Holiday Cookies

Christmas Fruit Cake

With the holiday baking season here it is time to dust off the holiday cookie recipes and I thought that it was a perfect time to share some of my favourites with you. When I was growing up cookies played an important roll over the holidays and no matter who's house your were visiting there would be a platter of cookies just waiting to be sampled. Cookies are perfect for serving at parties or any kind of social gathering and they also make great gifts so if you are attending a party, bring some along with you when you go. Christmas cookies come in many shapes and forms from Santa's chocolate chip cookies, to gingerbread men, to bars, to balls, to biscotti, to brittles and barks. Enough with this, lets get on to the cookies! I do hope that you enjoy this holiday cookie guide!

Christmas Fruit Cake (photo above) is a classic for a good reason! This moist boozy fruit cake is a welcome addition to any holiday cookie platter, though you need to start making it really early.



Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars - These nutty chocolate and and cream layered bars hail from Canada and they are best served chilled.



Maple Butter Tarts

Maple Butter Tarts - Another Canadian treat! These butter tarts are like mini pecan pies except they are more commonly filled with raisins and walnuts. You just can't go wrong with the all butter flaky pastry filled with maple-y goodness!



Orange Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Orange Cookies Dipped in Chocolate - Chocolate and orange is a flavour combo that is hard to beat but when you throw them into short bread you take them to an all new buttery heaven!



Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap Cookies - These cookies are among my favorites and I just can't seem to get enough of the gingery delicacies.



Cranberry Turtle Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars - Cranberries are in season over the holidays and in these fantastically divine bars they are used in a cranberry caramel sauce that is poured over pecans and then covered in a chocolate drizzle that is not to be missed!



Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookies - Chocolate turtles have long been a staple at Christmas for my family and these chocolate thumb print cookies filled with dulce de leche and pecans are even better then the store bought candy version!



Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti

Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti - Biscotti is a cookie that is baked two times and that makes it extra hard which makes it perfect for dipping in coffee of a cup of hot cocoa!



Shortbread

Shortbread - Another holiday classic! There is just something magical about shortbread with its dead simple recipe including nothing more that flour, butter, sugar and a touch of salt.



Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies - If chocolate chip cookies are Santa's favourite then you really can't go wrong baking a batch for Christmas and this version includes some salty bacon that goes surprisingly well in a sweet cookie!

45 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Stellar treats!

We Are Not Martha said...

All of those look delicious, but especially the maple butter tarts!! But really, everything :)

Sues

Linda said...

Great cookie selections!!

Bellini Valli said...

Some wonderful favourites Kevin.

Shanna said...

These look great! I'm gathering a few recipes to make for friends this year and I'll definitely be trying a couple of these!!

Lin said...

What a nice selection! I haven't started or planned my baking yet, I will definately include some of these. The chocolate ones look especially scrumptious!

Velva said...

Loved all these holiday treats that you posted. I really broke a smile when I read your description of your fruit cake..."boozy cake" that just totally tickled me.

Jenn said...

One of the many reasons why I love the holidays. The endless amounts of baked goods being made. ;-D

Megan said...

All the holiday treats look good but I have my eye on those Nanaimo Bars!

Justin said...

i can't believe i've still never made those nanaimo bars, because they look so amazing

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great roundup! They all look lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

Manggy said...

Fantastic selection, Kevin! I think you've baked more cookies than I ever have! :)

HoneyB said...

A great collection of treats Kevin! I've been looking for a fruitcake recipe. I have never made one but bought the citron and have intentions of making one. Your recipe sounds like its easy enough to do so I think this is what I will be making. It also helps that I know you made it and endorsed it!

♥peachkins♥ said...

very impressive line-up!

Pam said...

Nice!

Enjoy!

thalassamov said...

Some heavenly treats u have there!!!
Think our (tradditional greek) xmas cookies list needs an update!
thaaaaaank u!!! :)))))))))))

PS: soooooooooo true what u wrote about shortbread. Grandmother's Magic?

Sharon said...

I really couldn't tell you which ones I would want to make first!

George Gaston said...

Kevin... Thanks for some wonderful cookie recipes. I especially want to try your Fruit Cake. I am one of the few, that likes the old 'brick-like' cakes my great-aunt use to make in mid-summer; then she weekly laced them with brandy until she mailed them out the second week of December. You could use them as doorstops, but they were mighty good, too.

Great ~ helpful post. Many thanks...

Treehouse Chef said...

Yum! I vote for Boozy fruitcake!
Thanks for sharing!

Jaime said...

wow those nanaimo bars look so interesting and delicious!

Jacqueline said...

I really like the look of those gingersnap cookies. they are such a gorgeous colour.

Portia Lynch said...

Oh for the love of YUMMY! Just discovered your blog, Kevin. Bravo!

You will be the Lynchspiration (family term) of my grocery lists for the foreseeable future.

;)

Sharayah_L said...

baking cookies are my favorite and these look amazing!!! :)

homecooked said...

Lovely list!

Sriram Sivaramakrishnan said...

Kevin, nice post...have to start trying some of these. Reading about the shortbread i just wanted to add, for anyone who is interested the link to my saffron cardamom shortbread with fruit and nuts recipe that I got the 3rd prize for at a recent cookie swap contest. - Sri
http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009912090304

Sweet and Savory said...

I would like one of each. The look scrumptious.

Culinary Cory said...

Great round-up. They look wonderful.

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said...

mmmmmmmmmm sugar! <3

Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) said...

Great list of faves. You're right about the shortbread cookies being a very easy addition!

Lourdes said...

You have me drooling now. Everything looks so good...especially those maple butter tarts! Thanks!
Love your blog, btw.
xo,
Lourdes
Please feel free to stop by my blog if you have a moment. Thanks!
http://lajolielavie.wordpress.com

honeybeecooksjackfruit said...

Been a fan of yours for a long time Kevin! Those maple butter cups look like what my grandmother made and called tassies. Serious craving coming on!

thecompletecookbook said...

What a fabulous selection of your favourites. I am looking forward to trying your shortbread recipe, it is a bit different to mine. My recipe uses cornstarch as well as flour.
:-) Mandy

Danielle said...

How could anyone ever choose one! They all sound incredible! I know what Ill be making this holiday season!

Anonymous said...

The gingersnap cookies are my favorite....love this recipe!! CP

chinmayie said...

Everything looks so good! I am going to try your fruit cake recipe :)

EAT! said...

Thanks for posting the cookie roundup. I know I will be trying a few of these recipes.

Belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) said...

what a delicious sounding (and looking!) recipe! Im going to grab a coffee and read more, so glad i found your blog :) Belle

Joanne said...

I definitely needed this guide, Kevin. I feel like I'm currently flailing around aimlessly with no idea what to bake!

Lost Between the Spaces said...

These all look so yummy! I can't wait to try some of these recipes.

SecretDinnerService said...

Wow. I'll be trying those amazing looking maple butter pies. They are a bit like British mince pies, so would be a nice twist at this time of year. Thanks, Andy

Elisa said...

THe maple butter tarts are my favorite. My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid...I just recently found her recipe book and I copied the recipe...they are so good!!!

Helen A. Lockey said...

Love your photography. Your pictures make your dishes look outhwatering.

Danelle said...

Thank you for the Nanaimo Bar recipe. My husband is Canadian and we lived for five years in Victoria (not far from Nanaimo). It's one of the things I miss most about Canada (besides Tim Hortons)!

F.S. said...

I know I can always turn to your blog for cooking inspirations!!! Happy Holidays =)

Anonymous said...

Your cookie cookbook is incredible. So many wonderful recipes...such choice. I'll start soon... Thanks. Darienne

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