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Gingerbread Men Rum Balls Gift Giving Ideas
Christmas baking wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread men. Fragrant with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste. more Rum balls are the perfect adult indulgence for as their name implies, 'rum' balls contain rum and since we do not bake these cookies the alcohol taste and content are not lost during baking. more Stephanie talks about the different ways to package cookies to give as Christmas gifts to your friends, family and co-workers. more
Chocolate Truffles Mexican Wedding Cakes Shortbread Cookies
These rich and elegant, bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits. more These melt-in-your mouth, shortbread-like cookies go by many names; a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball. more Shortbreads are traditionally a Christmas cookie that blends butter, sugar, and flour to make a rich and delicate tasting cookie. more
Candy Cane Cookies Sugar Cookies

French Macarons Recipe

Candy Cane Cookies are dressed for the holidays with their red and white stripes that are tender crisp with a buttery sweet almond flavor. more These sweet and buttery cut-out cookies are always a favorite. You can dress them simply with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative with royal icing. more French Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with a delicious filling. The outside crust is crisp yet inside they are wonderfully soft. more
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Most of us have favorite cookie recipes that we like to bake at holiday time. They are the ones we look forward to baking and serving as they are part of our family traditions and invoke pleasant memories. But, if you are like me, I always like to try something new and a little different. Sometimes they will get added to the next year's "must bake" list and sometimes not. So I hope you will browse through these cookie recipes and give a few a try.

Notes on Storing Cookies:  Freshly made cookies always need to be cooled completely before storing in airtight containers or the cookies will become soft from the steam they produce while they are still warm. For frosted cookies, always let the frosting dry completely before storing so the cookies will not stick together. It is best to store filled and frosted cookies in a single layer or between layers of parchment or wax paper. Always store each type of cookie separately. If you store different flavored and textured cookies together they will end up taking on the characteristics of each other i.e. a dry crisp textured cookie stored with a soft textured cookie will absorb its moisture and become soft.  Likewise, a shortbread stored with a spice cookie will end up tasting like a spice cookie.  continued below

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Crinkles

Melting Moments

Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with butter and a combination of white and brown sugars which produces a rich and chewy cookie with caramelized edges. more These are known as Chocolate Crinkles or Black and Whites. Both are perfect names for this deliciously soft, fudge-like chocolate cookie that is encased in a coating of confectioners sugar. more Melting Moments are a delicious shortbread-like cookie covered with confectioners sugar that literally melt-in-your-mouth. more
Thumbprint Cookies Scottish Shortbread Cake Pops Recipe
A seasonal favorite, buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam. They get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam. more Scottish Shortbreads would make a fine Christmas cookie with their rich and buttery flavor and tender and crumbly texture. more Cake Pops are cake crumbs mixed with frosting, formed into balls, and covered with a crisp outer shell of colorful candy coating. more

Snickerdoodles

Coconut Macaroons

Peanut Blossom Cookies

Snickerdoodles are an old fashioned cookie that have a sugar cinnamon coating and a sweet and buttery flavor. more Coconut Macaroons have a wonderfully sweet coconut flavor with a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy texture. more Peanut Blossom Cookies consist of a peanut butter cookie that has a chocolate Kiss sitting happily on top. more

Oatmeal Cookies

Alfajores

Linzer Cookies

Loaded with oats, this version produces a crisp and chewy cookie that can be filled with chocolate chips (white or dark chocolate), dried fruits, and/or chopped nuts. more Alfajores take two buttery crisp shortbread cookies and sandwiches them together with a sticky and gooey caramel-like filling (Dulce de Leche). more Linzer Cookies use the same ingredients as the Linzertorte but present them in a different way. Two cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of preserves. more

Pumpkin Cookies

Ginger Cookies

Nanaimo Bars

Pumpkin Cookies have a wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely delicious with a cream cheese frosting. more Ginger Cookies are aptly named, as they are both ginger colored and ginger flavored. They have a sugar coated crackly surface and when you bite into one you will find the texture soft and chewy with a flavor that is buttery and spicy. more Nanaimo Bars are British Columbia's best known confection. They are wonderfully rich with two layers of chocolate that are separated by a layer of buttercream icing. more
Spritz Cookies Brownies Peanut Butter Cookies
Spritz Cookies, also known as Swedish Butter Cookies or Pressed Butter Cookies, are a very popular Christmas cookie. They have a lovely vanilla flavor and a rich buttery texture that is tender crisp. more Brownies are America's favorite bar cookie and these are rich and dense with chocolate. more Peanut Butter Cookies are instantly recognizable by their crisscross pattern. They have that 'sweet and salty' flavor combination that make them irresistible. more

