21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

My daughter is 17 this year, and we’re definitely making cookies for Santa. This is not something I force on her, but something she requests, year in and year out. Will there be a letter as well? I certainly hope so. I can’t remember who said it first, but I fully believe those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. 

Can magic come in the form of homemade cookies? I think it can. Especially at this time of year. Here are 21 awesome cookie recipes to bring some magic to your holiday season.

  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. No-Fail Sugar Cookies
  4. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Lofthouse Cookie Bars
  8. Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
  9. Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies
  10. Cheater Shortbread
  11. Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles
  12. Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
  13. Jam Tarts
  14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
  15. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  16. Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel No-Bake Cookies
  18. Nutella No-Bake Cookies
  19. Monster Cookie Bars
  20. Chocolate Wafer Cookies
  21. Gingerbread Dudes

Life needs more cookies and more magic.

Instant "Ice Cream" Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Instant “Ice Cream” Cake

Instant "Ice Cream" Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Allow me to declare yet again, that I am essentially a lazy person. My heart’s in the right place. I often wake up wanting to conquer the world, kick ass at my job, and write the best damn food blog ever, but then I remember that I’m just not quite up to it. There are books to be read and movies and TV to be watched and general lying about to be accomplished. Even try to mention exercise to me, and there’s a chance I’ll slap your face. Avoiding stress somehow always wins out. Conquering the world will just have to wait.

Instant "Ice Cream" Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you a dessert that is almost completely stress free. You might not believe that something that has to sit in the freezer for at least 8 hours could be so easy, but you’ll just have to trust me. Yes, it does require a tiny bit of forethought, but effort? Practically none.

This Instant “Ice Cream” Cake isn’t exactly ice cream, or maybe I should say, it’s quite literally ice cream. We’re basically making whipped cream, folding in some chocolate, cookie pieces, and a bit of flavoring, and then putting it all in the freezer. Take it out when you’re ready to serve something deceptively impressive, top it with an artsy zigzag of chocolate or caramel, throw some fresh berries or cookies on the plate, and done.

Instant "Ice Cream" Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

So now you can be lazy and awesome. Conquer the world, invite friends over for dinner on a Tuesday, make dessert in 10 minutes or less, and still have time to be totally lazy. Nothing but win.

Instant "Ice Cream" Cake
Serves 6
Creamy, sweet, and infinitely adaptable, this Instant Ice Cream Cake is virtually effortless and so impressive.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/4 cup heavy cream
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 ounce white chocolate, chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 12 gingersnap cookies
  6. Caramel sauce to garnish
Instructions
  1. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, enough so that you can completely cover the cream once it's been transferred.
  2. Lightly crush your cookies by putting them in a zip top bag and bashing them with a rolling pin or other heavy object. You want chunks, not sand. If you have a stand mixer, you can do this while your cream is whipping. If not, do it before so that you have everything ready to fold in as soon as the cream is ready.
  3. Add your cream to a large mixing bowl and whisk with an electric mixer. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and the vanilla extract. Continue to whisk until thick. You want your peaks to be slightly droopy.
  4. Fold in the chocolate and cookie pieces quickly and gently.
  5. Scoop this mixture into your waiting loaf pan and cover completely with plastic wrap. Stash this in the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  6. To serve, slice off a piece and drizzle it with plenty of your favorite caramel sauce.
Notes
  1. This recipe is infinitely adaptable. Swap out the vanilla for your favorite liqueur. Use your favorite crunchy cookie. Switch to dark chocolate or even toffee bits. It will still be just as easy.
Adapted from Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson
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Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles

Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This year, I participated, once again, in the super cool Food Blogger Cookie Swap. If you’re a food blog addict like I am, you may be seeing a lot of cookies today because bloggers around the world are sharing their cookie swap recipes today. They also raised thousands of dollars to fight kids’ cancer, so that’s pretty awesome, too. It’s just a huge heap of happiness.

Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I did what could have been a dumb thing and made a recipe I’d never tried before. Turns out I’m a genius because they were freakin’ amazing. I made caramel-studded snickerdoodles and you guys, I did not want to share. It was truly a hardship. These cookies are soft and chewy, buttery and sweet with a hint of cinnamon, and studded with bits of sticky caramel to make them truly truly awesome.

I searched for a Snickerdoodle recipe that was similar to the Mrs. Fields recipe, since that’s how they came in to my life to begin with. Then I picked up a bag of caramel bits near the chocolate chips on the baking aisle and folded those in because my heart told me it was the right thing to do. My heart knows what it’s talking about. It was a most outstanding combination.

Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t mess around when it comes to cookies, kids. Only the best for you guys. These cookies are ridiculous. You’ve got to get them into your life. Merry Christmas, friends. Have a cookie!

Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles
Yields 15
A traditional snickerdoodle gets made extra awesome with caramel bits to make a Caramel Studded Snickerdoodle.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
14 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
14 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 cup caramel bits
  11. 2 tablespoons sugar
  12. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Beat together butter and both sugars with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. About 3 minutes.
  2. Turn the speed down to medium low and add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. With the mixer on its lowest speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Finally, add the caramel bits and mix for a few seconds until they're incorporated
  5. Turn your dough out on to some plastic wrap and cover completely. Refrigerate the dough for at least a half hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 300 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.On a small plate, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Scoop your dough into ping pong ball sized bits, roll it into a ball, then roll the ball in the cinnamon sugar. Place the cookie dough on your cookie sheet and leave a couple of inches between each one. When it's full, bake your cookies for 12-14 minutes. I went with 14. They'll still be quite pale when you pull them out of the oven. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for about five minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely. If you can handle it.
  8. If a cookie sticks a bit because of the caramel, just give it a twist, and it should come free. Good luck keeping your hands off of them.
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