6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipes

These make-ahead cookie recipes are a sweet way to prepare for the holiday season.

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipes

6 make-ahead holiday cookies

Get a jumpstart on your holiday baking

Don't wait until the chaos of the holiday season: Make these treats ahead of time and put them in the freezer for instant gifts and dessert trays when you're down to the wire.

A version of this article appeared in our November 2013 issue with the headline “Get your bake on!” pp. 118-124.

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Sugar Cookies

This rich and delicious sugar cookie dough can be used to fill a whole plate, using just a few simple variations. Click through to the recipe to discover the slice-and-bake, jam sandwich, and iced versions of these delightful holiday cookies.

Get the recipe here: Sugar Cookies

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz


Dark Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

Biscotti's firm crunch makes it the perfect non-crumbly holiday party cookie as well as a stellar option for gift-giving. Our version is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, orange, cherries and chocolate.

Tip: Chilling the logs after the first bake (but before slicing) allows the chocolate chunks to firm up — you'll get a cleaner cut.

Get the recipe here: Dark Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz

No Bake Date Snowballs

While the oven is busy baking all your other Today's Parent-inspired cookies, whip up a batch of these no-bake treats! They're gluten-free, low-fat and nut-free.

Make-ahead tip: Snowballs will last for two weeks in the refrigerator, or up to two months frozen in a single layer in a plastic sealable bag.

Get the recipe here: No Bake Date Snowballs

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Almond Spritz Kisses

Calling all nut-lovers! These cookies use ground almonds, sliced almonds and almond extract for a triple-hit of flavour.

You'll need to use a little muscle to pipe the dough into kisses. An inexpensive cookie press, found at most kitchen stores, can make the job easier.

Get the recipe here: Almond Spritz Kisses

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz


Mexican Chocolate Bark

The addition of chili, allspice, salted pepitas and coconut to this chocolate bark recipe takes the holiday staple from hum-drum to deliciously exciting.

Make-ahead tip:
Keep chocolate bark in a single layer, well wrapped and in a cool dark place, for up to one month.

Get the recipe here: Mexican Chocolate Bark

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz

Mocha Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Take brownies to the next level with a cream cheese swirl. These are sure to be a hit at the holiday table.

Make-ahead tip:
Bake ahead and cool in the refrigerator until solid. Transfer with parchment paper to a sealable plastic bag and freeze up to two months. Defrost the day before serving.

Get the recipe here: Mocha Cream Cheese Swirl Brownie

6 make-ahead holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Tony Lanz

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