Linzer Cookies with Spiced Jam | Kevin Sbraga adds anise and coriander to the raspberry jam that he spreads between the hazelnut cookies (which are spiced with cinnamon and cloves).

Christmas Cookies

Linzer Cookies with Spiced Jam | Kevin Sbraga adds anise and coriander to the raspberry jam that he spreads between the hazelnut cookies (which are spiced with cinnamon and cloves).

Chocolate & Pistachio Biscotti | Pastry chef Michelle Myers presents exotic desserts that combine her training in graphic design with her fascination for Asian and Latin flavors (wasabi, rose water, habanero). Here, she makes a more traditional but still visually surprising cookie—the crispiest, crunchiest, most chocolaty biscotti studded with bright green pistachios.

Christmas Cookies

Chocolate & Pistachio Biscotti | Pastry chef Michelle Myers presents exotic desserts that combine her training in graphic design with her fascination for Asian and Latin flavors (wasabi, rose water, habanero). Here, she makes a more traditional but still visually surprising cookie—the crispiest, crunchiest, most chocolaty biscotti studded with bright green pistachios.

Cardamom Thumbprints | Adding cardamom to these crispy cookies gives them a subtle spiced flavor. You can fill the thumb print with other jams or with chocolate.

Christmas Cookies

Cardamom Thumbprints | Adding cardamom to these crispy cookies gives them a subtle spiced flavor. You can fill the thumb print with other jams or with chocolate.

Get star baker Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Almond Crescents at Food & Wine.

Almond Crescents

Chocolate-Hazelnut Clouds with Cocoa Nibs | "Spices in dessert are completely underrated," says Malika Ameen. Cocoa nibs add crunch to these light and puffy chocolate meringues.

Christmas Cookies

Chocolate-Hazelnut Clouds with Cocoa Nibs | "Spices in dessert are completely underrated," says Malika Ameen. Cocoa nibs add crunch to these light and puffy chocolate meringues.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies | This holiday inspired oatmeal cookie has dried sweet cranberries and perfect for your next gathering.

Christmas Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies | This holiday inspired oatmeal cookie has dried sweet cranberries and perfect for your next gathering.

Raspberry-Hazelnut Macaroons (Haselnussmakronen) | These German raspberry-hazelnut macaroons require just five ingredients and are extremely no-fuss. Says Berlin-based blogger Luisa Weiss, “You just throw the dough together, heat up some jam and you’re almost there.”

Christmas Cookies

Raspberry-Hazelnut Macaroons (Haselnussmakronen) | These German raspberry-hazelnut macaroons require just five ingredients and are extremely no-fuss. Says Berlin-based blogger Luisa Weiss, “You just throw the dough together, heat up some jam and you’re almost there.”

Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Cookies | This is Jacques Torres's recipe for sablés, a classic French butter cookie with a sandy, crumbly texture (sablé means "sandy")—though this fabulously dense version is actually more like shortbread.

Christmas Cookies

Sugar-Crusted Chocolate Cookies | This is Jacques Torres's recipe for sablés, a classic French butter cookie with a sandy, crumbly texture (sablé means "sandy")—though this fabulously dense version is actually more like shortbread.

Chocolate-Almond Bars | Almonds and chocolate are a winning combination. For these crisp, chewy bars, Grace Parisi mixes roasted almonds, almond butter and chocolate chips with sugar and egg, then bakes them.

Christmas Cookies

Chocolate-Almond Bars | Almonds and chocolate are a winning combination. For these crisp, chewy bars, Grace Parisi mixes roasted almonds, almond butter and chocolate chips with sugar and egg, then bakes them.

Basler Leckerli | These spiced cookie bars are an essential part of a German Christmas. They are an excellent make-ahead sweet; in fact, they get more tender and flavorful the longer they sit.

Christmas Cookies

Basler Leckerli | These spiced cookie bars are an essential part of a German Christmas. They are an excellent make-ahead sweet; in fact, they get more tender and flavorful the longer they sit.

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