Holiday Cookies

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Look no further, here’s a wide array of cookie recipes from classic chocolate chip to shortbread to macarons.

Classic Cookies with Low Difficulty Level

Most of these follow a fairly traditional cookie preparation method involving creaming of butter and sugar and then adding in dry ingredients. Each has a some small spin on a classic by adding in different flours or spices.

Brown Butter Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Difficulty Level: 2
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Spiced Molasses Cookies
Difficulty Level: 2
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Dark Chocolate Brownie Rye Cookies
Difficulty Level: 2. Adapted from Bon Appetit.
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Cookies with a Twist

These cookies involve some form of special ingredient, combination of ingredients, or flavors that make them a bit more unique.

Chai Molasses Crinkle Cookies
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Seriously Addictive Cornflake Krispie Cookies
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Brown Butter Pistachio Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
Difficulty Level: 2. Adapted from Bon Appetit
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Triple Layer Cookie Brownies
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Buckwheat Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies (no butter!)
Inspired by Food 52
Difficulty Level: 2
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Cardamom & Berry Jam Palmiers
Difficulty Level: 2-3
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Cookies: A Weekend Project

These are the cookies to make when you have some extra time on your hands and looking to learn some new skills. Macarons are the ultimate challenging cookie that requires some time and finese, but oh so fun.

Macarons with Citrus French Buttercream
Difficulty Level: 4
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Browse through all cookie recipes below.

One Bowl Toffee & Pretzel Oat Cookies (Gluten-Free)

One Bowl Toffee & Pretzel Oat Cookies (Gluten-Free)

My favorite thing about these One Bowl Toffee & Pretzel Oat Cookies? First, they are naturally gluten-free, but everyone will enjoy them. Second, they require no electric mixer and only need one bowl. Lastly, they’re familiar but with a twist. The base of the dough is akin to a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but adding […]

Crispy & Thin Lemon Cookies (Cats’ Tongues)

Crispy & Thin Lemon Cookies (Cats’ Tongues)

If you’ve been following my stories, you know I’ve been averaging about 3 batches of cookies a day this week. I love taking this month as an opportunity to explore some new cookies and have been going through my favorite cookbooks to find some particularly unique cookies. These Crispy & Thin Lemon Cookies (technically called Cats’ […]

Chewy Chai Crinkle Cookies

Chewy Chai Crinkle Cookies

One of my strongest memories of Christmas as a kid is my mom’s chocolate crinkle cookies. Given that, plus my mom’s affinity (and mine) to chai tea, I was immediately drawn to these Chai Crinkle Cookies from NY Times Cooking. I made these in December 2019 and wrote a post on it (now updated to this […]

Seriously Addictive Cornflake Krispie Cookies

Seriously Addictive Cornflake Krispie Cookies

These seriously addictive cornflake krispie cookies are the cookies I wish I had had as a kid. They have the essence of a homemade rice krispie treat, but in a cookie. The first time I tried these, I was immediately brought back to my childhood memories of eating homemade rice krispie treats. So buttery. And […]

Cardamom & Berry Jam Palmiers

Cardamom & Berry Jam Palmiers

One of the best metrics to determine how popular a cookie is: how long the batch lasts. Solely based on this, this may be my favorite dessert yet. They never last longer than a couple of days! There’s just no resisting a buttery, flakey puff pastry. This recipe is adapted from @sarahkietfer 100 cookies (highly […]

Brown Butter Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buckwheat and brown butter add a nutty dimension to this otherwise classic chocolate chip cookie. The other thing that makes this special is that it doesn’t require any equipment beyond a whisk. I’ve posted these a few times on my stories (Matt requests these ones a lot) and some of you reached out to get […]

Buckwheat Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies (no butter!)

Buckwheat Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies (no butter!)

I struggled with what to call this one. I’m obsessed with this recipe and felt like no matter what, the title wouldn’t do it justice. This cookie recipe uses nut butters instead of butter, but other than that it’s a traditional cookie. I was trying to find the right description to get across that this […]

Step by Step: How to Make Delicious & Beautiful Macarons Consistently

Step by Step: How to Make Delicious & Beautiful Macarons Consistently

It’s here! After a solid year of almost biweekly macarons, I’ve compiled all my tips and tricks into one post to help you make the delicious and beautiful macarons consistently. Yes, it’s a lot of details. But if you’re making macarons for the first time (or the second or third but want better results), you […]

Brown Butter, Pistachio & Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Brown Butter, Pistachio & Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Prior to December, shortbread cookies were not high on my list. Luckily a version of these beautiful Brown Butter, Pistachio & Cardamom Shortbread Cookies caught my eye on Bon Appetit. And turns out I was seriously missing out. Not only does the dough make the perfect buttery, sweet, & sandy texture that melts in your […]

Spiced Molasses Cookies

Spiced Molasses Cookies

Another cookie to add to my collection! My goal is to have about ten different cookie recipes that cover my basis for any occasion and have a wide array of flavors and textures. The generous amount of spices and molasses is what makes these special. While I’ve been changing up the spices just a bit, […]

Dark Chocolate Brownie Rye Cookies

Dark Chocolate Brownie Rye Cookies

This cookie is like the perfect match for Matt and me- all the decadent gooey chocolate for him; sea salt, browned butter, dark chocolate, and rye for me. Here are a few other reasons why I’m loving this recipe: It’s almost a one bowl cookie recipe. Yes, two bowls and a pan, but it’s still […]

