Exactly a year ago, I featured a really simple holiday recipe appropriately titled “Baked Goods for a Beginner” that is easy to make but presents very nicely. We occasionally feature fun recipes here, like Corn Dog Sushi and Plantation Salad Dressing but the sweet tooth is never too far away. So this year we’re doing it again and providing you with some tricks on how to make really fun and festive looking cookies specifically designed for people who don’t think they have the time to make them!
One of our neighbors dropped by the other day with a tin of candy for us. I hadn’t planned on giving any neighborhood gifts but wanted to return the graciousness. Knowing that they have food allergies, I opted to pick up something I was sure was safe – a gift package of popcorn for their family. Then I realized I should be proactive and it might be a good idea to make some cookies to give out. With time in high demand, I had to do some serious planning.
Think of your favorite holiday treat. Would you be more willing to tackle a gingerbread house or sugar cookies if you could jump right to the step where the dough is already rolled out in front of you and ready for the next step? It would save so much time that you would be able to focus on the finishing details. Since I’ve been so concerned with getting everything done on a tight schedule, Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Holiday Cookie Dough Sheets offered the flexibility to skip a few steps in the baking process without sacrificing appearance. Not only are you saving time by eliminating several steps in the process of creating your baked goods but you’re also reducing the cleanup time as well.
I didn’t have any plans for gingerbread cookies or houses but I did want some fun cookies. I grabbed two of each of the Sugar and Chocolate cookie packages of Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough. Originally we thought about making ordinary cookie cutter creations but then decided to make something a little fancier. When I say “we” I mean Scott. He’s the cook in the family, you know. The following are the result of the brainstorming process: Five Unique Quick Striped Cookies.
We started by taking the dough out of the package. Each package contains two layers of cookie dough sheets but we kept them stacked to save time in the cutting process.
The next step involved layering the individual slices, alternating flavors, to create a striped look. The first cookie design involved the simple process of using a cookie cutter. We had thin cookie cutters so we opted to roll out the layered sheets we created following this one.These would have been awesome if we had put them on a cookie sheet that worked better. The didn’t keep their shape as well as we had hoped but they still looked tree-ish and were pretty cool with the stripes! Carefully slicing the unused edges around the trees allowed us to create some striped cookie sticks.
We used the miscellaneous pieces from between the cut trees to create some cookies with a marbled look. Waste not, want not.
Continuing the process of using the cut pieces, we created pinwheels. A little cinnamon and icing and these would have been Cinnamon Roll Cookies! Alas, that’s a cookie for a different day. We loved the look of these but they were a bit more time intensive than we had hoped for. After all, the goal is something quick!
So we tested the pliability of the cookie dough sheets and used the layered concept and rolled them together. The cutting process was simple but they did lose their shape a bit. I wasn’t too concerned because they still looked pretty cool! And easy. Easy is always good.
Ultimately, we used the Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Holiday Cookie Dough Sheets to create some easy cookies that looked worthy of gifting! Now use the extra time to sit down and eat a few with a nice cup of coffee.