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The Top Ten Holiday Cookies

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The Top Ten Holidays Cookies ~ these are classic, easy cookies to help you sail through the holiday baking season with ease!


I know you can finds hundreds…thousands…of cookie recipes on Pinterest, but come on, when was the last time you needed a thousand cookie recipes?  You really need only a handful of good ones.  I have lots and lots of cookie recipes here on the blog, and I encourage you to check out each and every one.  But if you’re in a hurry, and aren’t we all right now, here’s my abbreviated list of the best of the best for holiday baking.  These are my go-to’s, the ones that work every time, and the ones that everybody loves.


CHEWY GINGER COOKIES are usually the cookies I start off the season with.  There’s something about the aroma of the molasses, ginger, and other spices that gets me in the mood.  The dough is easy to work with and it’s a good one to make with children because they can form the balls and roll them in the sugar.


MELTING MOMENTS are a old family recipe, they have a slightly vintage vibe, and they’re very dainty and delicate.  People are always surprised at how incredibly delicious these unassuming little heaps are.  They make a really nice presentation as a simple dessert with coffee.


FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES are not only good for the gluten free eaters, they are just plain good, period.  I think every cookie assortment needs at least one chocolate chip.  These are the easiest cookie of the bunch.


DEEPEST CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CHIP COOKIES are a must on the list because there is nothing more decadent or chocolaty than these.  You could end a meal with nothing more than these cookies and everybody would be completely happy.


VANILLA ON VANILLA SANDWICH COOKIES fall on the exact opposite side of the spectrum…they are packed with layer upon layer of pure intense vanilla.  I’m planning to do a variation on these this month, so stay tuned.


HOMEMADE THIN MINTS have to be on the list.  They’re everybody’s favorite cookie, and people will be amazed that you made them yourself.


CHOCOLATE WALNUT SHORTBREAD tastes like a classic brownie in cookie form.  It’s not only beautiful to look at with all the walnuts forming a pretty mosaic, but it’s an easy and convenient slice and bake dough.


A cookie like  SPECULOOS SPICE COOKIES has to be on any top ten holiday cookie list.  You need to have a cutout cookie, whether you’re making snowflakes like these, or any other fun shape in your collection.  Speculoos is a traditional Dutch spiced cookie and it’s a little more delicately flavored than gingerbread.


ORANGE BLOSSOM SHORTBREAD will add an unusual note to this assortment.  Most of us in this part of the world aren’t used to the floral notes of rose and orange blossom that are more common in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern sweets.


Do-it-yourself BRUSSELS COOKIES are elegant and really delicious.  Sandwich cookies take a little more work than some of the others, but they are worth it in the end.

That’s my list as of today, but of course it doesn’t take into account what I’ll be baking this month — today marks the first official day of holiday cooking baking for me,  I know I’ll come up with a few that will need to be included in next year’s top ten.

Am I missing any of your favorites on this list?  Let me know, I’ll be baking all weekend!

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    martha Broussard
    December 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I would love these recipes.

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      December 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Martha—are you looking for the recipes? Just click on the name of each cookie and it will link you to the original post and recipe.

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    December 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful website, the recipes look wonderful!

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      December 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!

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    December 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I do not have orange blossom flavoring & or extract….how could I still make these yummy, love love love your shortbread recipes, the PB CH. chip were a huge hit! Love your site!!!!!!

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      December 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Deb. I think you can get orange extract at most big supermarkets these days. Other than that there’s not much you can do, since you can’t add extra liquid to shortbread, you need an extract of some sort for flavor. You could try using vanilla, but I would first check your store for orange extract. Good luck!

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    December 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    could I have the recipes for speculoos spice,choc.walnut shortbread,melting monents and chewy ginger. if so I will take them all

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      December 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Maryann! Just click on the name of each cookie, where I talk about them under each photo, and that is a link to the recipe and post. Let me know if you still have trouble.

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    December 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    speculoos cookies as you call them . WE Dutch call them speculaas are awesome. traditional they are mill shaped but we use the spices for these cookies also to make thick cookies filled with almondmix in it. its just awesome.

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      December 3, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Anita, I would love that recipe!

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    December 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

    wow, the speculoos spice cookies look (And sound) amazing! i love holiday cookies they’re seriously the best cookies in the world, ever! lol.

    i’d also like to try the orange blossom… never heard of these ones, so definitely at the top of my list!
    glad to have discovered your blog- you have some yummy recipes!

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      December 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Welcome in, Amber! Let me know what you think of the orange blossom cookies if you try them.

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    December 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Dear to go for great recipes blog owner, 🙂
    You’ve inspired an easy holiday open house cocktail party at our house this year.
    Your cookies look wonderful but we will begin freezing a couple of the unbaked savory shortbread sable logs you’ve posted.
    Up first… the lemon, thyme as well as the rosemary pine nut savory sables.
    Once we’ve tackled the nibblers it’s onto the sweet endings. Our freezer is going to be a treasure trove.
    Love that the sweet and the savory can be found here.
    Have you gotten the cookbook urge yet?

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      December 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Kate!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    December 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    chocolate cookies are high on my list. It’s time I try some new ones!

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    December 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m going to a cookie swap next weekend (my first ever)…I think I might have to expand my cookie tray to include one or two of these. 🙂

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Great line up Sue! Those Brussels are still haunting my – I need to make them this year! You are a cookie artist! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your holiday season is filled with blessings.

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    Christina @ Christina's Cucina
    November 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I love them all! Beautiful as always…you’re such an inspiration!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I love making cookies for Christmas, what a wonderful list!

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    November 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Christmas cookie-making is in full swing at our house already! Made chocolate gingerbread ones today. : ) Love looking at all these mouthwatering cookie ideas. Those Thin Mints came out perfect!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I just made melting moments about 6 weeks ago. I dont think many ppl knew what they were 🙂 But I am glad you do and make them too! Unassuming but so good! I filled my with Nutella for sandwich cookies. Your ginger cookies are PERFECT! mmm! pinned

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      November 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Averie!