Favorite Holiday Cookies From Bloggers
We asked some food bloggers we love to share their most-inspired twists on classic holiday cookies.
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Christmas "Circus" Cookies
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Butter Cookies With Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing
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Chocolate Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Peppermint Cream Filling
There are fewer flavor pairings more perfect for the holiday season than chocolate and peppermint. These rich cocoa cookies are filled with a smooth, creamy mint center –– ideal for any party or Santa's plate, claim White on Rice Couple's Todd Porter and Diane Cu.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Peppermint Cream Filling
Hazelnut Espresso Snowballs
Pastry Affair's Kristin Rosenau peps up these traditional butter-sugar-and-nut cookie balls (also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes) with more-fragrant hazelnuts and a shot of espresso.
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Irish Cream and Coffee Cookies
This edible version of the Irish coffee drink might just keep you buzzing throughout the evening. Nealey Dozier of Dixie Caviar incorporates both ground coffee and coffee extract into her sugar cookie dough to infuse the treats with flavor and color. Additional coffee extract and Irish cream liqueur spike the delicate buttercream frosting, which pipes perfectly into a frothy topping –– like its mugged moniker.
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Oat Bars with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts
Sam Linsell of Drizzle & Dip shares her adaptation of traditional South African cookies called crunchies. The bars are a bit chewier than their name would imply, though if you'd prefer that crisp texture, bake them in a wider pan for a thinner cookie.
Get the Recipe: Oat Bars with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts
Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies
What do you have when you combine sweet sugar thumbprint cookies with tart lemon meringue and a swirl of toasty meringue? Samantha Seneviratne of Love, Cake's clever cookies that make use of the wintry fruit and easily impress at any holiday gathering.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies
Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies
These chunky treats from Stephanie Le of i am a food blog are like kitchen sink cookies for the holidays, filled with colorful pistachios and cranberries, and they are delightfully crunchy thanks to rolled oats and a healthy dose of baking soda.
Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies
Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam
Thumbprints are always a welcome addition to the holiday cookie table with their jewel-like jammy centers and festive sugar powder coating. Blogging Over Thyme's Laura Davidson fills pistachio-studded shortbread cookies with black currant jam, but any berry jam will produce the seasonal and visually pleasing red-and-green effect.
Get the Recipe: Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam
Gingerbread Latte Sandwich Cookies
Fans of flavored winter coffee drinks will love these over-the-top soft, spicy gingerbread cookies from Sweet Style CA's Tessa Huff, filled with a sweet, buttery coffee cream.
Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Latte Sandwich Cookies
Hazelnut Ganache Thumbprint Cookies
Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen incorporates hazelnut meal into a traditional buttery shortbread cookie to add texture and nutty holiday flavor. The rich chocolate ganache and a sprinkling of sea salt make them feel both indulgent and festive.
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Lemon Gingerbread Checkerboard Cookies
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Cuban Sugar Cookies With Guava and Lime (Torticas de Moron)
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Broken Pretzel and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Mini White Chocolate, Cranberry + Pumpkin Cookies
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Elvis-Inspired Cookie Cups
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Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies
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Get the Recipe: Polvorones
Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
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Get the Recipe: Snowballs
Sleeping Almond Meringues
To bake meringues that are crisp on the outside and creamy in the center, Hungry Sofia's Ana Pelaez pipes the cookies onto a baking sheet and places them in a scorching-hot oven, which she immediately turns off. Left on their own overnight, they take on a pearly sheen that hides the taffy-like center (but don't peek!). Here, toasted almonds add a bit of crunch to the lime juice- and lemon-flavored delicacies.
Get the Recipe: Sleeping Almond Meringues
Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Cookies