20 Holiday Cookie Recipes

November 30, 2012
Even though I compiled this list in 2012, I return to it every year during the holiday season. It contains links to my favorite holiday cookie recipes which have all been featured here on Fake Food Free.
20 Holiday Cookie Recipes | Fake Food Free
Friday is a good day for news, right?
As in, big news.
As in, life is being flipped upside down, but in a very good way kind of news. 
As in, we’re moving from central Kentucky to the East Bay in California news!
Perfect because I was so ready to share that! And we are so excited!
From the food perspective, just in case you are unaware (although I doubt you are), the East Bay is a incredible food destination. Well, really the entire area. In addition to a past stop in San Francisco, I’ve visited twice so far in the moving process. In that short amount of time I’ve enjoyed Peruvian cuisine, vegan soul food, seafood, Montreal-style bagels, Hong Kong-style bakeries, craft beer, and of course, wine. 
Then there are the amazing Farmer’s Markets. The fact that I will have access to fresh figs, nuts, artichokes and avocados is surreal for me. Yes, you should expect some posts soon! 
And fortunately, there are lots of places to run. I think all the food access may have subconsciously played a role in my decision to register for the San Francisco Marathon in 2013! 
I should finally arrive in California on New Year’s Day so Christmas will be light around here, but I still plan to get in plenty of baking. I may not have a tree up, but I refuse to pack the mixing bowls and cookie sheets just yet. 
As for right now, I just got back from a California visit and you’ve probably noticed my week long blogging break has turned into almost two. I’ll be back in the kitchen this weekend, but I want to kick off the Christmas season with a cookie round up. 
If you are looking to add some cookies made with whole grain flours and minimally refined sugars to your baking list, look no further. Some traditional treats are mixed in, but many of these fit those criteria. 
I’ll be back next week with a review of what is turning out to be my favorite cookbook of 2012! Meanwhile, tell me what you are baking this year!
(Clicking on the name will take you to the recipe.)
Chocolate Covered Marzipan Cookies


Matcha Tea Cookies with Gooseberry Filling
Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies
Jamaican Coffee and Spice Biscotti
Honey Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Lemon Rosemary Thumb Prints with Peach Jam
Ginger Rum Molasses Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies 
Russian Tea Cakes
Cherry Nut Cookies
Fiery Peanut Butter Cookies
Bourbon Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
Spicy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Curry Glaze
Crunchy Peanut Butter Date Balls
Whole Wheat Black Sesame Cookies
Chewy Chocolate-Tahini Puffed Grain Squares
Chocolate Snowballs
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
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  • emily (a nutritionist eats) November 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    So excited for your move!!
    I’m making cookies tomorrow – nothing fancy, just sugar cookies which I’ll then decorate with my little cousins. I still need to find cookie cutters…

  • Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover December 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Oh, you have so many wonderful cookie recipes..going to check it out.

  • Shut Up and Cook December 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations!! Welcome to the left (and best) coast! Excited to explore your blog further. what fun!

  • Daily Spud December 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Wow Lori, that is exciting news (and what a great food destination to be going to!) – the best of luck with the move and hope all goes well in your new home.

  • Kristy Lynn December 3, 2012 at 6:57 am

    i have to admit darling… i’m jealous of your move. we recently moved from vancouver island to toronto…and i’m missing the ethically produced food. the places to run. the lifestyle. good on you and good luck!

  • Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) December 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Congrats on the big move! The west coast is pretty great.

  • (famous)jenny December 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Congrats on the move! I came here to Oakland from Ohio about 2.5 years ago. Although I miss my friends and family desperately, the Bay Area is the most amazing places to live! Great restaurants/food, very engaged communities and vibrant cultures, and weather that is so mild it seems criminal to even mention it to Ohioans mid-winter or mid-summer. Hope you love it here as much as I do!
    PS – Thanks for the recipe round up. Can’t wait to try these.

  • Lori December 5, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Emily – Us too! I hope your baking went well!

    Sonia – Thanks so much!

    Shut Up and Cook – Thank you!

    Daily Spud – Thank you!

    Kristy – Thanks! We definitely need to see Vancouver. We visited Toronto for the first time this year and actually loved it. I hear I need to see more of Canada. 🙂

    Marianne – Thanks! I think we’ll think so too.

    jenny – Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experiences. We love what we’ve experienced so far and I can’t wait to be out there and settled. We should connect at some point!

  • kat December 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    You will love being in the Bay Area. We just got back from a visit & though I love the midwest, there is a lot to miss about CA.

  • Maureen C Berry December 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Lori,
    I made the chocolate snowballs two days ago. I was one of those people that ended up with a goopy balls. Eww, that sounds gross. lol

    I finally decide to whip up some butter & sugar, added eggs & vanilla, then the snowball concoction, flour, salt & baking soda to create two beautiful, rich, fluffy loaves of bread.

    I can’t wait to take a few photos tomorrow and show you.

  • Lori December 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    kat – We’ll have to meet up the next time you are out. It’s been a long time since our Foodbuzz meeting! 🙂

    Maureen – You have me completely intrigued by this bread! What a great save! Yeah, I made a batch of the chocolate balls last week and they got goopy. I let them mix too long and the banana got soft. I think doing the mixing by hand is better for those. I froze mine though. That is quite the accomplishment to turn it into bread! 🙂