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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Butter Pecan Shortbread

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DAY 7: Butter Pecan Shortbread

Rich buttery shortbread studded with toasted pecans. A simple, but delicious cookie perfect for dipping in hot cocoa!

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For a nut-free traditional Scottish Shortbread,  try this recipe:

Scottish Shortbread (5)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Orange Cookies

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DAY 6: Chocolate Orange Cookies

This is a perfect cookie for the chocolate orange lover! The orange flavor is not overwhelming, but orange zest and finely chopped orange chocolate make for a wonderfully rich chocolate cookie with a brownie-like outer crust and soft fudgy center.

Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate

I like to use the Lindt brand Intense Orange Dark Chocolate, but you can use any orange flavored dark chocolate.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Apricot Thumbprints

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DAY 4: Apricot Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies of all varieties are always favorites around here. These apricot thumbprints are a light almond flavored shortbread cookie filled with sweet apricot jam and drizzled with an almond glaze.

To avoid cracks in your baked cookies, be sure to not pack the flour when measuring, and keep the dough covered while shaping cookies to keep the dough from drying out. (And don’t overbake. Cookies should be just barely starting to brown on the bottoms.)

For a fuller jam center, I like to add a little extra jam to the centers after baking.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Twix Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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DAY 3: Twix Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

What to do when you still have leftover Halloween candy and it is time to start your Christmas baking? Repurpose that candy by wrapping it in chocolate cookie dough and baking to perfection.

Optional: drizzle cooled cookies with additional caramel sauce.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

DAY 2: Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

Made with or without chocolate chips, these toffee-studded drop cookies are always a  favorite. The browned butter helps develop a rich and nutty flavor to an easy to make cookie. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt for an extra punch of flavor.

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Thirteenth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Welcome to the 13th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!

DAY 1: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

This versatile chocolate cookie dough makes a wonderful backdrop for melted peppermint bark and crushed candy canes!

You can use any variety of peppermint bark, but I really like these thin chunks that are sold in bags, like chocolate chips.

Peppermint Bark Chips

Bake the cookies, and then immediately place several of the peppermint bark chunks on the hot cookies.

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When the peppermint bark melts, use a toothpick to stir the melted chocolate.

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While peppermint bark is still soft, sprinkle cookies with crushed candy canes.

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While we are cooking and baking this Christmas season, I hope that we will also find a way to Be Part of the Greatest Story!

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