Guest Curator Chrysa DuranI’m Chrysa, and I’m the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget.  I believe that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics — you name it!

When I think of living thrifty, Next Issue automatically comes to mind. You just can’t beat unlimited access to hundreds of magazines (plus back issues) for such a low price.

When I’m at home, some of my favorite things include my two lovable cats, my German Shepherd, doting on my 5-year old nephew, and yes, baking. Hope you enjoy these eight different takes on holiday treats from the December issues of some of my favorite magazines.

Happy Holidays!


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Holiday Cookie Fun

3 Doughs 17 Delicious Cookies

Good Housekeeping

Talk about versatile! By using just three basics doughs you can create 17 different types of holiday cookies.

I’ll Be Home for Cookies and Candy

Southern Living

These made-from-scratch treats are worthy of gift-giving, but would also make a beautiful cookie tray at your holiday get-together.

These Cookies Take the Cake

Every Day with Rachael Ray

I always like to have more than one dessert after dinner. These cookies take all the taste of a full size dessert and squeeze them into a cookie – so we can have several!

Cookie Countdown

Food Network Magazine

This extensive collection of cookie recipes has classic favorites like Candy Cane Cookies and Pignoli Cookies and some new ideas like Pink Grapefruit Shortbread and Pomegranate Spritz Cookies.

And Even More Sweet Treats

Sweetness and Light

Midwest Living

Scandinavian traditions inspire this collection of classic cookies including Lingonberry Hearts, Tosca Diamonds, and Cardamom-Rye Cookies.

Welcome to Candyland

All Recipes

It isn’t only about the cookies. These delicious sweets like English Toffee and Peppermint Bark will help round out your holiday goodie trays.

Delicious Dozen

Family Circle

This collection of favorite cookies was compiled by asking Family Circle Facebook fans to share their best-loved Christmas cookies. It includes the winners from Family Circle archives plus a modern take on each.

Gifts so Sweet

Vegetarian Times

Take classic cookie favorites and add new inventive twists like spices, nuts, coconut and cocoa nibs to make them a memorable gift.