We have a weakness for holiday cookies. Every December, we swear to ourselves that we won’t go crazy this year. We’ll just make a few different cookies, and just our favorites. Three or four kinds, that’s reasonable, right? Maybe five? And it’s downhill from there. What are your must-have holiday cookies?Christmas wouldn’t be the same for me without my mother’s sugar wafer sandwich cookies. these are crispy, light-as-air sugar cookies made with butter, flour, and heavy cream. They melt on your tongue and are so fragile that half of them break as you sandwich them together with buttercream
. But that’s half the tradition, right there!
Gingersnaps have become my grown-up favorite. These gingery little bites are perfect any time of day, but especially whenever someone has made a fresh pot of coffee. I like them slightly more cookie-like than is traditional with crunchy edges and a soft middle.
I could go on, of course. There are the peppermint-filled sugar cookies from my Scandinavian heritage and the chocolate buttons topped with maraschino cherries. The red-and-green twisted candy cane cookies were another childhood favorite. And I’ll never turn down a good nut horn recipe. You see why it becomes so hard to pick and choose.
What about you?
• Recipes Pictured Above: Extremely Chocolatey Cookies and Carrot Cakey Cookies
• Related: Gourmet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008
(Images: Faith Durand and Hugh Forte Photography)