Cookie Countdown: December
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
What’s tastier than a regular sugar cookie? A Chocolate Sugar Cookie. We love the versatility of this recipe. Simply pick your favorite cookie cutter or turn it into a cookie cup that can hold a tasty filling. The cookie dough can be made ahead and chilled a day or two before baking. We’ve included our recipe for frosting, so you can decorate your cookies. We chose various dog cookie cutters and gave each one a festive holiday sweater. This Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe will be a hit with your cookie swap friends and Santa.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe
Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Bites
"Wash these warm, sugary doughnut bites down with a shooter of ice-cold chocolate milk. I like to stick the milk in the freezer about 10 minutes before serving."
Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Bites Recipe
White Chocolate Linzer Cookies
White Chocolate Linzer Cookies Recipe
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
We’ve got a triple-threat here: Rich red velvet, gooey, fudgy brownies, and tangy cheesecake unite to form a dessert bar everyone will love. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are decadent without being too sweet, thanks to the cheesecake swirl, and a delicious twist on plain old brownies. They slice super clean, but remain gooey and soft. If you like your brownies fudgy bake them on the lower 30-minute end. For cakier brownies, bake longer, up to 35 minutes. Lining your pan with parchment keeps these from sticking to the pan, making them much easier to slice.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
You’ve probably heard of olive oil cake, and if you’ve ever tasted one, you know how much rich character olive oil can bring to a dessert. And that’s certainly the case for these anything-but-average chocolate chip cookies. With their crispy edges and perfectly gooey center, they’re downright dreamy. Fruity olive oil subtly shines, complementing the melt-in-your mouth chocolaty factor in this distinctly delicious twist on the cookie jar classic. Although it’s tempting to go straight from the bowl to the oven, it’s important that the cookie dough is thoroughly chilled before baking. Not only will this step make scooping the cookies easier, but refrigeration solidifies the oil, which keeps the cookies from spreading too fast and becoming too thin. Being that olive oil is the star ingredient in this chocolate chip cookie recipe, be sure to use a good quality oil.
Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Eggnog-Scented Springerle Cookies
Eggnog-Scented Springerle Cookies Recipe
We all know and love the classic Italian wedding cookie—but add some bourbon and hazelnuts, and you’ve got an elevated twist. They’re buttery and nutty with a surprise bite from the bourbon. Best of all, these ingredients aren’t just available during the holidays, but all year.
Bourbon-Hazelnut Snowballs Recipe
Chewy Chocolate-Molasses Cookies
Forget the holidays, you’re gonna want these cookies all winter long. Chewy nuggets of candied ginger, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, and warm hints of molasses made this cookie a favorite in our test kitchen. To prevent overmixing the dough, fold in the chocolate—it’ll also produce a tougher cookie. To make these cookies look as good as they taste, reserve a few of the chocolate chunks to place on top of each cookie. That way, they won’t all get hidden in the dark dough.
Chewy Chocolate-Molasses Cookies Recipe
Peanut Butter Wreaths
Looking for the ultimate easy cookie? These no-bake peanut butter wreaths should do the trick. The oats and peanut butter add buttery and salty notes, making these almost like a praline. Toasting the oats beforehand really enhances the flavor and prevents the oats from getting soggy. Since these cookies are so easy and make a huge batch, you can get creative with your toppings—try other candies, like chocolate chunks, or fun holiday sprinkles to give these some serious spirit.
Peanut Butter Wreaths Recipe
Sesame-Almond Lace Cookies
This cookie has a lot going on in the best possible way. The melt-in-your-mouth, toffee-like cookie is accented by creamy chocolate and pops of salinity from sea salt. If you prefer dark chocolate over semisweet, melt and drizzle that instead. You can also use chopped pistachios, walnuts, or peanuts instead of almonds. These cookies will spread out as you bake, so keep them small—other ways they’ll be too thin.
Sesame-Almond Lace Cookies Recipe
Brown Butter-Coconut Cookies
Your search for the perfect Christmas cookie swap recipe is over. Our test kitchen couldn’t get enough of the heavenly combination of white chocolate, toasted coconut, and brown butter. These cookies are lighter than the average holiday cookie since they’re not heavy on spices or molasses, but they’re just as jolly, and the brown butter really takes the flavor to the next level.
Brown Butter-Coconut Cookies Recipe
Mexican Hot Chocolate Macarons
These macarons may require time and effort to make, but they’re absolutely worth it. Because every detail makes a difference in the final product (which is magically delicate and delicious), it is important that you use a kitchen scale that can weigh in grams. When there's an opportunity to make an estimate or take a shortcut, we're all about it; however, when it comes to classic French macarons, precision is key. The Mexican hot chocolate flavor profile of these impressive sandwich cookies transforms what's often an overtly sugary treat into a slightly spicy, warm delight. Serve with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Macarons Recipe
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties
We’re not exaggerating when we say these peppermint patties knock York’s out of the water. These are perfect to make with kids because they’re easy and—let’s face it—messy. They make a sweet after-dinner treat, mid-day pick-me-up, or even cookie swap contribution. If you’re not crazy about peppermints, try leftover candy canes, crushed, nuts, sea salt, or sprinkles as toppings.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties Recipe
Snowy Tree Cookies
To make these adorable 3-D trees, you’ll need star-shaped cookie cutters in six different sizes. (They are often sold in sets.) Be sure the cutouts are thoroughly chilled before going in the oven so they don’t spread too much while baking.
