Friday Favorites – Christmas Cookie Guide (Episode 74)

In keeping with my 12 Days of Christmas celebration, I thought it would be fun to put together a cookie guide for this week’s Friday Favorites post.  Christmas is just over two weeks away, so we’re entering into the prime cookie baking time of the year.

If you’re looking for new recipes to try this year, look no further!.  Here are a few of my personal favorites as well as recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers that have caught my eye.

Traditional Cookies

  • When I think cookies, the first cookie that comes to mind is the chocolate chip cookie.  Everyone has a favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and these Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies are at the top of my list.
  • Another great Christmas cookie favorite is the peanut butter blossom. As a kid, I would always pull the Hershey Kisses off of the top and eating them first before eating the cookies. In fact, I will probably do that again when I make these Peanut Butter Blossoms from Brown Eyed Baker.
  • Oatmeal cookies have become a holiday staple around my house in the last few years.  These Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite.
  • Linzer cookies are another holiday favorite.  I just can’t get over these Eggnog Snowflake Linzer Cookies from Daydreamer Desserts. They are absolutely stunning, and I can only imagine how fabulous they must taste. I think they will be the perfect addition to my cookie plates this year.
  • Perhaps it’s an old commercial, but I have this vivid memory of Santa eating Oreo cookies dunked in milk. If you’re an Oreo fan, you’ll definitely love these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Evil Shenanigans.  Consider leaving these out for Santa this year instead of the storebought ones, and you won’t have to worry about coal in your stocking!
  • Blondies are another staple around my house.  I’ve tried a lot of different recipes, but these Peanut Butter Blondies are the recipe I keep coming back to.  For a festive twist, try swapping out the chocolate chips for some holiday M&Ms.

New Favorites to Try

Cookies to Decorate

Gluten Free

  • I don’t personally do a lot of gluten free baking, but I do have a few recipes up my sleeve when I am baking for my friends and family who have special diets.  These Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies are a family recipe passed down from my great grandmother, and they just happen to be gluten free!
  • If you love chocolate as much as I do, I’m sure you will adore these Cream Cheese-Truffle Brownie Cookies from Art of Gluten Free Baking. They just happen to be gluten free, but no one needs to know that!
  • Whether you have to eat gluten free or you’re just looking for a new cookie recipe, I think you’ll want to check out these Rosemary Lime Cookies from The Sensative Pantry. They are packed with flavor and a special treat for any of your friends and relatives who can’t have traditional cookies baked with flour, eggs, and dairy.

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