Are you ready to tie on an apron, get out the rolling pin and start baking dozens of holiday cookies? I am! Mixing up batches of dough and baking trays of cookies while listening to holiday music on a Sunday afternoon in December must be one of my favorite holiday activities. There's something irresistible about the aroma of warm spices and freshly baked goodies. For help with your seasonal baking, check out our holiday baking guide
What will you do with all those cookies you're going to bake, besides savor them with a tall glass of milk? A few ideas to get you started:
- Organize a cookie exchange at home with friends and neighbors or in the office. Ask everyone to bring a few dozen cookies, then mix and match to end up with an assortment of holiday treats.
- Cookies make great gifts. Wrap them up in waxed or parchment paper and tie with ribbons, or package them in reusable tins. Recipients will be delighted by your thoughtfulness.
- Host a holiday dessert party. Bake several kinds of cookies (the beauty is that they all can be made ahead of time), make pots of coffee, spiced tea and hot chocolate, and sit back and relax with your guests.
- Remember to save some for Santa!
Here are some of our favorite recipes. What are you going to be baking this holiday season?
Drop Cookies (simply drop dough onto baking sheets)
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cranberry Pistachio Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Hand-shaped Cookies (enlist some kids to help shape these)
Mexican Tea Cookies
Roll-out Cookies (use a rolling pin)
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Classic Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Mocha Sugar Cookies
Ginger Sugar Cookies
Sugar-Dusted Whole Wheat Graham Crackers
Icebox Cookies (shape dough into logs, chill, slice and bake)
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Peppermint Frosting
Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Bars (simply cut into squares after baking)
Date-Pecan Pumpkin Squares
For the Baker Seeking a Challenge
Chocolate Drizzled Pistachio Biscotti
Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies
Confections (not cookies)
Candied Lemon Peels
and Orange Peels
Candied Walnuts with Dark Chocolate and Orange Zest
Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Fudge
Happy holiday baking!