Too Many Cooks: Let There Be Holiday Cookies

December 14, 2012

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

We hope your batches of Holiday Cut-Out Cookies are well on their neatly-packaged ways to friends and family far and wide, but we're sure you didn't stop there. This is full-on holiday cookie crackdown mode. Get your baking sheets out, and switch up this year's cookie roster, because we're answering the question: 

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What is your favorite holiday cookie? Here's the twist: if someone already claimed your cookie, it is no longer eligible to be your favorite. 

Let the creativity ensue. 

Marian: My honorary second mother, Martha, makes the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. She won't share the recipe, and both of her sons are spoken for, so marrying into it is unlikely. It's tragic. 

Gheanna: Pfeffernüsse.

Jenny: The Martha Stewart Chocolate Ginger Snap is a serious pill to make but a go-to every holiday season. 

Amanda: Jenny took mine! I also like my mother's hazelnut lemon cookies, which are like a chewy, lemony macaroon.

Stephanie: My new favorite is candy cane cookies from Christina Tosi. They are crunchy and chewy wonders with marshmallows, cornflakes, chocolate chips, and candy cane bits. And they're huge. I've eaten a lot already. 

Christina: Pizzelles! Another Grandma DiLaura masterpiece. 

Maddy: Speculoos!

Kristen: Love those buttery, sandy powdered sugar balls known as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies -- but why are they called both? That can't be right.

Karl: An old family tradition, and my favorite Christmas cookie: Spritz (aka Swedish butter cookies). 

Jennifer: I don't know if they have a proper name -- Italian Anise Cookies with Icing! 

Lindsay-Jean: Old favorite is gingerbread tiles, but this year my cookie mold is going to be put to use making what's sure to be my new favorite, springerles.

BretteSecret cookies!! (Thank you, Merrill's mom.)

Merrill: So many choices. I love a good linzer cookie, and also those paper-thin, deeply caramelized lace cookies dipped in dark chocolate. 

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


marcellatp December 19, 2012
Every year brings a new favorite! This year it's peanut butter cookies baked in a mini muffin tin like a little tart crust. When the pan comes out of the oven a mini reeses peanut butter cup is placed inside. So wicked!
Christina @. December 18, 2012
My favorite are my own concoction, Snow Cookies, and they just came in as one of LA Times Top 10 in their annual cookie bakeoff!
Sarag December 15, 2012
Tadals is what my Italian aunt's family called the anise cookies. These first generation Portchester Italian aunties would bring towers of tadals to all the family gatherings my aunt hosted.