Holiday Cookies

Last Updated November 24, 2017
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Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden
Holiday Cookies is packed with 50 modern recipes such as Red Velvet Crackle cookies, plus decorating and packaging tips.

Showstopping recipes to sweeten the season.

The smell of baking cookies can transport us, bringing back warm and spirited memories from the holiday season. 

In the new book Holiday Cookies, author Elisabet Der Nederlanden shares 50 of her favorite memory-triggering recipes, from classics to modern confections, plus tips and tricks for baking, decorating and packaging them. (Keep your butter at room temperature to ensure a lighter-textured cookie.)

Der Nederlanden grew up in Sweden, where holiday celebrations last for weeks, and is now a food stylist and recipe developer in California. "For me, the best part of baking is not eating what emerges from the oven," she says. "Instead, it's the coming together of friends and family in a warm kitchen and creating something wonderful during a special time of year."

Below, try out three recipes from her book: Red Velvet Crackle Cookies, Icebox Pinwheel Cookies and Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge.

Find Holiday Cookies on Amazon or at a local bookshop near you.

Red Velvet Crackle Cookies

Red Velvet Crackle Cookies
Here, I have taken traditional chocolate crackle cookies, which look like they are covered with snow, and given them a holiday accent by making them red velvet. Be sure to coat the cookie balls...

Icebox Pinwheel Cookies

Icebox Pinwheel Holiday Cookies
Swirls of red, white, and green make these old-fashioned icebox cookies holiday favorites. If possible, use a digital kitchen scale to make sure the dough portions are of equal size. The amount...

Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge
Here's a great winter-day project for the whole family—as long as everyone can wait the two hours the fudge must sit before it can be eaten. The combination of bittersweet chocolate and toasted...

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