With Christmas around the corner, it is time to fill the house with gorgeous baking aromas. Cookies are an all time favorite and are the perfect treat, the perfect swap item and the perfect gift too. You can impress your family and friends with yummy home baked cookies.

Even if you are still on your way to becoming the favorite bake-at-home person, there are many simple cookie recipes to choose from. You could try basic cookies like ginger breads, chocolate chip, biscotti, shortbreads and others. Icings, sugar coats and sprinkles are a few tricks to make these simple cookies look very pretty.

Christmas Cookies(phot0 credit: www.marthastewart.com)

Flavor is important

Add flavor and bang to the cookies with the help of spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and even Chinese five spice mix. Combine a couple of spices or use them individually to bake your own special batch of snaps or shortbreads. Most cookie recipes are simple and require basic baking skills to get them right. Even a newbie can try a hand at them and discover their latent baking talents fresh out of the oven.

Basic thumbprint and sandwich cookies get a new lease with interesting flavors and a little creativity. Experiment with different flavors. Citrus flavors in particular add a lot of zing to the cold weather.

Dare to try complex recipes

For those who are into advanced baking, there is a horde of complex recipes resulting in exquisite cookies that taste equally great. Try your hand at sandwich cookies, lace cookies, stain glass ornament cookies, brownie cookies, various bars, toffee cookies, palmiers, candy cane cookies and other delicate cookies that require a little expertise to bake and release afterwards.

Chewy cookies need an expert hand to bake them to perfection. Try a whole lot of different ingredients like chocolates, cranberries, molasses, and various nuts. Also, experiment with stenciled cookies to come up with beautiful looking cookies.

Tips and tricks for a perfect cookie

Here area few tips to help you bake these mouth watering goodies. Always chill the dough before shaping the cookies. It works particularly well when using cookie cutters and moulds. The cookies hold their shapes better when chilled dough is used. Chilling also works at blending the flavors well.

Delicate cookies may not be difficult to bake, but sure are difficult to release from the cookie sheet. They tend to crack. This is easily done with by using silicone liners for the baking sheets. These sheets ensure that the cookies just slide off them, ensuring perfectly shaped cookies every time.

Store the baked cookies carefully. Most recipes give cookies that do well for a few days when stored properly. Store the cookies in dry containers that are airtight. Place wax paper between them to keep them well. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them too. Remember to bring them to room temperature before serving.

You can always make Christmas special cookies shaped and looking like Christmas trees, wreaths, holly, candy canes, ornaments etc. Go creative and experiment with basic recipes to come up with cookies that both look and taste exotic.

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