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Chef Dale Mackay’s Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

These festive sweets have the flavors of Christmas in every bite. Chef Dale Mackay partnered with Egg Farmers of Canada and Food Banks Canada for their annual #RecipesThatGive campaign.

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60 Sweet Treats To Bake This Holiday Season!

Find the best recipes from our archives.

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5 Bakers Share Their Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

These easy-to-make treats are sure to become traditions in your own home.

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Gingerbread With Rosewater Cream Cheese Glaze

This is an adult gingerbread! Cocoa powder and spices make for a dark and flavorful dough that isn’t overly sweet. The cream cheese glaze is a perfect counterpoint, but it will soften the cookies slightly. Glaze the cookies the day before you plan to serve them.

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Honey Madeleines

These pretty mini cakes are a perfect way to wow your guests. Use flavorful wildflower honey, if possible, and dust with icing sugar right before serving, if desired. It’s best to have two pans so you don’t need to clean and re-grease pans while making a single batch.

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Earl Grey Shorties

These delicate and delicious shortbread sandwich cookies are lightly flavored with Earl Grey tea leaves. Use a highly flavored tea for the best results. If you have a silicone baking mat with a textured surface, roll your dough out on the mat to “stamp” a simple design on top of…

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Toffee Pecan Dark Chocolate Shortbread

This shortbread is very buttery and is baked in a mould. Roselle uses round silicone moulds that are about 6.5 cm wide and 1.5 cm deep. If you have a similar mould, you can make individual round shortbreads using lightly flattened 2.5 cm balls of dough (bake for 12 to…

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Hazelnut Amaretti

This is a delicious and satisfying cookie that’s very simple to make! If you want to keep the sugar content down, don’t roll the cookies in icing sugar. Decorate instead by pressing a whole almond into the center of each cookie before baking.

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Frollini Cannella

These crisp and lightly spiced cookies are studded with sliced almonds. Cut them into rectangles or into whatever shape you desire. It’s essential to make sure your dough is the same thickness throughout, or your cookies will bake at different rates. Let this cookie get deeply golden for the best…

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Speculaas

Speculaas are crisp Dutch spice cookies often embossed with a windmill design. Blackbird Baking Co. makes its version as small rounds and etches them with a windmill-like pattern, but you can use the tines of a fork to make a simpler design. If you can’t find small…

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Pearl’s Scottish Shortbread

This recipe is originally from food writer and columnist Lucy Waverman’s grandmother, Pearl. For cookies with the best texture, knead the dough into a ball by hand instead of allowing the ball to form in the food processor. No food processor? Don’t worry — just cut the butter into the…

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Hazelnut-Cherry Shortbread

You can swap the hazelnuts for an equal amount of toasted pecans or walnuts.

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Orange-Cranberry Snowballs

Leave butter to soften on counter overnight to get it to the ideal texture for this batter.

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Dora Bradley’s Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Too much flour makes cookies dense. Spoon flour into a measuring cup before levelling off with a knife to get an accurate amount.

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Chocolate-Caramel Ginger Cookies

These cookies have a chewy center and crisp exterior. To get the texture just right, take them out of the oven as soon as they puff up and a few cracks appear on top. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container.