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Friends decorating gingerbread cookies



Let’s face it – we’re all going to be home more than usual this holiday season. So why not make the best of it and enjoy a few holiday traditions like baking cookies? Here are a few recipes you absolutely must try.

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Imagine combining the classic gingerbread cookie with an all-year-round favorite like chocolate chips. This is perfection. These cookies are warm and spicy, accented not only with chocolate chips but crystallized ginger for an extra punch of flavor.

Dulce de Leche Thumbprint Cookies

These buttery, crumbly cookies feature a center filled with thick, creamy caramel. The secret ingredient: Nutella. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a lot of time in front of the stove making the caramel – this recipe uses La Lechera, pre-made and ultra-convenient.

Pecan Pie Bars

Everyone loves a pecan pie at the holidays, but how about giving this classic a twist? Try it in cookie form, which makes for a casual, fun, and easy dessert presentation.

Meringue Cookies

Don’t be intimidated by these gourmet treats. Just because they require a little finesse in the whipping of the egg whites doesn’t mean it’s difficult. In fact, these cookies are one of the easiest to make (especially if you have a stand mixer). They only require a handful of ingredients and a touch of patience. These also happen to be gluten-free and you can make them vegan by using aquafaba instead of egg whites.

Chocolate Volcano Cookies

If you’re a little timid about diving into meringues, try this cookie, instead, which utilizes a similar technique to make these cookies crispy on the outside and chewy and chocolaty on the inside. These are genuinely addictive.

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

These rustic, chunky cookies are soft and buttery and filled with creamy white chocolate chips and tart cranberries. They aren’t just a dessert, but a legitimate (and delicious) snack that will quench your hunger.

Molasses Cookies

Once a staple of a Christmas cookie spread, this classic recipe is often overlooked nowadays. But you’ll make sure to keep them part of your holiday baking repertoire once you take a bite and are reminded of their soft, smooth texture, crunchy sugar topping, and deep, sweet molasses flavor.

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