Christmas Cookies Recipes

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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Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Better Homes and Gardens

For this dessert, two chocolate cookies surround a filling of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America.

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Midwest Living

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These easy icebox cookies get their "bite" from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spiced Apple Drops

Spiced Apple Drops

From Midwest Living

An apple a day tastes even better in cookie form, especially with frosting on top!

Spiced Apple Drops

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

From Midwest Living

To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

Yummy Molasses Crackles

From EatingWell

Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover - reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Pineapple Coconut Bites

From EatingWell

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tarts from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

Pineapple Coconut Bites

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

From EatingWell

Registered Dietitian Mary LaRock flavored these phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Lava Rocks

From EatingWell

Strategy and operations director Josh Gitlin gave this low-fat cookie three layers of chocolate flavor with cocoa powder, grated bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs.

Lava Rocks

Dark Chocolate Florentines

From EatingWell

Master of Fine Arts student Allyson Lea Smith consulted with her mother and baked at least six variations to create this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

From EatingWell

These crispy cookies are made with Piedmontese staples--hazelnuts and eggs--and called Brutti Ma Buoni: literally, "Ugly But Good." But they are really more plain-looking than "ugly," and pack a powerful, sweet, nutty burst of flavor, making them welcome at any table.

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops

From EatingWell

These meringue cookies have a puffy, fragile exterior and a moist, soft interior. They deliver an enticingly bold, knock-your-socks-off bittersweet chocolate experience.

Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

From EatingWell

Bright red cranberries and toasted green pistachios stud these tart-and-tangy bar cookies and make them a colorful addition to any cookie platter. They hold well in both the refrigerator and the freezer so they're an excellent make-ahead option.

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

From EatingWell

Elegant and delicious, these cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. For a variation, try with raspberry preserves; you can show off the jewel-like filling by cutting the center out of half of the cookies. If giving these as a gift, be sure to pack them carefully with a layer of wax paper between each cookie.

Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

From EatingWell

These ultra-thin, crisp cookies are a snap to make and have a fortune cookie-inspired flavor. Serve alongside a homemade or purchased fruit salad to increase your fruit servings for the day while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

Cinnamon-Chocolate Meringues

From EatingWell

Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time. These crispy little morsels travel well and make great gifts too.

Cinnamon-Chocolate Meringues

Toasted Almond-Coconut Meringues

From EatingWell

Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time. These crispy little morsels travel well and make great gifts too.

Toasted Almond-Coconut Meringues

Meringues

From EatingWell

Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time. These crispy little morsels travel well and make great gifts too.

Meringues

Polenta Biscotti

From EatingWell

Delightful with fruit, these crisp golden slices also make a charming partner for a morning caffe latte.

Polenta Biscotti

Princess Tea Cakes

From EatingWell

Working on this makeover of a classic Russian Tea Cake made Bridget Klein feel closer to her late sister, Gina, because they are "a great match for her personality: delicate and refined, pretty to look at, and yet a definite character that inspires adoration and loyalty." Gina's middle name, Sarah, means "princess," in Hebrew; hence the name of these confections. Klein's mom "swore these cookies couldn't be made without butter," she says, "until she tasted them." Klein continues: "Gina was a traditionalist, too, but I think I might have been able to fool her with these"

Princess Tea Cakes

One Nutty Date

From EatingWell

Financial advisor Linda Croley was inspired by childhood memories of a family treat when she created these peanut butter-date cookies. "I get a great feeling when I bite into these cookies and think of my family who are around me today, and those whose memories I'll always cherish," says Croley. Once you try them, you may never make an ordinary peanut butter cookie again.

One Nutty Date

Ginger Crinkle Cookies

From EatingWell

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, a hypnotherapist and writer, started improving the nutritional profile of a friend's mother's ginger cookie recipe by substituting whole-wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour and canola oil for shortening. "Experiment with these cookies," she advises, "as they taste great either slightly underdone or crispy." She calls them "the quickest cookies you'll ever bake."

Ginger Crinkle Cookies

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