Snowy Tree Cookies Recipe
Snickerdoodles are already a classic cookie, but add chai and they become irresistible. Cinnamon, cardamom, and a touch of black pepper intermingle beautifully to create a warm, buttery cookie that tastes like the beloved winter drink. Try dipping them in coffee or tea, or leaving them out with some milk for Santa.
Chai-Spiced Snickerdoodles Recipe
Ginger-Lemon Sandwich Cookies
Lemon, molasses, and ginger are an unexpected, but unbeatable combination in these simple sandwich cookies. The cookie itself is delicious on its own, but then the tart lemon curd brings out the best in the molasses and warm spices. The higher quality lemon curd you use, the better the sandwiches will be, but you can also make your own. This batch is easy to make and only look fancy, making them a perfect addition to a cookie swap.
Ginger-Lemon Sandwich Cookies Recipe
Cranberry Cookies With Orange Glaze
Oh, so festive! These cakey cranberry cookies are a perfect Christmastime snack, dessert, or even breakfast.
Cranberry Cookies With Orange Glaze Recipe
For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie cutter sizes to create "families." If you don't want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and slice into 1/8-inch rounds. Refrigerate the dough up to three days, or freeze up to one month.
Gingerbread People Recipe
Even if you don't love eggnog, you'll love this cookie.
Eggnog Cookies Recipe
Copycat Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies
For a cookie that’s guaranteed to impress this holiday season, look no further than our homemade take on Mint-Chocolate Milanos. In order to keep the filling easy to make, we simply melt Andes chocolate mints into a rich mint-chocolate ganache. Alternatively, you can add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to the chocolate filling we use in our take on the classic Milano Cookie. And for another filling option, be sure to give our Copycat Dulce De Leche Milano Cookies a try.
Copycat Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies Recipe
Ultimate M&M Cookies
Feed your inner child (or your actual child) with these chewy-in-the-center, crispy-at-the-edges, candy-studded cookies.
Ultimate M&M Cookies Recipe
Orange Sugar Cookies With Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting
Orange zest lends a delicate floral, citrus flavor to this delightfully crisp and light shortbread cookies. Finished with a vibrant orange and cream cheese frosting, they’re the perfect treat to deliver a taste of sunshine on a chilly winter day.
Orange Sugar Cookies With Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach
You can switch out the cherry preserves and dried cherries for another fruit that comes in both spread and dried form, such as apricot, currant, or blueberry.
Cherry and Pistachio Rugelach Recipe
Oatmeal-Caramel Cream Pies
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
If you have a neighborhood cookie swap or church social on your calendar this season, these sandwich cookies are sure to be a hit. Cookies and bars are always crowd-pleasers—and make great handmade gifts for friends and family during the holidays. Choose a gingersnap or linzer from this lineup of Christmas treats if you want to include some of the classic holiday cookies on your dessert tray as well.
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies Recipe
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Coconut milk adds a hint of tropical flavor to these delightfully tangy bars. From bake sales to bridal showers, these bars are perfect for entertaining. For the smoothest filling, whisk together the dry ingredients, and then stir in the wet ingredients until smooth. This will prevent tiny lumps of flour from forming.
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars Recipe
A toasty twist on the traditional Millionaire’s Shortbread, these decadent layered cookie bars feature toasted sesame seeds in the shortbread, a luscious tahini caramel, and more sesame seeds sprinkled over top for good measure.
Sesamillionaire’s Shortbread Recipe
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Believe it or not, these chewy, brownie-like cookies are gluten free. Try not to eat them all in one sitting--our Test Kitchen found them especially hard to resist.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies Recipe
This simplified method for making classic French Macarons is the perfect recipe for a first-timer to practice with. Just be sure to wait for a day that isn’t rainy or humid to embark on this baking adventure, as the delicate cookies need dry air in order to set.
Easy Macarons Recipe
Glazed Condensed Milk Cookies
Need to throw together a last minute treat? Make a batch of fluffy and buttery, cream cheese-glazed cookies using 1 whole (14-ounce) can of sweetened and just a handful of other staple ingredients you probably already have in the fridge and pantry. You will use 2/3 cup of the condensed milk in these melt-in-your-mouth cookies (which eliminates the need for additional sugar or eggs), then simply combine the rest of the can with softened cream cheese to create a tangy-sweet glaze. After you glaze the cookies and add sprinkles (if desired), leave them on the wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes so that the glaze can set so that you don't end up with a mess.
Glazed Condensed Milk Cookies Recipe
Sparkling Ginger Stars
Sparkling Ginger Stars Recipe