Holiday Baking: Making Cookies in Your Chef’s Kitchen

With snow blanketing the city and frigid winter air ruddying cheeks and unmittened hands, nothing is more comforting than a home warm and fragrant with a batch of cookies in the oven. Residents of the Long Island City condos at Skyline Tower have the benefit of kitchens equipped with a suite of stainless steel Bosch appliances, as well as quartz countertops and backsplashes that create a stylish backdrop for cookie baking magic. Here are some of the season’s most delectable cookie recipes, best enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate and breathtaking views of the snowy city as seen from your LIC condominium.

No list of holiday treats would be complete without festively decorated gingerbread cookies. These classic cookies, in the shape of people and colorfully decorated with icing and sprinkles, get their distinctive flavor from a blend of spices, including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, as well as a healthy dollop of molasses.

Toasted hazelnuts are delicious anytime, as is, of course, the Nutella hazelnut-chocolate spread beloved the world over. If you agree, give these Nutella cookies a try. Each cookie calls for a tablespoon of Nutella, frozen, which you then cover with dough and cocoa powder. After baking, top with a sprinkle of sea salt. Then, bite in for a luxurious oozing of warm, creamy Nutella with each mouthful.

This yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe adds texture to the traditional chocolate chip with the addition of oats, which perfectly complement the cookie’s chocolatey sweetness. Snickerdoodle cookies, a cousin to the sugar cookie, are known for their wonderfully chewy texture — the result of adding a touch of cream of tartar. And, they are rolled in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, making them all the more irresistible.

Peanut butter cookies are a perennial favorite, with their perfect balance of salty and sweet and the distinctive crosshatch pattern on top. Finally, for a gluten-free option, these chewy flourless fudge cookies offer rich, fudgy flavor and tantalizingly crisp edges, even without the flour (the secret ingredient is cold egg whites).

Now is the best time to whip up a batch of any of these sweet treats. The alluring scent of homemade cookies is certain to warm even the coldest winter day at home for residents of the Skyline Tower.