Wondering what's on Santa's wish list this year? All of his favorite Cooking Light Christmas cookies, of course.
Your house will definitely be Santa's favorite if you leave a few of these Christmas treats out for the jolly fellow in red.
But, don't stop there. Spread the holiday cheer by baking these gift-worthy cookies for everyone you know. Just be sure to
keep a few for your family to enjoy too.
First up: These cookies can easily be made into snowmen if you prefer. First, "flood" snowman-shaped cookies by spreading thin frosting with a small offset spatula to coat, if desired. Pipe thicker frosting from a zip-top bag to outline. Use a toothpick to make small dots of icing that act as glue for decorative details like sugar pearls.
View Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies
Almond paste is an ingenious way to flavor, tenderize, and sweeten our Pine Nut Cookies because it won't cause spreading like
excess sugar or warm butter will.
View Recipe: Pine Nut Cookies
What would happen if pecans and dulce de leche met buttery shortbread? Heaven on a holiday plate. These aren’t just cookies.
They’re full-on dessert in a bite-size treat.
View Recipe: Mexican Spiced Shortbread Cookies
A good starting point for decorated cookies, this basic recipe uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Feeling
creative? Tint the icing with food coloring and have fun adding your own designs. If you plan on piping the icing, decrease
the milk to two tablespoons.
View Recipe: Classic Iced Sugar Cookies
How do you improve the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Make it bigger! These ample treats bring out the little kid in everyone
when paired with a glass of milk and a mug for dunking. Each batch makes only 6 cookies, so you might want to double the recipe
for a crowd.
View Recipe: Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies
With nutty, caramel notes from browned butter and a fair bit of salt to balance the flavors, these cookies will become an
instant favorite. You can roll out the dough right after combining all the ingredients—no chilling required. Look for pearlized
sugar in gourmet markets or craft stores. Let the kids sprinkle the coarse crystals over the icing to give the cookies a sparkly,
View Recipe: Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies
Ground almonds give these cookies a hearty taste and extra crunch. We love the look and texture of raspberry preserves with
seeds, but use seedless fruit spread if you like. They make great gifts and centerpieces on Christmas dessert tables.
View Recipe: Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Dear Santa: You won’t want to skip our house. We have warm Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and a glass of cold milk waiting
for you. We all helped make them. They’re going fast, so don’t be late.
View Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
These chocolate and coconut treats will certainly have Santa coming back for more. Don't forget the milk, too!
View Recipe: Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Trust us. Our twist on the classic cinnamon-sugar cookie, lovingly called the Snickerdoodle, won’t disappoint. Using almond
butter, egg yolks, and cream cheese in the cookie dough adds richness, and the crunchy coating of cinnamon sugar brings back
all the memories from this all-time favorite cookie.
View Recipe: Almond Butter Snickerdoodles
Buttery and sweet with a hint of spice, these cookie jar favorites are right for any occasion. If you prefer a slightly chewier
cookie, reduce baking time to 10 minutes. A sprinkling of large-grained turbinado sugar makes a pretty presentation.
View Recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies
When the holidays are upon us, planning ahead is key. You can make this Christmas treat up to a week in advance. Just store
at room temperature in an airtight container.
View Recipe: Coconut-Cardamom Macaroons
Santa loves his cookies and milk, but what about those hardworking reindeer? Bake a batch of this festive brittle for Rudolph
and his buddies to enjoy.
View Recipe: Pistachio and Pine Nut Brittle
Dust cookies with a bit of powdered sugar for a finishing touch that's not too sweet. Place sugar in a fine sieve, and shake
it over cooled cookies.
View Recipe: Pecan Cookies
Add water to icing a drop at a time for thinner spreading consistency. To make these even more festive, decorate with dragée
(sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar, and tint the frosting with food color
paste. All are available at coppergifts.com. Make the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the
View Recipe: Iced Sugar Cookies
Alfajores, these crisp wafer cookies, are filled with caramelized sweetened condensed milk. Although you often can find a
full-fat version of this product at Hispanic markets, we've made our own lower-fat version.
View Recipe: Dulce de Leche-Filled Cookies
For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie
cutter sizes to create “families.” If you don’t want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and
slice into 18-inch rounds. Refrigerate the dough up to three days, or freeze up to one month.
View Recipe: Gingerbread People
This is a tried-and-true classic that we know Santa will love. Butter moves from nutty and brown to bitter and burned quickly,
so be sure to take the pan off the heat once it turns amber-brown. To keep cookies from spreading, make sure the cookie sheet
is completely cool before starting the next batch.
View Recipe: Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
With a double shot of chocolate and hazelnut flavors, kids and adults will rave over these filled cookies. An addition of
espresso powder is optional, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor. Serve these pretty gems at your holiday gathering with
coffee or hot tea.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints
Lightly coat your hands with flour to make rolling the dough into balls easier. The dough freezes well. Freeze the dough after
step 1, thaw in the refrigerator, then proceed with step 2. The powdered sugar coating gives these cookies an appealing cracked
finish. For a Christmas Eve treat, serve with coffee to echo the espresso.
View Recipe: Espresso Crinkles
Make up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container at room temperature. The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds
textural interest to these airy, sweet holiday treats.
View Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues
A kid-favorite flavor combination comes together in these adorable preserves-filled cookies. Use your family's favorite type
of jam or preserves and you will have a winning holiday cookie.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
You might find it hard to believe that these impressive cookies taste even better than they look. If you're searching for
a pretty Christmas cookie to round out your holiday dessert table, look no further.
View Recipe: Truffle-Iced Sugar Cookies
Dark brown sugar adds rich caramel notes to these cookies; turbinado sugar provides crunch.
View Recipe: Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread
Cutting and stacking the dough creates alternating stripes of vanilla and chocolate pieces. For pinwheel variation, stack
the two (12 x 8-inch) dough rectangles on top of each other, and roll up into a 12-inch-long cylinder as if you're making
cinnamon rolls. Chill the roll before slicing.
View Recipe: Black and White Striped Cookies
We love these thick, satisfying cookies as humble as peanut butter cookies but not as crumbly. Dried cranberries provide a
slightly tart counterpoint to the macadamia nuts' richness. The dough is somewhat sticky; chilling it briefly makes handling
View Recipe: Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries
Go beyond average holiday cookies with our play on sweet-and-salty in these gift-worthy treats. Coarse-grained sea salt does
not melt into the batter, so you experience a crunchy burst with every bite. Use any other nut you like in place of peanuts.
Package simply in glass jars for gifts or stash for an afternoon dose of yin-and-yang.
View Recipe: Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These rich, chewy cookies contrasts the tartness of the cherries with the cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips for an elegant,
and delicious, addition to your holiday table.
View Recipe: Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
Package these crunchy cookies in a gift box with a pound of your favorite coffee beans. Look for almond paste on your supermarket's
baking aisle, and for best results, don't substitute marzipan, which is sweeter and more finely textured, in place of the
View Recipe: Amaretti
It may be the holidays, but sneak in some good stuff with these coffee-dunking biscotti. Your little secret: whole-wheat flour,
flaxseed, dark chocolate chips, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants without sacrificing one ounce of pleasure.
View Recipe: Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti