Holiday Cookies – A Roundup of FoodShed Favorites


Whether you’re making puffy White Chocolate Peppermint Meringues, a traditional Fruit Cake with Rum, or homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream, there’s something pleasing about turning the kitchen into a flour-covered sugar factory and cranking out silly amounts of holiday cookies. Here’s a roundup of some of our holiday cookie favorites from years past.

Ingredients for Peppermint Meringues
Ingredients for Peppermint Meringues

White Chocolate Peppermint Meringues are fun to make. Trivia note: They are free of both flour and butter. Oh, and they’re delicious.

Peppermint Meringues with White Chocolate
Peppermint Meringues with White Chocolate

Feeling like getting in a few more nutrients? These Sugar Cookies Filled with Dried Fruits and Nuts are a celebration of dried figs and apricots. The lemon icing adds a nice bite.

Dried Fruit and Nut Bars
Dried Fruit and Nut Bars

Chai Spice Shortbread Tea Cookies, spiced with the distinctive flavor of cardamom, are perfect for little mid-afternoon tea breaks, curled up by the fire with a cat on your lap and a lovely book.

Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies
Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies

The gingerbread man would be proud to be made of these Gingerbread Cookies With Molasses. Or nervous. I’m not sure where this metaphor is going. But this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated was our favorite recipe of 2011. Try it.

Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts
Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

Need another classic? Look no further than Peppermint Chocolate Brownies. Seriously? Wow.

Classic - Peppermint Chocolate Brownies and Milk
Classic – Peppermint Chocolate Brownies and Milk

For a dessert that packs a punch, these little rum balls are a swing and a hit. They’re a classic family recipe, so we’re calling them Rum Balls – An Old Time Family Favorite.

Rum Balls - A Classic!
Rum Balls – A Classic!

And finally, here’s a three-fer. You can’t go wrong with a homemade holiday gift pack of Buttermints, Buckeyes and Homemade Baileys Irish Cream. This was popular the year we gave it away. One happy recipient noted “We loved the Baileys. Please don’t give that to us again.” (Obviously, homemade Baileys is meant for drinking in several sittings.) Also, Baileys is the easiest gift ever. If you can use measuring cups, you can make Baileys Irish Cream.

Homemade Holiday Gift Pack – Buttermints, Baileys and Buckeyes
Homemade Holiday Gift Pack – Buttermints, Baileys and Buckeyes

Do you like cake? Do you like rum? Then you’ll love this Amazing Rum Fruitcake. And if you think you don’t love fruitcake, pour a little more rum on top and then talk to us.

Making Rum Fruitcake: Fold in the Fruit
Making Rum Fruitcake: Fold in the Fruit

Want to see all of our holiday cookies? Just pop over to this lineup. We’re getting a sugar high just browsing.

Peanut Buttery Buckeyes
Peanut Buttery Buckeyes

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