John Barricelli, from Martha Stewart Living, demonstrates how to make Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies in this video. And, of course, the filling is cream cheese! (The recipe is included, if you’re too busy to watch.)
Attention all chocoholics: this cookie is going to be your new fave! Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth goodies with a delicate outer crunch. With a short list of ingredients, and dough that can be stored in the fridge or freezer till you’re ready to bake, they’re perfect for the busy holiday times ahead.
Here’s a holiday cookie from A Spicy Perspective for all you fruitcake fans. They’re light, bright and topped with all the goodies you find in the traditional holiday favorite. Fruitcake Cookies are roll-out cookies that are baked, topped with a rum glaze, then sprinkled with chunks of dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
Don’t worry — these Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies still boast their trademark criss-cross pattern. But they’ve been spiked with chopped golden raisins to give them a “jelly” boost. You’ll wind up with a sweeter, chewier version on this holiday classic.
These aren’t your ordinary ginger cookies. In addition to the usual ingredients you’d find in a ginger cookie — ginger, molasses, brown sugar — these Spiced Ginger Cookies boast candied ginger. Roll them in turbinado sugar before baking or try a light sprinkle of sea salt.
Here’s another entry from last year’s cookie contest sponsored by Tulsa World. Despite their lofty name — World’s Best Cookies — they’re simple to make and they call for ingredients you’re likely to have in your cupboard, such as potato chips, pecans, coconut and cornflakes.
Tulsa World sponsored a cookie contest last year and it was such a success that the publication is calling for new recipes again this year. Last December, Jacque Schneider submitted this memorable recipe for Creme de Menthe Cookies. The melt-in-your-mouth sandwich cookies are best made in stages, so as not to be too overwhelming. Better double the recipe though!
I tend to arrange all my Christmas cookies on a platter but Windowpane Cookies are edible ornaments that can adorn your tree. In “Sprinkles: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts,” author and photographer Jackie Alpers creates a variety of goodies with a colorful twist using sprinkles, frosting and icing. You can order her book at www.QuirkBooks.com/Sprinkles.
For many of us, baking festive treats is an integral part of the holiday season. This recipe for Candy Cane Biscotti gives an old holiday favorite a new twist. After you’ve baked and packaged them, why not start a new family tradition and hand-deliver them to your lucky neighbors and friends?
Biscotti are double-baked, hard, crunchy cookies that can be dunked in your hot drink. These Hazelnut, Orange and Honey Biscotti are a wonderful flavor combination for said dunking. Bonus: you can bake the logs a day in advance.