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Cookie #3: Rachael Ray’s Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans

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.

How can you resist a recipe that calls for jiggers of anything? In the case of Rachael Ray’s Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans, it’s the bourbon that gives this candy-like cookie a little kick to get grown-ups in the kind of holiday spirit the street they’re named for suggests.

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Cookie #2: David Rocco’s Chocolate Espresso 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.

David Rocco loves a good cup of espresso, but if you’re looking for a slightly sweeter twist on that Italian classic, try his Chocolate Espresso cookies. Each bite is a taste of David’s Dolce Vita: In the cookies, he combines a double shot of chocolate (semisweet and cocoa powder) with the makings of a real espresso — coffee and milk, offered in balance.

The result? These cookies boast a delicious zip beneath their crackly sugared tops, providing a sophisticated pause amid the season’s bustle and a tasty treat for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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Cookie #1: Nigella Lawson’s Cute Cut-Outs

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.

Want to bake holiday cookies like a Domestic Goddess? Grab the sugar and a few sticks of butter: Today, Nigella kicks off our inaugural 12 Days of Cookies party — a baker’s dozen of fresh-baked cookie recipes from favorite Cooking Channel chefs and cookie-fixated Food People alike.

Nothing says “holiday” like a traditional sugar cookie cut into a festive shape and decorated with a flurry of sparkle factor. And what could be easier than creaming sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla and rolling out a blank slate for your imagination? Use Nigella’s Cut-Out Cookies recipe, add your favorite cookie cutters, some colored icing and glittery sugar, and make the season bright.

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