I’m sure many of you have experienced this scenario. It’s the night before your annual work party or neighborhood cookie exchange, and you’re in the kitchen, sweating profusely, cursing your procrastinating ways and desperately using every short cut to get your cookies baked.
End result: less-than-stellar cookies due to over-complicated recipes or making less than recipe calls for and not adjusting the amount of ingredients correctly. Stop stressing out and wasting time and go with one of these foolproof Christmas cookie recipes that are guaranteed to turn out perfectly, even when done in a last-minute rush.
1. Peanut Butter Balls
This peanut butter balls recipe has been in my family for years. I adopted them from my cousin Cindy a couple of years ago and make them for my annual cookie exchange, which I host for some friends and neighbors. Every year they get rave reviews and are always the first to disappear off the cookie plate. The best part about them is that they are no-bake and will last in the refrigerator for quite a while. I would suggest at least doubling this recipe as they will move fast.
2. Coconut Macaroons
The original recipe for these came from Elana’s Pantry for a Paleo-style version of the classic coconut macaroon. I use her base recipe but swap out the unsweetened coconut for shredded sweetened style. Once they are completely cooled, dip them in a good quality dark chocolate and place on wax paper until chocolate is set. These are so super simple to make and as long as you follow the recipe and baking times, they are sure to be sweet gooey bites of joy.
3. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
These amazing peanut butter cup cookies from What Megan’s Making are a peanut butter lover’s best friend. I once had a friend bring these to a cookie exchange and judging from their beautiful appearance, I thought they might be difficult to make. But after making them, they were surprisingly one of the easiest cookie recipes I have ever baked. Not to mention they are oh-so-good. All you need is two mini-size muffin tins (24 muffins each tin) and a bag of mini peanut butter cups (I used dark chocolate).
4. Coconut Chocolate Rum Balls
These decadent rum balls from Joy of Baking are small bites of chocolate richness and will melt in your mouth. This no-bake recipe is so simple that you might just make these an annual holiday cookie. I used chocolate wafers instead of vanilla, crushed pecans, Malibu Coconut Rum and rolled them in an organic unsweetened finely shredded coconut. Tastes just like an Almond Joy candy bar…yum!
5. Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies
I have always been a huge fan of the classic oatmeal raisin cookie, even choosing it over a chocolate chip, if given the choice. I came across this recipe in the Cookies and Candies addition of Taste of Home, and just fell in love with the simplified recipe, its chewy texture and orange flavor. If you are looking for something a little unexpected, this is your cookie.