Classic Holiday Cookies with a Twist

Cranberry-Pear Bars with Orange Frosting
Spice up your holiday favorites, from thumbprints to gingerbread to shortbread with these fresh and delicious new ideas.

Chocomint Blossoms

The classic peanut butter blossom gets a holiday twist with chocolate and peppermint flavors. Add a hint of peppermint extract to the chocolate cookies for true mint fans. For extra decadence, drizzle with our minty chocolate icing.




Raspberry-Almond Shortbread Cookies

These gorgeous cookies start with a simple shortbread cookie. Spoon red raspberry jam into thumbprint indentations and drizzle with icing for a yummy, bite-sized delight.

Editors tip: For the most tender result be careful not to over-knead your dough.

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.

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Put a fresh spin on classic chocolate chip cookies with white chocolate. These quick cookies blend smooth white chocolate chips with rich macadamia nuts for a truly tasty cookie. Reduce holiday stress by making these cookies ahead of time and storing them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

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

Honey-Ginger Bites

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

Maple-Pecan Shortbread

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

Red Currant-Poppyseed Thumbprints

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

Striped Ginger Cookies

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

Cherry Thumbprints

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

Greek Almond Shortbread Rounds

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

Coconut Macadamia Shortbread Coins

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

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.

Chocolate Gingerbread Drops

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

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.

Almond Butter Blossoms

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

Chocolate Snickerdoodle Drops

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

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