Gingersnaps

Royal Icing

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Ginger Snaps are a highly addictive, sugar coated cookie that gets its chewy texture and spicy flavor from adding brown sugar, molasses, and spices (cinnamon, ginger and cloves) to the batter. more Royal Icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its lovely finish it also colors beautifully and it is used as a frosting for cakes and cookies and also for intricate piping of decorations. more This cookie is a chocolate lover's delight. Not only are they made with a whole pound of chocolate, but they also contain both white and dark chocolate chips. more

Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

Florentines

Meringue Cookies are so airy, sweet and crisp that they seem to almost melt in your mouth. more Combining the subtle flavor of Dutch-processed cocoa powder with dark and white chocolate chips produces a chocolate filled cookie that is chewy yet has nice crisp edges. more Florentines are a delicious mixture of toasted nuts and candied fruit that are coated with a sweet sticky mixture of honey and sugar. They are finished with a layer of melted chocolate. more

Chocolate Brownies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pecan Shortbreads

Chocolate Brownies have a lovely deep chocolate flavor and dense fudge-like texture that are topped with a smooth and glossy Ganache frosting. more Pumpkin Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped pumpkin cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Pecan Shortbread Cookies have a deep golden brown color and come out of the oven wonderfully crisp and crunchy. more

Mincemeat Shortbread Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Raspberry Oatmeal Squares

Mincemeat Shortbread Bars have two buttery layers of shortbread sandwiched with a layer of spicy mincemeat. more Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are delicious. Each cookie has a miniature peanut butter cup pressed into the center which makes for a wonderful treat. more This beautiful looking and delicious tasting square combines the flavor of an oatmeal cookie with raspberry jam. more

Magic Bars

Rugalach Bars

Mocha Shortbread

Magic Bars simply layer six ingredients; melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, sweetened coconut, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pan and the bars are baked. There is no mixing. more Rugalach is a Eastern European cookie that is made with a cream cheese flavored dough that is cut into triangles and rolled around a filling to form a crescent. This recipe makes Rugalach in bar form which is much less work. more For this recipe we add Dutch processed cocoa powder to a basic shortbread dough to give it a smooth chocolate flavor and cornstarch has replaced some of the all purpose flour to produce a delicate melt-in-your-mouth texture. more

Cowboy Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbreads

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cowboy Cookies are sweet and buttery and loaded with chocolate chips, rolled oats, raisins, sweetened coconut, and walnuts. more Since this shortbread is baked in a tart pan, we cut it into wedges which are called "petticoat tails". more Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies use cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate and chocolate chips for a cookie that is rich with chocolate flavor. more

Millionaire's Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Mint Squares

This popular British shortbread consists of three delicious layers; a buttery shortbread, a smooth caramel, and a shiny layer of melted chocolate. more Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are bursting with flakes of sweetened coconut and have a wonderful deep chocolate flavor. more While browsing through the website it suddenly occurred to me that there wasn't a recipe containing both chocolate and mint. I decided the perfect dessert to feature these ingredients was a three layer square, really a Nanaimo Bar, only peppermint flavored more

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Toffee Bars

Chocolate Mint Brownies consist of a dense and fudgy brownie that is topped with a mint flavored butter frosting and a shiny chocolate glaze. more

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons have wonderfully crispy edges and soft and chewy centers. They are lovely when dipped in melted chocolate. more

Toffee Bars are a delicious combination of toasted almonds, dark chocolate, and buttery brown sugar shortbread. more

Cream Cheese Brownies

Speculaas

Sables (French Butter Cookies)

Cream Cheese Brownies combine a dense and fudgy chocolate brownie with a cheesecake-like topping.  more This recipe is one I have adapted from 'Windmills in my Oven' as it still gives you that wonderful spicy flavor of the commercial product only with a softer texture. more Sables, also known as French Butter Cookie or Breton Biscuit, is a classic French cookie originating in Normandy France. more

Molasses Cookies

Butter Tarts

Spice Cookies

This highly addictive, sugar coated cookie gets its chewy texture and spicy flavor from adding dark brown sugar, molasses, and spices (cinnamon, ginger and cloves) to the batter. more These Butter Tarts consist of flaky pastry shells that are filled with a sweet mixture of butter, brown sugar, and eggs. more Spice cookies are a great tasting spicy almond cookie that is crisp and crunchy. more

 Almond Chocolate Biscotti

Cappuccino Biscotti

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

In this recipe we pair the almonds with chunks of smooth dark chocolate. more This is a biscotti that combines the taste of coffee with chocolate, nuts, and spices. more This biscotti makes the perfect Christmas cookie, combining bright red dried cranberries with lovely green pistachios. more
Chocolate Chunk Cookies Amaretti Cookies (Almond Macaroons) Almond Shortbreads
If you are in the mood for a crispy buttery chocolate chip cookie this recipe fits the bill. more Amaretti is the Italian name for macaroons, which means little bitter things. Crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft inside, these small domed shaped cookies originated in Venice Italy during the Renaissance period. more Although this recipe is very similar to a plain shortbread, it differs in that it uses not only all purpose flour but also rice flour and almond flour which subtly changes both its flavor and texture. more

