Recipe of the Month: Holiday Cookies

It finally hit me today that time is winding down before Christmas—there’s only 20 days until this joyous holiday!  I also remembered that St. Nick comes tonight, which is not only a tradition I loved as a kid, but also reminded me that I’m running out of time for holiday shopping.  

Instead of stressing, I turned to one of my favorite obsessions: Pinterest.  This online DIY-lover’s paradise has crafts, recipes, and gift ideas and can be a real life-saver.  Pinterest helped me decide to make cookies for those hard-to-shop-for people on my Christmas list this year.  Here are two of the recipes I found.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint CookiesRaspberry-Shortbread-Cookie_thumb2.jpg

I recently had a craving for these cookies and asked my mom to make some for me.  I would’ve made them myself if I knew it was this easy!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

For Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 -2 teaspoons milk


  1. Beat together butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually mix in flour until combined.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to measure dough; roll dough into 1- inch balls.
  5. Place dough balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Using your thumb or a small cap, make an indention in the center of each cookie.
  7. Fill each indention with about 1/4 teaspoon of jam.
  8. Bake for 14 – 16 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are very lightly browned.
  9. Allow cookies to cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet, then move to a cookie rack to cool completely.
  10. To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, almond extract, and milk in small bowl, adding the milk gradually until the desired consistency is achieved; drizzle over cooled cookies.

Details: Prep time: 15 mins. Cook time: 15 mins. Total time: 30 mins. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen. Recipe via.

festive cookies.jpgColorful Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

I love how festive these cookies look, not to mention they are super easy to make!


  • 1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 24 miniature Snickers candy bars
  • Red and green colored sugar


  1. In a small bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until combined. Shape 1-1/2 teaspoonfuls of dough around each candy bar. Roll in colored sugar.
  2. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks.

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min. Yield: 24 Servings. Recipe via.


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