Just about everyone I know has a tradition surrounding the making—or at least eating—of certain cookies at this time of year. Inevitably, we all wind up making those familiar recipes that have been handed down through the generations. For me, I feel compelled to make my grandmother’s walnut biscotti, though, to be honest, they’re not particularly exciting. This Christmas I decided once and for all to revamp my cookie arsenal, to really find some showstoppers I could make for parties, for gifts, and for the office. It Luckily, this year, we asked Fine Cooking’s contributing editor and baking guru Abigail Johnson Dodge to pull out all the stops and develop seven fabulous cookies, each of which would suit a different occasion or taste. And, wow, did Abby deliver. Who knows, one of these cookies may turn out to be your newest cookie tradition, to bake and eat at every holiday. As for me, I think Grandma’s biscotti are an endangered species.
When it has to be chocolate
Abby didn't hold back on the flavor in these Dark Chocolate Crackles. Not only is the chocolate flavor deep and intense, but the nuance of a little orange really makes the cookie.
For a decorating party
Decorated rolled cookies are often a little, well, lacking in the flavor department. But these Cardamom-Honey Cutouts are unlike any rolled cookie you’ve ever made before. Their subtle spiciness makes them taste as good as they look. See our test kitchen tips for decorating ideas.