It’s almost that time of year again – baking an abundance of sweet treats for the holidays and filling your home with the delightful scent of all that buttery goodness. From chewy gingerbread to peppermint Nanaimo bars, these festive cookie and square recipes will dazzle your taste buds (and are worth bookmarking for your upcoming cookie exchange!).
Almond Linzer Cookies
These teardrop-shaped sandwich cookies, with a sweet blueberry jam filling, are just as eye-catching as they are delicious.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
The ultimate chocolate chip cookie. You’ll want to make these again and again.
Classic Stained Glass Cookies
Transform classic sugar cookies into beautiful, sparkling treats with this easy recipe the whole family can help make. Crush your candies and have fun creating colourful candy ‘glass’ that catch the light and your eye.
Buttercream Filled Maple Sandwich Cookies
There is a double dose of maple flavour in these delectable sandwich cookies. Opt for maple extract in the cream to give intense flavour without watering it down.
Basic Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
Sink your teeth into these rich and aromatic gingerbread cookies, spiced with cinnamon and allspice.
This twist on the classic sugar cookie has a crunchy exterior and a chewy and tender middle, with a hint of spice.
Warm Caramel-Centred Lava Cookies
An ooey-gooey surprise is discovered upon biting into this caramel-centred cookie complemented by a spicy cinnamon dough exterior. A cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of milk is recommended to accompany these sweet treats.
Vegan Shortbread Cookies
Think shortbread requires butter to be melt-in-your mouth delicious? Think again. This dairy-free recipe shows you how to make them fully vegan.
Double Decker Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Cinnamon chocolate snickerdoodles and almond cherry chip cookies are delicious on their own, but they’re all the more irresistible when you combine them into these double-decker delights. Finish them with coloured candy sprinkles for a festive touch.
Lemon Meringue Squares
These lemon meringue squares are a dressed-up version of a lemon square and are topped with a cooked marshmallow layer.
Chocolate Slice Cookies
Not only are these chocolate slice cookies delicious, but they look beautiful, too!
These icebox cookies by Anna Olson are made of tender tart dough that can be frozen for up to three months. Make the dough in advance so you have it on hand and are prepared when the next bake sale pops up.
The dough can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for up to three months, so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute dessert.
Chocolate Snowflake Cookies
Freeze this dough in advance and whip it out for holiday parties, cookie exchanges or the night before Christmas, so Santa can enjoy warm and chewy chocolate cookies.
Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars
With the tangy flavour of lemons and a light dusting of powdered sugar, these must-try lemon bars from Ina Garten will take your holiday dessert from good to best.
Holly Jolly Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
https://www.foodnetwork.ca/article/tasty-recipes-use-leftover-candy-canes/Add a splash of peppermint and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes to your Nanaimo bars to transform them into an instant Canadian Christmas classic.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Once the curse of the holidays, ugly Christmas sweaters deserve to be celebrated, whether in the form of tasty cookies, or by sporting one at your next festive get-together (or better yet, both!)
Honey, pecans and brown sugar combine to create a perfectly sticky topping for these buttery squares.
Melted Snowman Peanut Butter Cookies
Using marshmallows, vanilla melting wafters, sprinkles and mini chocolate chips, turn your peanut butter cookies into a canvas for these adorable melting snowmen.
Add a little spice to your dessert table with these dainty icing sugar-covered cookies.
Classic Florentine Cookies
These gorgeous cookies are actually quite easy to make and are sure to wow your guests.
Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies
Think of these sweet sandwich cookies as homemade Oreos that’ll be devoured by all. A must-try!
Gingerbread Eggnog Sandwich Cookies
Bring your two favourite holiday flavours together in one soft and chewy sandwich cookie.
Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies
Oatmeal raisin is a classic, but did you ever think about using them in a sandwich cookie? Make a whipped peanut butter filling and layer between two homemade cookies for adelightful dessert.
Checkerboard Icebox Cookies
Try making your own checkerboard cookies at home with Anna Olson’s simple, step-by-step recipe — it’s much easier than you think!
Vanilla Bean Spritz Shortbread
These lovely cookies are sure to impress your guests. The star shape can be achieved with a star-shaped tip on a piping bag or with a cookie press.
Gingerbread Spiced Shortbread Wreath Cookies
Delicate shortbread cookies meet the festive spice of gingerbread in these adorably decorated holiday cookies. They’re easy to make but impressive to look at (and enjoy!).
Easy-as-Pie Thumbprint Cookies
Get creative with your thumbprint cookies and fill them with an assortment of flavours this holiday season. For inspiration, look to your favourite pies like pecan or banana cream.
Classic Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Crunchy almond biscotti are flavoured with a dash of nutmeg and lemon zest. Perfect for dipping into coffee or as a homemade gift for friends and family.
Decorated Shortbread Cut-Out Cookies
Chocolate shortbread cookies are given a fun twist with cookie cutters and colourful icing. This is one dessert that’s as fun to make as it is to eat!
Scottish Pan Shortbread
Why settle for one shortbread cookie when you can have a whole pan! This recipe bakes one giant shortbread cookie that can be sliced into wedges to be enjoyed over a few days. Although, it probably wouldn’t last that long!
Chocolate Pistachio Cantucci
Cantucci are just smaller biscotti that are sometimes lighter in texture. This yummy chocolate version is filled with crunchy pistachios and chunks of dark chocolate.
Vanilla Icebox Cookies
Consider these cookies your saving grace for last-minute guests. Make the dough in advance and stash it in the freezer.