A simple vanilla crackle cookie.
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 snowball/teacake type cookie with a whole nut in the center and rolled in coconut.
Anise cookies from Switzerland, they are meant to look like antlers.
Christmas Casserole Cookies
Like a cake pop, the batter is baked in a pan and then the resulting cake is scooped up and rolled into balls.
Chocolate-Dipped Almond Crescents
An almond-chocolate dough shaped into crescents and dipped into melted chocolate.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Moist and easy chocolate cookie.
Chocolate Rum Balls
The festive rum flavor shines through in these traditional, no-bake rum balls.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Balls
Peanut butter rice krispie treat-type balls dipped in chocolate.
Chocolate Orange Balls
A no-bake chocolate ball flavored with orange.
Chocolate Nut Slices
Baked as a whole log, then sliced into individual pieces after baking.