Candor's Favorite Christmas Cookies: the Collection

Kelli Wilson

Christmas time is about to be upon us, and that invariably means that cookies MUST be had. I admit that baking, and especially cookies, is at the top of my favorite-things-to-do-for-Christmas list. I also have to say that I am NOT a cut-out sugar cookie gal. It’s a love/hate thing for me. I love to eat them, but I hate to make them. Thankfully, my sister loves to make them, so, every year, she whips up a batch of delicious and fabulously decorated sugar cookies. Nevertheless, I do have sugar cookies on my list of go-to’s cookie recipes for every year. These are all so yummy and, might I say, EASY. Busy parents need as many shortcuts as we can get during the holiday season.

1. Best-Ever Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
These cookies are so good that my family of four ate like half of the batch while I was baking them off. If you are a fan of chewy cookies, this one is for you. It’s a good way to get that delectable ginger snap flavor without the tedious task of cutting out and decorating individual gingerbread men. They are the perfect holiday bite.

2. Chocolate Crinkles
Because chocolate should NOT be left out of the holiday cookie menu. Growing up, my mom made these every Christmas. Her recipe is good, but I have found one that is even better (sorry, Mom). These have a very rich chocolate flavor that is heavenly.  One heads up with this recipe: the dough is very sticky and messy. Don’t fret, just roll with it. They are worth it. This recipe makes a larger cookie resulting in a smaller quantity, so keep that in mind also.

3. Swig Sugar Cookies
You may have already guessed that I prefer chewy cookies, with few exceptions. Here’s one. Swig is a drive-through drink shop and cookie spot in Utah whose sugar cookies have become the stuff of legends.  This recipe is an attempt to replicate those magical treats, and it is ungodly good. The cookies are wonderful all year round, but can easily be made for the holidays. Color the frosting as you wish, and have the kiddos add holiday sprinkles and candies of all sorts. One note on the frosting: you may not need to add any milk to it at all. I learned this the hard way. If the frosting’s consistency looks good before time to add milk, just nix it.  

4. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
I love a good shortbread cookie. Crispy, yet tender and melt-in-your-mouth. I love the combination of orange and cranberry, and to me it screams holiday. Tip: don’t overbake these. If in doubt, pull them out. Just do the minimum time, if you are not sure.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. Here’s to a delicious and stressless Holiday season!