1 Batter, 4 Holiday Cookie Variations December 10, 2019

by Eat

Rule your holiday hustle- bustle with one, and only one, go-to cookie batter personalized to your sweet tooth’s content. 

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At long last, we present… drum roll, please… the ONLY holiday cookie batter you’ll ever need. Because we have a feeling you’ll be too busy hustlin’ and bustlin’ this season to spend time searching for four separate recipes. Just an inkling, really.

Fortunately, this recipe is a blank slate for all your holiday cookie cravings.

Cookie Dough Base

Yields 12 Cookies


  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Pinch Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt) in a food processor.
  3. Add butter and mix until well combined.
  4. Add vanilla and egg. Mix well.
  5. Slowly add milk, mixing until dough is smooth and sticky.
  6. Separate dough into 4 bowls.
  7. Add custom flavors to each bowl (see below).
  8. Drop a rounded tablespoon of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes, then let cool.

1. White Chocolate, Pistachio, and Cranberries

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Top cookie rounds with white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and crushed pistachios before baking.

2. Honey Butterscotch Pecan

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Add 1 Tablespoon molasses to the dough, then top cookie rounds with pecans before baking. Once baked, drizzle caramel syrup on top.

3. Gingerbread and Spice

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Add 1 Tablespoon ground ginger, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon all spice to dough. Once baked, decorate with a drizzle of white icing and red and green sugar sprinkles.

4. Chocolate Peppermint

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Add 2 Tablespoons powdered cacao to the dough. Before baking, top cookie rounds with dark chocolate chips and bits of a crushed peppermint stick.

And if these cookies don’t make your home smell dreamy enough, try experimenting with DIY natural room scents for an idyllic winter wonderland aroma.

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