Okay, we were just kidding about wanting snow at Disney World for Christmas. Santa didn’t need to send this arctic blast!
Tons of Americans are seeing record-low temperatures. Do you know what we think is the best way to warm up? By baking!
We took some inspiration from Disney with these cookie recipes. Not only will you have a toasty-warm home when you’re finished, but everyone will have a sweet treat to enjoy!
Simply Spiced Butter Cookies from Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
These cookies are great for those who like to have a little kick in their desserts. They aren’t spicy like jalapenos, but the spices in this recipe give them a decidedly festive flavor!
- 3 ½ sticks butter
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Cream butter until light and fluffy scraping the sides of the bowl.
- Add in sifted powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
- Add in yolks and both extracts and mix until mix comes back together. Scrape bowl to insure no lumps.
- Sift all spices and flour. Add into butter and mix until it just comes together. Do not over mix.
- Chill until hard enough to roll out and make cut outs. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before baking.
- Bake at 340*F until golden brown.
Holiday Gingersnap Cookies from Disney World
We learned this recipe from Pixar pastry chef Marylou Jaso, so you know they’re going to taste good. Pull out this classic gingersnap cookie for the perfect Christmas treat.
- 9 oz butter
- 2 eggs
- 1.25 cups brown sugar
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 2 tsp powdered ginger
- 2.25 cups flour
- demerara sugar (this is a special cane sugar that has a light amber color and a molasses flavor that is mild)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 0.25 cup molasses
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 tsp ground clove
- Cream the butter, brown sugar, salt, and spices
- Mix in molasses, then mix in eggs
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda and flour, then add that to the dough and mix
- Scoop the mixture with a 1 oz ice cream scoop, roll it in the demerara sugar, and then flatten it slightly
- Bake at 325° F for about ten minutes until they are golden and slightly cracked
Alfajores Cookie from EPCOT
Straight from this year’s Festival of the Holidays Nochebuena Cocina food booth, these Alfajores cookies might just become your new favorite. With sweet Dulce de Leche it’s hard to eat just one!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 (14 ounce) can Dulce de Leche
- 12-16 cookies
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
For the cookies
- Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- Combine all-purpose flour and cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside.
- Cream butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix on medium speed, scraping sides occasionally, until fully incorporated.
- Add reserved flour mixture and beat on low speed until dry dough starts to come together. Remove from bowl and knead of floured surface until dough is soft.
- Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch circles. Place on prepared baking pan, leaving 2-inches between each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
For the Alfajores
- Pour dulce de leche into a piping bag.
- Place half of the cookies, bottom side up, on a flat surface. Pipe dulce de leche onto each cookie. Top with remaining cookies.
- Coat sides of cookies with shredded coconut and dust tops with powdered sugar.
Cook’s Note: To enhance the flavor of the coconut, toast it in the oven. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 300ºF, stirring every 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Nums from Disney World
Jack-Jack, the mischievous toddler from The Incredibles, has a delicious cookie named after him. These Cookie Num Nums are super easy to make, so they’re great for late-night cravings.
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- Brown butter and let it cool until it begin to solidify.
- Cream butter sugars and salt in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
- Mix in whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients and mix into the batter.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Scoop into balls and chill thoroughly, at least an hour, preferably overnight.
- Bake at 350 for seven to 10 minutes until golden brown on edges but still soft in the center.
Carrot Cake Cookie from Disney World
Do you prefer cakes over cookies? This Carrot Cake Cookie is a great compromise between the two, featuring delicious cream cheese filling sandwiched between pillows of carrot-cakey goodness.
- 1 box Carrot Cake mix
- 3/4 cup of water (per box instructions)
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (per box instructions)
- 3 large eggs (per box instructions)
- 8 oz of cream cheese
- 8 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 1/2 cup of crushed and drained pineapple
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- You’ll want to start by making the Carrot Cake recipe listed on the back of the standard box. Before you get mixing, be sure to preheat your oven to 350 °F and grease a cookie sheet.
- Dop off rounded spoonfuls onto your cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool once baked.
- In another large bowl, sift your powdered sugar.
- Then, place your butter and cream cheese inside the bowl.
- Drain your crushed pineapple in the sifter over your sink, before adding it and the vanilla extract to the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.
- Blend the ingredients together until the frosting is creamy.
- Place a tablespoon (or more!) of icing on each cookie and sandwich them together.
If this isn’t enough to keep you stuffed until New Years Eve, check out our page filled with tons of other Disney-inspired recipes to try out!
These are some of the recipes we were loving this year, so definitely check them out!
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