Nothing beats eating a cookie on a cold autumn day, especially when said cookie comes right out of the oven! Cookies are super easy to make, which is probably why they’re such a popular treat (that, and because they’re delicious – who doesn’t enjoy a good cookie?). Even as someone who’s struggled with basic food dishes, I’ve found baking cookies to be a super easy project and a great hobby!
Today, I want to share some of the cookies I’ve been making this year. None of these recipes will take much longer than an hour to make, and they’re all done in a few easy steps! Plus, they’re super yummy!
Shortbread cookies are delightful, and they also happen to be super easy to make! In fact, the shortbread cookie recipe I use only has 5 ingredients and yields at least a few dozen cookies. The directions are really straightforward: you just mix the dough, shape it and bake it! Once they’ve cooled, you dip them, and you’re good to go! Easy and tasty!
The hardest part of this recipe is honestly melting chocolate chips without burning them, but for small amounts like this, I have found a solution that really helps! Once you’ve measured out your chips, put them into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave them in 30-second increments, stirring with a small spoon or spatula each time. This lets the chocolate melt smoothly, and it should be successfully melted in a matter of minutes! I recommend dark chocolate chips for shortbread recipes, but you can use whatever your heart desires!
Here’s the shortbread recipe I use: https://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-dipped-shortbread-cookies-15364
Banana Chocolate Chip
Banana chocolate chip cookies are also really easy to make, and they’re a more soft and filling twist on your regular chocolate chip cookie! This recipe is quite similar to that of normal chocolate chip cookies except you add an extra step by mashing and adding some bananas! It’s a little more time-consuming because you need to refrigerate the dough to make it scoop-able, but after that, you just stick them in the oven and watch the fluffy goodness rise!
Here’s the banana chocolate chip recipe I use: https://www.momontimeout.com/chocolate-chip-banana-cookies/
I’d never actually made snickerdoodles until just last week when I found out some of my friends loved them. Turns out, they’re really pretty easy and a great snack! There’s no chocolate in these, they get most of their flavor from cinnamon and sugar, so if chocolate isn’t your thing, I definitely recommend you try these out! I find the best part about this recipe is rolling the dough in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. It’s fun to do and it really gives the cookies a fun texture!
Here’s the recipe I used for soft and sweet snickerdoodles: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/soft-thick-snickerdoodles-in-20-minutes/
Oatmeal cookies are so fun, especially because of how customizable they are! I usually make my oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, but raisins, pecans and peanut butter also taste super good! A recipe like this really lets you get creative with your toppings/fillings. Sometimes, I even split my batch to make half of them chocolate chip and half of them raisin!
The recipe I use comes from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, but it’s available online, too! Here it is: https://www.bhg.com/recipe/desserts/oatmeal-cookies/
Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies
Everyone I’ve talked to since June has heard me raving about these coffee cookies. They’re absolutely delicious, both to people who don’t usually drink coffee (like me) and everyday coffee consumers (my mother). It’s a modification of the regular chocolate chip cookie that incorporates instant coffee granules. The recipe I use also includes a coffee-flavoured drizzle on top made of icing sugar and instant coffee, which is soooooo yummy. It’s a little more complicated than the others I’ve listed, but trust me, this recipe is definitely worth it.
Here’s the recipe I love to use: https://marshasbakingaddiction.com/chocolate-chip-coffee-cookies/
Ginger and Molasses
Ginger and Molasses cookies have been one of my favourites since I was little. With such a warm, chewy center, there’s so much to enjoy. Plus, the spices and molasses make them a great autumn treat! Like with the snickerdoodles, a fun part about this recipe is getting to roll the dough in sugar! Similar to the banana cookies, though, the molasses makes the dough quite liquid, so the dough needs to be chilled for about an hour before shaping them. Still, super worth the wait!
Here’s the recipe I use: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chewy-ginger-molasses-cookies/
Just writing this article has me itching to make some of these delicious recipes! If you find yourself with an hour on your hands and you’re craving some sugar, you should definitely give some of these a try. You’ll end up with some scrumptious cookies to enjoy with a glass of milk or to share with your friends and family! I hope you enjoy them! Happy baking!