I made two different cookie trays this year for the holidays. This first one included five different types of treats. I made these trays for my mom who gave them as gifts and they were definitely enjoyed by those who received them. To avoid a really long post with recipes for all five items, I'm going to include a link to each recipe as well as my thoughts on each one.
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
I made these cookies for the first time earlier this month to test the recipe. I really enjoyed them and it was an easy decision to make them again!
I'd made these truffles last Christmas after seeing them on many, many food blogs. They were a bit too rich for me but everyone else loved them. The thing I love most about these truffles is how easy they are to make. It takes some time to dip each of them in the chocolate but it's not complicated.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I used the recipe on the lid of the Quaker Oats container for these cookies but instead of typing it out here, I've included a link to the same recipe on a food blog. These are pretty classic and had great flavor. Mine spread a bit more than I would have liked in the oven but it wasn't a big problem. They were still plenty chewy and delicious!
Decorated Sugar Cookies
This has been my go-to sugar cookie recipe since I discovered it on Annie's blog last Christmas. I think the almond extract in these cookies makes them incredibly delicious and superior to any other sugar cookie I've ever tried. If it didn't take me so long to make the dough, chill it and roll them out, I'd make these a lot more often. I wound up decorating these cookies with royal icing. It was my first time using royal icing and it went fairly well. Next time I want to play with the consistency of the icing a bit more so I can outline and flood but I still thought these came out cute.
I tested this recipe earlier in the month and thought these were great cookies. They're also quick and easy as you make the dough in the food processor and can then use a cookie scoop to quickly transfer them to the baking sheet. When you're making this many cookies, an easy recipe is a good recipe!