Cookie Countdown: December
Christmas Cookies 4 Ways
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Gingerbread Men Cookies are a favorite holiday tradition. involve the little ones in your family by letting them decorate these spice cookies. Use a variety of cutter sizes, if desired.
Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
This dough will work for slice-and-bake cookies or as a rolled dough for your favorite cookie cutters.
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe
Belgian Spice Cookies
To create a lacy design on these cookies (also known as Speculoos), place a stencil or doily over the cooled cookies before dusting with powdered sugar.
Belgian Spice Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt
From Great Falls, Montana, Colette Tihista-Longin writes, "I found this cookie recipe in an old collection at a yard sale. The original recipe has a chocolate filling, but I adapted it to include caramel and sea salt several years ago. It's a hit every year at our cookie exchange." Despite the name for this style of cookie, the end of a wooden spoon makes a neater, deeper depression in the cookie than your thumb will.
Chocolate Thumbprints with Caramel and Sea Salt Recipe
Elsa's Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
These macaroons are the most delicious we've ever tasted in the Sunset Test Kitchen. The recipe comes from Karen Dannenbaum of Topanga, California, who inherited it from her mother, Elsa, an outstanding cook. Of all the recipes Elsa left behind in her handwritten notebooks, "this was one of her best, and a family favorite," Dannenbaum says. She also included an option for double-dipping the cookies in melted white chocolate over the dark. We loved them as-is, but if you'd like to double-dip, feel free!
Elsa's Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons Recipe
Pecan Pie Bars
Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies
Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies Recipe
Glazed Fruitcake Bars
These dense, chewy fruitcake bars are a fresh version of the kind passed around at holiday parties. We love raisins and dried cherries in this recipe, but use your favorite combinations.
Glazed Fruitcake Bars Recipe
Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies
No time for frosting? Bake anyway! We loved these plain too.
Hummingbird Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
When glazing, use a shallow bowl that will accommodate the entire cookie.
5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies Recipe
Rocky Road Brownies
Rocky Road Brownies Recipe
Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies
For the best "crackle" effect, reroll balls in powdered sugar just before baking to cover any exposed dough.
Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies Recipe
Frosted Ginger Cookies
Layered Eggnog Blondies
These treats have a split personality: 1 part blondie, 1 part eggnog cheesecake. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to one week.
Layered Eggnog Blondies Recipe
Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
String-of-Lights Cookie Wreath
String-of-Lights Cookie Wreath Recipe
German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars
German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
Pecan Snowballs Recipe
Chewy Ginger Cookies
Fresh ginger and black pepper bring a kick to this classic cookie. Prep tip: Swirl a liquid measuring cup with a thin coat of vegetable oil before measuring molasses for the most accurate (and least sticky) result.
Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Confetti Cookies
Chocolate Confetti Cookies Recipe
Chocolate-Frosted Cookies Recipe
Mississippi Mud Brownies
Mississippi Mud Brownies Recipe
Gingerbread Men Recipe
Making shortbread with melted butter skips the wait for it to soften.
Pecan-Cranberry Shortbread Recipe
Red Velvet Thumbprints
There's no need to use a pastry bag to fill cookies. Just transfer the frosting to a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and snip the corner.
Red Velvet Thumbprints Recipe
Chocolate Crinkle Candy Surprise Cookies
"Be careful not to overbake these cookies. Ten minutes is the sweet spot for most ovens."
Chocolate Crinkle Candy Surprise Cookies Recipe
Lemon Delights Recipe
If the melted white chocolate is too firm after it is heated, stir in about 1/4 tsp. coconut oil.
Coconut Snowballs Recipe