Striped Ginger Cookies

MAKES: 96 SERVINGS PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 6 MINS 375°F PER BATCH         Ingredients 1/2 16 1/2 ounce package refrigerated sugar cookie dough 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 16 1/2 ounce package refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine… Read More

Mocha Twists

MAKES: 24 TWISTS PREP: 15 MINS COOL: 3 MINS BAKE: 8 MINS 375°F PER BATCH         Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1… Read More

Chocolate-Coated Mint Cookies

MAKES: 30 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 COATED COOKIE MAKES: 30 COATED COOKIES START TO FINISH: 25 MIN         Ingredients 6 ounces chocolate-flavor candy coating, chopped 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 30 chocolate sandwich cookies with green mint filling Green and/or red sprinkles (jimmies) or nonpareils Directions Line a large cookie sheet with… Read More

White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

MAKES: 24 BARS PREP: 25 MINS BAKE: 40 MINS 350°F         Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg or 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups packed brown sugar 2/3 cup butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3/4 cup… Read More

German Chocolate Crunch Bars

MAKES: 24 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 BAR MAKES: 24 BARS PREP: 30 MINS CHILL: 1 HR       Ingredients 4 ounces sweet baking chocolate, cut up 1/4 cup butter, cut up 1 10 ounce package tiny marshmallows 1 cup canned coconut-pecan frosting 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract 7 cups chocolate-flavor crisp rice cereal 1/4 cup… Read More

Christmas Sandies

MAKES: ABOUT 144 1/2-INCH COOKIES; 72 3/4-INCH COOKIES; OR 36 1-INCH COOKIES PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 10 MINS TO 15 MINS 350°F         Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries* 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel White,… Read More

Raspberry-Maple Bars

MAKES: 36 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 BAR MAKES: 36 BARS PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 25 MINS 350°F       Ingredients 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar 2/3 cup butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup frozen raspberries… Read More

S’mores Spritz-wiches

MAKES: 62 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 SANDWICH COOKIE MAKES: 62 SANDWICH COOKIES PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 6 MINS 375°F       Ingredients 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs… Read More

Triple-Treat Pretzel Wands

MAKES: 18 SERVINGS PREP: 30 MINS COOK: 10 MINS STAND: 1 HR         Ingredients 1 1/2 cups chopped mixed nuts 1 14 ounce package (about 50) vanilla caramels, unwrapped (about 50) 2 tablespoons whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream 18 pretzel rods 2 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating 1  teaspoon shortening 2 ounces… Read More

Chocolate Allspice Thumbprints

MAKES: 36 COOKIES PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 9 MINS TO 10 MINS 350°F         Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg, at room temperature 1/2… Read More

Cran Crackle Bars

MAKES: 24 SERVINGS PREP: 20 MINS BAKE: 30 MINS 325°F         Ingredients 6 cups tiny pretzel twists 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries 1 1/2 cups lightly salted mixed nuts 1 cup white baking pieces or semisweet chocolate pieces 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/3… Read More

Chocolate-Almond Sugar Cookies

MAKES: 72 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 COOKIE           Ingredients 4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2/3 cup shortening 2/3 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 eggs 3 tablespoons amaretto, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, or milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup miniature semisweet… Read More

Swirled Peppermint Thumbprints

MAKES: 34 SERVINGS MAKES: ABOUT 34 COOKIES PREP: 30 MINS BAKE: 10 MINS 350°F PER BATCH CHILL: 1 HR       Ingredients 2 16 ounce rolls refrigerated sugar cookie dough 1 cup all-purpose flour 10 ounces white baking chocolate with cocoa butter, chopped 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract Several drops red… Read More

Candy-Crunch Peanut Butter Bars

MAKES: 48 BARS PREP: 30 MINS HEAT: 5 MINS CHILL: 1 HR         Ingredients 20 peanut butter sandwich cookies 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup finely crushed burnt peanuts or other candy-coated peanuts 1 cup… Read More

Petite Peppermint Sandwiches

MAKES: ABOUT 35 SANDWICH COOKIES PREP: 30 MINS FREEZE: 2 HRS TO 3 HRS BAKE: 10 MINS TO 12 MINS 350°F PER BATCH         Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 3/4 cups all-purpose… Read More

Chocolate-Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

MAKES: 8 SERVINGS PREP: 25 MINS FREEZE: 3 HRS         Ingredients 16 chocolate wafers (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers) 1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, (such as Nutella) 1 pint premium chocolate ice cream 1/3 cup cup chopped toasted hazelnuts Directions Spread flat side of each wafer with hazelnut spread; set aside.… Read More

Eggnog Kringla

MAKES: 40 KRINGLA PREP: 45 MINS CHILL: 1 HR BAKE: 5 MINS 425°F PER BATCH         Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder  1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional) 1 egg… Read More

Peanutty Brownie Bites

MAKES: 70 SERVINGS SERVING SIZE: 1 BROWNIE MAKES: 70 BITE-SIZE BROWNIES PREP: 25 MINS BAKE: 25 MINS 350°F     Ingredients 1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18 graham crackers) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup finely chopped dry roasted peanuts 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup butter 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut up… Read More