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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Tim Weiss says:

Do you have diabetic diets?

Jordan Schultz says:

Not at the moment, but we’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers. We’ll let our chef team know that you’re interested!
-Jordan from the community team

Christine says:

How many cookies does one batch of dough make?

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Good question, Christine! The cookie dough base recipe yields 12 cookies, so if you divide that in four for each flavor combo, then you’ll get 3 cookies/flavor (3 white chocolate, 3 honey butterscotch, 3 gingerbread and spice, and 3 chocolate peppermint). So of course, we’d recommend doubling (or tripling) the recipe for good measure 🙂 Happy holidays!

Kay says:

Can I use regular sugar instead of corn syrup?

Anne says:

Hello fresh should have a holiday cookie box. You guys prepare the dough and send in box with all additional ingredients. I love making holiday cookies, but dread making the dough. Unless I am reading this post incorrectly, these are just the recipes?

Jordan Schultz says:

Great idea, but yes, these are just the recipes!

Loretta Damron says:

Dear HelloFresh:

While I very much enjoy and appreciate your meals and your recipes, I must tell you that you are doing your company no favors by floating “holiday cookie” recipes while avoiding the reason for the season. The holiday in question is Christmas and your lack of engagement with the actual holiday that is being celebrated is noted and not appreciated. Many nationalities around the world celebrate the CHRISTMAS holiday with special CHRISTMAS cookies and other dishes. True that not every one of your customers is a Christian or celebrates Christmas. But you should perhaps remember that those of us who ARE Christians and/or who do celebrate CHRISTMAS do so with recipes that are about CHRISTMAS and not just some generic “holiday”.

Please reconsider your approach to celebrating Christmas with your customers.

Hi Loretta! Our readers come from all different backgrounds and celebrate many different holidays. We want everyone to be able to enjoy a sweet, homemade treat this holiday season, regardless of what they celebrate. We appreciate your feedback and are so happy to have you cooking with us 😊

Marg Schirm says:

Cookie batter is such a great idea especially at Christmas time.

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