2 teaspoons

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use the electric mixer to beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar and continue to beat until fluffy (be careful not to over beat; make sure you stop mixing when the whites make fluffy peaks, otherwise the whites will fall). Add the sugar to the mixture slowly until half of it has been incorporated, then add the vanilla extract. Continue to beat the egg whites and add the rest of the sugar gradually. When all of the sugar has dissolved, gently fold in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Use the two teaspoons to push spoonfuls of the meringue back and forth from spoon to spoon in order to dollop the mixture onto your baking sheets. Place the baking sheets in the oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies in the oven for at least 2 hours, or until they’re crisp and dry.

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Lauren is a sophomore at Wellesley College majoring in Political Science and Theater Studies. She is originally from Princeton, New Jersey, and enjoys any ice cream flavor with the word "coffee" in it. When she is not writing for Her Campus or satiating her constant need to read fashion and health magazines, Lauren can be found watching the latest MARVEL film, reading restaurant reviews, dancing, singing, or expanding her itunes library. Lauren loves Russian literature, the Food Network, and Jennifer Aniston, and hopes to one day find a career that marries her passions for the entertainment, fashion, and journalism industries.