Psst- this post is in a series where I share my family’s tradition of baking seven different cookies every Christmastime. To save time and money, each cookie in this series is based on this basic vanilla cookie dough recipe.
Let’s face it: Christmas is overloaded with sweet stuff. Between holiday parties and gifts and caroling with hot cocoa, we’ll probably consume enough sugar to last us for the whole year. (Or at least for a couple of weeks.)
That’s why I always think it’s nice to include a not-so-sweet cookie with a subtle flavor. Buttery vanilla pairs beautifully with any kind of salty, nutty flavor and it’s perfect with the hot drink of your choice.
Yule Nut Log (yields 10 dozen)
1/3 c. finely crushed peanuts
1/3 c. finely crushed pistachios
1/3 c. finely crushed hazelnuts
1/3 c. finely crushed almonds
one batch of this vanilla cookie dough (include the baking powder this time!)
Prepare the vanilla cookie dough by following the instructions here. In a separate bowl, mix together nuts. Pour in 1/3 of the bowl and incorporate with the cookie dough. (I wanted my cookies to have a really nutty flavor, but if you’re not into it then just keep all the nuts for the next part). Once incorporated, divide the dough in two pieces. Shape each into a log approximately 10 inches long. Spread out the rest of the nut mixture onto a flat surface and roll each log in it until fully coated, patting down as you go along to prevent too many crumbly bits falling off. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate on a flat surface (like a cookie sheet) until very firm, approximately two hours.
Once dough is set, remove from fridge and unwrap plastic wrap. (Reshape the log if it’s looking a little sad.) Using a clean, sharp knife, slice your log into diagonal pieces, approximately 1/8-inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet approximately 1/2-inch apart. Bake in an oven preheated to 350F on a parchment-lined cookie sheet until firm, approximately 12-14 minutes.
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.