A few years back I started sharing my family’s Swedish tradition of making seven different types of cookies at Christmastime and since then it’s kind of taken off- in my personal life, at least. I guess there were a lot of people IRL that didn’t realize that I baked, or that I baked that much around this time of year.
I started off by sharing some traditional Swedish favourites (with a few thrown in for variety). They were: traditional Swedish gingersnaps, maple butter cookies, jam slices, rugulahs, orange crunch cookies, vanilla horns and chocolate crinkle cookies.
The next year I found myself strapped for baking time and decided to do a “no-baking” theme for my cookie selection. (Okay, so maybe one of them you had to bake in the oven- but it still cuts down on the work!) Those recipes included Butterscotch Bars, Midnight Mints, Chocolate Roll, Date Pecan Bars, Marshmallow Roll, Pineapple Log, and Butterscotch Confetti.
So you’re probably wondering what on earth it is I’m going to do with all this:
Well, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do: this year I’m using the same vanilla dough base (with a couple of add-ins) and all of the ingredients you see above to make seven unique kinds of cookies that you can serve at any time of year, really. Once you got the dough down pat (recipe to follow), you can build yourself a collection of cookies that are surprisingly diverse in flavor (considering they’re all made from the same dough!).
One-Dough Wonder Vanilla Cookie Dough
(yields 5-10 dozen cookies depending on recipe)
3 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder (omit if making thumbprint cookies)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Dough can be covered in plastic wrap and chilled up to 2 days.
I can’t wait to show you some of the tasty treats I’ve come up with just by using this simple cookie dough. Stay tuned!
I’m counting down Christmas by sharing some of my favourite holiday cookie recipes with you! I’ll be posting a different Christmas cookie recipe every day for the next seven days so you can follow along in my family’s baking tradition, and have more cookies to add to your Christmas baking arsenal! For more inspiration, you can check out more of my baking here. For even more recipe inspiration check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.