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Five Great Holiday Cookie Recipes From One Dough!

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Patty collects recipes from past generations among ethnic groups, the 13 Original Colonies, the American Civil War & the 19th century.

Basic Sugar Cookies.
Basic Sugar Cookies. | Source

One Dough, Many Cookies

This simple and easy to follow cookie dough recipe is the foundation for several different varieties of holiday treats. Look for the types of cookies and individual recipe additions for each of five varieties listed after the basic dough recipe.

You can freeze this dough, well wrapped, for up to a month. If you use an air tight container, you can store it uncooked in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: About 3 dozen cookies +/-
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  • 3 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 3 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and cornstarch, then set aside for later on the counter.
  2. In a second large bowl, place the butter and cream cheese and cream together. Next, beat the mixture until fluffy with an electric or battery operated mixer. (You can do this manually, but your arm will be weary by the time you are done.)
  3. Into the second bowl, place the baking powder, salt, and sugar, then mix together well.
  4. Beat the egg in a small bowl and add to the sugar mixture; pour in vanilla and beat well.
  5. Add and beat in as much of the measured flour as you can, using the mixer until the bowl; is full. Next, remove the mixer beaters and add any flour remainder and beat with a wooden spoon.

You can add cinnamon or other spices, to taste, if you like.
You can add cinnamon or other spices, to taste, if you like. | Source

STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards. So when you're stressed, just grab a couple of cookies.

— Priyanka R

Cranberry Walnut Dreams

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and use cooking spray to spray a cookie sheet.
  2. Add ¾ Cup dried cranberries, ¾ Cup chopped walnuts, and ¾ Cup white chocolate chips to the basic dough and mix.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet, about 2" apart.
  4. Bake 120 minutes or until you see the edges of the cookies becoming light brown.
  5. Remove from oven and let stand one minute to firm up, then remove to a platter or tray.

You can use golden raisins or chopped apricots in this recipe instead of the cranberries for a tasty difference.

The broccoli says 'I look like a small tree', the mushroom says 'I look like an umbrella', the walnut says 'I look like a brain', and the banana says 'Can we please change the subject?'

— Zach Manal on Facebook
The maple cookie is a tradition in many homes.
The maple cookie is a tradition in many homes. | Source

Maple Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat oven and prepare cookie sheet as for the above variety.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp Maple Extract and 1 Cup chopped Black Walnuts to the basic dough and beat until mixed well.
  3. Proceed as for the recipe above.

How about some Maple Frosting?

  • In a medium bowl, combine 2 Cups powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, ¼ Cup maple syrup and ½ tsp maple extract. Beat together well and frost cookies. Add a1/2 of a Maraschino cherry to the top of each one, if you like.

Lemon juice and olive oil make a refreshing, flavorful cookie.
Lemon juice and olive oil make a refreshing, flavorful cookie. | Source

Olive Oil Glazed Lemon Cookies

  1. Prepare oven and cookie sheet exactly as above recipes.
  2. To the basic dough, add 1 TBSP fresh chopped rosemary, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, and 1 TBSP fresh grated lemon zest.
  3. This time, roll the cookie dough out flat, about 1/4" thick and cut shapes with holiday cookie cutters or even the clean edge of a glass tumbler (oil it to keep from sticking).
  4. Place shapes on the cookie sheet about 1" apart and bake 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool completely on cooling racks.

For the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, place 1 Cup of confectioner's sugar, add 2 TBSP of your favorite olive oil and stir.
  2. Add 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and stir once more.
  3. Begin stirring in small amounts of water, a tsp at a time, until you reach the desired consistency, then glaze the cooled cookies.
  4. Quickly grate a little fresh lemon zest over the top of the cookies.

Coconut Lime Cookies remind me of the tropics.
Coconut Lime Cookies remind me of the tropics. | Source

Coconut Lime Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. To the basic dough recipe, add 1 ½ tsp lime zest (about 2 limes' worth), ¼ cup fresh lime juice, and ½ cup sweetened coconut. Mix together well.
  3. Make balls of TBSP-sized scoops of the dough and roll each in sugar before placing on the cookie sheet about 2' apart. Bake about 10 minutes or until the edges of the flattened cookies begin to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let stand for two minutes to become firm, then remove cookies to cooling racks.

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Ribbon candy.
Ribbon candy.
Ribbon candy. | Source

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!

— Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

"We Must Have Chocolate and Ribbons" Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and use cooking spray to cover your favorite cookie sheet.
  2. Begin with the basic cookie dough recipe.
  3. To the basic dough, add 1 Cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 Cup of broken ribbon candies found at holiday time in boxes and decorative canisters. Sevigny brand is is made in the USA and the thinnest candies break up more easily and are very colorful. Mix well.
  4. Form Tablespoon-sized balls of dough on the cookie sheet about 2" apart and bake for 10 minutes or until the dough becomes slightly springy when touched.
  5. Remove from oven, let stand for two minutes, and place on cooling racks.
  6. These cookies can be frosted, if desired, with a ribbon candy atop the frosting on each one.

© 2012 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much for reading it out of season!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I know this is an older article, but that is a cool idea!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      It saves time as ell, especially if you make the dough ahead of time. Large batches can be frozen for a while.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Oooh, I love being efficient and making 5 different types of cookies with one dough is very efficient! Great hub!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I really liked reading your hub. I for one love cookies and the fact that you've included many different cookies is good. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip. The details on how to make the cookies and the recipe were a splendid idea. I will try making a couple of these recipes soon. Thanks. Voted up.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love having a basic recipe for 5 different delicious cookies. They all sound wonderful, but the olive oil glazed lemon cookies sound especially unique and yummy. I've marked this to try soon. Thanks!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Have fun with these and thanks for reading! I am going to be making some this weekend.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Lots of good sounding cookies here. I like the idea of one dough for all. Voted Up

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I think we should all meet and have a cookie party!

    • Faith A Mullen profile image

      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      Sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying these.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Ms. Dora - The coconut lime cookie is pretty good . You could also use toasted coconut! I like those coconut covered marshmallows, but can never find them any more.

      tillsontitan - It's not much cream cheese, though, is it - but it makes a big difference. I think thee cookies are fun. One year, a family I know made cookies from the dough that lookied like space ships and planets!

      Your Cousins - Cranberries make one of my favorite fruits, walnuts probably my faovite nuts next to cashews. I think pecns might go well ith the maple cookies, too.

      Thanks very much for all of your comments!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I hope I will be brave enough to make the cookies from scratch this year for my treat bags. I usually just buy the Pillsbury cookie dough roll. But I don't like the freezer dough so much. Your recipe sounds like something I can handle -- and I can have Cranberry Walnut Dreams. Tell me what can be tastier that that for the holidays!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      No better time of year than this for a cookie recipe! We used to call this a 'cream cheese' cookie but you've added great variations! I agree with IM, this hub does make you an enabler of all us weak willed cookie-holics!

      Voted up, awesome, and useful. And shared!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sounds like a cookie lover's dream. The coconut lime interests me. Thanks for this brilliant recipe idea.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Enjoy, enjoy! Experiment with other flavors, too.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      enable, enable, enable ...LOL. I only like cookies a few times a year - I guess this is one. I hope you don't over-cookie! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow! What an incredible assortment from one batch. This is great!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago're 'killing' me here, Patty! i am a cookie-holic and clearly - you're an enabler! thank YOU!!!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Hi Everyone! I like all five of the varieties, but am partial to lime and cranberries. I don;t know if those two wold be good together, though... Maybe you'll all come up with your own versions for holidays or just anytime!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Your Cranberry Walnut Dreams seem outstanding... I may have to try your recipe! Thanks!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Wow -- now this is a recipe for all seasons -- for sure. The ease of having one recipe for such different cookies is a stroke of genius which I, for one, intend to take full advantage of. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Merry Christmas/Sis

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      What a catchy title! The lime and coconut recipe sounds like a great party treat for my Christmas party this year.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      5 fascinating recipes, Patty. My favorite is the one with the chocolate chips ... of course.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for these interesting recipes. Love that they are one basic dough and that they are quite different from other recipes. Voted up!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks for the recipes. This makes cookies easier. Instead of bringing one, you can bring five. More people will be satisfied!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is great! I can make several different kinds of cookies with ease. I am bookmarking this to use with my grandkids soon! Thanks for sharing! Up and useful! :)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I do so much hiope you like them!

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, I was just looking for an easy cookie recipe.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      You're welcome! You can probably think of five more, I bet!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh I like the idea of five different cookies from one basic recipe. Thanks Patty!