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Festival Cookie Dough Ideas!

cookiesSugar Cookie Dough

1)      Cut Outs – Roll out dough 1/8” thick on a floured surface and cut shapes. Bake 350°F 7-9 minutes. 2)      M&M Cookies – add holiday or regular M&Ms. Roll or scoop into balls. Bake 350°F   8-10 minutes, optional to dip half in chocolate or to drizzle with chocolate. 3)      Andes Mint Cookies – 1 tablespoon dough wrapped around each chocolate mint candy Bake 350⁰ 8-10 minutes. Cool completely.  Drizzle with icing; add sprinkles while icing is wet so sprinkles stick. 4)      White Chocolate Craisin Cookies – Add white chocolate chips and craisins, take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Bake 350°F 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely.  Drizzle w/white chocolate. 5)      Party Cookies – Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, press lightly and press into any variety of the following: mini M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles of any color, toffee bits, crushed Oreo cookies, nuts, or any crushed candy bar. Fruit Pizza – Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. In pan, break up cookie dough; press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Mix together 8oz cream cheese, ¼ cup powdered sugar, and 8oz whipped topping. Top with your favorite fruits. Optional melt 1/3 cup apple jelly or apricot jam and brush on as a glaze. cookies

Molasses Dough

1)      Gingerbread men or Cut Outs – Roll out dough 1/8 - 1/4”on a floured surface and cut shapes. (the thicker the dough the softer the cookie) Bake 350°F for            10-12 minutes. 2)      Sugar Molasses - Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Gently toss the cookies in the sugar, covering them completely. Place the sugar-coated dough balls onto a cookie sheet and gently press down. 3)      Iced Ginger drops - Take a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball and then press down just a little.  Bake and cool. Frost or drizzle with white icing. cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

1)      Peanut Butter Blossoms – Take a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball and then roll into sugar.  Bake 350⁰ 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.  Optional use chocolate stars. 2)      Chewy Surprise Peanut Butter Cookies - Shape heaping tablespoon of dough around a Milk Dud so it is completely covered. Roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. 3)      Peanut Butter & Jam Cookies - Take a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball and then roll into sugar. Press thumb print in middle and fill with favorite jam or preserves. 4)      Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies – Add ¼ cup cocoa to every 2 pounds cookie dough. 5)      Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – Shape dough into balls and place each ball into an ungreased mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan. cookies

Chocolate Chip Dough

1)      Dipped or drizzled – Make cookies with a small scoop, Bake at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes. After cooling cookies, place on cold cookie sheet lined with Parchment paper. Melt chocolate chips. Dip half cookie or drizzle with a fork or spoon. 2)      M&M Cookies – Add M & M’s to dough for extra color. 3)      Nutty Gourmet – Take a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball and press into nuts such as Pecans or Walnuts. Drizzle with chocolate for that extra touch. cookies5

Fun Cookie Bars

3# tub of cookie dough, choose from Sugar, Peanut Butter or Chocolate Chip, to make 1 - 9x13 pan 1)      Take 2# or 2/3 of tub of cookie dough and press into a greased 9 x 13 pan. 2)      Take remaining 1# of chilled dough and mix with 6 tablespoons cold Butter, 4 tablespoons flour, 4 tablespoons sugar and cut with a pastry cutter or fork to make a streusel topping.  Add additional items to the streusel mix like chocolate chips or nuts for added flavor and texture. 3)      Fill middle with your choice of fun, such as any jam or preserve, chocolate chips, nuts, fudge topping, or crushed canes and white chocolate. Ideas are endless! 4)      Sprinkle w/streusel topping and bake 350°F for about 20 minutes. Edges will begin to brown when bars are done.  For firmer bars add additional bake time in 5 minute increments. Serve as is or drizzle with icing or chocolate.  

Hints and Tips for Baking the BEST Cookies!

  • Chill dough for cut-out cookies, and soften it up at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling out.
  • Use small ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop for consistent size cookies.  ½ ounce cookie is a good size.
  • Unless you are baking with non-stick pans and cookie sheets, use parchment paper for stick-free baking and easy clean-up.
  • Choose the right cookie sheets. Look for shiny, heavy-gauge cookie sheets with very low or no sides. Avoid dark cookie sheets, which may cause cookie bottoms to overbrown.
Insulated cookie sheets tend to yield pale cookies with soft centers. You may have trouble when using them for cookies that contain a large amount of butter, such as sugar cookie cutouts, because the butter may melt and leak out before the dough is set. Insulated cookie sheets sometimes brown cookies on the bottoms which can make the rest of the cookie too dry if baked too long.
  • Always let pans cool before baking another batch.
  • Leave at least two inches of space between cookies so they don't spread into each other.
  • Always bake one sheet at a time and use the middle rack of the oven for best results.
  • Adjust baking times to achieve the cookie texture you crave. A little less time produces chewier cookies; a little more time makes them crispy.
Baking Times - set the timer for 2-3 minutes less than the cooking time calls for in the recipe. Take the cookies out of the oven just as they're beginning to look done because the residual heat from the cookie sheet will continue to bake the cookies. Also, slightly under baked cookies are more tender and moist.
  • Another tip to making softer chewy cookies is to under bake just a little and leave on pan for about 10 minutes. Great method for the best Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Cool cookies completely before decorating.  
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