Christmas Cookies

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a big platter of holiday cookies for dessert. Choose from shortbread, sandwich cookies, or rolled and dropped cookies for a spectacular dessert assortment.

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Kid-Friendly Christmas Cookies

Is there anything more fun than baking Christmas cookies with your kids during the holidays? Little helpers love to get in on the action and feel some ownership over the sweet treats coming from your kitchen. Countless Christmas memories are made over clouds of flour, rolling pins, and cookie cutters.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Christmas Tree Butter Cookies

Perhaps there's no cookie that says Christmas like a simple butter cookie recipe that can be rolled out and cut into whatever holiday shapes your heart desires. For many of us, an afternoon spent frosting and decorating cookies like these was as much a part of the Christmas season as trimming the tree and hanging the stockings. Mom would clear off the kitchen table, whip up some frosting in different colors, and we'd all sit there working through a stack of blank-faced Christmas trees, Santas or stars listening to Andy Williams singing "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."read more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Mexican Sugar

Start baking Christmas cookies! NOW! We know, you've still got a lot to do. Christmas is TOMORROW. But you don't want to give up now, especially when this recipe for Mexican Sugar Cookies is so festive and easy to make. The secret here is simplicity -- simplicity and spices like anise, for a slightly licorice taste, and cinnamon. And also a little brandy (or apple juice, if you want to make these more kid-friendly). Mexican Sugar Cookies are easy to make and very elegant in a kind of minimalist way; we love the egg-yoke yellow stars inread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint

When it comes to Christmas cookies and holiday entertaining, we simply can't argue with simple -- simple cookies, like these Chocolate Peppermint rounds. They're just what we want. Easy to make, iconic (what says Christmas more than bits of red-and-white candy cane?), and tasty as can be. Of course, chocolate never hurts when it comes to making cookies that are going to disappear faster than you can make them. This recipe uses semi-sweet and white chocolate, for a nice flavor mix-up. Be sure to have the kids help decorate. Gather up all the candy canes you can find, andread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peppermint Puffs

If you grow your own mint, you already know that mint plants do best in warm, sunny weather. So how did Christmas and peppermint get to be such good friends? It all has to do with candy canes -- which have been around for quite some time. Almost 400 years, in fact! Candy canes didn't start out with the stripes we know today. They didn't even start out as "canes" -- they were all-white sticks given to kids at Christmastime in Germany. In 1670, a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral came up with the crook shape, which resembled bothread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Alfajores

Whether you refer to December 25 as Christmas or "Navidad," alfajores are a welcome addition to the holiday. These sweet sandwich cookies are a staple of Christmastime in many Spanish-speaking countries in South America, as well as Spain itself. In fact, the name alfajores is a Spanish translation of the Arabic word for "luxury," and the cookies were first introduced to Medieval Spain by the Moors. Alfajores have been a tradition there ever since, and their popularity took them to the New World, too. Once you taste these elegant confections, you'll understand why they're so beloved. A combination ofread more

Christmas Cookies: Delight by the Dozens

It's just not Christmas without a tray of holiday cookies. This time of year, everyone's got a favorite, whether it's a classic sugar cookie or playful gingerbread men. And nothing makes for great childhood memories like those December afternoons spent in the kitchen, surreptitiously sneaking a taste of sugary glaze and surrounded by the warm sweet smells coming from the oven.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Cream Cheese Christmas Trees

What's the secret to amping up the rich flavor of ordinary Christmas sugar cookies? Cream cheese! A mere three ounces here makes for a lusciously moist cookie that's perfect for the holidays. We also love how the green-tinted dough is piped onto the cookie sheet alongside the plain for cookies that are practically decorated as soon as they come out of the oven. Baking them with lollipop sticks then wrapping the cooled cookies in cellophane (tied with a holiday ribbon, of course) gives you a whole set of cute treats to pass out to neighbors and coworkers or toread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Ischl Tarts

Ischl tarts have been a Christmastime tradition in Austria and Germany for generations, and after tasting one of these confections, you'll immediately understand why. Delicate sandwich cookies encase sweet jam or preserves to create a perfectly delicious holiday treat. A dusting of confectioner's sugar and festive cut-outs add to the beauty of these delectable cookies; a plate of Ischl tarts adds sophistication to any holiday table. Bad Ischl, a spa town in Austria (and the cookie's birthplace), was a a favorite getaway for Emperor Franz Josef, and it's home to one of the world's most renowned bakeries. Noread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Eggnog Angels

