We’re so excited to finally start dishing the details of our recent Girls’ Christmas party! We’ll be totally honest, we’ve been so busy going through the photos and trying to pick out our favourites. That’s meant that some of the more in-depth posts are still a few days out. To hold you over though and to tempt your sweet tooth, we’re sharing all the details about the holiday cookies we made for the party for today’s Friday Five!
As we’ll tell you in a coming post, we chose to provide all the food rather than host a potluck style party. This meant coming up with a menu that would leave all the girls full and satisfied, but wouldn’t be too heavy as the food was only the first part. We chose finger foods and a little dessert display. We also decided that as a personal touch, we would create a little gift box of holiday cookies for each of our girlfriends to take home. Or to enjoy throughout the evening.
Quite honestly, deciding on cookie flavours for the boxes was nearly impossible. There are so many festive and delicious options out there! Ultimately, we settled on four flavours for the boxes, and an additional flavour for our dessert display. Knowing that we had guests with various dietary restrictions, we settled on four flavours for the boxes that would accommodate everyone. That is, they were all vegan and gluten free. This meant that any girl could grab any box without worry, knowing her needs had been considered. (The cookies in the dessert display, however, were neither vegan nor gluten free.)
With the cookie boxes, we wanted to choose cookies that were a little traditional, but that offered a variety of seasonal flavours. While we could have done a single type of cookie per box, we felt that an assortment would offer something for everyone. We made each batch of cookies from scratch, using some fantastic recipes.
We eventually settled on:
1. Gingerbread cookies: Emilie Eats is one of our favourite blogs right now, so we went there first looking for cookie recipes and weren’t disappointed to find this vegan gingerbread recipe. We absolutely loved how they turned out, even with running out of cloves and using gluten free flour. They were so easy and after chilling in the fridge all night they held their shape perfectly when baking!
2. Snickerdoodles: We love snickerdoodles. They’re so perfectly soft inside and they’ve got the perfect flavour combo of cinnamon and sugar on the outside. We used a vegan snickerdoodle recipe by My California Roots and we were not disappointed! This recipe originally was not gluten free but we substituted the flour for an all-purpose gluten free flour and you’d never know it wasn’t meant to be that way!
3. Lemon poppy seed cookies: This recipe we found on The Pretty Bee was so simple and super delicious! The recipe was already vegan and gluten free, which mean zero guesswork for us, too! We did find that they didn’t quite hold their shape as we had hoped when baking though, despite letting them cool in the fridge overnight. That didn’t affect how yummy they were, though!
4. Chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies: Chocolate and peppermint. Could there be a more Christmas-y flavour combo? We aren’t sure. These cookies, like the lemon poppyseed, didn’t quite hold their shape and fluff up as much as we had hoped but they tasted fantastic! The recipe from My Darling Vegan was super easy to follow and we were really pleased with the results!
5. Waffle sugar cookies: These cookies were inspired by a photo we saw on the @laurenconrad_com Instagram. They were made using a traditional sugar cookie recipe that we saw in a magazine and were not vegan or gluten free. Rather than adding a few to each cookie box, we included these in our dessert spread with French macarons (a gluten-free option), and cupcakes (gluten free and vegan options). We also had a little snack bar with Annie’s Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, pistachios, and chocolate covered almonds. (Check out Boom Chicka Pop, it’s one of our favourites if we have to have a quick, salty snack. We love that there are only simple ingredients and as junk food goes, it’s a relatively safe option.)
The sugar cookies turned out even better than we imagined! We left the cookie dough to cool in the fridge overnight before rolling it into small (approx. 1 inch) balls. We placed the balls in a waffle maker and baked 5ish minutes and voila! Once cooled, we dipped the cookies in melted chocolate and added some festive sprinkles for good measure. Easy peasy and super cute!
All of these cookies turned out so well and we’d recommend them to anyone. They’re definitely our new vegan Christmas cookie go-to’s! The boxes were a hit too and we think they could even make a great addition to your own holiday celebrations!
We felt these boxes were a cute personal touch and were so happy with how they turned out. Plus, holiday baking is an absolute MUST this time of year! What are some of your favourite Christmas cookies?