Christmas Cookie Recipes

Hi friends – I suspect it is going to be a big baking weekend, so I thought it might be helpful to wrangle some of my favorite holiday-esque cookie recipes into one spot, in a single list. There is a pretty wide range – from gingerbread to shortbread to chocolate…I think my favorite are the Swedish Rye Cookies pictured above – you can stamp them into any shape you like, and if you can’t track down rye flour, go ahead and swap in whole wheat pastry flour. But, if those aren’t your speed, there are a bunch of other options I’ve enjoyed in the past. xo -h

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Sante’s Hermits – My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe with me. A simple drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny currants, chopped walnuts,and finished with a bit of icing.

Swedish Rye Cookies – Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie made from a Rye flour blend.

Triple Ginger Cookies – This ginger cookie recipe is made special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.

Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies – The perfect bite-sized chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with plenty of shaved chocolate.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies – I made these for Lottie & Doof’s 12 DAYS OF COOKIES. They are tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. The turbinado sugar crust gives them a bit of crunch which is a nice contrast to the ooey-goey chocolate.5
Limoncello Macaroons – A nice alternative to all of the peppermint and chocolate flavors this time of year. These are golden-crusted, powder-coated, almond-citrus gems spiked with limoncello liqueur.

Chocolate Puddle Cookies – I came across a cookie when I visited Portland, it was a crackle-edged puddle of chocolate with a texture that made me think of the collision between a soft meringue and a fudgy brownie. They are amazing. Downsize them a bit for a holiday cookie plate.

Biscotti al Pistaccio – Charming little bite-sized, powder-coated pistachio cookies inspired by a visit to Mona Talbott’s kitchen and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Gingerbread Cookies – A delicious, traditional tasting, yet healthier gingerbread cookie recipe that includes white whole wheat flour, more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners. You wont miss the traditional version. They are very cute on popsicle sticks.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies – Super decadent. A rich chocolate dough punctuated by generous amount of chopped peppermint bark and mini chocolate chips.

Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread – A twist on the shortbread recipe I included in Super Natural Cooking -perfectly golden pine nuts and just enough rosemary and lemon zest infuse a buttery sweet dough with fragrance and flavor. I also posted a more traditional shortbread recipe years back – the recipe was the one made in the Hearst Castle kitchen.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookies – A great peppermint bark cookie recipe using one of my favorite cookie doughs along with a generous amount of chopped peppermint bark.

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Easy Kale Taco Salad w/ Black Beans & Soyrizo

This recipe combines tacos, our first favorite food with salad, our second favorite food. It’s explosion of flavor that even your kids who don’t like vegetables will enjoy. Added bonus: this recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make. No cooking needed.  This taco salad is perfect for a potluck or to serve at a […]

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White Bean Masala Smothered Sweet Potatoes

White Bean Masala Smothered Sweet Potatoes | http://naturallyella.com

I’m always a bit hesitant to share recipes that have a long list of ingredients. I know there can be an automatic reaction: lots of ingredients equals a hard recipe. That’s not the case with this white bean masala. At least half the ingredients and instructions are for the paste which once you make once, you’ll find it goes fairly quick. Plus, you can double or triple the paste and freeze the extra (because trust me, once you take a bite, you’ll wish you had more!) This recipe is a slight adaption from my lentil masala, so if you love that recipe, I recommend you add this white bean masala to your list! Read more and see the recipe.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (V/GF)

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (V/GF)

Christmastime has always meant Christmas cookies.

My sister and I used to go to my aunt’s house and decorate sugar cookies along with an assortment of other goodies for our family’s Christmas dinner.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth. The only difference between 30-year-old me and 10-year-old me is a wee bit of self-control. I no longer eat 3 cookies before dinner and 13 after.

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Chimichurri Potato Tacos with Pinto Beans

Chimichurri Potato Tacos with Pinto Beans | @naturallyella

This recipe is in partnership with California Olive Ranch. See below for more details.

My love of tacos knows no limits. If I can figure a way to put a vegetable in a taco, I’ll try it. These potato tacos are a riff from a vegetarian taco I had some time back at a small taco cafe. They fried their potatoes and it was a fairly simple potato/salsa combination. I’m obsessed with this chimichurri sauce so the more I can use it, the better. I’ll make a double batch and use it throughout the week on egg skillets, enchiladas, and lots of tacos. Just make sure you use good olive oil (like one California Olive Ranch’s oils) though- I can make or break the chicmichurri!! Read more and see the recipe.

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1-Bowl Ginger Cookies (V/GF)

1-Bowl Ginger Cookies (V/GF)

True story: I was photographing these while our UPS guy was dropping off a package and he said, “Wow, those look good.” So I offered him one, and the next day he said, “Those cookies were BOMB.”

That just about sums it up.

These cookies are a play on my Fluffy 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookies and require just 1 bowl to make!

To get that quintessential warm holiday spice, they’re infused with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and molasses.

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Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

When we traveled to Japan, we found this amazing restaurant called Mr. Farmer (recommended by my pal, Erin). It was a hidden gem that had tons of juices, smoothies, salads, and vegan fare, and I was in absolute heaven.

One of the dishes I enjoyed there no less than three times was a green curry so vibrant in color I was instantly obsessed. It was perfectly seasoned, creamy, and super comforting when we were thousands of miles from home.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Are you the gift giving type? We are admittedly quite terrible at it, which is why we don’t typically do gift guides on the blog. However, we get asked often enough that I thought it was worth sharing a few of our favorite cooking, food and blog-related things at the moment.

I also included a few of our products in case you didn’t know we have a print and digital cookbook, as well as a food photography course – which would make great gifts for the cooks + bloggers in your life.

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