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3 must bake cookies for the holidays.

Feed Your Body Friday: 3 Must-Bake Holiday Cookies

Who doesn’t love Holiday cookies!

Whether it is to make your kids happy, for an exchange with friends, to offer to colleagues or to liven up your holiday table, this is the perfect dessert, with infinite gourmet variations! Besides, Holiday cookies are a treasured tradition!

When you’re a kid you carefully placed them with a glass of milk near the fireplace before going to bed, the heart filled with hope that Santa Claus will come to taste them leaving behind many gifts! Later, we still love them, whether in their simplest form or filled with chocolate, sugar or candy. With their colors and festive shapes, Holiday cookies are a must-have for the Holiday season.

Without further ado, here are 3 beautiful recipes to perpetuate the tradition!

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Slightly spicy! These cookies make us want to dip them in a big glass of milk or a cup of tea

rolled out vegan cookie dough.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 Medjool Dates
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup of plant-based milk (I used oat milk for this recipe)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. fine salt
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F and spread parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. First, place the dates, molasses, and plant-based milk of your choice in a blender. Blend until you obtain a smooth texture.
  3. In a bowl combine applesauce and vanilla extract together and mix well.
  4. Once this is mixed well, add the blended date/molasses/milk puree from the blender.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and ginger.
  6. Next, add your dry ingredients to the mixture.
  7. Once this is all combined and is dough-like, place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  8. After the 1 hour, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
  9. Get your cookie cutters! Cut into gingerbread men shapes with cookie cutter and place them 1-inch apart your baking sheet.
  10. Bake for about 9 minutes and allow them to cool completely before decorating.
  11. Decorate however your heart desires and store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

gingerbread men and women holding walnuts.

Gluten-Free Snow Ball Cookies

You can invite the little ones into the kitchen when the time comes to dip the balls of dough into the icing sugar. They will be happy to help!

Gluten-Free Snow ball cookies.

Preparation: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups almond powder
  • ½ cup roasted almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven 350 ° F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine the almond powder and almonds. Reserve.
  3. In another bowl, cream butter, egg and ½ cup icing sugar with electric mixer.
  4. With a wooden spoon stir in the almond powder mixture.
  5. Use about 1 tablespoon of dough to form a ball and shape them by rolling them with your hands or using an icecream scoop.
  6. Spread cookies over the baking sheet leaching about an inch between each ball.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Roll the cookies a little hot in the remaining icing sugar. Cool completely. Roll the cooled cookies a second time in the icing sugar.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Snow ball cookies.

Chocolate Chips and Candy Cane Cookies

They disappeared in seconds! I have a feeling that’s what going to happen in your house also, so make plenty!

Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookie dough.

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 24 Cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 30 ml warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed candy cane

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F and place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. In a bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  3. In the same bowl, add eggs, water, and vanilla.
  4. Beat these ingredients together until you get a dough with a creamy consistency.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add the two mixtures together.
  7. Beat everything together, adding the chocolate chips and candy cane to the mixture as you mix.
  8. Make small balls with the dough and place on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.
  10. Once done, let the cookies cool on the plate for 2 to 3 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookies.

Baking is a beautiful tradition to keep during this time of year. Holiday cookies amaze the eyes of young and old and their scent that comes out of the oven fills the house of gourmet and warm aromas.

I love to make cookies with my family and even get my kids involved! Children love to help you prepare them but also to decorate them! Royal icing is perfect for that, simple to make and fun to decorate with. You can also color it according to your desire and use pearls of sugar and candy for fun creations.

Happy Holidays! Bon appetit!

Try this next: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe.

Sophie Viau

Sophie Viau

Sophie is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and photographer. As a young woman she had an unusual dream: To discover Iceland! "Nobody in my entourage had an interest in this type of trip" says Sophie, so she decided to go alone. What she discovered was that, not only was... Read More

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