Sugar cravings and the holidays go hand-in-hand, so why not satisfy your tastebuds — and be the star of your holiday get together — by whipping up one of these delicious cookie recipes? We sought out some popular food folks to see if they’d share a recipe with us, and we’re excited to report they did just that. Here are five holiday cookie recipes you’ll love. Enjoy!

Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

By Kristen Winston

“These jam thumbprints are ones I remember from childhood,” shares caterer Kristen Winston. “These cookies are perfect to make with young children, as they have so much fun doing the thumbprints!”

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Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies | Image: Kristen Winston

Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Kristen Winston
These classic cookies are indented and filled with your favorite jam!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 39 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients
  

Cookies:

  • 2 sticks 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup assorted jam I like seedless raspberry or apricot

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons water

Instructions
 

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a light or medium-colored heavy-weight baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Whisk flour and salt together in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla extract. Add flour mix until incorporated and dough comes together.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls (approx. 1 T dough) and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  • Make indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb or the back of a small spoon.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until bottoms are just barely golden. Remove baking sheet from oven. If indentations look shallow, press them slightly with the back of a spoon and then fill each with a rounded ¼ teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden. Let stand on baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Optional Glaze:

  • Whisk ingredients in a small bowl to combine. Drizzle over cookies
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Chocolate Nemesis Cookies

By Johnny Haffner

This recipe comes to us from Nashville caterer Johnny Haffner. Chips of all chocolate flavors work in concert to create a delicious dessert. Plus, “They are soft and fudgie,” Johnny shares.

Chocolate Nemesis Cookies | Image: Johnny Haffner

Chocolate Nemesis Cookies

Johnny Haffner
These chocolate fudge cookies are absolutely divine.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 11 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 baking powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Melt together 6 Tbs of butter and bittersweet chocolate.
  • Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Fold melted chocolate in and add semi-sweet chips, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pecans and walnuts.
  • Scoop onto parchment.
  • Bake 8 minutes at 325.
  • Let cool completely before you move them from the pan.
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Healthy Snowball Cookies

By: Laura Lea Balanced

“All the crumbly, buttery, nutty amazingness of the classic snowball, or Mexican wedding cookie, but none of the guilt” is what these goodies are, according to Laura Lea of Laura Lea Balanced. “These grain- and gluten-free addictive cookies are going to become a staple around the holidays … and year!”

Snowball Cookies | Image: Laura Lea Balanced

Healthy Snowball Cookies

LL Balanced
These guilt-free snowball cookies are absolutely addictive.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 1 hr 48 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grassfed butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil room temperature (between liquid and solid)
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar link below for brand
  • 1 cup spelt flour sub whole wheat, gluten-free AP or AP
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder sub 1 1/2 tsp extract, link below for brand

Instructions
 

  • Add walnuts to a food processor and pulse until they form a fine crumble, slightly chunkier than flour. If you don't have a food processor, hand chop into very small pieces.
  • In a standing mixer or with a hand-mixer, cream butter and coconut oil together on high until creamy and slightly fluffy, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add maple sugar and mix, then flour, vanilla and sea salt. Mix everything until just incorporated, then finally add walnut meal until incorporated. Turn dough out onto saran wrap and wrap tightly in a ball. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove from fridge and roll dough into 16 1 1/2 inch balls, spacing them 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until the top is mostly solid to touch (it will harden as it cools). Cool 10 minutes before enjoying.
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Cranberry Marzipan Cookies

By: Phillip Fryman of Southern FATTY 

“These holiday cookies are a favorite of mine because they are a bit more unique than the traditional go-to bakes,” says Phillip Fryman of Southern FATTY blog. “They have a thin, buttery-rich shortbread cookie base with a tart cranberry citrus filling. The star of this cookie recipe that makes it the winner in my book is the toasted marzipan. Adding this almond ring gives you a beautiful festive look and leaves you with a warm flavor. It really has the best cookie elements all in one bite.”

 

Cranberry Marzipan Cookies | Image: Southern FATTY

Cranberry Marzipan Cookies

Southern FATTY
These thin, buttery-rich shortbread cookies have a tart cranberry citrus filling.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 1 hr 16 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

Shortbread Cookie Base

  • 2 sticks butter 16 tablespoons or 225 grams, unsalted, softened
  • 1 tablespoon 12 grams shortening
  • 1 cup 200 grams sugar, granulated white or Vanilla Sugar is a great option
  • 1 plus ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 3 and ½ cups 440 grams flour, AP
  • ¼ teaspoon ~ 1 gram salt

Marzipan Ring

  • 8 oz almond paste chopped into pieces
  • 1 and ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white beaten

Cranberry Filling

  • 1 cup cranberries whole
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed
  • orange zest to finish

Instructions
 

Shortbread Cookie Base

  • Cream butter, sugar, vanilla in mixer.
  • Add flour and salt after sifting well to prevent clumping.
  • Mix on a low speed setting until incorporated into a dough.
  • On a very lightly floured board, press out to a thick disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F while chilling.
  • After chilled, remove and roll to ¼ inch thick dough sheet. Cut with round biscuit cutter.
  • Place cookies carefully on paper of mat-lined sheet pan.
  • Dock the dough by punching some holes in it with a fork. (See post images)
  • Bake at 350 for 6 minutes. They will NOT be browned yet. (Note: The images in the post show the marzipan ring piped before baking. Mistake. Oops!)
  • Remove to cool, leaving oven on.
  • Increase oven temp to 400 F.

Prepare marzipan:

  • In mixer bowl, add powdered sugar and chopped almond paste.
  • Mix until fine texture, for a few minutes.
  • Add egg white and mix until comes together in a dough-like paste.
  • Place in pastry bag fitted with large star tip.
  • Pipe rings around cooled shortbread cookie bases.
  • Place piped cookies in refrigerator to keep cool.

Make the cranberry filling now:

  • Add cranberries, sugar and water in saucepan.
  • Over slightly above medium heat, heat until berries break and sauce starts to thicken.
  • You may help this process along by smashing the berries with a silicone spatula along the way.
  • Cook until reduced and thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  • When cooled somewhat, fill cookie rings and immediately bake.
  • Bake until marzipan is golden. I used a kitchen torch to give a bit of darker texture around the ridges after baking.
  • Top with a bit of orange zest. Some rough sanding sugar would also be tasty.
  • Enjoy with family and friends!

NOTE: These taste even better once they have sat and cooled completely. I prefer them after they have rested overnight, even. Perfect for holiday dinners or parties!

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    Cocoa Mint Cookies

    By: The Perfect Little Life

    “These cookies are some of my holiday favorites because they remind me of my grandma! I was very close to her and always spent the holidays with her baking all of her special cookie recipes! So every Christmas I make these to remember all the sweet times we shared!”

    Cocoa Mint Cookies | Image: Abbey Moore of The Perfect Little Life

    Cocoa Mint Cookies

    Pretty Little Life
    These cocoa mint cookies are the perfect holiday treat.
    5 from 1 vote
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 7 mins
    Total Time 17 mins
    Course Dessert

    Ingredients
      

    • 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder dry
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ butter recipe chocolate cake mix
    • 1/3 cup butter softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
    • Crushed Andes pieces

    Instructions
     

    • Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, stir together coffee and vanilla until coffee is dissolved. In large bowl, mix cake mix, coffee mixture, butter and eggs with spoon until soft dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.
    • On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart.
    • Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until surface appears dry. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Sprinkle Andes on cookies. Cool completely. Store covered.
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    Enjoy your holiday baking adventures!

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