How to Make 5 Different Cookies From a Single Roll of Dough

Photo by Joanna O'Leary
This simple dough log can yield diverse cookies.

Pressed for time this holiday season, yet simultaneously committed to multiple cookie exchanges? Take the shortcut of all shortcuts (Sandra Lee would be so proud) and buy a single roll of pre-made cookie dough (I chose peanut butter, but plain sugar works, too). Incorporate just a few additional ingredients, bake according to printed directions* and suddenly you have these five (fairly) different cookies:

5. Sprinkle Circles. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface, then use a round cookie cutter (or the rim of a water glass) to cut out even circles. Dusty heavily with seasonal sprinkles and bake.

Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Trail Mix Bites: Eat them in preparation for all that, um, hiking you do on Christmas.

4. Trail Mix Bites. In a small bowl, combine raisins (or dried cranberries), any type of nut (I like peanuts or pistachios), pretzels and/or loose oats/crushed granola. Add as much "trail mix" as desired to 1/5 of the dough log. Hand-form into discs and bake.

*Tip: Use parchment or wax paper to ensure cookies do not stick to pan.

Photo by Joanna O'Leary
How does she find the time to make all these different cookies?

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