Step by Step: Ghost Macarons with Pumpkin Buttercream

Step by Step: Ghost Macarons with Pumpkin Buttercream

The perfect way to celebrate Halloween this year: ghost macarons! They take some time, but are 100% worth it. After 4 batches of macarons in the last month using the same method, I’m confident in it. The key- making an Italian meringue- it takes an extra step but is more foolproof, which I personally think […]

Golden Graham S’mores Blondie Cookie Skillet

Golden Graham S’mores Blondie Cookie Skillet

A bit of a nod to my childhood, this cookie skillet is seriously loaded: chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter, Golden Grahams, and marshmallows. Classic with a twist. Generally this isn’t the type of dessert I gravitate toward- but there’s a time and place for something like this and since I was participating in this cookie […]

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal (Gluten and Grain Free)

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal (Gluten and Grain Free)

Milk and cookies? How about 4 ingredient peanut butter cookie? This recipe adapted from the awesome @maggiebakesgrace is the perfect super simple cookie that can actually be made on a weekday. One bowl. 4 ingredients. Also naturally grain- and gluten-free. Any peanut butter lover will be all over this one. For those that have little ones, this […]

Thin & Crispy Customizable Cookies

Thin & Crispy Customizable Cookies

After a month of experimenting different cookie recipes and dissecting them, I was ready to make my own recipe of EXACTLY what I wanted: a thin & crispy base, but totally customizable. More specifically, these thin & crispy customizable cookies needed 1) the perfect ratio of a crispy outside and chewy inside (I like them […]

Peanut Butter Miso Cookies

Peanut Butter Miso Cookies

If you’re looking for a fun and easy cookie to bake, but with a surprising twist- this is it. Im always looking for ways to spin off of a traditional recipe, so I was immediately intrigued by this peanut butter miso cookie by @kchambrot that had great reviews on @nytcooking. I found this unusual recipe when looking for […]

Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars

Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars

This Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars post has been updated in August 2021. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve posted these and it’s safe to say these Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars are still a favorite of mine. I got into a routine of making these about once or twice a month, […]

Whole Grain Gingerbread Biscotti

Whole Grain Gingerbread Biscotti

If I had to choose any cookie to have, biscotti might be favorite. Especially when they have the perfect amount of crunch and are just waiting to be dunked in some tea or coffee.  Adding in a variety of dried spices give these biscotti a holiday twist. I went one step further with by adding […]

Spooky Ghost Meringues

Spooky Ghost Meringues

Spooky Ghost Meringues Makes 12 large meringue cookies 150g egg whites (4 eggs worth) (at room temperature- leave out for 30 minutes before using) 150g white sugar (3/4 cup) (superfine if possible) 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, but helps eggs whip properly) pinch sea salt Preheat oven to 225. Place egg whites in standing […]

Baking 101: Toasted Coconut Sugar Marshmallow Meringues

Baking 101: Toasted Coconut Sugar Marshmallow Meringues

I’ve decided to start a new series called baking 101 to feature some recipes that a bit newer for me and I have to “learn” a bit more before I do. When it comes to cooking, I’ve done most of my techniques and flavors enough to understand why a step in the procedure is suggested, […]

Adventures into the “Unknown”: Baking Macarons

Adventures into the “Unknown”: Baking Macarons

So I’m going to put a huge disclaimer on this recipe and post right away: I am not an amazing baker. If you’re looking for the perfect macaron recipe that has been tested many times, you’ve found the wrong place. However, if you’re like me in that baking is a bit of a lesser known […]

Fig & Almond Biscotti (made with almond and whole wheat flour)

Fig & Almond Biscotti (made with almond and whole wheat flour)

So I’ll be honest, this was supposed to be a fig and pistachio biscotti. Buuuuut I had almonds on hand, and no pistachios. Whoops! I think it shows how versatile this recipe is- just switch and add in a dried fruit of your liking (I often use raisins, craisins, and currants) and a different nut […]

Cherry & Pistachio Biscotti

Cherry & Pistachio Biscotti

As soon as I finished this recipe I thought, “Wait? Why don’t I make more biscotti again?” Seriously. Biscotti is SO EASY. And people are ALWAYS impressed by it. If you were to put this on an “impressiveness to work” ratio, this would score high. I based this recipe on a previous biscotti recipe I […]

Almond Florentines

Almond Florentines

  Sigh. I’ve found a new favorite cookie. Or maybe even favorite dessert. Or food in general. These are so tasty I’ve made them multiple weekends in a row. They are crispy, sweet, and have that deep rich caramel-butter flavor that is perfect for winter (or really any season!). While I wouldn’t go so far […]

Chewy, Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy, Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Cookies are all about texture. Particularly when trying to go the healthier route, whether it be paleo or vegan, it can get tricky. Generally speaking, white sugar and butter are what give cookies that crisp yet slightly chewy bite that everyone loves. Although I’ve tried a lot of different recipes searching for that right […]

Homemade Chipwiches

Homemade Chipwiches

Chipwiches 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream of your choice 2 cookies (see below for recipe) Chocolate Chip Cookies Adapted from Elana’s Pantry 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 cup grass-fed butter, cut into small squares 1/3 cup stevia baking blend or coconut sugar (I only did it with the […]

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

I’ll be honest, I’m actually not a huge fan of coconut. But a large bag of coconut in my closest has been staring at me for a few months, and I really felt like I needed to do something with it. Luckily, this recipe took care of it easily! I used half the bag in […]

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