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Drop Cookies, Three Ways

Who can resist an attractive assortment of freshly baked holiday cookies? Set some out with a tall glass of cold milk, and tempt Santa.

  • yield: Makes about 28

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On parchment-lined baking sheets, drop all-in-one cookie dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart.

  2. Step 2

    In a small bowl, whisk 1 large egg white with 1 teaspoon water. Brush cookies with egg wash. Sprinkle with desired topping (makes about 28). After forming cookies, bake until pale golden, 13 to 15 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through.

  3. Step 3

    Thumbprint Variation
    After step 1, use a 1/4-teaspoon measure to gently press a hollow in the center of each dough mound. Fill each hollow with 1/2 teaspoon jam or jelly, a chocolate chunk, or a nut half (makes about 28).

  4. Step 4

    Sandwich Variation
    After step 1, use bottom of a floured glass to flatten mounds into 2-inch rounds. With a 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out center from half the rounds. Decrease baking time by 3 to 5 minutes (makes about 14).

    Assemble: Using an offset spatula or a table knife, spread half the baked sandwich cookies (those without cutouts) with chocolate or fruit filling. Top with cut-out cookies; dust tops with confectioners' sugar. Let stand until set.

    Chocolate Filling
    In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave a 4-ounce bar chopped, in 20-second increments, stirring, until melted.

    Fruit Filling
    Using 2 teaspoons per cookie, stir until smooth.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2008

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Reviews (11)

  • 10 Feb, 2009

    BTW, I find parchment paper much preferable to Silpats. After a few years they're not so great.

  • 10 Feb, 2009

    Martha has a baking cookbook, the one I use alot is King Arthur Flour's cookbook: has all the old fashioned basics. Other ones for bakers: America's Test Kitchen baking books(they're "Cooks Magazine" people) They test everything from products to recipes over and over to get it exactly the way it's best and then that's the recipe that goes into cookbks-very good.

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    TaylorC, you can't substitute wax paper for parchment paper - there is a big difference. The wax melts - that's why your cookies were sticking.

  • 17 Dec, 2008

    I thought this would be way easier than it was. My biggest complaint, was that the striped cookies and the pretzle cookies (the only 2 kinds I made) stuck to the parchment paper so much that they are unservable. By my last batch, I figured out that if I removed them from the paper right away, it wouldn't stick, but the bottoms of the cookies got all munched up and I got burned. I should note that I used wax paper, but I was under the impression that there wasn't much difference. Am I mistaken?

  • 17 Dec, 2008

    found it ok the layerd bar cookies roll your dough 1/4 inch then add a thin layer of your favorite jam or jelly then keep layering it worked for me. hope this works for you happy holidays

  • 17 Dec, 2008

    can anyone tell me where to find the all in one cookie dough? I can't seem to find it. thanks

  • 17 Dec, 2008

    smd1227, I also am finding this particular one confusing. I finally realized you have to keep going back to the original recipe for the All In One Cookie Dough and click on the hyperlink for whichever cookie you want and if you want more than one you have to keep going back. If anyone else has found an easier way, please advise. : )

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    Can anyone tell me where the instructions are for the layered bar cookies. This section says refrigerator cookies 3 ways, but only explains two ways. I would love to include the bar cookies with the rest of these for Christmas this year. The cookie dough is out of this world

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    Hi eadavenp, Adina from Everyday Food here. If you're finding that your cookies are spreading, try chilling the cutouts for 15 minutes before baking. Hope that helps!

  • 14 Dec, 2008

    I wonder if waiting to cut the windows until right after the cookies come out of the oven would work.

  • 13 Dec, 2008

    I would recommend this with reservations. The thumbprints came out great, but when I tried to do the sandwich cookies, the star cut outs spread and wound up looking rather "anatomical" instead of star shaped.