Mexican wedding cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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These little cookies go by many names—Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, walnut snowballs, etc. The Mexican version, also called polvoróns, are made with finely chopped pecans, and the result is a soft, crumbly cookie. My grandmother always made walnut snowballs when I was little, but the girls and I decided to try this version to take as…

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Tips & tricks for perfect candy cane cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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These candy cane cookies are a staple of our Christmas celebration (although, if I'm honest, I end up eating most of them myself!). Every time I share a picture of them on social media, though, people ask questions or share their stories of failed cookies. Since this is the one "impressive" thing I can do in…

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Chocolate chunk & toasted pecan oatmeal cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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Looking for a "healthier" Christmas cookie that doesn't sacrifice taste in the process? This is the one! Made with white whole wheat flour, old-fashioned oats and coconut sugar, these oatmeal cookies meet my criteria for perfect oatmeal cookies -- slightly crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. With toasted pecans and dark chocolate, they're…

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Brown sugar & cinnamon shortbread {101 Days of Christmas}

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It would be hard for me to choose one absolute favorite cookie, but if I had to try, shortbread would definitely be at the top of the list. Which maybe isn't fair since there are so many different variations! I love plain vanilla shortbread, and just the thought of Shaina's lemon thyme shortbread makes my mouth…

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Dutch speculaas {101 Days of Christmas}

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Dutch speculaas are thin, crisp cookies flavored much like German pfeffernüsse. They're typically baked for St. Nicholas' Day on December 5th or 6th and are, traditionally, stamped with images from the life of St. Nicholas on the front.  It turns out that I really like traditional Christmas cookies from this part of Europe, with their strong spices and unique textures! I…

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Austrian kipferl {101 Days of Christmas}

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Ancestor to the croissant, kipferl cookies are fragile crescent-shaped cookies that literally melt in your mouth. Made from ground almonds, they have the slightest hint of almond flavor and a sweet vanilla sugar coating. These cookies are so good that my husband fought over the last cookie of both batches I made. Despite their "fancy" shape, they're…

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Gluten-free gingerbread {101 Days of Christmas}

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Gingerbread is one of the quintessential flavors of Christmas, and King Arthur Flour's Gluten-Free Baking Mix makes it easy to adapt this Christmas favorite for family or friends who can't have the traditional cookies. With royal icing piped on top, these cookies are both cute and tasty. My family loved them as much as regular gingerbread,…

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German pfeffernüsse {101 Days of Christmas}

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Pfeffernüsse, aka pepper nuts, are a traditional German cookie featuring aromatic spices and a sweet icing. Like any good cookie recipe, there are dozens and dozens of variations of the spices and ingredients used, but all bakers agree that the result is a spicy, dry cookie that is small enough to grab by the handful! As…

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Cinnamon-chip snickerdoodles {101 Days of Christmas}

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When my sister tried one of these cookies yesterday, she exclaimed, "Mmm! Tastes like a snickerdoodle." Which I suppose is a good thing since they are, in fact, snickerdoodles! With a cup of King Arthur Flour's melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon chips and a coating of cinnamon-sugar, these snickerdoodles (which I adapted from this King Arthur Flour recipe) offer…

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