15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes

Hi friends – I suspect it is going to be a big baking weekend,
so I thought it might be helpful to wrangle some of my favorite
holiday-esque cookie recipes into one spot, in a single list. There
is a pretty wide range – from gingerbread to shortbread to
chocolate…I think my favorite are the Swedish Rye Cookies
pictured above – you can stamp them into any shape you like, and
if you can’t track down rye flour, go ahead and swap in whole
wheat pastry flour. But, if those aren’t your speed, there are a
bunch of other options I’ve enjoyed in the past. xo -h

15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
– My go-to sugar cookie
recipe. The dough is a dream to work with, and they love being
decorated.

15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Sante’s Hermits
– My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe
with me. A simple drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny
currants, chopped walnuts, and finished with a bit of icing.
15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Swedish Rye Cookies
– Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish
Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are
after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie made from a
Rye flour blend. (pictured above)
15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Triple Ginger Cookies
– This ginger cookie recipe is made
special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest.
Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.
(pictured above)


Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies
– The perfect bite-sized
chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with
plenty of shaved chocolate.

15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies
– I made these for Lottie & Doof’s 12 DAYS
OF COOKIES years ago. They are tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies
made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. The
turbinado sugar crust gives them a bit of crunch which is a nice
contrast to the ooey-goey chocolate.


Limoncello Macaroons
– A nice alternative to all of the
peppermint and chocolate flavors this time of year. These are
golden-crusted, powder-coated, almond-citrus gems spiked with
limoncello liqueur.


Chocolate Puddle Cookies
– I came across a cookie when I
visited Portland, it was a crackle-edged puddle of chocolate with a
texture that made me think of the collision between a soft meringue
and a fudgy brownie. They are amazing. Downsize them a bit for a
holiday cookie plate.


Biscotti al Pistaccio
– Charming little bite-sized,
powder-coated pistachio cookies inspired by a visit to Mona
Talbott’s kitchen and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the
American Academy in Rome.

15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes

Gingerbread
Cookies
– A delicious, traditional tasting, yet healthier
gingerbread cookie recipe that includes white whole wheat flour,
more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners. You wont miss
the traditional version. They are very cute on popsicle sticks.

Chocolate
Peppermint Bark Cookies
– Super decadent. A rich chocolate
dough punctuated by generous amount of chopped peppermint bark and
mini chocolate chips.

15 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes


Rosewater Shortbread
– The prettiest shortbread you can
imagine. Buttery whole wheat shortbreads fragrant with rosewater,
flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals. On the shortbread
front, there are also these
Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbreads
, a twist on the shortbread recipe
I included in Super Natural Cooking. Perfectly golden pine
nuts and just enough rosemary and lemon zest infuse a buttery sweet
dough with fragrance and flavor. I also posted a more traditional

shortbread recipe
years back – the recipe was the one made in
the Hearst Castle kitchen. So much shortbread~! 😉

Peppermint Bark
Chocolate Chip Cookies
– A great peppermint bark cookie
recipe using one of my favorite cookie doughs along with a generous
amount of chopped peppermint bark.

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