This 1 Cookie Dough Makes 3 Different Holiday Cookies

Use them as a fun project with the kids or a way to impress at the Zoom cookie swap. (Helloooo, ombré-frosted sugar cookies!)

I’ve never been much of a baker or had much of a sweet tooth… until this year. Something about being home more has me baking lots of pies and cookies. But even though I have a new excitement for baked goods, I still don’t like things that are really fussy, require too many bowls, or take a lot of time. Having a big platter of assorted holiday cookies sounds great in theory, but just the idea of baking multiple different recipes makes me tired. So I made a solution: one master cookie dough that can turn into THREE different unique, beauuuutiful cookies. Aka a way to still be lazy but make something impressive.

It all starts with your new go-to sugar cookie dough that only has seven ingredients. Then you can mix in some spices into ⅓ of the dough for easy spice cookies, some peanut butter for peanut butter & jelly thumbprints, and make different colored easy icings to swirl for ombré iced sugar sookies. 

Toons and Miles LOVED the iced cookies most, but any of these cookies are easy enough to make with your kids. If you don’t have kids, you can probably make less of a mess and more perfect looking treats for your virtual Zoom cookie swaps. And if you want to take things to the next level, try sandwiching some of my new No-Churn Black & White Ice Cream between two of them. Even if it’s snowing outside, no one can deny the siren song of an ice cream sandwich.

1. Spice Cookies

These are not as snappy as gingersnaps, but they still pack a nice punch of warm spices. There’s a tiiiiny bit of cayenne in there to wake things up but doesn’t actually taste spicy, so don’t leave it out! What makes them pretty (and delicious) is rolling in coarse raw demerara sugar and spices before baking. If you can’t get your hands on this fancier sugar, white sugar works just fine—they just won’t sparkle as much and there will be less crunchy texture on the outside.

2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

This tastes like childhood, if you had PB&Js in your lunch box every day. This flavor combo is classic for a reason, and you can switch up the jam flavor inside the thumbprint to whatever you like. Unless you have a perfectly round thumb, you’ll need to shape the divot in the middle into more of a circle so the jam doesn’t start to slide out. And if you have a perfectly round thumb, show me, because that’s weird and cool.

3. Ombré Iced Sugar Cookies

Ooooh! Ahhhh! These cookies are the prettiest (sorry to the other ones) and the most fun to decorate. They look so fancy but are super easy, even the kids could do them...honestly better than me. Make a bunch of different colors of icing—I like this neon food coloring set—and then pour them on top of each other in a ramekin or small bowl. Dip the cookies in, let the excess drip off, and then swirl a bit with a toothpick if you want to try your hand at designing. You can even drip some food coloring directly onto the cookies before they dry to add more pops of color. Bob Ross them as much or as little as you’d like. 

The Stir-Anything Wooden Utensil Set
The Stir-Anything Wooden Utensil Set

Grab the slotted spoon to stir and al dente-test pasta, the spatula for slicing and serving quiche and crumbles, and the spoon for everything else. Carved from olive wood that ages beautifully, these utensils also level up a tablescape—use them for serving salad, spicy slaw, and spaghetti. Olive wood has a natural oil finish, for stain resistance, a little shine and a lot of use. Use the flat, spatula-style utensil to divvy and serve quiche, brownies, berry crumbles and other treats best served warm.

Everyday Family Pan
Everyday Family Pan

This deep, preseasoned cast iron pan is your one-stop shop for making perfect family-style meals packed with flavor. Large enough for one-pot meals, like chicken over a bed of potatoes, it can also fry up a whole lot of bacon, sear a few steaks perfectly, or bake a crusty pizza. Naturally nonstick for no-fuss cleanup Unlike most cast iron, seasoning (the process of baking oil into the pan) is not required Glass lid is tempered and can handle a 350°F oven

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