One Basic Cookie Dough and Cookie Variations(Part-1)

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Make 4 different Cookies with one basic cookie dough recipe

4 Cookies with one basic Cookie Dough

Unleash your creativity of Cookie baking from this one Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

It is Christmas time again, oven are on and everyone is busy baking goodies for their loved ones. Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads, Candies is on the mind, be it for baking for family gather together, visiting friends. Homes are decorated they give warm and festive feel. Each family has fond traditions to celebrate, gifts are shared   and of course there is every one’s traditional Christmas Feast. The festive spirit of Christmas brings so much of joy all around the World irrespective of religion and country.

Cookies for Christmas or any day!!

Christmas and Cookies go hand in hand!! Kids love cookies and so do the grown ups. Each one of us have our one or the other favorite. Not only it’s the Christmas time, cookies are all enjoyed all around the year. For snacking, for gifting and treating!! Be it Choco chip Cookies or these Hazelnut Cookies, a kids will finish off the glass of milk without making any fuss!

Looking for some different flavor in cookies, try this Chocolate Cookies with Indian Garam Masala  or these soft melt in mouth Nan-Khatai !!

Or for another Gluten-free version with Ragi Flour(Ragi Chocolate Cookies).

Or, try these nutritious Gingerbread Cookies with Millets Flour and Jaggery by Poonam.

Other Christmas Cookies from the blog.. Eggless Chocolate Crinkles, Spitzbuben Cookies and how can I forget these Eggless Coconut Macaroons.

Try out these healthy Lemon Crinkle Cookies by Sujata Roy made with Cornmeal..

Or, gluten-free cookies with coconut flour by Renu.

One Basic Dough and 4 different Cookies

With so many cookies recipes all around, don’t get confused, especially if you want to bake something for your family and are hard pressed on time. Just follow this simple basic cookie dough recipe and you will be sorted!! It has all the basic ingredients available at home. Moreover this cookie dough is gluten-free and made with nutritious flour from Almonds and Oats.

Here I am giving 4 basic cookies recipes but will link other too gradually as and whenever I make. I got around 32 cookies of medium size from 2 cups of flour and 1 Cup of butter.You can always make only one type of cookie with the recipe or divide the dough accordingly.

Basic Cookie Dough Ingredients and Method

Flour used–I have used Almond Flour and Powdered Rolled Oats for the flour mix. You can use Whole Wheat Flour instead of the above flours. or use a mix of all three in any proportion.  Even you can use All Purpose Flour/Maida(or mixed with the above flours) but I avoid using it in cakes in cookies as it has no nutritional value. The texture of Cookie varies with the flour used in preparation.

SweetenerRaw Cane Sugar as a sweetener .You can use coconut sugar or jaggery powder or a mix of brown sugar and castor also as a sweetener.  But, the texture and color will be a bit different in that case. Also, the cookies will be on a bit chewier side as these sugar add moisture to cookies.

Fat-– Butter of Course as these are butter cookies! I never made these without butter. Also the characteristic taste of these cookies comes from butter so no substitute from my side.You can always try with any good plant based oil or even desi ghee if you want.

Let’s make the Basic Cookie Dough

Powder Rolled Oats in a grinder. You can use your coffee grinder.

Sieve together Almond Flour and powdered Rolled Oats.

Cream together butter and sugar, till light and fluffy.

Fold in flour with butter sugar mix. Do not over mix the dough. Just get it together.

Now divide it into four equal parts for the variations.

You can make this dough 2-3 days ahead of making cookies and freeze or refrigerate it. Thaw the frozen dough in refrigerator 4-5 hrs before using it.

Basic Cookie Dough

Variations for the basic Cookie Dough

Jeera Cookies

For Jeera Cookies, lightly roast 1 tbsp of Jeera/Cumin seeds. Lightly crush with rolling pin. Add to the dough and mix well.

Wrap the dough in a cling film or parchment paper and refrigerate for about 20-30 mins.

