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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Astrid’s Seven Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas is now mere days away and if you’re like me you’re freaking out a little because you haven’t baked enough Christmas cookies yet!  Or you might be freaking out because there’s still that office or friend holiday party this weekend and you don’t know what to bring.  Let’s all take a couple of deep breaths and regroup.  There’s still time to bake cookies, which will solve both the lack of cookie problem, and answer the question of what to bring to a party.  Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes that I’ll be making to serve as some inspiration.

Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Photo Credit: The Slow Roasted Italian

Sugar cookies are a staple holiday cookie and these ones just scream holiday festivity with their red and white striped pattern and Christmas colored sprinkles.  Best of all this recipe doesn’t judge if you’re using homemade or store bought sugar cookie dough, meaning these can be easily made in a pinch.  If you are making your own dough and want to mix things up a bit, consider adding a touch of peppermint extract to half of the dough to get a candy cane flavor to match the look.

Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies

Photo Credit: Feasting at Home

This next batch of cookies take traditional gingersnap to the extreme.  Loaded with ginger-y goodness these cookies have ginger in three different forms – fresh grated ginger, ground ginger, and candied ginger.  The candied ginger is what ensures their chewy texture.  They’re basically the grown-up version of the gingersnaps of your youth.  And considering that ginger can help treat nausea and indigestion, you may want to keep some on hand for the morning after the big holiday party.

Heart Cookies

Photo Credit: Poor Couple’s Food Guide

Show your host how much you appreciate them by bringing these tasty heart-shaped cookies.  Different from your general sugar cookies, these have a fluffy, almost cake-like texture that perfectly pairs with the jelly center.  You can use whatever flavor jelly is your favorite, but one with a more red color will look the most appropriate for the heart shape.  Delicate yet delicious, these cookies are sure to be a hit.

Mint Kiss Meringue Cookies

Photo Credit: Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Looking like adorable little snow covered Christmas trees these light and airy cookies are hiding a surprise inside.  A chocolate kiss in the center helps give these cookies their shape, and creates the classic mint/chocolate flavor combination.  Easy to make and impressive to look at are always sought after qualities in a dessert that’s meant to serve a lot of people.

Gingerbread Men

Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gingerbread people are an icon of the holiday season, so everyone will be delighted to see them.  I’m not going to lie though, they are a bit time consuming, so if you want to make them you can’t wait until the last minute.  Between chilling the dough to make it easier to work with and then decorating every cookie individually it can take up a big chunk of your day.  But it’s worth it in the end to see their charming faces smiling up at you.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Photo Credit: Foodie Crush

While these cookies are delicious year-round, their red and white color palette makes them especially appropriate at Christmas.  The perfect bite of red velvet and cream cheese frosting these cookies are easy to make and lovely to look at.  To add to the Christmas colors you can sprinkle some green sugar or sprinkles on top of the cream cheese after they’ve cooled.

Milk and Cookie Shots

Photo Credit: Inspired by Charm

Not your traditional Christmas cookie these milk and cookie shots will be a hit with friends, family and even Santa himself.  They may require a bit of special equipment, but since you’ll likely be asked to make them again it’s worth the investment.  Standard chocolate chip cookie dough is molded into shot glass shape and lined with chocolate to keep the milk from soaking in.  If you want to kick things up a bit you could easily substitute eggnog for the milk.

Hopefully I’ve given you some inspiration for what kind of cookies to make this year.  I know I’m ready for some dessert.  Time to get baking!