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Christmas Cookie Recipes

The Cutest Snowmen Cookies

No Comments | Written on December 4, 2016 at 10:45 am , by

It’s getting chilly outside and it’s not Christmas without making a few snowmen. It’s time to get ready for the holidays and where we’re from we still don’t have snow! What a bummer, (but not really). But that’s okay, this year we’re bringing you a new alternative to your average snow day festivities; Melted Marshmallow Snowmen Cookies!

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Best Christmas Recipes!

3 Comments | Written on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Merry Christmas Better Recipes!

We have held several different holiday recipe contests over the past few weeks, and now it is time to announce the winners!   Congratulations to these outstanding home cooks who will receive a $250 prize from Santa for their delicious creations.  If you are staying home today and baking up a storm (I know I am!) these recipes are sure to be a hit.

Winner in our “Best Holiday Cookie Ever” contest:

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Treasures from “BakingMeCrazy!”

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Simply Delicious Spritz Cookies

2 Comments | Written on December 17, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Our giveaway this week is a “Cookie Press Prize Package” filled with everything you need to bake batches of Spritz Cookies just in time for Christmas!  (Enter here.)

I love these adorable mini cookies because they are not only fun and easy to make, but they are the perfect small treat when you want something special without over indulging.  It can be hard to avoid sweets this time of year, that’s why I created these slimmed-down spritz cookies.  Take a look!

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Pecan Tassies

1 Comment | Written on December 11, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Looking for a new recipe to try for your next cookie exchange?  This is it!  Pecan Tassies are unique two bite tartlets that taste like miniature pecan pies.  Dusted with a bit of powdered sugar, they make an adorable addition to any holiday cookie platter.

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“Moving” Molasses Cookies

5 Comments | Written on September 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

I have some exciting news to share with all of you!  

After 12 years of living in Los Angeles, I am packing up my house (along with “The Daily Dish” kitchen!) and moving to New York City!!

I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself!  (My shipping boxes can hardly contain themselves either – but that’s another story…)

Needless to say, going from a house in Los Angeles to a studio apartment in The Big Apple, I am going to need to downsize.  Over the years of cooking and blogging I have accumulated quite a bit of equipment and food styling props.  I decided to have a little fun and give away these items to some fellow foodies!

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Best Christmas Cookie

1 Comment | Written on December 13, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

If you crave Nutella, if you love Ferrero Rocher, if you adore chocolate….I have the cookies for you!

These “Hazelnut Espresso Truffle Cookies” from “Beberman” are some of the best Christmas cookies I have ever tasted.  No wonder the judges choose this recipe to win our recent Holiday Cookie Contest!

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Three Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

9 Comments | Written on November 23, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Anyone else excited for cookie season?  The holidays are officially underway and this time of year I love to bake, host cookie exchanges, and share sweet treats with my friends and family.   I figured I would kick things off with a super easy recipe.  You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry!  In fact, this recipe is so simple you don’t even have to turn on the oven.

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Cookie Recipe Contest Winner – Cranberry Citrus Biscotti

3 Comments | Written on December 13, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

One of the many reasons I love biscotti…

It’s a cookie you can eat for breakfast!  What’s better than that?

This recipe for “Cranberry Citrus Biscotti” earned top honors in the recent “Cookie” themed week of our weekly recipe contest.  Huge round of applause for Mary Hawkes!

This time of year biscotti also makes a wonderful holiday gift.  Since these twice-baked cookies are hearty, they can stand up to the rigors of travel.  Store the biscotti in a decorative tin or jar, tie it up with a bow and you have a beautiful and delicious homemade gift!

Take a look at this winning recipe and then learn a little more about Mary!

Cranberry Citrus Biscotti  (click here to view and print recipe)


3/4 cup Granulated Sugar

2 tsp  Grated Lemon Zest

2 tsp Grated Orange Zest

2 Large Eggs

2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted

1/2 tsp  Lemon Extract

2 cups  All-purpose Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/8 tsp  Salt

1/3 cup Finely Chopped Dried Sweetened Cranberries

1/4 cup Finely Chopped Pecans


Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest in large bowl; mix well. Remove and reserve 1 tablespoon; set aside. Add eggs, butter, and lemon extract to sugar. With electric mixer, beat until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. In small bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; add half to egg mixture, beating until smooth. Add remaining flour mixture; beat until smooth. Stir in cranberries and pecans.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Roll into a smooth 9-inch log. Place on a parchment-lined large insulated baking sheet; flatten slightly, forming a 9 x 3-inch log. Sprinkle top with reserved sugar mixture; press in lightly. Bake until golden and crusty, about 23 to 28 minutes. Cool on sheet 5 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300° F.

Using a very sharp knife, cut log on a slight diagonal into 3/4-inch wide slices. Place cut sides down, on same baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes; turn slices over and bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until surfaces are crisp but not browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 12 cookies.

