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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Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

7 reviews

Carrot cake is a family favorite, and these delicious cookies with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, cinnamon and cloves taste very similar. They’re even topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. With each cookie it feels as if you’re eating a piece of carrot cake, but no fork is needed! —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Baklava Thumbprint Cookies

13 reviews

The topping on my sister-in-law's peach cobbler was so delicious that I asked for the recipe; then I decided to...


Strawberry Cream Cookies

23 reviews

These delicate cream cheese cookies look lovely on a tea tray or dessert platter. Feel free to experiment with other...


Cream Cheese Turtle Cups

2 reviews

Sometimes the best thing about a cookie is the memories made. My daughter and I love to make and eat...


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Cranberry-Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

For years, I made Swedish thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam and walnuts. Now at Christmas, I use pistachios and cranberries...

Poppy Seed Thumbprints

12 reviews

My oldest son is a huge fan of these thumbprints, so I make sure they're on my baking list every...


Jeweled Thumbprints

3 reviews

When I moved here from Malta more than 20 years ago, a kind neighbor lady took me under her wing...

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Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprints

11 reviews

Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic, and I especially like my updated version with pistachios. The rich, buttery bites are...


Pecan Pie Cookies

1 review

My family loves pecans. In fact, we have pecan pie at Thanksgiving and this pecan pie cookies recipe at Christmas!...


Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

3 reviews

Speckled with chopped nuts and topped with a candied cherry, these tender cookies will disappear fast.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Coconut Joys

6 reviews

If you like coconut, you’ll love these no-bake, no-fuss sweets. They are cute as can be and make a satisfying...

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...


Rhubarb-Filled Cookies

9 reviews

I won a blue ribbon at our local fair for these tender cookies. They're so pretty with the ruby-red filling...


Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

27 reviews

Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty, too. Everybody looks forward to munching...


Berry Shortbread Dreams

47 reviews

Raspberry jam adds fruity sweetness to these rich raspberry-filled shortbread cookies. They will absolutely melt in your mouth! —Mildred Sherrer,...


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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

46 reviews

My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a...

Flourless Peanut Butter Thumbprints

3 reviews

I had been searching for a dessert to make for my brother's girlfriend (who is gluten intolerant), and I came...


Apricot-Pecan Thumbprint Cookies

I enjoy experimenting with cake mixes to make new cookie recipes. I love apricot, but feel free to fill the...


Festive Thumbprints

3 reviews

I never cared for jam-filled thumbprints, so I decided to fill them with frosting instead. This makes them easy to...


Chocolate Chip & Cookie Butter Thumbprints

2 reviews

I wanted to make a more festive version of chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. Since my mom's thumbprints are...


Peanut Butter Pie Cookies

1 review

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but my favorite—peanut butter pie—is tough to eat on the go....


Cherry Cordial Cookies

1 review

One of my dad’s favorite candies is chocolate-covered cherry cordials. I decided to re-create the flavor in these cookies. They...


Jeweled Coconut Drops

14 reviews

Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut drops. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped...