Christmas Cookie Craze

A review over popular holiday treats


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Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint cookies were the number one cookie on the list.

Grace Hager, Staff Reporter

Christmas is coming up fast and cookies are what many look forward to, and there are hundreds of different recipes for what people think is the best type of cookie. From the classic sugar cookie to hot chocolate cookie cups. I chose nine different types of popular cookies for the holiday season. I found three websites that each have over 50 recipes to choose from.

Starting with my favorite cookie of mine. My number one is the Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints. They have the most flavor of all the cookies with peppermint, milk chocolate and vanilla flavors of the white chocolate. It also looks the prettiest out of all of them. Making this cookie was a bit difficult. The process of getting the chocolate smooth enough to drizzle took a couple of tries without burning it. Eventually, I got it right and the thumbprints turned out really cute and tasty.

The second best cookie, based on my opinion, is the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. The classic peanut butter and chocolate combo is hard to beat. The salty and sweet mix with the sugar coating on the outside is why this cookie is number two on the list. These are very simple and quick to make. The only thing that takes some time (very little) is rolling the dough in sugar and then placing the kisses.

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Number three on the list of favorites is the plain and simple Sugar Cookie. From the hundreds of shapes and sizes of these cookies, with the many recipes and different frostings to fit your liking they are the third-best out of the nine. These are very fun to make and then roll out and cut into different shapes. That’s only half the fun though. Frosting them is entertaining for the whole family, even if you mess up, they still taste good.

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Fourth on the list are the Candy Cane Kiss Cookies. These are similar to peanut butter kiss cookies, but with more of a Christmas twist. The dough uses the Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses and peppermint extract. Making these are nearly the same as the peanut butter kiss ones. You roll them in sugar and then bake them. Once you take them out you have to immediately place the kisses so the cookie won’t be to hard later on.

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The fifth best cookie is a snickerdoodle. Its cinnamon and sugar coating puts this cookie in the top five, but it’s not as flavorful. Because of this, it’s not higher on the list. Snickerdoodles are pretty simple to make; all one has to remember to do is roll them in cinnamon and sugar. 

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Swedish Shortbreads are number six on the list. They offer more of a crunch with a smooth frosting made with powdered sugar. These are a very simple recipe to make. They have very little flavor but are a family favorite in my household. To ensure they don’t melt in the oven, ingredients need to be added in proper order, with the exact amounts.

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The classic Chocolate Chip Cookies fall at number seven for the fact that it’s not really a Christmas cookie. When most people think of holiday cookies, most don’t think of chocolate chip cookies, but a lot of people make chocolate chip cookies because of how simple they are to make.

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Number eight on the list is Gingerbread. Personally, I don’t like gingerbread cookies. The flavor just isn’t the best and the candies associated with are it nasty. However, they are not too bad to make. I would say they are pretty simple to whip up and bake in a short amount of time.

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And last on the list are Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. The recipe that I used had no flavor whatsoever. They had the slightest hint of chocolate. They were just red with power sugar. I quickly realized that these were very difficult to make. The dough turned out really sticky and I had to add more flour to the dough, which didn’t really help.

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The holiday season is just around the corner. This article ranking the top holiday cookies should help you decide on what to make this winter season.