It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites.
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
From Coos Bay, Oregon, Shirley Brazel shares a recipe she's been relying on for more than 25 years. The cookies have a crisp edge, soft center and subtle lemon flavor. Choose colored sugar to tailor them to any occasion.
My grandma shared her recipe for these old-fashioned sugar cookies with the unexpected taste of nutmeg. They are light, crunchy and so delicious. That's why they're always a part of the Christmas tradition.
My grandmother always had sugar cookies in her pantry, and we grandchildren would empty that big jar quickly because they were the best! I now regularly bake these wonderful cookies to share with friends. —Evelyn Poteet, Hancock, Maryland
Rich buttery cookies like these never last long at a party or potluck. I got this recipe from a friend in Texas years ago and have used it many times since. I use pumpkin- and leaf-shaped cookie cutters to celebrate the season "tastefully."
-Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri
With a fresh breeze, my longtime-favorite sugar cookie recipe got under way on a new track. I cut out sailboats and frisky fish, frosting them brightly for the nautical gathering. My guests ate their limit!
-Martha Conaway, Pataskala, Ohio
Mom gave me this recipe when I was married. It’s been in our family for generations. Young and old alike devour these scrumptious sugar cookies while I eat up the praise.—Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time at all when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats. To create them, our kitchen staff followed a scrumptious cookie recipe from Jill Boruff of Soap Lake, Washington and formed Santas with heart-shaped cookie cutters.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington