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6 Nom-Worthy Twists On Holiday Cookies

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By: Andrea Lynn
6 Nom-Worthy Twists On Holiday Cookies

The holidays mean a dessert extravaganza, especially in the form of cookies. Whether you're baking up batches and packaging into tins as edible gifts to dispense, attending a cookie swap, or planning on a dessert bar spread for a Christmas party, here are 6 cookie ideas to enhance the tradition.

Sandwich It Together

Don't discount the cute factor of whoopie pies, which are essentially two fluffy cookies held together by a marshmallow filling, like in this Pink Almond Whoopie Pie recipe, heightened with a hint of Spice Islands® almond extract. Chocoholics will clamor over these triple-chocolate deluxe whoopie pies—milk or dark chocolate “pies" with a white chocolate filling, and a drizzle of a semisweet chocolate glaze on top. Prefer to just make a regular sandwich cookie? Opt for these Almond Sugar Cookies, and instead of spreading the almond icing over each cookie, use it to sandwich two cookies together and serve.

Stick It

The cake pop rage of the last few years made it cool to spear all types of desserts onto a stick, cookies included. Craft sticks are inserted into these cookies before baking, resulting in Sugar Cookies on a Stick. Adorn them with decorative sprinkles in holiday red and green, or roll them in crushed peppermints. Another option: Go the snickerdoodle route, rolling the cookie dough in a combo of granulated sugar and Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon.

Shape It

What could be cuter than red and white cookie dough twirled into the shape of candy canes in this cookie recipe? Green food coloring can be swapped for the red in a festive twist. Or, use holiday cookie cutters with shapes like sleighs and Santa, using this basic sugar cookie recipe as the base.

Dip It

Bring a touch of glam to any cookie by dipping half of it into dark or white chocolate, as in these gingerbread cookies half-coated with white chocolate. Any other flat cookie can benefit from this technique, so let your imagination wander. These Cinnamon Snaps would be heavenly half-dipped into a combination of dark chocolate enhanced with orange zest and orange extract.

Frost It

Go for these Sugar 'N Spice Cookies if you want to put your artistic talents to use in icing and decorating each cookie. Looking for a holiday activity for kids? Cookies are much simpler for little ones to work with than a gingerbread house.

Stuff It

The chocolate frosting in these Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies is just hiding a marshmallow secret surprise for those who bite into it. Riff on the idea and embed sweets into other cookies, like a caramel candy square pressed into Double Fudge Brownie Cookies before baking.

With so much cookie inspiration at your disposal courtesy of Spice Islands®, the only tough decision is how many of these cookie batches to bake.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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