Festive and Fancy: 14 Elegant Christmas Cookies

Source: www.delish.com

Christmas is the time for bakers to shine. Let butter and sugar do the talking this year with an array of elegant Christmas cookies, beautiful enough to give as gifts around the office or to create a fancy cookie platter for your at-home holiday party.

For more outstanding cookie recipes, try slam-dunk cookies from Martha Stewart or 14 cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

These chocolate-covered, chocolate-filled pistachio cookies look as pretty as they are delicious.

Recipe: Chocolate Pistachio Cookies 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Springerle Cookies

Bavarian cookies called springerle are known for their distinctive flavor. The dough is rolled onto a floured surface, imprinted with clean, floured rubber stamps, dried overnight, and then baked.

Recipe: Springerle Cookies

Photo Credit: Kirsten Strecker

Best Linzer Cookies

A pound of pecans goes into these tartlike treats, which are sandwiched with raspberry jam and dusted with snowy confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe: Best Linzer Cookies

Photo Credit: Kate Sears

Shortbread Bites

Shortbread is always a good option for Christmas, and this cube-shaped version is both easy to prepare and decorative.

Recipe: Shortbread Bites

Photo Credit: Rita Maas

Lemon-Pistachio Wreaths

Chopped pistachios adorn these lemony butter cookies in the shape of festive Christmas wreaths.

Recipe: Lemon-Pistachio Wreaths

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Peppermint Meringues with Chocolate Filling

You’ll need a small new paintbrush and a pastry bag to create these festive striped meringues.

Recipe: Peppermint Meringues with Chocolate Filling

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Apricot Pinwheels

These tender, cream-cheese-dough cookies are filled with apricot preserves and folded into a pretty pinwheel shape.

Recipe: Apricot Pinwheels

Photo Credit: Rita Maas

Pecan Lace Cookies

Baked thin and crisp then dipped in melted chocolate, these elegant cookies are ready in less than 20 minutes (plus a few minutes for cooling). Use a food processor to finely chop the pecans, which give these cookies their crunchy texture.
Recipe: Pecan Lace Cookies

Photo Credit: Mark Thomas

 cinnamon spritz sandwich cookies

Cinnamon Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Spritz cookies are buttery Scandinavian sweets made by pushing dough through a press, creating fun shapes. These spritz cookies are sandwiched with fluffy meringue.
Recipe: Cinnamon Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Photo Credit: Quentin Bacon

 

apricot almond cookiesApricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

Elegant and delicious, these cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. For a variation, try them with jewel-toned raspberry preserves.

Recipe: Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

Photo Credit: Ken Burris

Butterscotch Fingers

When butter and brown sugar are combined, there’s an almost magical transformation into the flavor we know as butterscotch. Here, pecans accentuate the richness.

Recipe: Butterscotch Fingers

Photo Credit: Ann Stratton

 

 

chocolate mint thumbprintChocolate-Mint Thumbprints

These thumbprints have  mint chocolates mixed into the batter and a creamy, minty white-chocolate filling.

Recipe: Chocolate-Mint Thumbprints

Photo Credit: Quentin Bacon

 

Sarah Bernhardt Cookies

Sarah Bernhardt Cookies

A rich chocolate coating hides a crispy almond macaroon cookie topped with creamy chocolate truffle filling.

Recipe: Sarah Bernhardt Cookies

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Martha Stewart

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