10 Pretty Cookies to Make This Spring

updated Jul 5, 2023
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I am a big believer in cookies of all shapes, sizes, and flavors. But ugly cookies (which are sometimes the tastiest cookies) aren’t right for every occasion. If your spring season is scheduled with gatherings that require sweet treats that are as festive and pretty as they are delicious, these cookies definitely fit the bill. You don’t need a special occasion on the calendar to bake them, though — in my opinion, the warm, balmy days of spring are reason enough to celebrate with cookies.

Spring Cookie Recipes

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Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies

If you’re short on time, feel free to forgo making the curd and buy a jar instead — they cookies will be just as tangy, rich, and buttery.

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Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Cookies
Crumbly, buttery shortbread dunked in melted chocolate.
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The Best Coconut Macaroons
If you have some shredded coconut in your pantry and a few eggs in the fridge, a batch of sweet macaroons can be yours in half an hour.
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Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

The dough for theses cookies is quite similar to cheesecake batter, but with a little extra flour. The result? Cookies that taste strongly of cream cheese with a good lemon zip.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Icebox Cookies

These pretty, striated cookies can be made with whatever flavor of jam you like — be it grape, strawberry, or raspberry — and either smooth or chunky peanut butter, depending on which side of the fence you fall.

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Raspberry-Coconut French Macarons

These delicate French macarons are definitely more of a project than your go-to chocolate chip cookies, but if you have a few hours one afternoon, taking the time to make them will reward you with sweet treats that are sure to impress.

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Mindy Segal's Banana Nillas

These sandwich cookies taste like the best banana pudding in handheld form — with the added benefit of chocolate. What’s not to love about that?

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Homemade Apricot Newtons

Inspired by Fig Newtons, this homemade version swaps in sweet, tart dried apricots for a cookie that’s perfect packed in lunch boxes for kids and adults alike.

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Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies are flecked with chopped rosemary and sprinkled with flaky sea salt to give them some serious elegance. Enjoy them alongside a mid-afternoon cup of tea or at the end of dinner, with the last sips of wine.

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Five-Spice Cookies with Candied Oranges

Chinese five-spice powder — a blend of several spices including star anise, fennel, clove, coriander, and cinnamon — adds a warming, spicy flavor to these delicate cookies.

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