Bon Appetit’s Chocolate-Peppermint Bark Cookies are one of my favorite cookies of all time. They look beautiful and festive on a holiday cookie tray. Dark and white chocolates and peppermint candy form a bark on a shortbread base -- I could eat these all day long.
Cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and two kinds of ginger provide a powerful punch to these soft, slightly chewy cookies. Chocolate-Dipped Ginger Cookies are dipped in bittersweet chocolate to take them over the moon.
Who else but Pillsbury could give us the best version of this classic cookie? Swedish Tea Cakes, aka Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Butterballs and Snowballs, should be on every Christmas cookie tray. Everyone, including me, anticipates them at holiday time.
Santa's Spicy Gingersnappers -- This one's a $2500 Better Homes and Gardens prizewinner, and one of the best soft gingerbread-type cookies I’ve ever tasted. The texture and flavors are reminiscent of Archway cookies.
Four Seasons Hotel’s Chocolate Ginger Cookies are ultra-rich, chocolatey, spicy and absolutely delicious.
Good Housekeeping's Blueberry Linzer Bars are soft and tender and the flavorful dough is made with hazelnuts. This is one of my new faves.
Peppermint Candy Fudge-Filled Butter Balls are a classic Christmas cookie from the 1954 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Perfect in every way.
Aunt Ann's Italian Anise Cookies have been a treat in our family for many years. You can change the flavors to vanilla or lemon, if you like.
Chocolate and ginger go so well together, and Chocolate Gingerbread Drops are super easy to make. Dried cherries combine with chocolate chips to marry the ginger-spiced cookie.
Pecan Cinnamon Crescents have a very mild cinnamon flavor. They're delicate, tender, not too sweet and absolutely delicious.
Glazed Coconut-Almond Rum Balls are a delicious and different take on the classic Mexican Wedding Cakes, and would look beautiful on your Christmas cookie tray.
Kisses will always be a top fave of mine, because I love Lekvar. If you can’t find Lekvar, all is not lost. It’s easy to make – instructions are included in the recipe. These cookies are loved by all.
A recipe I've been making for over 50 years, Scandinavian Cookies have a rich, caramel-flavored shortbread base rolled in chopped nuts and filled with tart jam. They may look like Kisses, but the dough is different and so is the flavor. It's a toss-up to see which one wins, because both cookies are to-die-for.
Fudgy Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies are delicious little morsels that have a fudgy texture but no chocolate, and a sweet cream cheese glaze.
Caramel Shortbread Sticks, from Land o’ Lakes -- a yummy delicate shortbread cookie dipped in caramel and pecans. They’re wonderful!
Amaretto Butter Balls are another delicious variation on the traditional vanilla-flavored Mexican Wedding cakes.
Don't forget these insanely good Rugelach. This recipe is excellent, and I guarantee they won’t stay on your cookie tray very long.
Fig-Filled Bars, from Pillsbury, are deliciously reminiscent of Fig Newtons.
If you're tired of the same old thumbprint cookies, try my Chocolate Heath Bar Thumbprints.