No matter how much thought, time, and energy you put into the main course, dessert will always be the best part of any holiday meal. And it's not a true Christmas celebration until you've got plenty of sweets and treats, particularly cookies. From gingerbread and peppermint to your basic shortbread and sugar, we've got all your favorite holiday cookies. Whether you're leaving these out for Santa on Christmas Eve or serving them to a hungry crowd at a neighborhood holiday party, these cookies taste like nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
Iced Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies
Whole-wheat flour adds a layer of complexity to these cookies that all-purpose flour can't achieve; the wheat in the whole grain actually enhances the flavors of butter and vanilla. Unlike classic royal icing, which starts with a pound of powdered sugar, we use just 1/2 cup and thicken it with Greek yogurt. Looking for festive colors without the chemicals? Try naturally colored sparkling sugars (such as those from India Tree), which use colorants derived from plants.