I have been on the hunt for the best Christmas cookie recipes ever and I have found the most awesome delicious holiday cookie recipes I can’t wait to share! There’s literally everything from melt-in-your-mouth snowballs to minty chocolate.
You are definitely going to find something perfectly yummy to put out on the cookie exchange party table!
Tips to Make Delicious Holiday Cookies Every Time
I have a pet-peeve when it comes to baking cookies. They don’t just magically appear when you throw random ingredients in a bowl! Sigh…
So, what I’ve learned, to make delicious holiday cookies every time you bake, you have to follow the directions exactly. Don’t toss off “about” a teaspoon of baking soda, do a teaspoon. Because too much is going to make your cookies bitter and too little will keep the cookies from rising.
See? It’s a delicate balance that really has to be met. So, measure twice, pour once. LOL!
Why Were Your Holiday COOKIES Flat?!
Oh, your holiday cookies came out flat? That’s too bad. Good news, though? I have a handful of tips to troubleshoot your flat cookies:
- The butter wasn’t room temperature, but was melted. Or it was just room temp when you really needed melted. Butter is what holds the dough together a lot of times and has a specific melting point–and the fats inside break down at a faster rate if they’re already hot. So, do what the recipe says. Not too hot, not too cold on that butter, yeah?
- The oven was too hot. If you didn’t set the oven to a higher temperature than the recipe called for, your oven might need to be calibrated. Did you know that cooking your cookies too fast might not give them time to rise? That’s a thing!
- The oven was cold. Yeah, if your oven wasn’t fully preheated or never reached the required temperature, the cookies might not have risen. So, again, if you didn’t pop your cookies in the oven too early, then you might need to calibrate it. It’s really not hard, and it happens as time wears on. Even new ovens sometimes need calibration.
- You used really old baking soda. Did you know baking soda can go “flat”? Yeah, it totally can! So, be sure your baking soda is no more than 6-months old and has been stored in an airtight container. Oh, and this applies to baking powder, too, so be aware.
Do You Burn Your Cookies on the Second or Third Batches? Try this tip!