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

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Lumberjack Cookies

After cutting your own Christmas tree, come home to a hot beverage and a plate of these cute lumberjack cookies....


Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These peppermint sugar cookies take my tastebuds right to winter. Their crisp, distinct taste reminds me of the peppermint bark...


Egg Yolk Cookies

These simple egg yolk cookies truly melt in your mouth. They're thin cookies, just like the ones my grandma used...


Air-Fried Pumpkin Shakarpara

Shakarparas are crispy fried Indian cookies. My Indian American family makes these traditional treats every year for the holidays. I...

Hanukkah Cookies

Cream cheese adds richness to these Hanukkah cookies. Decorate them with royal icing or your favorite buttercream frosting and toppings....


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Mexican Tea Cookies

Mexican tea cookies are a holiday favorite in our family. I updated the recipe by frosting them with a buttercream...

Lavender and Lemon Biscochitos

1 review

Biscochitos are the state cookie for our home state of New Mexico. They are traditionally made with anise seeds, but...


Easy Scottish Shortbread

1 review

These traditional butter cookies require only three ingredients. They’re so yummy, you won’t be able to stop at just one!...


Yeti Cookies

2 reviews

When the weather outside is frightful, these smiley guys are so delightful. And they really know how to celebrate the...


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Graffiti Cutout Cookies

Talk about playing with your food! An edible color spray lets you create ombre and color blends unlike other decorating...

Spiced Eggnog Rum Cookies

4 reviews

One year, when I had a lot of eggnog on hand, I created a new holiday cookie recipe. The flavor...


Unicorn Manes

2 reviews

Everyone loves a classic shortbread cookie. Make each cookie magical with a quick dip into melted baking chips and rainbow-colored...


Mom’s Old-Fashioned Cutouts

4 reviews

Old family memories rush in as soon as I make these traditional cutout cookies. — Lois Smit, Monee, Illinois


Thick Sugar Cookies

9 reviews

A bit thicker than the norm, this sugar cookie is just like one you might find at a good bakery....


Gingerbread House Cookies

1 review

This is my favorite molasses cookie. I use the recipe not only to create little houses for Christmas but also...

Reindeer Tracks

This is the first cookie recipe I’ve ever created! It captures the essence of the holidays because there’s a trace...


Chocolate Linzer Torte Stars

Wanting a treat that tastes like traditional linzer torte without the time commitment, I came up with these simple, sensational...


Lavender Shortbread

1 review

Lavender flowers can be used fresh or dried in cooking. The flowers have an intense flavor, so they are best...


Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

1 review

We love hazelnut flavor and cookies that aren’t too sweet, so this recipe is perfect for us! If you like...


Candy Corn Conversation Cookies

Add these candy corn-shaped sugar cookies to your Halloween treat platter. —Dorothy Jennings, Waterloo, Iowa


Butterscotch Shortbread

12 reviews

After sampling these tender cookies in a specialty store, I knew I had to duplicate them. My version has lots...


Orange-Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 reviews

I developed this recipe after years of searching for a chocolate chip cookie that would stand out from all others....


Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

4 reviews

Add a little snow hat (complete with a pompom) to a classic gingerbread shape to create adorable gingerbread Santas. —Christy...

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Pumpkin-Spice Sugar Cookies

2 reviews

I've been making these quick and easy cookies for over 20 years. They're the first to go at our annual...


Fruit ‘n’ Spice Rounds

5 reviews

While I was looking for a way to use up an abundance of dates, I came across this recipe. Made...


Cinnamon Stars

"These cookies are such a hit with my family," tells Flo Burtnett of another sweet she's sharing (see her cake...


Creme de Menthe Cookies

This is my mother's Christmas recipe. She made these every year and whenever I smell them baking, I think of...


Frosted Spice Cookies

This recipe has been handed down through many generations of my husband's family. The cookies were always in his grandmother's...


Halloween Party Cutout Cookies

6 reviews

I've been making these Halloween cookies for about 40 years—first for my children and now my grandchildren and all their...