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12 Days of Holiday Cookies 2021

The holidays came early this year! We’re celebrating our 12 Days of Holiday Cookies in full force with our friends at Kerrygold, C&H Sugar, Wolf Gourmet, Simply Organic, Valley Fig, Good Cook, Eagle Brand, and Kana to bring you 12 days of epic giveaways! Starting December 1st through December 12, we’re sharing 12 holiday cookie recipes on Instagram, each one a must-bake favorite. From beautiful royal iced cookies to perfectly rolled rugelach, these recipes deliver the sweet festive cheer bakers crave. 

Iced Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Iced Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Is there a more classic holiday cookie than the gingerbread cutout cookie decorated with icing? With the quintessential blend of warm spices and a spritz of lemon zest to brighten the flavor, these cookies might become your new go-to.

Mocha Rugelach

mocha rugelach

These light and flaky pastries, popular among American and European Jews, get a rich chocolate espresso filling for a twist on the jam-filled classic. Cream cheese is the secret to these incredibly tender cookie crescents, and the sweet- bitter combination of dark chocolate and espresso powder in the filling makes for a delicately delicious treat.

Peppermint Nanaimo Bars

peppermint Nanaimo bars

Blending the flavors of a wintry mocha with a Canadian classic, these Nanaimo bars receive a boost from an espresso-spiked ganache, a dose of peppermint extract, and a lightly spiced cinnamon filling. At the base, rich macadamia nuts and sweet coconut flakes add a satisfying element of chew.

Star of David Cookies

Star of David cookies

Royal icing cookies get a warmly spiced, buttery twist in this take on a classic. The citrusy, herbal hit of cardamom is balanced with the rich, nutty flavor of browned butter. Decorated as bright, glittering stars, these cookies are sure to be showstoppers.

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons

chocolate dipped macaroons

With just a touch of aromatic orange zest mixed in with the creamy condensed milk and flaked coconut base, these classic macaroons pair notes of chocolate and citrus within their sweet snowball packages.

Pinwheel Cookies

Fig Pinwheels

If you are feeling entranced by the perfectly sweet, hypnotizing swirl of these Fig Pinwheels, that sensation is completely normal. Just wait until you take your first bite. This simple slice-and-bake cookie boasts a buttery dough filled with nature’s candy—a filling made from dehydrated figs lightly sweetened with orange juice.

Pressed Marzipan Thumbprint CookiesPressed Marzipan Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprints are light and bright like the fresh fallen snow of winter and ornate enough to rival even the loveliest snowflake. The buttery, shortbread-like cookies get a spike of homemade almondy Marzipan, and a dollop of white chocolate filling adds the perfect hint of sweetness to round out their flavor.

Red Velvet Peppermint Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Cookies

Dipped in smooth white chocolate and finished off with soft peppermint candies, these chewy red velvet cookies are sure to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.

Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Is it really the holidays if you don’t have festive sugar cookies? These classic cookies are topped with an elegant Royal Icing wreath that’s easier to create than you might think. Follow our step-by-step decorating guide and you’ll be decking the halls with these jolly cookies in no time. 

Glazed Fruitcake Cookies

glazed fruit cake cookies

Studded with candied fruit and spiked with rum, these Glazed Fruitcake Cookies are the from-scratch version of our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman’s grandfather’s cookies. We finished them off with a Rum Drizzle to make them extra merry. From our family to yours, these cakey cookies are sure to become a part of your own holiday traditions.

Chocolate Linzer Cookies

chocolate linzer cookies

These gorgeous cocoa-rich Linzer cookies receive a sweet boost from both brown sugar and granulated sugar. Sandwiched together with a tangy Cream Cheese Frosting, the cookies get a final snowy dusting of confectioner’s sugar for a wintry holiday finish.

Spiced Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

spiced cranberry white chocolate blondies

Don’t be a square this holiday season. We spruced up the traditional blondie formula with some spices, white chocolate, and cranberries. Topped with a velvety White Chocolate Frosting, these bars will be on your to-bake list all year long.

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