One ready to make, lightly roll the dough on a clean counter or surface. Cut into desired pieces, arrange on baking tray and again refrigerate for at least 30 mins.

Bake for 10-112 mins in pre-heated oven for 12-15 mins.

Jeera Cookie Preparation

Baked Jeera Cookie Dough

Baked Jeera Cookies

Roasted Cashew Cardamom Cookies

Roast Cashews till light brown, then finely chop when cool.

Mix finely chopped cashews and cardamom powder in dough. Refrigerate for 20-30 mins.

You can cut into desired shape and pieces or divide the dough into equal portions. Make balls arrange on baking tray, press with fork and refrigerate for about 10-15 mins.

Bake for 10-112 mins in pre-heated oven for 12-15 mins.

Roasted Cashew Cookies from Basic Cookie Dough

Instead of Cashew you can add any nuts of your choice like Walnuts, Pistachios. Cardamom Powder can be substituted with Thandai Powder or any of your favorite spice mix like pumpkin spice.

Jam Thumbprints

For Jam Thumbprints, I have used my homemade Mixed Fruit Preserve(recipe coming soon).

Add 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence in dough. add 1 tbsp of either of the flour and mix lightly.

Divide dough into small portions, roll each portion into a lemon sized ball. Arrange on a baking tray.

Make indent using thumb (hence the name thumbprint!!).Add some jam in the indent created. Refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes.

Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.

Jam Thumbprnts from Basic Cookie Dough

Use any  Jam or fruit preserve like Raspberry Jam or Orange Marmalade with Jaggery.

Jam Thumbprints

Sprinkle Cookies

Add 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence in dough. Add 1 tbsp of either of the flour and mix lightly. Add sprinkles and mix the flour again very lightly. This optional. You can add just a pinch of Vanilla Bean Paste also, then no need to add flour.

Refrigerate the dough wrapped in a cling film or parchment paper.

When ready to bake, roll out the dough. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shape using cookie cutter. Arrange on baking tray and refrigerate again for 10-15 mins.

Sprinkle Cookies from Basic Cookie Dough

Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.

Sprinkle Cookies from Basic Cookie Dough

Sprinkle Cookies from Basic Cookie Dough

One Basic Cookie Dough for different Cookies(Part-1)

Swati
Make 4 different Cookies with one basic cookie dough recipe|Unleash your creativity of Cookie baking from this one Basic Cookie Dough Recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Time for Each Cookie Variation+Cookie Dough Resting Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, Fusion

Ingredients
  

Basic Cookie Dough

  • Cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Butter(Salted)
  • 1 Cup Raw Cane Sugar or use Castor sugar

Cumin/Jeera Cookies

  • 1 tbsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds

Roasted Cashew Nut and Cardamom Cookies

  • 1/4 Cup Cashew Nuts
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder

Jam Thumbprints

  • Any Fruit Preserve as required
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Essence optional
  • 1 tbsp Any flour optional

Sprinkle Cookies

  • ¼ Cup Sprinkles/Funfetti

Instructions
 

Basic Cookie Dough

  • Powder rolled oats in grinder or coffee grinder.
  • Sieve together both the flours(Almond Flour and Powdered Oats).
  • Cream together butter and sugar, till light and fluffy.
  • Fold in flour with butter sugar mix. Do not over mix the dough. Just get it together.
  • Now divide it into four equal parts for the variations.

Jeera Cookies

  • For Jeera Cookies, lightly roast 1 tbsp of Jeera/Cumin seeds. Lightly crush with rolling pin. Add to the dough and mix well.
  • Wrap the dough in a cling film or parchment paper and refrigerate for about 20-30 mins.
  • Once ready to make, lightly roll the dough on a clean counter or surface. Cut into desired pieces, arrange on baking tray and again refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
  • Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.

