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Holiday Cookie Round-Up

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Each year at Christmas I like to put together a cookie box for family, friends, and neighbors. The content changes somewhat over the years; some cookies come and go, others are staples that stick around. I’ve put together a list of favorite holiday cookies that I’ve featured here on my site. Many of these recipes come from both my cookbooks: 100 Cookies and The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

Shortbread with Chocolate

Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate: Buttery, crisp cookies with chocolate drizzle. My mom requests this one every year, and I willingly oblige. Find the recipe here


Chocolate Orange Sables

Chocolate Orange Sables: More buttery, crispy goodness, with hints of orange and chocolate. I created this recipe for Bake From Scratch Magazine and will be putting it in my cookie box this year; it’s become a personal favorite. Find the recipe here


Neapolitan Cookies

Neapolitan Cookies: Strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate! This bright and tasty cookie is a family favorite. Feel free to switch up flavors: use 3 different shades of cocoa powder, swap raspberry for strawberry, or add some flavored extracts to personalize your cookie. Find the recipe here. 


Pan-banging ginger molasses cookies

Pan-banging Ginger Molasses Cookies: Crisp, ripply edges, a tender center, and a balanced mix of holiday spices make for a fabulous cookie. These cookies are large, but look lovely in a cookie box along with smaller circles. Find the recipe here. 


Olive Oil Sugar Cookies with Pistachios and Lemon Glaze

Olive Oil Cookies with Pistachio and Lemon: I adore these cookies, and their bright flavor and pretty glaze studded with nuts. If you want to keep your box nut-free, flour can be substituted for the processed pistachios. Find the recipe here


Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies: They may not be as fancy as some of the others listed here, but they are downright delicious. And while I love a good sugar cookie, these have become preferred with anyone I share them with. Find the recipe here. 


Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting: These bars are so easy to make, and they are always well-received. This recipe makes a half sheet pan of bars, so there are plenty to give away. Find the recipe here. 


Pan-banging Sugar Cookies

Pan-banging Sugar Cookies: Another pan-banging cookies, with or without sprinkles. I prefer them with, and you can use holiday colored sprinkles if desired. Find the recipe here. 

Coffee Blondies

Coffee Blondies: I’ve been making these bars for decades, and they end up in every cookie box I send out. They are well-loved by my entire family, and freeze like a dream. Find the recipe here. 


white chocolate cranberry cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies: Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and dried cranberries, and a faint hint of rosemary. Delicious, and perfect for the holiday season. Find the recipe here. 


Fig and Orange Sables

Fig and Orange Sables: A classy cookie with a taste similar to that fig-filled sandwich cookie we all grew up with. Find the recipe here. 


Espresso Pan-banging molasses

Espresso Pan-banging Molasses Cookies: Crisp, ripply edges, gooey centers, a hint of molasses, espresso and chocolate – what could be better? Find the recipe here. 







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    Michelle Davison
    Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Making cookies from 100 Cookies right now! Question…… for the PB panbanger cookies, is it 12 TB butter, or 1 stick? Both are listed.

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      Kate Rockwood
      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:38 am

      I caught the same typo! It’s 12 TB (figured it out because it lists 170g, which would be 12 TB). Made these just last night and they turned out SO GOOD.

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Looks so hearty. I am trying to eat more healthy , would love to try this recipe!

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Your recipes are so delicious it looks like you have added natural color to them

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Your recipes are very delicious, it looks like you have filled them with natural color. We hope you will continue to make such recipes in the future.

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    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:31 am

    How much of sprinkles is added to sugar cookie recipe? Thank you! Your oatmeal cookies are fabulous.

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