Christmas Cookie Box Roundup 2018

Do you ever get to Christmas and have a hard time remembering the recipes you loved from last year that your promised yourself you wouldn’t forget? That is me every single year! I have resolved not to forget my favorites for next year so I am going to share my Christmas Cookie Box Lineup with you! Every year I make cookie boxes and trays to share with all of the family, neighbors and coworkers. My goal for the entire box is to have a bunch of different flavors and something everyone would like. My criteria for the cookies is – great flavor combinations, simple baking processes and they had better be beautiful! These are the ones that made the cut this year –

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Meringues

This was the first cookie to go on the family tray this year. These are crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and really pretty on a tray!

 

Sea Salt and Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies

This cookie was my personal favorite. Anything with brown butter has my heart and this recipe was a perfect balance of salty and sweet flavors!

 

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Something lighter for those that aren’t looking to fill up on anything heavy! I always think of shortbreads as a springtime cookie but this flavor combination was a lovely winter balance.

 

Gingerbread Cookies

This is one of the few cookies that automatically makes me think of Christmas. I made this batch twice for a cookie party as well as my cookie boxes. The cutouts don’t spread much and with some simple icing they are simply beautiful! I did snowflake cutouts and loved how creative I could get with the icing design vs the typical gingerbread man.

 

Biscoff Cloud Cookies

This recipe was a wildcard for me! I have never made anything like this cookie before. I love the round shape and how soft and moist the middles were. I honestly don’t know how anybody couldn’t like Biscoff Cookie Butter, this recipes has all of the fall/winter flavors. It would be a great tea cookie also!

 

Iced Sugar Cookies

I make this cookie every Christmas and usually a few times during the spring. This is by far the best cutout sugar cookie recipe I have found! It’s super simple and the best part is you don’t have to wait to chill the dough! This saves loads of time on a long baking day. I recommend rolling them thick for cutouts. I did Christmas tree shapes this year and I use royal icing to frost with the flooding method.

 

I usually always supplement the cookies with a small bit size treat or candy like candied pecans, Chex muddy buddies or homemade caramels.

I also wanted to give a few of my favorite cookie tips after a few years of baking!

  • Always bake cookies at the shortest amount of recommended time on the recipe, I sometimes even go down a few minutes from the recommended time. Cookies continue to bake on the sheet once you remove them from the oven and I don’t know anybody that likes a hard cookie! It’s always easier to add time at the end!
  • On your baking day, make all of the doughs that require chilling first that way you can move through the day without any lag time or waiting around. I also like to get all of the cookies that require icing done early in the day that way they are fully cooled when I am ready to start icing.
  • Β I always keep my pantry stocked with flour, brown sugar, white sugar, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla, butter, eggs and a variety of baking chips. This makes it easier to know I always have the staples so that when I do my grocery shopping I only need to remember to buy the specialty items.
  • Allow iced cookies to dry overnight uncovered so that the icing hardens enough to be able to stack on your cookie trays without cracking.
  • When building your cookie lineup always be aware of baking times and processes so that your workflow is smooth. I typically choose a few more complicated cookies but for the most part I try to choose simple, straightforward recipes with great flavors that allow me little room for failure. (Failure for me was the year that I attempted to master 3 different French Macaron recipes during a baking day. I am pretty sure tears were shed and flat or cracked cookies may have ended up on the floor.)

 

Hope this helps you guys add some new favorites to your cookie list and helps me remember my winners for next year! Do you guys have a cookie that automatically makes you think of Christmas? Comment and let me know and share links so I can give them a try!

Happy New Year!