Roasted Cashew Cardamom Cookies

  • Roast Cashews till light brown, then finely chop when cool.
  • Mix finely chopped cashews and cardamom powder in dough. Refrigerate for 20-30 mins.
  • You can cut into desired shape and pieces or divide the dough into equal portions. Make balls arrange on baking tray, press with fork and refrigerate for about 10-15 mins.
  • Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.

Jam Thumbprints

  • For Jam Thumbprints, I have used my homemade Mixed Fruit Preserve(recipe coming soon).
  • Add 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence in dough. add 1 tbsp of either of the flour and mix lightly.This optional. You can add just a pinch of Vanilla Bean Paste also, then no need to add flour.
  • Divide dough into small portions, roll each portion into a lemon sized ball. Arrange on a baking tray.
  • Make indent using thumb (hence the name thumbprint!!).Add some jam in the indent created. Refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes
  • Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.

Sprinkle Cookies

  • Add 1 tsp of Vanilla Essence in dough. Add 1 tbsp of either of the flour and mix lightly. Add sprinkles and mix the flour again very lightly. This optional. You can add just a pinch of Vanilla Bean Paste also, then no need to add flour.
  • Refrigerate the dough wrapped in a cling film or parchment paper. 
  • When ready to bake, roll out the dough. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shape using cookie cutter. Arrange on baking tray and refrigerate again for 10-15 mins. 
  • Bake for 15 mins in pre-heated oven at 325°F or 170°C for 12-15 mins.
Keyword Basic Butter Cookie Dough, Christmas Cookies, Gluten-free Cookies, Holiday Baking

Sprinkle Cookies from Basic Cookie Dough

Christmas Treats

It’s Christmas time and the theme this Monday on our facebook Foodie Monday Blog Hop group, is #ChristmasTreats, where the participating bloggers have dished out special treats for Christmas. This wonderful and time perfect theme was suggested by very talented Mayuri Patel who blogs at Mayuri’s Jikoni. She is into food blogging since so many years. There is so much to learn from her! Her blog is a wonderful collection of not only recipes from Indian and International cuisine but all so of so many beautiful memories with her family, friends that she has documented!! Do visit her space to explore more!

Her no bake no cook Nutella and Oreo Truffle balls are wonderful easy peasy treats. You can make in jiffy pack it in beautiful decorative gift boxes and gift or treat your kids just for fun!

Looking for other sweet treats for the coming festivities, check out these delicious Classic Brownies , or brownies with egg or without egg, or these Eggless Blondies that you can serve or gift to your loved ones.

Do try these Cookie variations and if you make some different variations do give me your feedback.

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Author: Swati

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16 thoughts

  1. Wonderful idea using the same dough for the different cookies. I think I am going to bake these cookies for the next batch I make. Love the use of oats and almond flour.

  2. I love your way of simple explanation and easy recipe. of-course very tempting pictures. I would love all these cookies and great idea to try different variations.

  3. Swaty using a common dough to bake so many varieties of cookies is absolutely brilliant. Loved your detailed explanation. It will be handy for everyone who is hard pressed for time .

  4. Awesome! So many different types of cookies with a single dough. It will be a great help for new bakers. Loved the use of almond and oats flour in cookie dough. I can imagine the sweet and savory taste of jeera cookies.

  5. Wow what an idea Swaty, it’s best way to make our family mainly kids happy by preparing different cookies. Loved your 4 different cookies, jeera cookies are my fav, looks yummy 😋🍪.

  6. Making different varieties of cookies from a single cookie dough is just brilliant ! Loved that you have used rolled oats and almond flour to make these beauties .

  7. Usually when I have to bake cookies especially for Diwali to give away, I spend so much time baking different recipes, which of course is tiring considering that festivals means lots of other work besides cooking. Next time going to definitely use your idea of one cookie dough and make variations. I love jam thumbprint cookies the best, reminds me of jimjam cookies which I love.

  8. I love, love, love how you have explained the making of three different types of cookies using one basic dough recipe. Every single one of these cookies looks delicious, especially the one with mixed fruit preserve. 🙂

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