On the 19th day of cookies, double your pleasure with these chocolate-peanut butter cookies that are studded with two kinds of chips and chocolate-peanut butter cup candies. Actually, make that quadruple your pleasure.
On the 18th day of cookies, add stem ginger (young ginger that’s been preserved in a sugar syrup and canned) and lemon curd to white chocolate chip cookie dough for a spicy, citrusy take on a classically sweet cookie.
Chuck Hughes’ take on these pillowy cookie sandwiches will have holiday revelers screaming “whoopee!” on the 17th day of cookies. The tender chocolate cakes are filled with a honey-tinged marshmallow mixture, imbuing the sticky-fingered favorite with even sweeter flavor.
Kick off Hanukkah celebrations on the 16th day of cookies — and first night of the Festival of Lights — with this amped-up version of a classic Jewish cookie. The pastry’s delicate layers are wrapped around a caramelized apple confit, rather than chocolate or nuts. With a 32-cookie yield, this recipe is perfect for a whole crowd of candle-lighting revelers.
On this 15th day of cookies, our guest blogger shares a kitchen-sink-style holiday cookie: They’ve got everything.
Christmas season is all about the cookies. They are Santa’s favorite treat, after all. These cookies are chewy, soft in the center, crispy on the edges, and full of oats, dark chocolate, cranberries and pistachios. They’re also super easy (and fast) to whip up. You can mix up a batch, scoop it out into balls and keep them in the freezer until you want a freshly baked treat. They’re perfect for those unexpected holiday visitors!
Stephanie Le, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, obsesses about noodles, potatoes and eggs, and she almost always falls for food-related hype. You can typically find her patiently waiting in the longest lines with her camera and empty stomach hoping to get a taste of the next big thing. Her first book, Easy Gourmet (Page Street Publishing), was published in 2014. She spends her days on recipe development and photography, and she blogs about her food adventures at I am a Food Blog, winner of Saveur’s Blog of the Year and Best Cooking Blog 2014.
Get in the holiday spirit on the 14th day of cookies with these miniature sweets cut into Christmas shapes of your choosing. They were modeled after those pink-and-white-icing- and sprinkle-covered cookies you might remember from your childhood — hence the “circus” moniker. These frosted treats are bedecked in more holiday-appropriate colors and taste just like their inspiration.
For the 13th day of cookies, we’re bringing you some gingersnaps with the presidential seal of approval. These molasses cookies — from former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses — are chockfull of ginger flavor. A roll in granulated sugar before baking helps balance the zippy spice.
On the 12th day of cookies our guest blogger shares a citrusy treat that is bound to impress your holiday party guests.
These Lemon Meringue Thumbprints are the perfect holiday treat. They are pretty enough to serve as holiday decorations on their own. More importantly, they’re also completely irresistible. They strike all the right notes: tart, sweet, creamy and crunchy. And they make use of one of the few fruits available in the dead of winter. They practically guarantee you will be a holiday party star.
Here’s the trick, which isn’t tricky at all: Those spiky meringue swirls are best applied the day you plan to serve them. Now, you could go the sensible and modest route and finish them before your friends arrive. But why not show off? Just before everyone arrives, don an apron and top each cookie with a gorgeous meringue swirl. Then, once everyone has assembled with cocktail in hand, bring out the tray of cookies and your mini blowtorch. Fire it up and blast that snowy meringue to toasty perfection. Cookies and a show! Your guests won’t know what hit ‘em.
Samantha Seneviratne is a New York-based writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She’s currently working on her first two cookbooks, The New Sugar and Spice (Ten Speed, fall 2015) and Gluten Light (Clarkson Potter, fall 2016). She blogs about dessert at Love, Cake.
Want to know something absolutely bananas? Kelsey Nixon’s banana chocolate chip cookies. Add two overripe mashed bananas to a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe for a soft, sweet batch that you can kind of pull off as healthy. They’re our pick for the 11th day of cookies.
On this 10th day of cookies, Nadia G kicks things up with her pecan jewel thumbprints. These crumbly winning cookies are filled with a cayenne-spiced raspberry jam filling. Nip any fiery flavors in the bud with a glass of sparkling wine.