An almond shortbread topped with a slice of maraschino cherry. A Christmas staple in Puerto Rico!
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.
A traditionial Greek citrus-spice cookie dipped in a honey syrup.
A melt-in-your-mouth shortbread topped or sandwiched with cream cheese or buttercream frosting.
Dipped in colored sugars to resemble a flag, these have the yeast-y flavor of a donut.
A tender, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread ball with finely chopped nuts.
Rich cinnamon mocha-flavored cookie that forms large cracks as it bakes.
A tender snowball-type cookie with the rich flavor of toasted hazelnuts, coffee and chocolate.
Soft and chewy molasses cookies with a sugar crust that crackles as it bakes.