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22 Holiday Nut and Spice Cookies You'll Make Every Year

October 27, 2022

From pistachio pinwheels to spicy ginger snaps, these flavorful treats are sure to become part of your family tradition.

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Holiday Spice and Everything Nice

When it’s time to fill those holiday cookie platters, look beyond the sugar cookies, frosted treats and chocolate goodies. We love them all, there’s no denying that, but adding a bit of spice to your dessert life will be a welcome surprise. Warm things up with cinnamon cookies, or quadruple the spices and make Ina's ginger cookies. Marrying nuts and spices is also a fantastic, holiday-worthy idea. Pignoli cookies, topped with pine nuts, are standard at any Italian bakery. But they are the simplest of cookies to make at home, mixed in one bowl and ready in under an hour. Anne adds a pinch of ground cinnamon and a bit of honey to these festive treats, making them even more special.

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Gingersnap Stackers

Sandwich vanilla ice cream (or your favorite holiday flavor) with gingersnap cookies for a big bite of dessert.

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The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever

This gingerbread cookie is super-spicy from the very first bite. Molasses makes it chewy and white sugar rounds out the spices. Cayenne, allspice and a hefty dose of black pepper result in a complex, lingering heat that is surprising and pleasant.

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Macadamia-Coconut Cookie

You'll wish every holiday cookie recipe could be as easy to make as these tropical-inspired sweets. They start with store-bought sugar-cookie dough!

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