Based on the famous Linzer torte, these cookies combine the classic nutty and fruity elements but in a smaller package. Stars are nice, but by all means use cookie cutters of any kind (cookiecutter.com).
Basic sugar cookies are the star of dessert when iced and decorated with edible silver dust. Various star-shaped cookie cutters are available at cookiecutter.com. The icing will thicken as it sits, so make it once the cookies have cooled.
The peppermints can be crushed in a food processor or placed in a plastic bag, covered with a kitchen towel, and smashed using the flat side of a mallet or a skillet. They will melt when baked within the star cutouts, which vary in sizes. Look for shapes that have a smaller (about 1 inch) counterpart to use for removing the interior space (cookiecutter.com).
Arrange these sheep from cookie decorator Dani Fiore as part of a Christmas cookie Nativity scene, or serve them as a sweet baby-shower treat. Also try: Donkey Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread Nativity Creche
Instead of coffee and tea, pair this treat with a cocktail at your holiday party. Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author and owner of CookieBar in New York City, shares her recipe using a Chinese spice mixture.
These delicate, crumbly cookies hail from France's Normandy region and are delicious plain, dipped in dark chocolate, or sandwiched with jam. Once you have a handle on the basic recipe, try adding almonds, orange zest, or other flavorings. Adapted from "Entertaining."
This recipe makes our famous giant cookies, perfect for decorating with Royal Icing or any simple glaze. Also pictured here are Chocolate Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies.
Learn how to make Sugared Heart Cookies.