Gallery: Holiday Cookies Recipes
Freshly baked cookies are welcomed treat anytime of the year, particularly during the holidays where there's plenty of chocolate, spice and everything nice. As you top off a holiday feast or find something to tasty to leave for Santa (or for yourself), browse through our 27 delectable cookie recipes. This year we offer a varied number, from restaurant-style lebkuchen to nostalgic Betty Crocker-based recipes.
A little sweet, a little tart, a little chewy. Apricot Confections combine apricots for these sugar-dusted poppers.
These no-bake bars were finalists in recent in-house judging for the featured seasonal cookie offering at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
These are based on a Betty Crocker recipe that dates to the 1960s or earlier. From Michelle Poteaux, co-owner and pastry chef of Bastille in Alexandria.
The original recipe called for only unsweetened Nutella or hazelnut paste, but we tested it with the widely available, sweetened kind and the cookies tasted great.
These might look like other cookies you've tried, but they have an especially rich chocolaty flavor.
Cinnamon and nutmeg are quite subtle in this sablelike cookie.
You'll find these on the petits fours plates served during the holidays at 2941 restaurant in Falls Church.
These cookies are baked twice, like biscotti, but they are sliced much thinner. Spread half of them with raspberry preserves or a bittersweet chocolate ganache to make unusual cookie sandwiches.
To ensure crispness, make certain the cookies are fully baked. If you are shaping the cookies, keep them warm, resting the tray on the open oven door, until you are ready to mold them.
Your favorite holiday drink in a cookie. These are rich enough to serve as a plated dessert, with crushed macadamia nuts and a dollop of whipped cream.
Chef Michel Richard set out to produce a cookie that would create a legacy. Because this one contains oatmeal and bacon, he might have achieved cookie immortality.
You can substitute other types of dried fruit in these chewy, chocolate-topped bars, based on what you have on hand.
Because these are made with crystallized ginger and dried ground ginger instead of fresh ginger, they do not have a burning spiciness. Lemon zest in the bars and lemon juice in the glaze provide a lovely contrast.
These are soft, tender and textured. A different fruit-flavored yogurt (smooth, not with chunks of fruit) may be substituted.
Rich, chewy and sweet, these blondie-type bars are packed with dried cherries, nuts and chocolate chunks.
Use your family's monogram as a canvas in these creamy peppermint enrobed sugar cookies from custom cake decorator Maggie Austin.
These are no-bake and kid-friendly to assemble once the heated mixtures have cooled.
Orange and rosemary make a lovely combination for these tender cookies.
These crisp meringue cookies offer a kiss of peppermint.
Pistachio and cardamom are made for each other and complement these dairy-free cookies.
The combination of sesame seeds and halvah (candy made from ground sesame seeds and honey) makes these vegan cookies a nutty treat.
White, black and cayenne pepper pack in a punch in this chocolate-dipped cookie.
Adapted from "Cookie Swap!" by Lauren Chattman (Workman, 2010).