2 Unique Holiday Cookies to Make at Home

Everyone enjoys holiday cookies, and baking your own is more than half the fun. If you have been making the same recipes year after year and want to add some new ones to your holiday traditions, there are plenty of unique and delicious ones to choose from. The following are favorite recipes with simple ingredients that add some new flavors to your holiday baking.

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of cooking oats
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces of melted white chocolate
  • 3/4 cup of toasted and shredded coconut flakes

Mix your dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl: the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a larger mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar and butter with an electric mixer. Add the egg to this mixture and then beat in the dry ingredients. Finally add the oats, shredded coconut, and vanilla extract. Roll small balls of dough and place them about 2 inches apart from each other on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Allow the cookies to completely cool, then dip one side of each into the melted white chocolate and the other side into the toasted shredded coconut.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground all-spice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour

For the Brown Butter Icing:

  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and shortening. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, then add the buttermilk. Sift together the all-spice, baking powder, baking soda, flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Stir this into the rest of the mixture, then fold in the chocolate chips, pecans, oatmeal, and vanilla extract. Use a teaspoon to drop spoonfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet; make sure they are not too close together. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes.

While the loaded oatmeal cookies are baking, melt the 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan until golden brown. Be careful not to turn the burner higher than medium-low to medium; butter can burn fairly easily on the stove. Remove the saucepan from the stove. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Stir in enough water until the brown butter icing is thin enough to drizzle over the cookies. Remove the cookies from the oven when time is up and add the brown butter icing while the cookies are still warm.