There is nothing better during the holidays than delicious Christmas cookies and a nice mug of hot cocoa.
Of course these treats are always best fresh and warm right out of the oven, but if you find yourself living in a place where you don’t have an oven, there is no need to worry, you can make these 5 amazing Christmas cookie recipes in your toaster oven.
Every time I have baked cookies in my toaster oven, they have come out better than they do in a traditional oven. If you don’t have a toaster oven and are interested in purchasing one, make sure to check out the toaster ovens reviews
Santa Shortbread Cookies
For this toaster oven shortbread cookie recipe, we started with this simple recipe that we found on YouTube. We really loved this recipe, because it was so simple with only four ingredients.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Stick of Butter (Softened)
- 1 Teaspoon Star Vanilla
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla.
- Add the flour.
- Mix until the flour is incorporated well.
- Roll out the dough.
- Cut with a Santa shaped cookie cutter. (We really liked this one)
- Pop the cut out cookies on to your toaster oven tray.
- Bake at 300F for 13-15 Minutes in your toaster oven.
- Remove from pan and place on a cooling tray.
- Decorate with colored icing and candies.
Be sure to watch these closely the first time you make them, as baking time varies slightly from toaster oven to toaster oven.
Check out above video, of the adorable Miah, making these shortbread cookies! She did a fantastic job, and her little voice is just too sweet for words.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
There is nothing quite like a classic chocolate chip cookie. Truth be told, we always use our toaster oven when we make chocolate chip cookies. The reason we do so is, toaster ovens always make the best chocolate chip cookies.
Those of you who want to make chocolate chip cookies in your toaster oven have several options.
- Save time and use a pre-made cookie dough such as NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Pillsbury® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
- Check out this, out of this world, chocolate chip cookie toaster oven recipe from Hotplate Confidential
- Use your own favorite chocolate chip Christmas cookie recipes and adjust your baking time for your toaster oven.
In General, toaster oven cookies don’t take nearly as long to bake, because a toaster oven is a smaller area to heat than a traditional oven. Watch your cookies closely, as they will likely not take as long as they would in a traditional oven.
- Better ingredients make better cookies.
- Use Great chocolate, fresh butter and good flour.
- Chill the dough before you bake.
- Place your cookie dough in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before baking.
- Mix well in the beginning
- Mix your sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla well, but when you start to add the dry ingredients, don’t over work the dough.
Chocolate Snow Dusted Christmas Cookies
The recipe says to bake for 20-22 minutes, but we only had to bake them for about 15 minutes in the toaster oven. They came out rich, moist, chocolaty and delicious. Don’t forget to dust them with powdered sugar when they cool!
- 4 tablespoons butter (1/4 cup)
- 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 extra-large eggs
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
- Gather all ingredients
- In a heavy bottomed sauce pan heat chocolate and butter over low heat
- Remove from heat
- Stir in sugar
- Add eggs one at a time and beat well
- Sift in dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt)
- Stir until no lumps are present
- Add nuts (optional)
- Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours
- Preheat toaster oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll cookie dough into 1” balls and roll in powdered sugar.
- 13. Bake 15-20 minutes until cookies are barley firm to the touch.
- 14. Remove to cooling rack.
- Butter or sugar your hands before rolling cookies into balls to prevent sticking.
- Allow cookies to stand for 1-2 minutes before removing to cooling racks
- Do not over bake, watch the cookies carefully.
Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
One of the reasons that I love these cookies so much is that they are extremely versatile. You can make the for Christmas and just about any other occasion too, by simply changing the icing and sprinkle colors.
To bake these in your toaster oven, simply shorten the baking time by about 5 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them the first time.
- ½ C Sour Cream
- 1 C Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- ½ t Vanilla Extract
- 3 C All-purpose flour
- 1 ½ t Baking Powder
- ½ t Baking Soda
- ½ t Salt
- 4 C Powdered Sugar
- 2 t Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ C Butter
- ½ C Shortening
- Food Coloring
- Candy Decorations or Sprinkles
- In a large bowl combine sour cream, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla; mix well.
- In a smaller bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix well.
- Roll cookies into 1” balls with your hands, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press lightly to flatten just a bit.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree toaster oven until light golden brown (5-8 Minutes)
- For the frosting, mix butter, vanilla, and shortening in a stand mixer on high until light and fluffy.
- Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time.
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Once cookies are cooled enjoy frosting and decorating them.
- Make sure to keep an eye on these the first time you make them.
- Do not over bake these, they may seem a bit under done, but they are not.
Gingerbread Star Christmas Cookies
Nothing is more traditional at Christmas time than German gingerbread cookies. In fact, the gingerbread cookie was likely the first cookie to ever be associated with Christmas. Check out the cute info-graphic over at fine dining lovers, for more fun Christmas cookie facts.
For these beautiful gingerbread star cookies, we used a simple gingerbread recipe that we found here.
We followed the recipe exactly, but we did reduce the baking time by a few minutes. For the icing, we used our tried and true powdered sugar icing recipe(below). We were very impress with the results!
Simple Powdered Sugar Icing
- 1 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of vanilla
- 3-5 Tablespoons Milk
- Mix the powdered sugar and vanilla by hand with a spoon.
- Add milk one tablespoon at a time until the icing creamy.
- Try out different shapes with different cookies cutters.
- These are great to make for kids to decorate on Christmas Eve.
Many traditional Christmas Cookie recipes can be converted to toaster oven cookie recipes, simply by reducing the baking time. It takes a little bit of practice, but if you watch your cookies closely, banking in a toaster oven is not much different than banking in a traditional oven.
After trying several different cookies in our toaster oven, we are convinced that toaster ovens bake the best cookies. If you don’t have a toaster oven, you really should consider adding one to your kitchen.
For more information about toaster ovens, make sure to check out CookingDetective.com. Scroll through the specs and reviews, and find the perfect one to add to your Christmas list. I’m sure you are on Santa’s nice list!
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