3 Great Winter Cookies

Illustration photo Preparing for your office’s winter party, but not sure what to bring? Try these three fun winter-appropriate cookie ideas. They’re simple to make and tasty to eat. Five-Spice Cookies Not as spicy as gingerbread, these thin cookies...

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Preparing for your office’s winter party, but not sure what to bring? Try these three fun winter-appropriate cookie ideas. They’re simple to make and tasty to eat.

Five-Spice Cookies

Not as spicy as gingerbread, these thin cookies have a delicate, exotic flavor that will be a hit at your next get-together.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla,
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground five-spice
  • A pinch each of ground nutmeg, ground cloves and salt

Directions:

As with gingerbread, once all the ingredients are combined, put the dough in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes. Using fun cookie cutters, cut shapes out of thinly rolled dough and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Drizzle with lemon juice and powdered sugar, or simply dust with powdered sugar.

Molasses Cookies

Prefer chewy cookies? These comforting snacks will cheer you up at your next winter shindig. Here’s how: combine first the dry ingredients and then the wet ones.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs; one cup of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 sticks of butter
  • The zest from 1 orange

Directions:

Chill the combination overnight before rolling, cutting and baking on a lined or greased tray for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Who doesn’t enjoy peanut butter and chocolate? No one who goes to our parties, that’s for sure. To make delicate and rich peanut butter blossoms, combine 1/2 cup shortening with 1 cup of peanut butter (creamy is best). Add in 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Next, add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Once the mixture is evenly combined, roll the dough into one-inch balls and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. While the cookies are still baking, push chocolate chips or dark chocolate squares into the middle of the fluffy balls. Delicious!