That rather monotone, drab looking bowl of dough is somewhat like Clark Kent. Boring and nice Clark, suddenly transformed himself into Superman when danger was afoot! He saved the world, he got the girl, he was awesome!
All right, my Master Cookie Dough will not save the world. But it may get you a girlfriend or boyfriend if you bake for them! And it really is awesome!
Every holiday season for the past few years I have been making an assortment of cookies using this dough. I thought a round up of all the published recipes would be an easy way for you to plan your holiday baking! Because of course you need to make this awesome dough that could get you a mate! I make no promises about getting you a mate, but it might!
Chocolate Chip – Coconut Bars
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites
Crispy Sugar Cookies
Cinnamon Sugar Crisps
Candy Cane Cookies
And last but not least, my favorite Christmas Cookies Decorated by Kindergarteners
I’ll be posting new cookies in the coming weeks, including one made with Nutella.
First, I bite the soft tip of the kiss, slowly melting the minty white chocolate in my mouth while nibbling the little crunchy bits of peppermint candy. Next, I bite into the cookie, taking a small piece of the kiss with me, a hint of soft mint brushing against the buttery richness of the chewy cookie. I small gasp of pleasure escaped my lips as I chew the delicate morsel slowly and deliberately. This, was heaven.
Have I got your attention?
OK, because these cookies really are that good.
This is the first cookie from the the 2012 series of Master Cookie Dough: one dough, many cookies.
Recipe: Peppermint Kisses
- 1 cup master cookie dough
- 20 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Pinch off about a teaspoon of dough. Roll it into a 1″ ball using CLEAN HANDS.
- Place the balls onto the baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, until soft but lightly golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and immediately press a Candy Cane Kiss into the top of each cookie.
- The candies will begin to soften, so let the cookies cool on the baking sheet so the kiss can become firm again.
- Makes about 20 cookies
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 12 minute(s)
Bite. Morsel. Just enough to satisfy the appetite.
These little cookies are the perfect two or three bite treat to go along with a cup of coffee or tea. And nestled right in the middle is a chocolate covered macadamia nut. A rich, buttery cookie surrounding a little bit of chocolate covered paradise. How can you not love that?
Cookie #2 using my Master Cookie Dough is so simple to make, they are the perfect go-to cookie when guests are popping by, or to take to the office potluck. If chocolate covered macadamia nuts are hard to come by, use any chocolate covered nut, such as almonds or pecans. If you wish, you can even forgo the chocolate altogether, and just use your favorite kind of nut.
You will get around 28 cookies from 2 cups of Master Cookie Dough, depending on the size of your balls. (Go ahead. I dare you to make a comment about this sentence.)
What you’ll need:
2 cups Master Cookie Dough
28 Chocolate covered macadamia nuts, or other chocolate covered nut
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Pinch off about a teaspoon of dough. Roll it into a 1″ ball using CLEAN HANDS. Place the balls onto the baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes, until soft but lightly golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the over, and immediately press a chocolate covered macadamia nut into the top of each cookie.
Cool the cookies completely on a cooling rack. As the cookies cool they will firm up.
Try not to eat them all at once.
Cookie #3 – Crispy Sugar Cookies
Master cookie dough? What? I can hear you all scratching your heads. A master cookie dough is a dough that is very versatile and can be made into many different kinds of cookies. One dough, many types of cookies.
Yes, this nondescript, blob of dough is magical! With just one recipe you will be able to dazzle and delight even the most finicky of cookie eaters! I am indeed a drama queen who loves hyperbole. I must have been a Madison Ave. copywriter in a past life.
With the holiday baking season here, this dough can save you time, money and aggravation. Make the dough, divide it up and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake. You may want to make only one type of cookie or twelve. When you use this dough, the option is yours.
Master Cookie Dough
One cookie dough that makes many different types of cookies? This ultra versatile dough can be made into bars, rolled cookies, filled cookies and more!
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer on high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Reduce the speed to medium, add the eggs, half and half and vanilla. Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
Reduce the speed to low, then slowly add the flour mixture, stopping to scrap down the bowl as needed. Continue until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Divide the dough into 1 cup portions, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least two hours. The dough can also be frozen for future use.
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: Total time: 20 mins Yield: 8 cups
Coming soon! Cookie #1 – Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars