Oat and Sesame
Do you hear that? Christmas music is now in every store, twinkly lights are romantically illuminating streets and houses, and our kitchens are cozy, warm, and ready for action: The holidays are officially here.
We are still early to the game — it is only Dec. 2, after all — but that doesn’t mean we can’t start scheduling plans for cookie swaps, planning cookie decorating extravaganzas, and crafting holiday gifts for friends, neighbors, and co-workers. So when it is time to bake some delicious cookies up for Santa and his reindeer — because Santa can’t have stale cookies — you’ll know exactly which holiday cookie is your favorite.
For this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme) we reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers for cookie inspiration. As expected, the inboxes were flooded with so many wonderful-looking holiday confections! Check out our Christmas Cookie Inspiration slideshow to see our tops picks.
Super simple cookie dough is separated, one-half dotted with color, then twisted to form one of Christmas’s most iconic shapes. Click here for A Little Rosemary and Time’s holiday Candy Cane Cookies.
A Calculated Whisk
“Normally I don’t love cookies unless there’s chocolate or caramel involved, but I’ve made an exception here,” A Calculated Whisk jokes. “There’s something about the rich flavor of molasses in a chewy cookie with a hint of crunch from a coating of sparkling sugar that I can really get into.” Click here for the recipe.
“To ensure softness,” Citrus Blossom Bliss instructs, “ever so slightly underbake the cookies. If you’re packing these off for friends far, far away, sneaking a slice of bread into the container will help preserve the freshness and softness of the cookie. I don’t recall where that tidbit of knowledge came from, but it’s saved many a cookie from being ‘too hard.’” Click here for the recipe.