Cookies are the perfect picnic food – they are easy to pack, they keep well in heat and they are amazingly delicious. If you have a picnic, consider making some of these 10 easy and tasty cookies. Your family will thank you!
1. Raspberry cream sandwich cookies
Sift 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda together. In another bowl, mix 1 ½ cups of sugar, 10 tablespoons of unsalted butter, vanilla extract and 1 egg, and whisk with an electric mixer until the mixture is fluffy. Once you fold in the flour mixture, your cookie dough is ready. Lay dough discs out on a baking sheet and bake for 4 minutes. For the icing, purée 6 ounces of raspberries with 2 teaspoons of sugar and mix with melted white chocolate.
2. Pecan balls
Use an electric mixer to beat ½ pound of softened butter, ½ cup of powdered sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture turns light and airy. Fold in 2 cups of all-purpose flour and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder until the mixture is properly blended. Add in a cup of chopped-up pecans. Roll the dough into balls and bake at 300°F for 25 minutes.
3. Cherry chocolate cookies
Put 1 ½ sticks of softened butter and 1 ½ cups of sugar in a bowl and thoroughly beat with an electric mixer. Add 2 eggs as you run the mixer at medium speed. Fold in 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt. After the mixture blends thoroughly, add in a cup of toasted pecans and 3 ounces of chocolate chips. Bake at 375°F for 12 minutes.
4. Crunchy peanut butter cookies
As in the previous recipe, start by creaming butter and sugar together. Add an egg, ¾ cup of peanut butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in as you continue to let the mixer run. Add in 2 cups of Rice Krispies and a cup of chopped peanuts.
5. Black-and-white cookies
While Zabar’s of New York uses a specific cookie for its trademark black-and-white cookies, you can use any cookie. For the white half, you need icing made with confectioner’s sugar. You’ll need to add chocolate to the white icing recipe to make black icing. You simply need to dip one half of each cookie in white icing, dry, and dip the other end in chocolate icing.
6. Lemon curd cookies
Squeeze enough lemons to make ¾ cup lemon juice. Simmer it together with lemon zest, ¾ cup sugar, a stick of butter, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and salt. Beat 4 egg yolks, add to the mixture and cook on low heat for a minute. With your lemon curd ready, you can use it as a topping on any butter cookie.
7. Sandwich cookies with blueberry cream
For blueberry cream, cook ½ cup of fresh blueberries, a tablespoon of water, 3 tablespoons of sugar, a tablespoon of fresh lime juice and a pinch of cornstarch in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat until it forms a soft paste. Blend this mixture in a blender and cook some more until the mixture thickens. This cream goes well on any kind of cookie.
8. Ginger cookies
For ginger cookies, you’ll need all-purpose flour, ground ginger, baking soda, sugar, eggs, molasses and butter. The aroma of ginger develops over time. These cookies keep for a week.
9. Salted chocolate chip
The headline ingredients for this cookie are peanut butter, chocolate chips and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt (three times as much as in regular cookie recipes). The chocolate, peanut butter and salt blend together to make a unique taste.
10. Cookies with marshmallow cream filling
Marshmallow cream filling works with any cookie. Sprinkle 3 teaspoons of gelatin in half a cup of water and set aside. Mix ½ cup sugar with ¼ cup water and a pinch of salt, and cook in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour this mixture into the gelatin-and-water mixture and blend in a blender at high-speed. When you sandwich it between two cookies and leave it to cool, it will gain a rubbery, marshmallow-like consistency.
There’s something in these recipes for every taste. If you have free time, try out a few of these recipes today and enjoy a wonderful picnic with your family and friends.