Holiday season is in full swing! What better way to spread holiday cheer than to bake your favorite treats for friends and family? In celebration of National Cookie Day, let’s explore our “Cookiepedia” and brush up on every bar, batch and shape known to mankind. Throw on your apron, preheat the oven to 350°F and get ready to bake!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop

A drop cookie is any cookie where the batter is scooped out of the bowl, either with a spoon or an ice cream scoop, and “dropped” onto the cookie sheet for a mess-free approach.

Holiday Tip: Substitute red and green chocolate chips or M&M’s® for traditional chocolate chips to add to the festive flair.

Refrigerated cookies

Refrigerated

Homemade refrigerated cookies require the dough to be rolled out, wrapped, chilled and sliced before baking. You might wonder, “Is it really important that I chill my dough before slicing and baking?”

Yes, this process serves three purposes:

  1. Keeps cookies from spreading out
  2. Concentrates flavor
  3. Gives a chewy/crisp texture

Holiday Tip: Once you’ve rolled your dough, chop up M&M’s®, a chocolate bar or the nut of your choice. Dump the chopped candy/nuts onto the baking sheet and coat your dough.The Kenmore® Personal Blender is the perfect tool for the job — and it’s a sweet deal, priced at under $20!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Molded

Molded cookies are considered to be any cookie where the dough is either rolled out and cut into shapes, or molded into balls before baking.

Holiday Tip: Prior to molding the cookie balls, separate the dough into two bowls. Add 2–3 drops of red food coloring to one bowl and 2–3 drops of green food coloring to the other. Mix — and voila! Effortless holiday flair.

7 Layer Bars

Bar

This cookie batter is poured into a rectangular or square pan and cut into bars for serving. While you would cut these cookies into bar/square shapes, let’s be honest — everyone at one point in their life has straight up eaten from the pan with a spoon. Nope? Anyone?…

Devils Food Cake Cookie

Sandwich

Let’s start with the wonderful fact that this is technically two cookies in one. To be deemed worthy of the sandwich cookie title, this little treat requires a filling of your choice between two cookies or biscuits. It’s that easy.

Holiday Tip: This red velvet recipe is festive enough, but you can swap red velvet for vanilla cake mix and add a few drops of green as well.

Krusczyki

Fried

This treat is simply fried dough, usually molded into shapes prior to frying, that can later be dusted with powdered sugar and filled with jam, chocolate, cream or chopped nuts.  

Holiday Tip: This Krusczyki recipe requires a lot of kneading. Consider the Kenmore Elite® Stand Mixer and let the dough hook do the work for you!

Gingerbread Men

Rolled

Similar to refrigerated cookies, this dough requires a bit of chill time prior to rolling out and cutting to your desired shape. Hailed as the “canvas cookie,” it provides the plain background on which to decorate with icing, sprinkles and candy (think gingerbread men and sugar cookies).

Holiday Tip: Rolled cookies are lots of fun to decorate with family and friends. Organizing a cookie decorating party is a great way to bring people together during the holidays.

Pressed Cookie

Pressed

The press does the work for you and, better yet, no flour mess all over your countertops. If you don’t have access to a cookie press, you can easily craft one! Just fill a gallon-sized, plastic food storage bag with your dough and snip one of the bottom corners to pipe out your festive cookies.

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