The holiday season is here, and with it comes copious amounts of sugar and festive treats. I'm talking pies, cakes, candies, brownies, puddings, jello concoctions, drinks, and most importantly, cookies. But, not all cookies were baked with equal parts love and deliciousness. In fact, some are just plain gross. Here, you'll find a completely unscientific””but totally fun and important””ranking of Christmas cookies from worst to best according to one writer who honestly prefers toffee to everything else anyway.
Each cookie has been judged on three criteria: taste, appearance, and easiness to make. The categories are judged on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the worst/hardest to make and 10 being the best/easiest to make. Bon apétit!
The perfect snack alongside a hot cup of tea, Pirouettes instantly add a touch of class to any morning. Light and buttery, Pirouettes certainly have taste down. Too bad they look incredibly hard to make. Feeling up for a challenge? Learn how to make Pirouette Cookies here.
Here's the thing. These cookies are pretty, and I'm sure they're a hit amongst the rum-drinking crowd at holiday parties. But eggnog is disgusting, plain and simple. Therefore, these cookies have to be gross. Learn how to make Eggnog Cookies””which are probably MUCH better than I give them credit for””here.
Sugar cookies aren't the tastiest cookies around, but they sure can be beautiful. Then again, when I try to frost and decorate them they wind up looking like a kindergarten project gone terribly wrong””um, hello, we can't all be Martha Stewart. At the end of the day, no amount of sweet frosting can make sugar cookies an exciting and flavorful treat. Learn how to make Classic Sugar Cookies here.
Sometimes you want something simple to accompany your tea or coffee. I get that. But, the holidays are about decadence and fun; not boring, semi-tasteless cookies that you can justify having any other time of the year. Sorry, shortbread. You're just too plain. If for some reason you want to make shortbread cookies, you can learn how to here.
Is there anything more heavenly than chocolate and espresso? The two ingredients were practically made for each other. Curl up on in front of the fire with a good book, a cup of coffee, and a few of these bad boys, and BOOM, you've got yourself a deliciously cozy time. Learn how to make Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps here.
Gingerbread people are a staple during the holidays. They're so cute and lovable! Too bad they taste horrible and are hard to decorate. Seriously, who has the patience to make an adorable scarf on a cookie you're just going to eat anyway? Learn how to make Gingerbread Cookies here.
Madeline's are such buttery, delectable cookies. Throw some chocolate on top, and man, you have a truly scrumptious treat. But, what Madeline's boast in taste, they seriously lack in the easy-to-make department. Learn how to make these fancy treats here.
Peppermint is a winter staple. Cool, refreshing, and clean, it's the flavor of the season. But, peppermint can get a little boring on its own, and definitely benefits from a punch of (double) chocolately goodness. While delicious and fairly simple to make, these cookies require some peppermint smashing, which can be a pain to clean. Learn how to make Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies here.
Easiness to Make: 7
10. Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
Peanut butter and chocolate are almost too good of a pairing to be true””kind of like Victoria and David Beckham (HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!?!) So, when you combine these two ingredients to make a tiny, easily transportable cookie, you've basically hit the jackpot. Plus, for some odd reason it's super fun making a thumbprint and then putting a Hershey's Kiss on a cookie. Learn how to make these delicious treats here.
Molasses Spice Cookies are the absolute best Christmas cookies on the planet. They're a no-frills, sweet and spicy, dessert that pairs brilliantly with alcohol, coffee, or milk. I don't care if they aren't the prettiest or the easiest to make. This is my unscientific list, and I end how I want to!!! Learn how to make Molasses Spice Cookies here.