Anytime of the year, cookies are made fresh from the oven and infuse homes and bakeshops with its buttery aroma. Anytime of the day, you can have your fill of cookies, as a snack or dessert, because of the sheer number of choices. Shaped in traditional rounds, cut into bars and other shapes, or pressed into geometric creations, cookies are a delight to look at and consume. Its presence on shelves and trays, anytime and day, indicates just how popular cookies are.
During the holidays, a profusion of cookies and cookie baking increase as these delights are known as part of the gift giving tradition especially in the United States. There’s even a National Cookie Month held every October, where you can celebrate with a batch of cookies in its honor. On days when a cause or community project needs to come up with funds, charity bake sales are held — featuring cookies, of course!
Here are some of the popular cookies which grace the baking pans of homes and bakeshops everywhere:
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This all-American creation originated from the Toll House recipe, which makes use of chocolate chips or chunks as its main ingredient to be mixed into the dough. Large chunks may be hewn from semi-sweet baking chocolate bars. This is a type of drop cookie, so once you’re finished making the dough and chilling it to firm up a little, you can just scoop the dough with two spoons or a cookie dough scooper and drop each of them on the pan. Chocolate chip cookies also have walnuts in them and may use other flavored chips like toffee, white chocolate, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips.
A healthy type of cookie, oatmeal cookies have oats, cinnamon, and raisins to give this drop cookie some heft and flavor. You’ll see recipes of the oatmeal on the tops of oatmeal cans or ask your grandma of her own recipe. The batter or dough for oatmeal cookies tend to be a bit heavier than usual but once they get on the pan, they become crunchy and delicious to eat.
Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches
Most often sold in packs at the supermarket, chocolate cookie sandwiches are comprised of two chocolate cookies with a crème filling in the middle. These are also called double cookies, since there are two cookies forming the sandwich. You can buy them in the store (popular brand is Oreos) or make them yourself and call them ‘fauxreos’ to stand for the ‘real’ thing.
Girl Scout Cookies
As part of learning their life skills and to raise funds for its local units, the civic group Girls Scouts make and sell special girl scout cookies. Varieties include thin mints, caramel delites, peanut butter patties, shortbreads and more.
This Italian cookie means “twice baked,” which is how they’re made. The dough, which has nuts and sometimes fruits, is baked first and then sliced into the familiar narrow and elongated half circles before being baked a final time to a beautiful crisp. Good with coffee.
There are special cookies made just for the Christmas holidays. as a tradition, families make them and serve to guests or give away as gifts. You’ll know it’s Christmas when the air smells of gingerbread and pfeffernüsse and the cookies are shaped into Christmas trees, stars, angels, and reindeers.