25 Days of Christmas Cookies

Indulge in one delicious cookie recipe per day.

Dec. 1, 2012 — -- intro: These cookies are perfect to give as gifts or to enjoy and eat. We've included several gluten-free and healthy recipes that your guests can enjoy without the guilt. Whether you love chocolate or vanilla, peanuts or cashews, there is something here that everyone will love. Make them for your holiday table, cookie exchange, or to give as gifts to family.

quicklist:1 category: title: Chai-Kissed Chocodoodles url: 12334786 text: You have to try this spicy chocolate cookie. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and all spice add flavor and fun to an otherwise ordinary cookie. Form the dough into balls and roll them in the chai spice sugar mixture. media:15065897 related:

quicklist:2 category: title: CookieBar's World Peace Cookies url: 14713255 text: A chocolate lover's delight, these world peace cookies are the answer to your chocolate prayers. Delicious, crunchy, and with a hint of salt, they're the perfect sweet and salty combination. media: 14716497 related:

quicklist:3 category: title: Christina Tosi's Blueberry and Cream Cookies url: 14834646 text: Imagine if your favorite blueberry muffin took the form of a chewy, blueberry-filled cookie. If you're already starting to drool, you must try this recipe. Pastry chef Christina Tosi's baking technique is important: cream the sugar and butter for 3 minutes, and then add the eggs and mix for 7 minutes. This mixing is important in strengthening the bond in your cookies, as well as creating the most magnificent cookie you've ever eaten. media:14834041 related:

quicklist:4 category: title: Rocco DiSpirito's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies url: 13202547 text: If you're trying to avoid gaining the holiday pounds, but don't want to miss out on the cookie baking, this recipe's for you. Rocco DiSpirito created the ultimate cookie combination with peanut butter and chocolate, for only 55 calories a cookie. Pop these indulgent cookies into your mouth guilt-free. media: 15057339 related:

quicklist:5 category: title: Carla Hall's Pumpkin Spice Linzer Cookies url: 14581572 text: These traditional linzer cookies get an update with hearty pumpkin. Flavored with spices like ginger, cinnamon, and clove, they're guaranteed to satisfy the pumpkin pie addict in your family. media:14589836 related:

quicklist:6 category: title: Amy Green's Gluten-Free Fig and Date Bars url: 13793357 text: These gluten-free fig and date bars taste just like Fig Newtons. (And they don't have sugar!) The cookies hold well - we love how we can make these cookies and freeze them for later. media:15057389 related:

quicklist:7 category: title: Gourmet's Irish Coffee Crunchies url: 7288165 text: Whiskey, coffee and heavy cream give these ordinary oatmeal cookies some life. These adults-only cookies will disappear off of your holiday table. media:15063724 related:

quicklist:8 category: title: Dr. Howard Shapiro's Peanut Butter Cookies url: 12587034 text: You'd never guess it, but these cookies are packed with protein! Made with protein powder and sugar substitute, you can pass these over to the kids without the guilt. The addition of chopped nuts give these cookies a nice crunch. media: 15063808 related:

quicklist:9 category: title: Amy Green's Gluten-Free Spritz Cookies url: 15058150 text: Fun and festive, your guests will never know these cookies are gluten-free and sugar-free. The bright colors will bring a bit of cheer to any cookie plate. media: 15057927 related:

quicklist:10 category: title: Sandra Lee's Checkerboard Cookies url: 9390007 text: We love the look of checkerboard cookies but hate the extra work. These cookies use store-bought cookie dough to create the look of a checkerboard cookie, without all of the hassle. Chocolate chips sprinkled on the dough add a festive touch. media:15063820 related:

quicklist:11 category: title: Lidia's Simple Sugar Cookies url: 12459392 text: This simple recipe is a holiday staple for many families. Cut the dough into these adorable wreath shapes with two circular cutters, and sprinkle with green or red sanding sugar. media: 15065823 related:

quicklist:12 category: title: Amy Green's Gluten-Free No Bake Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars url: 15057975 text: These simple no-bake bars are sugar-free and gluten-free. Wrap them up in festive ribbon and give them as a holiday gift! media:15057576 related:

quicklist:13 category: title: Tarina's Double Chocolate Drizzled Hazelnut Cookies url: 12341293 text: Ground hazelnuts give this cookie dough amazing nutty flavor. Place the cooled cookies onto wax paper and drizzle melted white and dark chocolate on top. media:15066064 related:

quicklist:14 category: title: Gingerbread Boys and Girls url: 15063798 text: These easy gluten-free cookies are a spicy and sweet Christmas tradition. Keep the dough cold, and dust the table with rice flour for an easy way to roll and stamp your cookies. If they last that long, the cookies can be stored in a closed container for up to a week. media: 15063798 related:

quicklist:15 category: title: Sandra Lee's Peppermint Bars url: 12330913 text: These pretty peppermint bars are almost too pretty to eat. Made with premade cookie dough, peppermint candies, marshmallows, and white chocolate, these simple bars are easy to make and delicious to eat. They only take 30 minutes to prepare and bake, but your friends will think you spent hours in the kitchen! media: 15063842 related:

quicklist:16 category: title: Chocolate Star Cookies url: 12459290 text: While these cookies are delicious, they also function as beautiful tree ornaments. Decorated with icing and sprinkles, they're a sweet holiday gift. media: 15065834 related:

quicklist:17 category: title: Amy Green's Gluten-Free Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti url: 15058381 text: These are one of the easiest gluten-free cookies to make. We love the little flecks of red cranberries and green pistachios scattered throughout the cookie. media: 15057839 related:

quicklist:18 category: title: Dan Harris' Chocolate-Dipped Pecan Shortbread Logs url: 12353965 text: This is Dan Harris' secret family recipe. The crunchy pecan log shortbread cookies are dipped in chocolate and shortening, and then set down to cool. Watch them disappear! media: 15066074 related:

quicklist:19 category: title: Kicked-Up Snickerdoodles url: 9242172 text: Do you like your cookies with spice? The unexpected addition of cayenne pepper gives these cookies a healthy dose of heat. media: 15066084 related:

quicklist:20 category: title: Sandra Lee's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies url: 9390006 text: These cute little cookies are made in mini cupcake tins. The store-bought cookie dough is swirled with peanut butter, but if you prefer, you can replace it with your favorite sugar cookie recipe. The chocolate kisses are added after the cookies are baked and completely cooled. media:15063830 related:

quicklist:21 category: title: Lauren Brennan's Brownie Cheesecake Peppermint Bars url: 12322837 text: These brownies, topped with crushed peppermint, add a festive touch to your holiday table. Try Lauren Brennan's tip and score the white chocolate before refrigerating in order to prevent cracking. media:15065874 related:

quicklist:22 category: title: Amy Green's Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Brownies url: 15058536 text: These sugar-free and gluten-free brownies taste like a peppermint patty. Guilt-free, they're the perfect holiday treat everyone will love. media: 15057677 related:

quicklist:23 category: title: Beth Leonard's Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies url: 15066924 text: The combination of white chocolate chips and nuts makes this decadent cookie a big hit. The slight addition of ground coriander gives these cookies unexpected flavor. media: 15067250 related:

quicklist:24 category: title: Carmine Arroyo's Ginger Cookie url: 15067187 text: The addition of molasses gives these cookies a depth of flavor. Make sure you chill them for at least an hour before baking. media: 15067349 related:

quicklist:25 category: title: Beth Leonard's Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies url: 15067068 text: The unexpected twist of oats and chocolate give these traditional cookies an update. The oats in the cookie create a delicious hearty combination. media: 15067378 related: