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31 Days of Cookies: Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies

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.

Click here for the Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

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.

31 Days of Cookies: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click here for the Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Pecan Jewel Cookies with Spicy Jam Filling

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.

Pecan Jewel Cookies

Click here for the Pecan Jewel Cookies with Spicy Jam Filling recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Gingerbread Latte Sandwich Cookies

On the ninth day of cookies our guest blogger pays homage to seasonal lattes and flavors with this clever sandwich cookie.

While gingerbread houses are beautiful and festive, the flavors of ginger and molasses shouldn’t be limited to hardened, candy-covered decorations. Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit more than warm, spice-filled baked goods — especially my grandmother’s ginger crinkles. Her softer, more flavorful gingerbread cookies were the highlight of the season. I was inspired by both my grandma’s go-to recipe and all the popular holiday coffee drinks of the moment to create this modern twist on an old classic.

Along with molasses and some of my favorite spices, these Gingerbread Latte Sandwich Cookies contain almond flour and a touch of cocoa for extra depth and a bit of softness. I paired the cookies with a rich, creamy espresso buttercream filling. They’re perfect for pairing with one of those whipped cream-topped beverages.

Click here for the Gingerbread Latte Sandwich Cookies recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Tessa Huff is a specialty chef, food stylist and photographer. She has been a cake designer and pastry chef at several different bakeries, including owning The Frosted Cake Shop for four years in Northern California. Huff currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she practices both classic and contemporary pastry techniques, recipe development and food photography. As a freelance writer and photographer she regularly contributes to The Kitchn, Brit + Co, Better Homes and Gardens, and The Cake Blog and writes the blog Style Sweet CA. She is currently working on her first cookbook with Abrams Books (2016).

31 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Meltaways

Light, sweet, and magically minty, Kelsey Nixon’s Peppermint Meltaways are our eighth day of cookies pick.

Peppermint Meltaways

Click here for the Peppermint Meltaways recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Momofuku Compost Cookies

From potato chips to butterscotch chips, Momofuku Compost Cookies combine all of our favorite salty and sweet snacks into one holiday treat that’s perfect for the seventh day of cookies.

Compost Cookies

Click here for the Momofuku Compost Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Rainbow Cookies


Have you ever seen a more Christmas-ready cookie? The sixth day of cookies brings a red-and-green rainbow to your cookie plate, courtesy of Debi and Gabriele. Their chocolate-covered almond sponge cake cookies (with cherry and apricot preserves) are the perfect Italian New York classic.

Rainbow Cookies

Click here for the Rainbow Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Hazelnut Espresso Snowballs

It’s Friday, so we’re bringing you a bonus cookie. On this fifth day of cookies, our guest blogger spikes traditional snowballs with caffeine and nutty flavor.

Snowballs, traditionally known as Russian tea cakes, are nutty, buttery cookies that make their appearance once the snow starts falling. I prefer the name “snowballs” because they so perfectly epitomize the weather I experience in the Upper Midwest. These Hazelnut Espresso Snowballs are a twist on the traditional Christmas cookie. It is a simple recipe — mainly hazelnuts, butter and flour — but it packs a lot of flavor (feel free to use roasted almonds or pecans instead). The addition of espresso powder complements the roasted nuts, making them perfect for serving with coffee.

Click here for the Hazelnut Espresso Snowballs recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Kristin Rosenau is a baker and science teacher with a serious sweet tooth. She began an affair with butter and sugar fresh out of college, and her love for baking has only matured since. Rosenau (the voice behind the blog Pastry Affair) develops recipes for the home cook, combining classic dishes and homespun flavors with a dash of honesty.

31 Days of Cookies: S’mores Cookies


On the fifth day of cookies, relive your summer nights by the campfire with Chuck Hughes’ genius gooey, chocolatey marshmallow-topped S’mores Cookies.

Smores cookies

Click here for the S’mores Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam

Continuing our month of nonstop cookies, day four brings a fruit-nut combination.

Holiday season at my house has always meant two things: lots of family time and even more cookies. Every year, my sisters and I would don our aprons and spend hours baking and decorating cookies to hand out as gifts. We were constantly on the hunt for recipes that went above and beyond the basic staples found on every buffet table.

These pistachio thumbprint cookies with black currant jam filling fit that bill: They are elegant and unique enough to stand out among your dessert spread, but they are still super easy to make. Pistachios — the cookie’s star — are naturally festive for the holidays with their green hue and sweet flavor. Homemade pistachio flour adds even nuttier flavor to the recipe while the roughly chopped nuts add texture and crunch. The tart berry jam filling complements the buttery shortbread perfectly.

Thumbprints

Click here for the Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with Black Currant Jam recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:

Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Laura Davidson studied culinary arts at L’Academie De Cuisine in Washington, D.C., where she graduated with honors and first in her class. In 2014 her cooking blog, Blogging Over Thyme, was named a Top 10 Everyday Eats blog by Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Living, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn, Tasting Table and People.com. She works full time as a recipe developer, food blogger, and food photographer and stylist.

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