Gooey, chewy, and straight-from-the-oven, these tried-and-true cookie recipes warm tummies and hearts.
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea SaltInstead of a chocolate filling or a Hershey's Kiss, these delectable thumbprint cookies feature an ooey-gooey caramel center.
Kids will love baking--and eating--these swirly, not-too-minty cookies. Feel free to swap out the red food coloring for green, if you prefer.
Gingersnaps with Crystallized GingerPerfect for gift giving, this recipe makes enough for a crowd.
Chocolate-Coconut MacaroonsThese chocolate drizzled beauties are sure to disappear off of the plate quickly. To ensure that egg white peaks form, use a clean, dry bowl and beaters.
Brown Sugar-Pecan ShortbreadShortbread cookies are traditionally the simplest of cookies: butter, sugar, flour, and maybe some salt. Just by bringing a new flavor or two to the table, you can totally transform this treat.
Iced Sugar CookiesDecorate with dragée (sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar.
Chocolate ThumbprintsReplace the candies in the center of ordinary thumbprint cookies with chocolate ganache, and you've got a decadent dessert that's best served the day it's made.
Eggnnog Whoopie Pies
The rich, creamy filling can be made up to 3 days ahead and then piped onto fresh, cooled cookies. Bourbon makes the filling lick-the-bowl good, but you can omit the booze for a kid-friendly treat.
SnickerdoodlesOne reviewer called these cookies "sinfully delicious," and we must agree. Simply roll sugar cookie dough in cinnamon sugar for a Snickerdoodle delight.
Spritz CookiesSpritz cookies are a classic Christmas cookie. For truly authentic spritz cookies, be sure to invest in a cookie press to get that oh-so-perfect shape.
These delicate moon-shaped cookies are soft and tender on the inside with a delectable nutty flavor from browned butter and toasted walnuts.
Gingerbread CookiesSpread the holiday cheer with a batch of classic gingerbread cookies. Use cookie cutters and dragée to deck the halls with delectable Christmas cheer.
Pecan Linzer CookiesUse your favorite jams to vary the flavor and color of these beauties.
Peppermint Meringue CookiesUse food coloring gel in a squeeze bottle or a food-safe paintbrush to make lines in the piping bag. Once meringues are cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Triple GingersnappersStack up these cookies and present as gifts for friends and family.
Wreath MacaroonsUse your fingers to make a small hole in the center of each cookie.
These aromatic cookies are made with almond flour (in the gluten-free section of the supermarket) and almond paste.
Caramel-Stuffed Ginger Cookies
These spice cookies have ooey-gooey caramel centers and are best served warm, straight from the oven or reheated in the microwave.
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Cut-out cookies don't have to be vanilla. This year, try a deep, dark chocolate version. Dust your cutting board with cocoa powder to preserve the color and flavor.
Chocolate Ganache Thumbprints with Crushed Peppermints
This chocolate filling is impossibly rich and incredibly easy to make in the microwave.
Coconut Thumbprints with Dulce de Leche
Finish these cookies with a pinch of flaky salt--it balances the luscious caramel filling and toasted coconut.
Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Freeze the shortbread dough, and then grate it in a food processor to get the most tender crust.
Dark Chocolate Sablés
These French sugar cookies have a slightly crumbly texture ("sablé” means "sandy") and loads of chocolate flavor. The recipe makes a lot of cookies--ideal for a cookie exchange.
Peanut Butter-Butterscotch CookiesCrisscrossed fork marks and all, these cookies are just like Mom made, with the addition of yummy butterscotch morsels for extra flavor and a sweet crunch. Bake a few batches for your holiday cookie swap.
Oatmeal CookiesThis staple cookie recipe belongs in everyone's recipe file. Mix oatmeal with raisins and walnuts for a hearty, chewy cookie. Store the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to enjoy sweet treats in a hurry.
Basic Icebox Sugar CookiesMaster this original slice-and-bake cookie, and you'll be able to create variations throughout the holiday season (and beyond!).
Lemon Crumble Bars
Lemon bars are always a crowd-pleaser, and they'll be even more popular topped with a sweet oat crumble.
Lemony Sandwich Cookies
These soft cookies have a creamy lemon filling made with fresh zest and juice. We also admire their beautifully crackled and crunchy tops.
You'd never guess these impressive-looking cookies are made with just four ingredients. Demerara sugar is a coarse brown sugar; look for it in the baking aisle at the supermarket.
Pecan Tea Cakes
We combined two classic Southern favorites--pecans and tea cakes--to make one irresistible cookie. If you're a fan of pecan Sandies, you'll love these.
Red Velvet Crackle Sandwich Cookies
All the flavors of red velvet cake in a bite-size package! Use a small trigger-handled ice cream scoop for uniform cookies.
Soft Sugar Cookie Trees
These tender cookies are even better when topped with cream cheese icing. Make the dough up to 2 days ahead. It will be easier to roll when it's very cold.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip CookiesSugar, shortbread and especially chocolate chip cookies conjure up fond memories of holiday baking. Reach for a glass of milk and dig into these classic delights.
Sparkling Ornament Cookies
These richly colored vanilla and almond-flavored cookies are perfect for little hands--the more sprinkles, the better!
Sparkling Snowflake Sugar Cookies
Adults will love these elegant cookies, made with a touch of brandy. And they're great for a Hanukkah party.
Spiced Molasses Drops
You've never had spice cookies like these. A secret ingredient--black pepper--adds just a hint of heat.
Triple Mint Cookies
Mint lovers will fall head over heels for these rich, brownie-like cookies filled with chopped mint candies and topped with minty icing.