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.See Popular Christmas Cookies Recipes
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.
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."
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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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creamy, sweet, and slightly spicy, eggnog tastes sooo good. But put that eggnog flavor in a cookie? Now we're talking divine!
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.
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.
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.
Little story about pignoli cookies: I was on a date in San Francisco's North Beach (that city's Little Italy). He and I both gazed at the tiramisu and cannoli as we ordered our espresso, but knowing that one of my less glamorous contributions to compatibility might be lactose intolerance, there was no way I was going to run the risk of marring our wild romance with equally wild indigestion. "Trust me to pick out dessert?"
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.
"Triangular" isn't usually an adjective used to describe Santa Claus. "Round," "rotund," -- "roly-poly," even. But triangular?
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?