Top 10 Holiday Cookie Recipes

Yeah buddy! It is the time of year where diets are thrown out the window and cookies sneak their way into every meal. Seriously, cookies for breakfast are totally acceptable when the weather outside is frightful and you are searching for something to eat that is delightful. Here are ten of our favorite holiday cookie recipes to get munching on!

10. Frosty the Snowman

Via The Girl Who Ate Everything - a blog title to match our hearts! - these oreo-capped snowmen are absolutely the perfect combination of tasty and cute. Especially right for the holiday cartoon fan in all of us.

9. Do Turtles Have Thumbs?!

Image via  Cooking Classy

Image via Cooking Classy

Did someone say salted caramel? What about turtle thumbprints? Regardless of whether turtles have a fifth digit, these cookies from Cooking Classy are to die for. For those inspired by a touch of the salty with a touch of the sweet, these salted caramel thumbprints take less than an hour to prepare and are sure to be an instant hit.

8. Double the Trouble

This recipe, provided by one of our favorite all-things-sweet bloggers: Le Creme de la Crumb, is a fun play on the classic chocolate chip. With the addition of white chocolate and M&Ms, not even the big man in red can resist these decadent treats with a glass of milk.

7. Oh Snap!

Image via  Baker by Nature

Image via Baker by Nature

Described by Baker by Nature as a "meeting place cookie", these brown butter ginger snaps strike the perfect balance between just enough ginger to appeal to an old school ginger snap fan while the cinnamon and brown butter assuage any fears of those less inclined towards the spicy, gingery side of life. Decadent yet approachable, these snaps will make a fan out of anyone.

6. Dark Side of the Cookie

Image via  The Frugal Girls

With a blog name that speaks to our souls, The Frugal Girls have devised a deliciously simple cookie involving a few of our favorite things: dark chocolate, peppermint and well, more chocolate. Every table needs a rich, delightfully guilty pleasure and this tasty offering is most certainly it. With peppermint filler, these cookies feel right at home beside the usual holiday dessert lineup.

5. Red Velvet! (Need we say more?!)

While red velvet typically makes an appearance in February, who says we can't indulge a little early? This fabulously delectable, silky and rich cookie comes from Two Peas and Their Pod. With cheesecake icing, the devilishly dense red velvet is sure to fill tummies everywhere.

4. Penguins on Ice

Image via  Delightful E Made

These sweet penguin cookies from Delightful E Made are just the ticket to fill a snowy afternoon in the kitchen. Though these little cuties usually only take a half hour of prep time with an additional half hour to assemble, these cookies are the most fun to make if you have a few of Santa's helpers around to place the eyes and feet just so.

3. The Minty Macaron that Could

Quite possibly the most labor intensive cookie on the list, we cannot help but adore these fresh, minty macarons from Sweet & Savory by Shinee. For those with a little extra time on their hands or the pastry chef aunt, this delicate and airy delight is sure to be a hit at your next holiday get-together. But if you ask us, we might just take a trip to Alliance Bakery and buy some there...just saying!

2. Toffe Tastic!

Image via  Pinch of Yum

Image via Pinch of Yum

With only six ingredients, the hardest part about this toffee is the long, clunky name. Created by a Pinch of Yum, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee is just as amazing as it sounds! With a pretty simple construction, this recipe brings all the best flavors together: chocolate, PB and salty crackers. Yes please!

1. Back to Basics

With a list filled to the gills with "New" Classics, we figured to end this cookielicious top ten with a true holiday classic. These spritz cookies via Grace and Good Eats are a traditional treat. Not for the prep time shy, these crunchy butter cookies make the perfect pair for a hot chocolate or mulled cider. Cheers!

The holidays are officially here! The most magical, cookietastic time of year...

'Til next time!


Kids Art Party Ideas

What is cuter than a kids art party?  We love hosting parties at One Strange Bird and love to see the creativity that our hosts bring to add their personal touch to their child's parties.  Obsessed with all things rainbow, scroll down to check out some cute art party themed party favors and rainbow themed foods and treats.  Click the links to see more ideas. 

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