Helpful Tips:

Love this cookie! It is a “not-too-sweet” addition for your Christmas cookie platter. It also travels well and is great for a “sweet treat” gift. I love this biscotti for the summer too–omitting the orange zest and substituting dried blueberries for the cranberries. You can enhance the biscotti by dipping an end in melted white or milk chocolate.

How did you come up with your winning recipe?

I first experimented with a lemon biscotti recipe years ago and discovered that I love biscotti! So, I often use my basic biscotti recipe and change up the flavors for the season, varying the add-ins. I decided to try a winter biscotti using a holiday favorite, cranberries. The result, Cranberry Citrus Biscotti, turned out great. I was going to give some for an early holiday cookie gift—but they disappeared from the cookie tin sooner than I expected. Guess I’ll have to make some more!

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest?

Give me a challenge! There are so many fantastic and innovative recipes entered in the weekly contests, I knew it would be highly competitive. So I challenged myself to submit a recipe that I hoped would catch the judge’s eye.

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges? 

These biscotti have a delectable flavor and a delightful crunch—and tend to be somewhat addicting—so perhaps the judges fell to their cookie charms.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering our recipe contests?

Cook up a storm and create recipes or fine-tune recipes that you and your family like. Also, strive to make that recipe stand out—whether it is a unique use of ingredients, new technique, general appeal and delicious flavors, etc.

Do you have any plans for the prize money?

Well, with Christmas here I am pretty sure I know that the prize will be going toward holiday gifts.

Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

If I were to win the grand prize? Hmmm, not sure, but lounging on a beach in Hawaii sounds mighty tempting…

Do you have any other kitchen tips, recipe advice or culinary wisdom to share with the Better Recipes readers? 

Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients—I recently tried pomegranate molasses and fell in love with it’s acidic yet sweet nuances. Sometimes trying new food items or techniques can lead to delightful culinary experiences. 

Grandma’s Ginger Molasses Crinkles

5 Comments | Written on December 25, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

I don’t normally post on Saturday’s, but it’s Christmas Day so I wanted to send an extra special gift to anyone who might be reading today!  This is one of my all time favorite Christmas cookies. My grandma has been making these ginger cookies at Christmas time for as long as I can remember!  I added my own twist by rolling them in turbinado sugar for extra holiday flair and a nice crunch.  A little love from my family to yours on this special day!




  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Turbinado sugar, for rolling in cookies*


In large bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and molasses until combined. Stir together flour, spices, and salt. Add to butter mixture and blend well. Chill dough at least one hour. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll each in turbinado sugar to coat. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Cool completely on wire rack.

Number of Servings: About 3 dozen

Notes: Note: Turbinado sugar is raw coarse sugar, available at most grocery stores. If you cannot find it, the cookie dough balls can be rolled in regular granulated sugar, but the turbinado adds an added wonderful crunch and texture.

Holiday Favorites Week 10 “Christmas Cookies” Winner

3 Comments | Written on December 21, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

With just five ingredients, this winning recipe from our “Christmas Cookie” week is holiday perfection!  During these busy last few days before Christmas, sometimes you just need something that is easy, delicious and gorgeous.  A big congratulations to our latest winner, Diane Nemitz!  If you don’t gobble up these shortbread cookies on your own, they would make a wonderful gift!  Simply wrap in a decorative tin and share with someone special.


A buttery wedge of shortbread with specks of Christmas red make this cookie festive and delectable. The shortbread would make a great hostess gift presented in an attractive tin.


1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped candied cherries
1 tablespoon coarse, sparkling sugar (Turbinado)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. With pastry blender, cut in butter. With hands, mix in cherries (do not overmix). Pat into a 9-inch springform pan with removable rim. Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with the sugar. Cool before cutting into small wedges.

Number of Servings:  9

Notes:  May be baked in square pan and cut into squares. Do not overbake. Do not use a larger pan.

Let’s hear from our winner!  How did you come up with this outstanding cookie?

“Several years ago I was making Christmas cookies, every kind I could think of, and came to a very plain shortbread. I had some candied cherries left from another project and just threw them in. When I asked my guests what were their favorite cookies, they all said, “the red ones,” so now we just call these “the red ones,” although I did give them a real name for the contest!”

Christmas is just around the corner, what are your plans this year?

“Now that my family has moved many miles away and it’s just me at Christmas, I volunteer to serve the Christmas dinner at the Lutheran church. This is a free dinner for anyone who has no one to share the holiday with – it isn’t for the indigent or homeless, (although they are certainly welcome) just for us Christmas “orphans” or really, anyone who doesn’t want to cook. Families, whoever, are welcome.  It’s a wonderful tradition. They serve hundreds in just a few hours.”

That sounds wonderful Diane.  Your Better Recipes family sends a warm congratulations and wishes you a Merry Christmas too! Thank you for entering this wonderful cookie and sharing it with all of us.