Christmas is a crazy time of year. Saving time with your Christmas baking is essential during the busy holiday season. Here's a tip for saving time and money using a basic cookie recipe and a few variations to create a variety of time saving Christmas cookies.
A little imagination and some baking experience along with this basic Christmas cookie recipe can make you a time saving genius this Christmas. Just mix up one batch of time saving Christmas cookie dough and put it in the fridge to chill for an hour while you run other errands.
Take the dough out of the fridge and pull off a little at a time for each type of cookie, saving enough dough for the next time. Make a different type of time saving Christmas cookie between each errand, or make the Christmas cookies all at once.
Basic Time Saving Cookie Recipe
Wet Ingredients (mix all together thoroughly)
1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
Dry Ingredients (sift all together)
5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring as you add. Refrigerate dough for one hour before making cookies.
Time Saving Christmas Cookie Variations (each variation uses a two fist size ball of dough)
Peppermint Twist Time Saving Christmas Cookies
Knead in ½ tsp peppermint extract. Divide ball in half. Knead two drops red food color into one half. Take a cherry tomato sized ball from each half and separately shape them into ropes by rolling between palms. Twist the two ropes into a single rope. Bend into candy cane shape. Place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 350 for 5-7 minutes.
Kiss Showcase Time Saving Christmas Cookies
Make golf ball size balls until there is no more dough. Place them on a cookie sheet. Push a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Bake cookies at 350 for 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Stained Glass Ornament Time Saving Christmas Cookies
Make golf ball sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Use a drinking glass bottom to push the cookie down so that there is a rim around it. Fill the indentation with sugar sprinkles. Bake cookies at 350 for 5-7 minutes. The sugar sprinkles should melt and cause a stain glass effect. You can also use jelly (not jam) for the center.
Chocolate Dipped Orange Time Saving Christmas Cookies
Knead in 1 tsp. orange extract and (two drops each) red and yellow food coloring. Shape dough into oblong lady finger shapes. Bake cookies at 350 for 7-10 minutes. Let cool. Melt ½ bag chocolate chips carefully over low heat. Dip one end of each cookie in melted chocolate. Cool on waxed paper.
Coconutty Time Saving Christmas Cookies
Mix together 1 cup coconut and 1 cup finely chopped walnuts. Spread mixture out in a generous pile on a clean table. Roll each golf ball sized cookie in the nut mixture. Place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 350 for 7-10 minutes or until coconut is slightly brown.
Use your imagination to come up with other fun variations for Time Saving Christmas Cookies.