Fruit and Nut Bars

Chocolate Nut Shortbread

Cheesecake Squares

These fruit and nut bars are chewy and crunchy and loaded with flavor. They are healthy for us as they contain lots of dried fruit and nuts and the batter has no butter or oil in it. more This recipe is a delicious combination of buttery shortbread, toasted nuts, and chopped chocolate. more Cheesecake Squares are a wonderful combination of a graham cracker crust and a thin layer of creamy smooth cheesecake. more

Cranberry Shortbread Bars

Butter Tart Squares

Pecan Squares

Cranberry Shortbread Bars have two layers of buttery shortbread with a lovely tangy cranberry layer in between. more These little gems are baked until the crusts have nicely browned and the filling has set. They are excellent warm from the oven, at room temperature, or even chilled. more Pecan Squares are the perfect combination of a shortbread crust topped with a chewy and gooey pecan filling. more
Tiles A D'Orange Madeleines Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti
Tuiles are one of my favorite cookies. The orange crunchy flavor is absolutely delicious. more Whether you enjoy them plain or dipped in your tea or coffee, these small petit fours sec make the perfect afternoon treat. more This biscotti has a wonderful dark chocolate-colored dough, which comes from using both ground semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder. more
M&M's® Cookies Chocolate Wafers Chocolate Sugar Cookies
M&M's cookies have wonderfully crisp edges and soft and chewy centers. Kids absolutely love these candy topped cookies. more Although there are many chocolate cookies to choose from, I love to snack on these Chocolate Wafers. Their texture is wonderfully crisp and crunchy and their chocolate flavor is rich. more Chocolate Sugar Cookies are a sweet and buttery cut-out cookie with a mild chocolate flavor that are frosted with royal icing. more
Butter Cookies Brutti ma Buoni Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Butter Cookies are sweet and buttery with wonderfully crisp edges. Serve them plain with a bowl of fruit sorbet or a fruit salad. These cookies can also be iced with a Confectioners Frosting. more Brutti ma Buoni is a delicious Italian cookie that has a wonderfully crisp exterior with a texture that is soft and chewy. Very similar to a meringue cookie only with nuts. more Red Velvet Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and tangy cream cheese filling. more
Rice Krispies Treats® Low Fat Brownies S'Mores
This delicious candy-like square is made with rice cereal, melted marshmallows, and margarine. more Low-Fat Brownies have a wonderfully moist and chewy texture and a deep chocolate flavor. They are wonderful plain or topped with fresh berries and/or a scoop of low fat vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or a fruit sorbet. more S'mores are deliciously sweet and gooey. They take roasted marshmallows and pieces of chocolate and sandwiches them between two graham crackers. more
Linzer Squares Checkerboard Cookies Chocolate Peanut Squares
Linzer Squares have a beautiful golden brown lattice crust made with ground nuts (almonds and/or hazelnuts) and spices and filled with ruby red raspberry preserves. more Checkerboard cookies are appealing not only because they look beautiful but also because they combine both the flavors of chocolate and vanilla. more Chocolate Peanut Squares are a delicious combination of peanut butter, cocoa powder, marshmallows, rice cereal, and peanuts. more
Almond Biscotti Raisin Cookies Raisin Shortbreads
This is a traditional biscotti, for it does not contain butter or oil, and its moisture comes from the eggs. more Raisin Cookies have a soft and chewy texture and a buttery sweet flavor. These homey raisin-packed, old fashioned drop cookies are a busy mother's friend. more Raisin Shortbreads take soft and chewy raisins and sandwich them between two layers of tender and crumbly shortbread. more
Rocky Road Brownies Cranberry Pistachio Shortbreads Chocolate Mint Shortbreads
Rocky Road Brownies are amazing, with their deep chocolate flavor and dense fudge-like texture topped with gooey melted marshmallows jumbled together with chocolate chips and nuts. more These rich and buttery Cranberry Pistachio Shortbreads are dressed for the holidays with their chunks of green pistachio nuts and dried red cranberries. more Chocolate Mint Shortbreads take two chocolate shortbreads and sandwich them together with a dark chocolate ganache flavored with pure peppermint extract. more
Icebox Cookies Peppermint Whoopie Pies Bourbon Balls
A stack of these sweet and buttery Icebox Cookies, dotted with flecks of red candied cherries, makes you think of Christmas. more Peppermint Whoopie Pies takes two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwiches them with crushed candy canes in a marshmallow filling. more Bourbon Balls are a sweet and chewy, no-bake confection made from a combination of crushed vanilla wafers, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, chopped pecans or walnuts, held together with a little corn syrup and bourbon. more
Chocolate Shortbreads Christmas Sugar Cookies Gingerbread Biscotti
Chocolate Shortbreads take a buttery rich round of shortbread and covers it with a chocolate glaze and pieces of crunchy nuts. Delicious. more These sweet and buttery cut-out cookies are always a favorite for not only can you tailor the shape of the cookie to the occasion but you can also dress them simply with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative by frosting them with royal icing. more Gingerbread Biscotti are not overly sweet, have chunks of hazelnuts, lots of sweet and juicy raisins, lovely flecks of rolled oats, just a hint of molasses, and are warmly spiced with ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. more
Hermit Cookies Black and White Cookies Shortbread Cookies filled with White Chocolate & Raspberries
Hermit Cookies have a soft and chewy texture, are nicely spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice and cloves, and are jammed with raisins, dates, and nuts. more Black and White Cookies, also known as Half Moon or Half and Half Cookies, are large, sweet and buttery, dome shaped cookies, that are iced with both vanilla and chocolate fondant frostings. more Shortbreads are a buttery cookie (biscuit) that taste absolutely delicious when sandwiched together with raspberry jam and grated white chocolate. more
Chocolate Cream Cookies Turtle Brownies S'More Granola Bars
These Chocolate Cream Cookies have a buttery crisp texture and are filled with a sweet and buttery cream. A sandwich cookie at its best. more Turtle Brownies consist of a fudgy brownie that is topped with a layer of caramel mixed with toasted pecans, and finished with a drizzling of melted chocolate. more This recipe contains all the necessary S'more components; chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers only presents them in bar form. more
Fig Oatmeal Cookies Whoopie Pies Raspberry Brownies
This a delicious sandwich cookie that takes two buttery crisp oatmeal cookies and fills them with lightly sweetened pureed dried figs. more Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Raspberry Brownies swirl dollops of raspberry jam through a brownie batter. The combination of dark chocolate and raspberries is delightful. more
Chocolate Meringue Cookies Raspberry Butter Cookies Chocolate Macarons
Chocolate Meringues have a powdery crisp outside crust with soft marshmallow centers that are both sweet and chocolately. more A buttery sweet sandwich cookie with a wonderfully light and crispy texture. Irresistible when paired with the tangy sweetness of raspberry jam. more Chocolate Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with chocolate ganache. Delicious. more
Cocoa Brownies Homemade Graham Crackers Streusel Cookie Recipe
Cocoa Brownies are made with unsweetened cocoa powder which gives them a deep chocolate flavor, and a cake-like texture that is wonderfully moist and chewy. more Homemade Graham Crackers (Wafers), are a slightly sweet and grainy whole wheat cracker that I think looks and tastes as good as store bought. more Like a shortbread, this Streusel Cookie has a crisp and crumbly, yet chewy texture, with a buttery sweet flavor. And its full of crunchy almonds. more
 
