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Let’s Bake Some Cookies!

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop baking our sweet treat loving hearts out! And whether you love to bake or not, I think we can agree that we all at least love to eat cookies.

Before we share some of our favorite cookie recipes, did you know…?

  • States have their own designated state cookies – no joke! For instance, the official state cookie of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania is the chocolate chip cookie.
  • Christmas cookies date back to Medieval Europe – that’s quite a long history!

 

Now, onto the recipes!

Chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie with a tall glass of milk (for dunking)? I know I do!

For these cookies, you’ll need:

-      1.5 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)

-      ¾ cup dark brown sugar

-      ¼ cup sugar

-      1 large egg (room temperature)

-      2 tsp vanilla extract

-      2 cups all-purpose flour

-      2 tsp cornstarch

-      1 tsp baking soda

-      ½ tsp salt

-      1 and ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Baking temperature: 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes. Mine took about 9-10 minutes, but all ovens vary!

  1. Start by beating your butter on medium speed for about 1 minute. You can use either a handheld mixer or stand mixer for this!
  2.  Add brown sugar and regular white sugar and mix until the texture is light and fluffy. From here, add in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Grab another bowl! You’ll now want to combine all of your dry ingredients in this step – flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly combine the wet and dry mixes until your dough is complete! Fold in your chocolate chips, cover, and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. After chilling, allow your dough to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Roll into individual balls and place each cookie on a cookie sheet (after the oven has preheated, of course).
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack after this time frame.
  8. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or glass of milk!  

Soft sugar cookies

Sugar cookies are a must-have during the holidays - and after! Cut these super soft cookies with our DROMMAR pastry cutters to add a Scandinavian feel to your cookies ;)

You’ll need:

-      ¾ cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)

-      ¾ cup sugar

-      1 large egg (room temperature)

-      2 tsp vanilla extract

-      ¼ tsp almond extract (trust me, you won’t regret this)

-      2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

-      ½ tsp baking powder

-      ¼ tsp salt

-      Sprinkles or icing (for decoration)

Baking temperature: 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes. Mine took about 9-10 minutes, but all ovens vary!

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat your butter until it is creamy and smooth. We suggest cutting up the butter into individual pieces before mixing. It makes the mixing process go by very quickly!
  2. Add sugar and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl – you want to make sure that everything gets mixed in!
  3. Add in the vanilla and almond extracts, as well as your room temperature egg. Beat on the high setting until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix your flour, baking powder and salt. Once mixed, slowly add this dry mixture into the sugary base on low speed. Continue adding until the bases are combined. At this point, you’ll have to stop yourself from wanting to eat the dough as-is – it’s that good!
  5. Split up the dough into two equal pieces, and roll each portion onto a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat this process and stack the rolled out pieces, lined with paper, onto a baking sheet. Stick them in the fridge for at least 1 hour (but for as long as 1 day). If you plan on chilling the dough for more than an hour, cover the top layer with more parchment paper!
  6. After your dough has chilled for at least 1 hour, it’s time to decorate, cut and bake! Use your favorite cookie cutters to turn your dough into fun shapes. Don’t forget to decorate each cookie with sprinkles! Bake for 8-11 minutes, cool on baking sheet for 5, and then cool entirely on a cooling rack.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

Share your cookie recipes and photos with us in the comments or on the IKEA USA social media pages! We’d love to hear about your cookie traditions.

~Gina

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