5 Bars and Cookies That Keep Well and Gift Even Better

updated May 1, 2019
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When it comes to homemade gifts, there’s really nothing better than homemade cookies and bars. It’s the sweet treat that says everything from “thank you” to “I’m thinking of you,” to “These are some really good cookies and I want you to have some.” These are our five favorite cookies that will keep well and are perfect for gifting.

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1. Biscotti

No need to worry about biscotti drying out or easily breaking — these cookies are in it for the long haul. Baked twice, Italian biscotti are firm and sturdy with a mild flavor. They’re often made with pine nuts or almonds, although it’s easy to make your own variation with other nuts, dried fruits, spices, or chocolate.

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2. Shortbread

For those of you who love a good cookie but aren’t into overly sweet desserts, look to buttery shortbread. These crisp cookies won’t overwhelm with a too-sweet flavor, and have a sturdy texture that makes them ideal for gifting. Of course, you can never go wrong with classic shortbread, but don’t be afraid to bring in more flavor with herbs, tea, or chocolate.

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3. Tahini Cookies

Give peanut butter cookies a refresh by swapping the namesake ingredient for tahini. Mediterranean sesame paste offers a familiar nutty flavor, but takes your tastebuds on a slight detour from the expected. Similar to the peanut butter version you’re familiar with, tahini cookies bake up dense yet melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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4. Brownies

Brownies are a timeless classic that have the power to sweeten up anyone’s day. For gifting purposes, they travel and hold up better when cut into smaller pieces.

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5. Apricot Newtons

In addition to a subtly sweet, fruity flavor, you’ll love these cookies just as much for the nostalgia. Inspired by the Fig Newtons of our childhood, this version keeps the soft, chewy texture and swaps in apricots for an elegant interior.

Get a recipe: Homemade Apricot Newtons

Your turn! Tell us below: What are your favorite cookies and treats for gifting?