Lemon Cookies Marshmallow Squares
These Lemon Cookies have a buttery sweet lemon flavor and a crisp texture. Excellent when drizzled with a lemon glaze. more It's hard to beat this delicious square, with its fluffy marshmallow filling sandwiched between a buttery shortbread base and loads of toasted coconut. more  

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Notes on Cookie Containers:  For gift giving try to choose a container that matches the personality or hobbies of the recipient. Ideas for containers are: new or antique cookie jars, hatboxes, flowerpots, baskets, cookie tins, cellophane bags, lunch bags, gift bags or boxes, festive paper or glass plates, bakery boxes, plastic containers, jam jars (mason jars), or bowls. Adorn them with ribbon, raffia, or metallic twine and attach a pretty gift tag or label.

Notes on Shipping Cookies:  If you plan to ship cookies, choose cookies that keep well and are not fragile. The last thing you want is for the cookies that you spent a lot of time making and packing, to end up stale or in a pile of crumbs. Generally, the cookies that have a dry crisp texture tend to last longer than cookies that are soft and moist. Some good examples of cookies to ship: Amaretti, Snickerdoodles, Biscotti, Gingersnaps, Mexican Wedding Cakes, S'More Granola Bars, Sables, Shortbreads, Spice Cookies, Chocolate Wafers, or Plain Sugar Cookies. Any baked good that needs to be refrigerated and therefore is perishable should not be shipped, unless you are going to ship them overnight with an ice pack. If you are not sure of the shelf life of the cookies you want to send, make a test batch, store them in an airtight container and see how many days they stay fresh.

The container you use for shipping your cookies should be airtight. If there is the possibility of the lid coming unsealed (like a cookie tin), use clear packing tape to seal the lid shut. Place the container of cookies in a heavy duty corrugated container or box that is larger than the package of cookies to allow for about 2 inches (5 cm) of packing materials (popcorn, newspaper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts) all the sides of the cookie container.

 
 
     
 

 

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