Creamy, sweet, and slightly spicy, eggnog tastes sooo good. But put that eggnog flavor in a cookie? Now we're talking divine! These Eggnog Angel cookies certainly taste as heavenly as they look, and at Christmastime, there's no better way to enjoy the flavors of the season than with these treats. Surprisingly, these cookies don't contain any actual eggnog, but they're loaded with eggnog flavor: nutmeg, sugar, milk, eggs and butter. Adding hard-candy "stained glass" to the cookie as well as sweet powdered-sugar icing not only enhances the cookie's taste, but also makes it a gorgeous addition to yourread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Linzer Bars

Here's an easy recipe -- for Austrian-style Linzer Bars -- that will have you singing like Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, running up and down the stairs as if they were high mountain peaks instead of the gateway to Laundry Heaven. You might even take up yodeling. The classic linzertorte, from the Alpine city on Linz, is a real holiday tradition (click here for all kinds of great Christmas cookie recipes) in Austria, the country that sometimes seems to have invented Christmas all by itself. Why not bring a little of that December magic to yourread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Call them whoopie pies or stuffed cookies, or just plain sandwich cookies, but by any name you choose, these plump pairs of cookies with the groovy filling double your holiday pleasure. In the case of these Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, it's more like a triple pleasure. First, there are two cookies rich with bittersweet chocolate. Try a dark chocolate with at least 60 percent cacao; it marries best with the cream cheese, white chocolate and peppermint filling. And the bonus is that the special white-chocolate baking squares used for the filling are packed with sweet and cool peppermint bark,read more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Merry Mocha Cookies

These coffee-cocoa treats clearly prove why it's good that refrigerators were invented. Without them, we wouldn't have refrigerator cookies -- and we might never have learned how much an interval of chilling can benefit a butter cookie. We'd almost go so far as to say that all butter-based cookies should rest in the fridge before being baked. As the dough chills, it soaks up the liquid in the recipe, which produces a crisper cookie and one that doesn't spread too much. The gluten in the flour has time to relax, which helps to keep the cookies from being tough.read more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Santa Cutouts

"Triangular" isn't usually an adjective used to describe Santa Claus. "Round," "rotund," -- "roly-poly," even. But triangular? Yes! As these delicious little cookies prove, Santa can go hard-edged (three of them, to be precise) and still be just as adorable and charming as ever. The fun doesn't stop there, though. Triangle-Santa is just one option this recipe offers: why not also create Star Santas, Crescent Santas, or even Diamond Santas? Sure, none of them are round, but isn't that half the fun? Your kids will love using their creativity to turn a diamond into Santa's recognizable mien -- mayberead more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Mascarpone Creams

Mascarpone, the ultra-rich Italian cream cheese, is not a traditional ingredient for Christmas-cookies, but let's hope it becomes one, just so we can keep making these wonderful Mascarpone Creams -- maybe the best holiday dessert ever. Mascarpone is softer than our cream cheese but firmer and less tangy than sour cream, which means it produces a rich, flaky dough that's easier to roll out than either of the other two "creams." Speaking of rolling out: Why is it best to chill cookie dough before you roll and cut it? Especially when you don't feel like waiting and just wantread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Sandies

It's a good thing our recipe for Christmas Sandies yields up to 144 cookies: the bright, buttery flavor of these holidays treats is so irresistible that it's impossible to eat just one. Flavored with cranberry and a bit of lemon peel, Christmas Sandies are a bite-size holiday staple. Whether you serve them by the dozen at a holiday party or freeze the dough to make small batches of the cookies later, sandies are here to serve your needs -- and your taste buds! We also love the added crunch -- and color -- the white, green, and red nonpareilsread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Almond Galettes

Almond galettes, cookies that have the flaky, crusty, buttery flavor of a tart, are an elegant and delicious treat that make a perfect Christmas gift, too. This season, a dozen of these cookies wrapped in festive paper or a pretty box is sure to delight everyone on your holiday list. And to really impress them, you can fill them in on galettes' fancy pedigree: originally from France, galettes are flat, crusty cakes that can be either savory or sweet. Our recipe for almond galettes more closely resembles the French-Canadian incarnation of this confection -- pastries that are akin toread more

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