These tender cookies are Melissa Clark’s model of the basic treats also called Mexican wedding cookies, polvorones or Russian tea muffins. Melissa requires toasting the almond flour earlier than stirring it into the batter, which bolsters the nutty taste. Be happy to substitute pistachios, walnuts and pecans for the almonds.
These fudgy, barely spicy cookies from Susan Spungen are a giant reader favourite, and for good purpose: They are often prepared in a couple of half-hour.
Recipe: Gingery Brownie Crinkle Cookies
These subtle cookies from Melissa Clark have a delicate cream-cheese crust that’s wrapped round a filling of cherry preserves and walnuts. They’re completed with a dusting of cardamom-flecked sugar.
Julia Moskin known as these genius salty-sweet bars from Genevieve Ko the perfect Rice Krispies treats on NYT Cooking. She’s not incorrect. Use butter-flavored pretzels or “butter snaps” if yow will discover them; they’ve a fragile crunch and a creamy notice that work effectively on this recipe.
The identify of this chewy, crackly cookie from Susan Spungen is a nod to a espresso drink by which a shot of espresso tops off a cup of masala chai, the Indian spiced tea. A bit of black pepper provides warmth, and browned butter provides toasty heat notes.
Recipe: Dirty Chai Earthquake Cookies
They could not win any magnificence contests, however these twice-baked Italian cookies from Molly O’Neill are as basic as they get. Jazz them up by including mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries or a teaspoon of citrus zest. 2020 version: Dunk half in melted chocolate and let harden on wax paper earlier than wrapping them in a cellophane bag tied off with a giant bow.
Everybody loves a rum ball, however Melissa Clark’s spin, which requires chocolate cookies as an alternative of vanilla wafers and bourbon instead of the rum, is actually one thing particular. Earlier than serving or gifting, allow them to sit for a couple of days so the flavors can mingle and meld.
Brilliant, tangy and tender, Samantha Seneviratne’s lemon cookies virtually, effectively, soften in your mouth. The dough additionally freezes effectively, so you can also make a half-batch and freeze the remaining for later, or put together a number of batches to bake off the morning of the cookie swap.
Recipe: Lemon Meltaways
Erin Jeanne McDowell created Christmas in brownie kind. It begins with a deeply fudgy backside layer, which is then topped with a creamy peppermint filling, darkish chocolate glaze and a sprinkle of crushed peppermints.
Recipe: Peppermint Brownies
These intelligent little treats from Melissa Clark begin with a mix of honey-roasted and salted peanuts. This recipe requires store-bought Harmony grape jam, however any fruit will do. Simply don’t use jelly: It’ll slide proper off the cookies as they bake.
Recipe: Honey-Roasted Peanut Thumbprints
Melissa Clark developed this sticky, spicy, tangy gingerbread to be made forward, so it tastes simply nearly as good two days after baking because it does on the identical day. (And it retains for 4 to 5 days!)
Recipe: Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread
When Krysten Chambrot added a bit white miso to a peanut butter cookie recipe, a virtually good deal with was born (and Instagram went wild). It’s advanced, salty and candy with a crisp exterior and a chewy middle.
Recipe: Peanut Butter-Miso Cookies
Relying on which spiral-bound neighborhood cookbook your mother would bake from, you may know these heavenly treats as magic cookie bars, Good day Dolly! bars or coconut dream bars. It doesn’t matter. Simply make these from Samantha Seneviratne.
Readers adore these simple truffles from Hannah Kaminsky that decision for a handful of easy substances like pecans, graham crackers, brown sugar, chocolate and bourbon. (Substitute orange juice should you’re a teetotaler.)
Recipe: Pecan Pie Truffles
Alison Roman stated that these crackly little cookies are “like the sting of a chewy brownie however in cookie kind.” Offered.
Recipe: Tiny, Salty Chocolaty Cookies
Tiny pies are simply extra enjoyable to eat — and the crust-to-filling ratio is right. Samantha Seneviratne’s miniature pecan pies have a young cream cheese crust that’s crammed with a not-too-sweet maple-pecan filling.
Recipe: Pecan Tassies
These brilliant and exquisite cookies from Susan Spungen look tougher to make than they’re. A primary shortbread dough is flavored with lemon and orange zests, then pressed with cookie stamps and glazed with a easy citrus glaze. No stamps? Roll and lower the dough with cutters, or roll the dough right into a log for slice-and-bake cookies.
Recipe: Stamped Citrus Shortbread
Once we requested readers to ship of their favourite Christmas cookies in 2012, Jessica Hulett submitted her grandmother Dorie’s recipe. Melissa Clark stated that they “style just like the white a part of the perfect black-and-white cookie you’ve ever had.”
Recipe: Italian Ricotta Cookies
Our hottest Christmas cookie 12 months after 12 months, these peanut butter-chocolate cookies by no means disappoint. Some readers like to make use of a darkish chocolate Hershey’s Kiss, a small Reese’s peanut butter cup or a spoonful of dulce de leche instead of the milk chocolate kiss.
Ellsworth Kelly’s brushstroke work impressed these gorgeous cookies from Susan Spungen. They begin with a basic sugar cookie that’s been frosted with royal icing, then painted with peppermint extract blended with luster mud or coloured powders.
Recipe: Peppermint Stripe Cookies
Also called cow patties or preacher cookies, these chocolate and peanut butter cookies come collectively in 15 minutes. For probably the most delightfully chewy cookie, use rolled oats, not on the spot.
Recipe: No-Bake Cookies
“Absurdly simple” is what Julia Moskin known as Michael Chu’s fudge recipe when she wrote about it in The Occasions in 2010. Butter, chocolate and condensed milk are all you want. (Salt and nuts are non-obligatory.)
Recipe: Easy Chocolate Fudge
Peanut butter and chocolate. What extra is there to say? Use good peanut butter and don’t be stingy with the salt. For texture, use crunchy peanut butter or add a ½ cup of Rice Krispies to the peanut butter combination.
Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls
When Claire Will submitted these cookies in response to a name for vacation cookie recipes, Melissa Clark thought they had been sort of boring. Then she examined them. Of the 5 sorts of cookies Melissa served at a celebration, these had been the primary to vanish. One pal texted on his manner dwelling, “ship recipe for spice cookies a.s.a.p.”