Food Network Chefs Share Their Favorite Christmas Cookies

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Ted Allen

"For me, when you say Christmas cookie, I pretty much just think of the straight-up sugar cookie with some frosting and hopefully not those silver balls that break your teeth. I hate those things. What’s the little round one with the red jelly in the middle? Editor: Jam thumbprints? Yeah, there’s a thumbprint and these with some jam. Mom always makes that. My partner always makes Mexican wedding cookies — the crumbly ones."

Guy Fieri

"Gingerbread. I’m not a big sweets — the cookie has got to have more than just sweet. I mean, I’ll always go for a really good oatmeal with raisins and nuts, but gingerbread, like real-deal, old-school, heavy ginger flavor, that works. ... Nice and spicy."

Nancy Fuller

"It has walnuts and cranberries and white chocolate and macadamia nuts. And [it's] this sugar cookie with these things in it. It's delicious."

Bobby Flay

"I’m a sugar cookie fan. ... I like sugar cookies with lots of green and red sugar on top."

Giada De Laurentiis

"My peppermint patty sandwich cookies."

Alex Guarnaschelli

"Well, my mom has a tradition of making 12 to 16 different kinds of cookies, but I’ll tell you that my favorite cookie changes probably every two years, ’cause, you know, you have mood swings, and cookies are an important part of life. They’re their own food group, so I would say I’m in a big phase right now where I love a butter cookie with toasted pine nuts mixed into the batter, baked, and then sandwiched with raspberry jam. It’s so good."

Katie Lee

"Gingerbread! I love gingerbread cookies."

Michael Symon

"I like the cookie ... with the Hershey Kiss in the middle."

Geoffrey Zakarian

"I like a biscotti. It’s not Christmassy. It’s really like crunchy and you can eat more than two or three and not feel guilty. You can’t eat three chocolate chip cookies. It’s not possible."

Marcela Valladolid

"Gingerbread, because we bake them so much to make the houses with the kids." 

Eddie Jackson

"I love oatmeal raisin cookies, so if somebody makes oatmeal raisin cookies on Christmas, I'll eat them. But I'm not really a cookie guy. But I do love oatmeal raisin cookies."

Sunny Anderson

"Sugar cookie decorated with a whole lot of beads on it. Because I like the texture of all those beads."

Jeff Mauro

"I love my wife’s chocolate cookies with pecans in them. The best."

Amanda Freitag

"Well, my dad — when he was here on this planet; he’s no longer with us — every year used to start baking about two weeks before Christmas, and ... his one specialty was a pecan tassie. And it’s like a baby pecan pie, in a way. It’s a cream cheese dough, and it’s filled with pecans and brown sugar." 

Marc Murphy

"A butter cookie, really, is my favorite."

Duff Goldman

"We have ... a family friend; her name is Ms. Dibbs, and she makes these incredible snickerdoodles. She makes cookies, like, all Christmas. She makes hundreds of different kinds of cookies; it’s insane. But her snickerdoodles are insane. Like, they’re really, really good. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a snickerdoodle and, like, now it’s the snickerdoodle by which I judge every other snickerdoodle. And mine don’t measure up. Like, they’re amazing. They’re really good."

Scott Conant

"My mother does these little Italian cookies with frosting over the top that are, like, lemon cookies. It’s embarrassing how many of those things I eat. If I didn’t — if those weren’t in my life — I’d probably have a six-pack stomach!"

Valerie Bertinelli

"Pizzelles are definitely there, most of the time. My Neapolitan cookies take a little bit more to cook, but they’re so tasty it’s worth it. I’m still waiting for the Christmas Bells recipe my mom has not given me yet. And it’s my absolute favorite cookie. But she’s, you know, keeping that close to her right now. I’m sure I’ll get it within the next few years. Hopefully, this season, she’ll give it to me."

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