If we had a cookie for every time one of you asked us about our annual issue devoted to the holiday sweets, well, we’d have a lot of cookies. Which is kind of the point, right? This year, we have 26 for your baking consideration. There are vegan, gluten-free and no-bake options, as well as flavors that range from chocolate to citrus and basil to bourbon. In other words, something for everyone, because everyone loves cookies. Happy baking, and sharing.
Berlin Curd Cheese Cookies (Berlins’ke Pechyvo): Perfect for tea time, these wedge-shaped beauties get their richness from cottage cheese.
Bourbon Biscuits: The filling of these sandwich cookies is spiked with a bit of booze.
Calissons d’Aix: So elegant you’d never know they were no-bake.
Cornmeal and Cherry Thumbprint Cookies: From Maggie Austin LaBaugh, the couture cake designer who just took over as culinary director at Buzz Bakeshop.
Crisp Oat Caramel Cookies: Ground cardamom gives these lacy cookies a traditional Scandinavian twist.
Crunchy Almond Cookies (Croquants de Cordes-sur-Ciel): A French treat for almond junkies.
Dulce de Leche Macaroons: Five ingredients, one bowl. Bam.
Garibaldis: Another nice accompaniment to tea, especially because they are reminiscent of British Eccles cakes.
Giant New York Walnut and Chocolate Cookies: Big enough to share, if you can bear to do so.
Hippie Crispy Treats: Has a little more going on than the cereal-box recipe of your childhood.
Boozy Chocolate Bites: A bourbon ball to add to your repertoire.
Iced Coffee Cookies: Coffee goes into both the dough and the glaze.
Italian Hazelnut Kisses (Baci di Dama): Chocolate and hazelnut, such a classic combination.
Key Lime Bars: If you’re not on a warm Florida vacation, at least you can eat like you are.
Lime Cornmeal Cookies: Bright lime and sweet cornmeal make a happy marriage.
Maple and Fig Shortbread: For a grown-up plate for Santa — serve with beer, not milk.
Peanut Butter Turtle Cookie Cups: Pretty sure that photo says it all.
Pine Nut, Orange and Chocolate Drop Cookies: They’d probably be eaten faster anyway, but these can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature.
Salted Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars: Salty, sweet and swoon-worthy.
Sicilian Almond Cookies: A delicate and crunchy offering from the Silver Spoon Kitchen.
Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Birdhouses: Seriously. How cute. Are. These.
Vanilla Basil Shorties: Trust us, the basil works.
Vegan Gingerbread Snowflakes: New York cookie baker Patti Paige says some people prefer this recipe over her regular gingerbread.
Gluten-Free Snowballs (Italian Wedding Cookies): You just have to buy one gluten-free flour mix rather than combining several types.
Grandma’s Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies: A festive-looking family recipe suitable for the wheat-free set.
Dorie Greenspan’s No-Bake Holiday Cookie Cubes: Like cookie butter? It’s in here.