A Time to Give
Holiday gifts that are anything but cookie-cutter.
When I was a girl, Mom and I always made these simple cutout cookies. Iced and sprinkled with colored sugar, they remind me of our handiwork together. —Sonja Stromswold, Mohall, ND
Prep | 30 min. + chilling Bake | 8 min./ batch + cooling Makes | 5 dozen
Per cookie: 112 cal., 5g fat (2g sat. fat), 15mg chol., 58mg sod., 16g carb. (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g pro.
This little spice cookie tastes very European and is similar to pfeffernuesse. We make ours with cozy spices, anise flavoring, almonds and candied citron. —Carole Mueller, Florissant, MO
Prep | 30 min. Bake | 8 min./batch Makes | 12 dozen
Per cookie: 29 cal., 1g fat (0 sat. fat), 4mg chol., 13mg sod., 4g carb. (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g pro.
These raspberry-filled sandwich cookies take a little extra effort, but when I see the delight on people’s faces once they take a bite, the prep is worth it. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, DE
Prep | 30 min. + chilling Bake | 6 min./batch + cooling Makes | 2 dozen
Per cookie: 209 cal., 9g fat (5g sat. fat), 36mg chol., 92mg sod., 30g carb. (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g pro. Note: Substitute apricot or your favorite preserves in place of raspberry.
I’ve been making cookie dough with stripes since I was a little girl. It’s easier than cutout cookies, and you can mix and match your favorite ingredients. I like mine with chocolate and cherries. —Patricia Reese, Pewaukee, WI
Prep | Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake | Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling Makes | 5 dozen
Per cookie: 71 cal., 3g fat (2g sat. fat), 11mg chol., 46mg sod., 10g carb. (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g pro.
For easy truffles, I roll crushed cookies and cream cheese into balls, then dunk them in white chocolate. That’s merry and bright in one bite. —Carla Giorgio, New York, NY
Prep | 30 min. + chilling Makes | about 3 dozen
Per truffle: 109 cal., 6g fat (3g sat. fat), 8mg chol., 72mg sod., 13g carb. (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g pro.
For a family cookbook, my cousin submitted a cookie I’ve since tinkered with, and it’s now a showstopper. These dreamy cookies with chocolate and mint pretty much melt in your mouth. —Shannon Koene, Blacksburg, VA
Prep | 45 min. Bake | 6 min. + cooling Makes | about 11/2 dozen
Per filled cookie: 277 cal., 17g fat (10g sat. fat), 23mg chol., 75mg sod., 33g carb. (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g pro.
For my son’s first Christmas home after serving in Iraq, I wanted everything to feel magical. He loves meringues, so I made him a big batch of airy cookies with just a touch of mint. —Patricia Lindsay, Independence, KS
Prep | 30 min. + standing Bake | 1 hour 20 min./batch Makes | about 2 dozen
Per cookie: 18 cal., 0 fat (0 sat. fat), 0 chol., 5mg sod., 4g carb. (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 pro.
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