Holiday time is here, which means it’s my favorite time of year to do some baking! I think it’s ok to enjoy a few splurges this time of year. And a holiday cookie is certainly one of them. I remember helping my mother roll out sugar cookies when I was little, and I handed down that tradition and her recipe to my own kids, too. My son Nicholas (pictured above, licking the spoon) loved to roll out the cookie dough and decorate each cookie. So, I’m celebrating with my five favorite holiday cookie recipes—tried and true!

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Go ahead, and create some of your own baking traditions this year. Take some time out to bake up some cookies for the office, a party, a gift basket, or to munch on at home. Enjoy the season!

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

This is my mom’s 50-year old recipe for sugar cookies, which I gave a vegan update. While they are certainly not healthy, I think it’s ok to splurge on something every once in awhile!

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Vegan Cowboy Cookies

This is a classic recipe from the 60s, which I gave a modern, plant-based update. You can make these crunchy cookies as healthy as you like by playing with how much whole grain flour you use, too.

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Indio Date, Walnut, and Dark Chocolate Cookies (Vegan)

Within the desert region of Indio, California, you’ll find an oasis of date palms that has supplied most of the dates in the United States for the past century. I borrow the natural sweetness of these dates, along with the rich flavors of walnuts and dark chocolate, to flavor these healthier cookies. Pack them into a lunch box or picnic basket, or serve them with fresh fruit or sorbet the next time you host dinner guests.

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Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie

Yum! These golden, flavorful cookies disappeared in seconds in my house! A plant-powered spinoff from the classic White Choc Macadamia cookie, my cookie recipe is modest in sugar, and packed with the power of chia, flax, coconut, and almond flour!

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Peter’s Pepparkakor

Christmas is here, and it’s time for Peter to dust off his Swedish cookbook and make pepparkakor, a traditional Swedish ginger cookie.

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