Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Peppermint Schnapps Hot Cocoa Snowflakes

Mint and chocolate are perfect partners in these cutout cookies! —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

Giant Buckeye Cookie

12 reviews

I’m from Ohio, and we love our buckeye candy! Buckeyes are a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate, which...


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Hot Chocolate Cookies

7 reviews

Using hot chocolate mix and marshmallow bits in the cookie dough really makes these cookies taste like hot cocoa. —Lisa...


Jamaican Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme

3 reviews

I made these for an office party cookie contest—not a crumb was left on the platter! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks,...


Cherry Mocha Balls

1 review

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe before my wedding (six children ago!). I've made mocha balls nearly every Christmas since...

Hazelnut Dream Cookies

1 review

I sampled these goodies at a Bible study and knew from the first bite that I had to have the...


Envelopes of Fudge

3 reviews

Sealed inside a golden crust is a delicious special delivery—a fudgy walnut filling that's almost like a brownie. These cookies...

Chocolate Meringue Stars

12 reviews

These light, delicate chocolate meringue cookies are always a hit. Their big chocolate flavor makes it difficult to keep the...


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Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

11 reviews

This is a variation of the cookies my mother made when I was growing up. Now my 13-year-old daughter and...


Chocolate Amaretti

7 reviews

These classic almond paste cookies are like ones you'd find in an Italian bakery. My husband and children are always...


Mint Chocolate-Covered Cookies

At our house, everyone lends a hand to make these easy chocolate-covered cookies. They remind me of Thin Mints. Decorate...

Sacher Torte Cookies

5 reviews

This cookie recipe will be a hit whether you are making it for your family or for a potluck. Apricot...


Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

9 reviews

These tender cookies are pretty to look at—and the combination of cream cheese, orange, chocolate and almonds makes them almost...


Chocolate-Filled Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

1 review

Baking is one of my favorite traditions around the holidays. These special cookies draw you in with candy-topped frosting and...


Chocolate-Mint Cookie Cups

When chocolate and mint get together with a hint of peppermint, mmm…magic happens. If you don't have mini muffin pans...


Chocolate-Swirled Peanut Butter Cookies

11 reviews

Our kids’ most-requested cookies are peanut butter and chocolate chip, so
I created this combination. The two doughs swirled...

Chocolate-Raspberry Whoopie Pies

7 reviews

I’ve saved this jam-filled whoopie pie recipe for years after cutting it out of a newspaper. It’s one of my...


Chocolate Lebkuchen

2 reviews

Having lived in Germany, I try to keep my German cooking as authentic as possible. This lovely lebkuchen recipe is...


Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

"Chocolate and nuts are enjoyed very much in our household, and these cookies were no exception," says Elisa Lochridge of...


Double Chocolate, Orange and Hazelnut Biscotti

2 reviews

Biscotti are easier to make than you might think, and they’re delicious with breakfast or as a snack. They store...


Chewy Chocolate Cookies

33 reviews

This cookie recipe—a favorite of our four children—has been in my collection for years. Sometimes I'll substitute mint-flavored chips for...


Double Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

1 review

I'm Italian, and this biscotti is a holiday tradition at our house. It's a low calorie treat that is heavenly...


Dipped Sandwich Cookies

5 reviews

With a lemon filling and chocolate coating, these buttery sandwich cookies are often requested at my house, particularly for special...


Caramel Whiskey Cookies

6 reviews

Yogurt replaces part of the butter in this traditional cookie, but you would never know. I get a lot of...

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Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Macaroons

These pretty cookies are perfect for the special holiday season and pretty easy to make! —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri


Rainbow S’moreo Cookies

4 reviews

Homemade Oreo-style cookies are pretty great on their own, but they're even better when you add graham cracker crumbs to...


Chocolate Gingersnaps

10 reviews

When my daughter, Jennifer, was 15 years old, she created this recipe as a way to combine two of her...


Double Delights

3 reviews

You get the best of both worlds with these chocolate and vanilla cookies. They're an appealing addition to any cookie...


Cappuccino Flats

5 reviews

These coffee-flavored cookies are so delicious they make my own kitchen seen like a gourmet bakery!


Orange Shortbread with Spicy Dark Chocolate

Of all the cookies I've made over the years, shortbread is the one that won't last 24 hours in our...