This is the time of year where cookies are on the brain. I’ve been baking so many cookies this week for my holiday cookie boxes (have you gotten yours yet? I have some rave reviews about the chocolate cream pies), that I’m literally having nightmares about running out of flour. And looking at my Twitter and Facebook friends, it’s looks like I’m good company – a lot of you are baking up cookies for parties, cookie exchanges, or office mates.
I scoured the ModernDomestic archives for some good cookie recipes for the holiday times. But rather than digging up the usual chocolate chip or snickerdoodle recipes, I tried to find something that was a little different. I also recommend this post from Borderstan, which culled some of the best recipes from DC’s food bloggers.
Banana Whoopie Pies With Lemon Cream Cheese Icing
While more cake-like than cookie-like, these banana whoopie pies are so delicious that no one will care if they’re not quite cookies. Fluffy circles of banana encase a sweet and tangy layer of lemon cream cheese icing, creating a cake sandwich that is the perfect ratio of icing to cake. These are dangerously addictive and seriously delicious.
Parmesan Black Pepper Crackers
Not technically a cookie, since these crackers are sugar free, they’re still an excellent choice for a cookie exchange. Why? Because everyone gets quickly sugar-ed out at a dessert party, and these salty and pungent crackers will refresh their sugar-saturated palates. Plus they’re delicious – buttery and crispy and cheesy, and brightened up with a pinch of black pepper.
Oatmeal Cream Pies
Can you tell I’m a sucker for sandwich cookies of all kind? I’m a big fan of these cute oatmeal cream pies – two chewy, salty oatmeal cookies held together with a classic vanilla buttercream.
Nancy Reagan’s Vienna Chocolate Bars
Way back when I started this blog in 2008, I did a “presidential cookie bake-off,” where I made a whole bunch of first ladies’ (or potential first ladies’) cookie recipes. These Vienna Chocolate Bars from Nancy Regan are stellar – a shortbread crust, covered with a layer of raspberry jam and chocolate chips, and topped with a fluffy meringue. The chips melt in the oven, creating this chocolate raspberry layer thing that’s addictive.
My God do I love these lime bars. I actually made these for a Spilled Milk event this week and they were a huge hit – the brown sugar graham cracker crust is covered with a tangy lime custard that’s really to die for. Make them – your friends will love you.
What are you bringing to your holiday cookie parties?