Not your grandma’s cookies

Take time this weekend to bake some holiday classics

Baking treats during the holiday season involves digging out traditional recipes that have been in the family for decades. This December, get creative or keep it simple with some of the hottest recipes found on Pinterest. Each recipe is in order of its rank on the difficulty scale, with 1 meaning it’s a quick treat to make and 15 meaning a kitchen challenge awaits. From peppermint to eggnog, there is sure to be a flavorful baked good that will impress loved ones and be incredibly tasty.

3 Ingredient Frozen Peppermint Pie: 1

Ingredients 2 pre-made Oreo cookie pie crust 1 8 oz. container Cool Whip (whipped cream) 1 (1.5 quart) container Peppermint Ice Cream Crushed candy canes to top (optional) Directions Soften ice cream until easy to mix with Cool Whip. Spread into cookie pie crust. Freeze for several hours. Top with crushed candy canes or crumbled Oreos or chocolate sauce. Recipe can be at www.thirtyhandmade...

Peanut Butter Blossoms: 2

Ingredients 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 egg 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Additional granulated sugar About 36 Hershey's Kisses milk chocolates, unwrapped Directions 1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated suga...

3 Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies: 3

Ingredients 2 cups butter, cold and cut into pieces 1 cup packed light brown sugar 4½ cups all purpose flour, divided Optional: Your favorite sprinkles Directions Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and brown sugar. Using paddle attachment, mix until fluffy and light. Add 3½ cups of the flour and mix...

White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Bark: 4

Ingredients  20 ounces white chocolate Candiquick or white chocolate morsels 16 Oreos, roughly chopped 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes Directions Line a 13 x 9 baking tray with parchment paper, making sure that extra paper hangs over the sides for easy lifting once chocolate is hardened. Set aside. Assemble Oreo cookies and crushed candy canes so that toppings are ready to use. In a medium ...

Christmas Crunch: 5

Ingredients 1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn 1 (12 oz) bag Vanilla Candy Melts (such as Wilton Candy Melts) 1 1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces 1 (12 oz) bag green and red Milk Chocolate or Mint M&Ms Red, green and white Sprinkles (I used Jingle Mix Nonpareils) Directions Pop popcorn in a popcorn popper into a large bowl (or alternately in the microwave if using microwave bags of ...

Carmel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods: 6

Ingredients     1/2 cup of salted butter (1 stick) 2 cups sugar 1 cup light karo syrup 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk 1/2 tsp vanilla Pretzel Rods 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate Directions Prepare two large baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper. Add butter, sugar, and karo syrup to a large heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, abou...

Cranberry Christmas Cake: 7 (Gluten free option!)

Ingredients 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour * 12 oz fresh cranberries * Gluten Free Substitution: 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour 1/2 cup potato starch 1/4 cup tapioca starch 1 teaspoon xanthan gum - See more info here Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slig...

Chocolate Kiss Powder Cookies: 8

Ingredients One sheet pie crust that makes a 9-inch pie, thawed (I used Trader Joe's; homemade may be substituted) About 15 chocolate kisses (Mini Peanut Butter Cups or Rolos may be substituted) About 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for dredging Directions Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray; set aside. Place pie crust on a lightly floure...

Rudolph Cookies: 9

Ingredients Easy Brownie Cookies: 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix 2 eggs 1/3 C. oil Chocolate Frosting: 3/4 C. butter, softened 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 Tbsp. milk. more if needed 2 C. powdered sugar, more if needed  Other: Mint M&M's, you'll need the red the white Nilla Wafers 1/4, C. Melted chocolate Pretzels Directions Preheat oven...

Eggnog Snickerdoodles: 10

Ingredients For the cookies: 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour ¾ tsp cornstarch ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp salt 2 tbsp (28) unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup (60mL) light or dairy-free eggnog, warmed to room temperature 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup (48g) granulated sugar ¼ cup (52g) light brown sugar For the coating: 3 tbsp (36g) gra...

Melting Snowmen Cookie Oreo Balls: 11

Ingredients One package Oreos One Package Mini Oreos Three packages white melting chocolates or chocolate chips One package 8 oz Cream Cheese, Brick, Softened Decorating Icing or Gel Directions Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in shallow pan Refrigerate 20 min Dip balls in melted coating; place in sha...

Homemade Toffee: 12

Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter. (room temperature will provide the best results) 1 cup sugar. pinch salt. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped nuts. pecans, walnuts, almonds…whatever. Directions Cover the bottom of a 9 by 9 pan with aluminum foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (To use a cookie sheet double the recipe.) Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan. (don't use a ...

Gingerbread cookies: 13

 Dough Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar ...

Perfect Frosted Sugar Cookies: 14

Ingredients For the Cookies 1½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened 2 cups granulated sugar 4 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla, almond, peppermint, or coconut extract (recommended: Nielsen-Massey) 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt For the Frosting 2 cups powdered sugar 2-4 tbsp. milk 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond, peppermint, or coconut extract ...

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups: 15

Ingredients 1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough ½ cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ½ cup white chocolate chips 12 mini pretzels 1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits *optional - granulated sugar Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put 1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins. *Update - an o...

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