Customize Your Cookies With This Simple Dough Recipe

Bring on the cookies! Use our "goes with anything" dough recipe and discover 6 ways to customize.

The winter season brings carolers, candy canes and our personal favorite, holiday cookies!

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Even if you love cookies as much as we do, eating the same cookie all season long can get a bit boring. But who has time to bake a variety of flavors and styles?

Luckily, there’s no need to compromise your cookies. Instead, try our “goes with anything” cookie dough recipe, which yields 12 to 15 cookies per batch:

1 egg + 1½ cups flour + ¾ teaspoon baking powder + 1½ sticks butter + ¾ cup sugar + ½ teaspoon sea salt + ½ tablespoon vanilla

The best part of our “one dough fits all” recipe? It gives you the freedom to personalize! You can easily modify the sweet vanilla base dough to make a whole new festive cookie. If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got six customizable ideas to help get the dough rolling.

Tip: Clean up your cookie-making mess with multipurpose spray from Home Made Simple. It’s effective, plant-based and free from dyes, parabens and phthalates.

6 cookie recipes using our simple cookie dough

  1. Salty and sweet: Add sea salt and chocolate chips to the dough.
  2. Peanut butter paradise: Add peanut butter to taste for a sweet-and-savory classic.
  3. Lemon lover’s delight: After baking, add lemon glaze and powdered sugar to the top.

Tip: Lemon-scented hands are lovely, but sticky dough and powdered sugar? Not so much. Keep the lemon and kiss the baking mess goodbye with lemon-scented foaming hand soap from Home Made Simple.

  1. Jammin’ out: Make a thumbprint in the cookie and add jam before baking.
  2. Sprinkle city: Dip the cookie in melted white chocolate mixed with food coloring, and add sprinkles for an adorable pop of color.
  3. Coffee break: Instead of adding chocolate chips, sprinkle chocolate-covered coffee beans! This cookie is tiramisu’s tasty cousin — perfect for the coffee lovers at your holiday party.

Tip: Do you struggle to incorporate butter into flour? We love this cooking hack: Grate frozen butter, and then toss and coat the flour with the grated pieces. This will help evenly distribute the butter for consistent flavor.

So there you have it: six cookies, one dough. Start with our ideas, dream up a few of your own and amaze your guests with a variety of sweet-treat choices. Let’s get baking!

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