Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Second on the list of fastest cookie recipes is a recipe that is not a cookie at all. Or really even a holiday treat per se. At least I don’t associate these with the holidays. I associate these Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with every single event which required me/my mom to show up with a dessert. This was definitely my mom’s go-to recipe when I was growing up because it checks all the boxes that moms (and everyone else!) needs: Easy. Fast. Can keep all ingredients on hand. And it has the perfect job for little helpers, whose little fingers are perfect for unwrapping all those Reese’s cups. Read more

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Before starting the fastest cookie project, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were not really on the radar in the Foodiocentric household. My great grandma used to make oatmeal cookies that my family LOVED, but I think they had raisins and at that point in life, I wasn’t going to go near a cookie with raisins. Some things never change. Tell me, seriously, what is the point of an oatmeal raisin cookie when oatmeal chocolate chip cookies exist? Who are these people who would choose RAISINS over chocolate-and what is wrong with them? The only thing worse than oatmeal raisin cookies is when you think you are picking up an oatmeal chocolate cookie, only to discover that the “chocolate chips” are actually raisins. #firstworldproblems. Read more

The Fastest Cookie Recipes-for the Holidays and Beyond!

The last thing you need this time of the year is another cookie recipe. You can find millions on Pinterest, many by far, far more talented bakers than me. What we all need this time of year is more time; time to fit in all the holiday activities and time to actually enjoy said activities without feeling like we are just checking items off a list. To help you achieve Christmas bliss-I present the fastest cookie recipes around (and maybe some other treats too!)

I have always loved the holidays, but even I can be guilty of letting all the holiday stress get to me. It just seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish every single holiday related activity AND still live my life. Unfortunately there is no Christmas break from my 40-hour workweek and Christmas goodies still have calories which means I have to find time to fit in some extra workouts on top of everything else.

So, without wasting any more time, my gift to you the fastest-and easiest-cookie recipes, ranked. From now until just before Christmas, I am re-making all the classic holiday treats, plus a few new ones, to determine just what is the fastest cookie recipes around. BUT, instead of just providing the recipes, I am providing you with some much needed information: how long those recipes ACTUALLY take, from start to finish AND how much effort they really require. And when I say how long they take, I mean how long they really take, IRL.  Like in real life where you don’t have pre-softened butter, someone to measure all your ingredients, or a spare 3 hours to wait for dough to chill. Read more

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Prior to last Christmas, I have never been a fan of gingerbread cookies. I recall one year when, at my request, my mom agreed to let me try my hand at them, even though she was confident I would not enjoy eating them (she was right!). After that one year, I can’t remember ever trying gingerbread again.

Until last year. Last year, despite the fact that I have 1. never constructed a gingerbread house, 2. never baked gingerbread and 3. never been particularly patient/precise/good at baking, I decided to create my own gingerbread house, complete with a gingerbread family, from scratch. By hand. With no cookie cutters. And without creating any type of stencil/template/plan. Basically I made gingerbread, cut it into squares of roughly the same size, and hoped for the best. Read more