5 Favorite Cookie Recipes for the Holidays
Santa, if you're hoping to exercise some portion control this year, you may want to reconsider. In fact, you probably won't even have a choice in the matter. Once you lay eyes on these holiday cookies from our recipe roundup, you'll have to plant yourself right under the mistletoe and kiss all self-restraint goodbye. As for the rest of you, we want to encourage you to indulge as well. Since this is the best time of year to cozy up and do fun indoor activities with your loved ones, say yes to sweets. What could be better than a holiday cookie bake-a-thon?
We can think of countless iterations of baking events that would be perfect. Invite your friends over for a boozy baking party, treat the neighborhood kids and their parents to a special afternoon, follow Cher's tip to always have cookies baking in the oven and make a romantic date of it with your with your significant other, or hold a charitable bake sale. We could keep going, but we're guessing you want to get to the good part by now. And while it was extremely difficult to narrow down our list of favorite holiday cookies, we landed on these five for their colorful, festive looks. Enjoy!
Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Cookies
These chocolate-dipped sugar cookies from Foodie Crush give the concept of tasty eye candy a whole new meaning. Alternating between chocolate covered in almonds and crushed peppermint on white chocolate will give you some edible flexibility, and your plates will be a lot more visually interesting too.
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? If you don't speak up now, you'll be on the naughty list and we won't share with you. But really, how good do these look? This recipe from Half Baked Harvest yields a delicious batch of chocolate-dipped vanilla bean cashew crescent cookies.
Caramel-Stuffed Brownie Cookies
If you have a major sweet tooth, this is the holiday cookie recipe for you. These chocolate-hazelnut and caramel-stuffed brownie cookies from Half Baked Harvest will have you bouncing off the walls (from the sugar rush they induce, of course, but also because they're so good that they'll boost your mood).
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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies
Red velvet thumbprint cookies with cream cheese frosting are the perfect solution to the classic cookie or cake debate. Who says you can't have both in the same dessert recipe? These cookies from Foodie Crush sport the whole holiday look a little more subtly than the others since they're a simple round shape but a gorgeous red hue. That makes them perfect for a grown-up party.
Balsam Fir Syrup & Fennel Rosemary Cookies
Since we're all one-of-a-kind snowflakes, why not celebrate that sentiment by eating some unique flavors?This snowflake cookie recipe from Local Milk Blog is is perfect way to do so. If you're an adventurous dessert eater, then we recommend trying these balsam fir syrup and fennel rosemary cookies. It's like a gingerbread cookie, only a little more innovative. There's nothing cookie-cutter about them!
What are you favorite cookies to bake for the holidays? Share your traditions with us in the comments.