Classic Holiday Cookies, With a Twist

Spice up your holiday favorites, from thumbprints to gingerbread to shortbread with these fresh and delicious new ideas.


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Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses
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Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

    Chocoholics dream of cookies this rich and chocolaty. They start with refrigerated cookie dough, and feature festive sprinkles and an irresistible candy center. Each batch takes just eight minutes to bake.

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Red Currant-Poppyseed Thumbprints

    Red currant jelly, melted and cooled, replaces the traditional chocolate center in this buttery cookie.

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Cherry Thumbprints

    Candied cherries fill the center of these buttery cookies. Finely shredded orange peel mixed into the dough adds a touch of zest.

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Almond Butter Blossoms

    Here's an easy way to spice up classic thumbprint cookies: Stir almond butter and ground almonds into your dough.

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Greek Almond Shortbread Rounds

    Rose water, a distillation made from rose petals, blesses these cookies with a distinctive fragrant, floral flavor.

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Maple-Pecan Shortbread

    Orange peel adds a touch of zest to this tender shortbread, filled with chopped pecans, and topped with coarse sugar.

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Coconut Macadamia Shortbread Coins

    Serve these bite-size treats with afternoon coffee or give them as gifts.

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Nutty Shortbread

    A warm and buttery mixture of nuts, vanilla, and brown sugar tops these simple shortbread stacks. Chipotle powder adds a touch of heat.

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Striped Ginger Cookies

    These pretty cookies get their stripes from a combination of sugar cookie and gingerbread dough.

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Chocolate Gingerbread Drops

    A Christmas favorite -- gingerbread -- puts a festive spin on classic chocolate chunk cookies. Dried cherries add a tart twist.

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Gingerbread Tree Cookies with Glazed Pears

    This sophisticated dessert is just right for a special occasion. Pear and ginger are classic partners, and this dessert features a delightful melange of flavors and textures.

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Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

    The oh-so-popular snickerdoodle is transformed into a scrumptious and easy-to-make cookie sandwich.

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Chocolate Snickerdoodle Drops

    For a fresh spin on a holiday classic -- snickerdoodle cookies -- try these cinnamon-spiced chocolaty treats.

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Honey-Ginger Bites

    In this modern spin on pfeffernusse, white pepper adds subtle zip, while ginger and honey keep things sweet.

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