Update your cookie repertoire with a few new gingerbread shapes. You can find mermaid cutters at cookiecutter.com, and gingerbread boys from annclark.com. Decorate with icing, sprinkles, and dragées for a sweet and spicy coastal treat!
This dough requires refrigeration, so plan accordingly. To prevent the "flat bottom" look of slice-and-bake cookies, rotate dough occasionally while chilling. When cutting, rotate log a quarter turn after each slice.
Take the basic dough from our Sugar Sand Cookies, and add 1 cup dried cranberries and 1 cup white chocolate morsels. Slice and bake as directed. Drizzle 6 ounces white chocolate, melted, over cooled cookies.
With hints of vanilla and pecan, all rolled in powdered sugar, these bite-sized delights are just right for a cocktail party. Prepare them a few days in advance so that the bold bourbon flavor has time to mellow.
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Eggnog-Scented Springerle Cookies
These intricate cookies are created using a special springerle mold. Originally carved from wood, new molds are made from easy-to-clean, food-safe resin. (We used House on the Hill Sloop Cookie Mold, $24; houseonthehill.net.)
Browned Butter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Flake Salt
Not your everday chocolate chip cookie. This recipes adds brown sugar and coffee granules to the batter, mixes in rich chunks of semisweet chocolate, and finishes with a light dusting of flake salt. Are you drooling yet?