With winter break approaching, classes are finishing up and the weather’s cooling down. Backdrop discovered the perfect cookie recipes for the chilly temperatures. Whether you have a fully functioning kitchen or just an hour to spare between studying for finals in your dorm, there are a variety of seasonal sweets that you can make for yourself or your loved ones.
Snickerdoodles are as fun to say as they are to eat and have been a winter staple for years. By following our simple recipe, you’ll discover that they are fun to bake as well. If you don’t have access to an oven or just prefer a simpler snack, try our hockey pucks. Made with only three ingredients, these dorm-friendly treats are easy to make and perfect for the cold weather.
Cookie: 1 cup of butter, 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Cinnamon-sugar coating: 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 3 tablespoons of sugar
Time to make: 20 minutes | 4 1/2 dozen cookies
Directions: First, beat butter and 1 1/3 cups of sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla, and mix together slowly. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients into the batter mixture. Combine cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat them in the cinnamon-sugar blend. Place the balls of dough at least 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Place the cookies in an oven set at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and store them in an airtight container.
Hockey Pucks (Dorm friendly!)
Ingredients: Ritz Crackers (or similar crackers), creamy peanut butter, 12 ounces chocolate (We recommend dark chocolate, but any kind will do.)
Time to make: 10 minutes | As many as you’d like!
Directions: First, create miniature peanut butter sandwiches by spreading the peanut butter between two crackers and pressing them together. Proportions don’t have to be exact, so feel free to use as much or as little peanut butter as you’d like. Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until creamy. Once the chocolate is fully melted, dip the peanut butter cracker sandwiches in it until they’re covered. Place in fridge or freezer and chill. Once the chocolate coat hardens, take out and enjoy!