Delicately flavored crispy cookies decorated with a cookie stamp.
Hand-shaped cookies are so named because they are formed by hand and not using any special tools. Usually they are molded into small balls or rolled into rope shapes, sometimes twisted into pretzels or formed into wreaths. Most of these cookies retain much of their shape after baking, although generally soften somewhat in shape. For example, perfectly spherical balls of dough when baked resemble rounded domes when removed from the oven. For the best holiday cookie plate presentation of your hand-shaped cookies, attempt to make them all uniform in size and shape (although when they are not, they will be just as much appreciated!). For the tenderest cookies, handle the dough as little as possible.
Candy Cane Snickerdoodles
A new twist on the classic cookie and a great way to use up those candy canes.
Candy Cane Cookies
Twists of two-colored dough make these fun cookies flavored with crushed peppermints.
These are a crumbly melt-in-your-mouth little egg-shaped ball.
No-bake ball flavored with your alcohol of choice. Use rum, and they’re Rum Balls.
A buttery and delicate Norwegian cookie traditional at Christmas time.
Easy and colorful classic Italian favorite.
Anise Tuiles Cookies
These thin cookies are shaped to have a fluted edge after baking.
Italian lemon drop cookies with a lemon icing.
Almond Orange Shortbread
A flavorful twist to this holiday favorite.