12 Delicious Cookie Recipes For the Holidays

This is the results of our BiteClub Eats blogger Heather Irwin’s annual cookie contest. See the original post here.

Over seven years of the BiteClub Holiday Cookie Contest, this time of year finds me anchored to my stand mixer, whipping up dozens of recipes submitted by local bakers. I have tested hundreds of recipes, softened hundreds of pounds of butter, bought bag after bag of flour and wound up with a kitchen floor that’s sticky with powdered sugar until mid-May.

I thought maybe I had exhausted every possible version of chocolate chip, ginger, biscotti, thumbprint and caramel-coated cookies, but I was wrong.

This year, I tested about a dozen recipes and carefully considered the taste, the ease of construction and the story behind each one. A panel of friends, family and co-workers helped me select the winner.

The lemon snowflake cookies were standouts because of their unique refreshing quality and the heartfelt story behind Tonia Seidita’s favorite holiday cookie.

Here are some of this year, and previous years’ favorites.

1. Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Kinda like a brownie, kinda like a cookie. Favorite of testers.

2. Jo’s Lemon Snowflake Cookies (Biteclub Holiday Cookie Contest Winner 2015)

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A zesty, delicious cookie
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3. World’s Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

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So simple, so wonderful.
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4. Yes We P’Can Tarts

Pecan Cookie Recipe
Shortbread and pecans. What could go wrong?
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5. Salted Caramel Apple Cookies

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First you taste the caramel. Then the apple. Oh man…
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6. Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nutella is my weakness
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7. Twilight Vampire Cookies

Twilight Vampire Cookies ©heather irwin
Sexy. Vampiry. Yummy.
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8. Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies ©heather irwin
You’ll never look at chocolate chip cookies the same way again
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9. Frank’s Red Hot Potato Chip Cookies

Frank's Red Hot Potato Chip Cookies ©heather irwin
Spicy good.
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10. Bacon Fat Snickerdoodles

Bacon Fat Snickerdoodles


Yes, really.

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11.Vegan Butternut Squash Spice Cookie

Butternut Squash Spice Cookie
Nobody puts Butternut in the corner.
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12.Cranberry Orange Gluten Free Cookies

Cranberry Orange Gluten Free Cookies ©heather irwin
Gluten-free doesn’t have to be dull.
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