This is about the time of year when I start to consume an absurd amount of cookies – and for good reason. There is no better time of the year to enjoy the delight that is a cookie than during the holidays. For the past couple of years I’ve participated in Cooking Channel’s  holiday cookie round up. Each year I look forward to it and the recipe testing that precedes it. Unless of course things go awry, like last year when I learned that crushed peppermint candies cannot be mixed into cookie dough. What a mess, trust me.


Cooking Channel just released their lineup of holiday cookies for 2012 and it looks really good. I contributed an Almond Butter Shortbread Cookie (“Mandelmusslor”) that is perfectly traditional and delicious. Robby’s favorite cookies are always shortbread and he’s also got a thing for almond, so these were right up his alley. My dear sweet Grandma Karen passed along this recipe and it has instantly become a hit!


Last year were the infamous Peppermint Meltaways that required 27 re-tests in my home kitchen. Delicious, and worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears that I put into that recipe.


I also shared my family’s famous Pumpkin Penuche Cookies on the Holiday Cookie Swap special that aired last year. (look for it re-airing this month on Cooking Channel! I got to feed fancy people like John Legend and his gorgeous bride-to-be Chrissy Teigen cookies all night long!) We also made these this year for Thanksgiving and they were as delicious as ever.


Finally, two years ago I shared my Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies and they are awesome. They look as good as they taste and when fudge meets peppermint all of the world’s problems can be solved.


What are your favorite cookies to make (or eat!) during the holidays? Do you have family recipes that you make year after year? Check out Cooking Channel’s full cookie lineup this year – the recipes look fantastic and festive!


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    All of these look great! You posted this just in time for the holiday work parties coming up. I’m a sucker for shortbread and yours are so pretty. Perfect decor for a holiday table.

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