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Bonus Cookie, and Winner of the Food Person Cookie Search

Mihaela Pesa Dascalu's Romanian Holiday Cookies are delicious, and will look beautiful on your cookie tray.

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

12 Days of Cookies has been a huge success, thanks in large part to the talented chefs who unveiled their top-tier holiday cookie recipes to us. But also because of you, the Food People, who continually share with us your amazing recipes and tips for delicious, home-cooked recipes.

Last month we put out the call for a *Bonus Fan Cookie*, and received numerous tasty entries. But our pick for chief cookie goes to food blogger Mihaela Pesa Dascalu, and her recipe for Romanian Holiday Cookies.

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Cookie #12: Chuck Hughes’s Chocolate and Caramel Shortbreads

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

If you’re going to pack a sandwich to work, it might as well be this one. Chuck Hughes sandwiches not one, but two shades of sweetness into his Chocolate and Caramel Shortbreads. Oozing with chocolate ganache and caramel, he finishes off the festive shortbread cookie sandwiches with a sprinkle of powered sugar.

The result? Two-toned towers of holiday deliciousness. It’s no wonder he usually makes a second batch, just in case.

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Cookie #11: Kelsey Nixon’s Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Kelsey Nixon turns the always delicious pairing of rich chocolate and wintry peppermint into her irresistible Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies.

Bite through the crinkled, powdered-sugar shell and into the chocolaty insides. With a perfect hint of mint, you’ll be thinking candy canes and peppermint bark. It’s a sweet combination that will force the grinchiest of eaters to break a smile.

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Cookie #10: Jamie Oliver’s Almond and Pine Nut Cookies

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Jamie Oliver eats these Almond and Pine Nut Cookies warm from the oven. Essentially a pumped up oatmeal cookie with nuts galore, these simple, hearty and just-sweet-enough treats are a good, honest addition to the more specialized fare that’s probably coming out of your oven this month.

Bake up a batch and fill your kitchen with the familiar flavors of the season: toasted nuts, sugary oatmeal, melting butter.

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Cookie #9: Laura Calder’s Crisp Chewy Meringues

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Laura Calder’s Crisp Chewy Meringues are simple yet elegant. Once the little drops of sweet goodness are all gobbled up, you’ll wish you had time to make some more. Oh wait, you will — these guys take only ten minutes to whip up before it’s time to pop them into the oven.

The chameleon of all cookies, you can flavor their basic egg white and sugar base with almost anything… vanilla, orange flower water, maple extract — you name it! But no matter what flavor you choose, their crisp outer layers and soft, chewy insides make for one serious textural treat.

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Cookie #8: Matt’s Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

They’re almost too beautiful to eat … almost. But once you take the plunge, the delicious, crumbly cookie meets the sweet sweet caramel and you’re in cookie heaven.

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Cookie #7: Ching’s Chocolate Sesame Balls

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Ching-He Huang from Chinese Food Made Easy loves cooking with the flavor of sesame, and incorporated it into a very special holiday cookie just for you. Her Chocolate Sesame Balls might just be the coolest international cookie you bake all season.

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Cookie #6: Roger Mooking’s Snappy Ginger Cookies

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Roger Mooking banishes the reliable gingerbread cookie this year for a holiday cookie sandwich! Sink your teeth into his Snappy Ginger Cookies.

These thin, delicate treats combine crystallized ginger with almonds and pecans for an extra satisfying crunch. Then they’re sandwiched around a dried cranberry-cream cheese filling so rich and tangy you’ll want to make extra so you can spread it on everything.

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Cookie #5: Jeffrey Saad’s Orange Clove Spiced Biscotti

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Jeffrey Saad has his hands in the cookie jar, and he’s bringing out his love for exotic spices. It’s no wonder his unique twist on the coffee shop favorite is bursting with flavor.

Jeffrey’s Orange Clove Spiced Biscotti have all the crunch and texture you’d expect, plus candied almonds for a bit of chewiness to balance them out. The additional touch of citrus and clove mean his biscotti not only pair perfectly with coffee, cappuccino and dessert wine, but shine all on their own.

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Cookie #4: Lee Anne Wong’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

There’s a saying around my house: Everything tastes better with a little bacon. It’s always been true for Brussels sprouts. Now, thanks to Unique Eats host Lee Anne Wong, it’s true for cookies, too.

Using bacon fat in addition to butter makes her Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies rich and moist, and the bits of bacon studded throughout make a salty complement to the chocolate. Think of chocolate covered pretzels taken to the next level — sweet, salty and crunchy all at once. She made them once for the Foo Fighters and the band ate dozens in minutes. You may never bother with plain old chocolate chip cookies again: Why would you, when you can bake bacony ones that rock?

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