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The best holiday cookies in New York City 2012

Fill your Christmas or Hanukkah dessert plate with these special holiday cookies from New York bakeshops.

By Mari Uyehara |
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Photograph: Jessica LinButter + Love Ninjabread MenKarate chop your Christmas cookie box with these high-kicking crispy gingerbread cookies, from standout Brooklyn Flea bakers Butter + Love. Available at butterpluslove.com. Three for $6.
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Photograph: Jessica LinPoppy-orange sablés and curry-vanilla pecan sandiesPedigreed baker Zachary Golper turns out sophisticated, not-too-sweet cookies—nutty poppy-orange sablés and fragrant curry-vanilla pecan sandies—just in time for yuletide cheer. Available at Bien Cuit, 120 Smith St between Dean and Pacific Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-852-0200, biencuit.com). $1.25 each.
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Photograph: Jessica LinZucker Bakery holiday cookiesPastry maven Zohar Zohar has three superb treats for the holidays: tender quince-and-pomegranate thumbprints ($1.50), chewy pecan bars slicked with caramel ($2), and delicate baklava rugalach filled with pistachio ($2). Available at Zucker Bakery, 433 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (646-559-8425, zuckerbakery.com)
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Photograph: Jessica LinWhimsy & Spice chocolate gingersnapsLight and crisp, these earthy, cocoa-based cookies betray just a hint of ginger spice. Dip them in tea or nibble them alongside a postprandial dram of Scotch. Available at whimsyandspice.com. 7oz sleeve of 15 cookies $9.
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Photograph: Jessica LinThe TuckerBaking legend Dorie Greenspan’s jewellike coconut confections—fragrant with rose and lightly tinged a petal pink—will stand out on any holiday cookie platter. Available at Beurre & Sel, Essex Market, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (917-623-3239) • 1590 Park Ave at 115th St • beurreandsel.com. $1 each.
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Photograph: Jessica LinBoubouki butter almond cookiesAmong the Hellenic delights turned out at this charming Essex Street vendor are the tea cookie kourabiedes. Each powdered-sugar-dusted sweet is dense with ground almonds and shaped like a waning moon. Available at Boubouki, Essex Market, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (718-344-4202, bouboukinyc.com). $2.
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Photograph: Jessica LinOne Girl Cookies Holiday Tea Cookie CollectionThis adorable gift box offers three different minicookies: an überbuttery thumbprint dappled with plum jam, a crunchy chocolate crinkle dusted with snowy powdered sugar and a lemon-kissed rosemary shortbread. Available at 68 Dean St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (212-675-4996) • 33 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (347-338-1268) • onegirlcookies.com. 11oz box of 24 $20.
The holiday soiree season has arrived and you’re too busy party-hopping to bake a batch of seasonal cookies. Not to worry, though: We tracked down the city’s best holiday cookies. Swing by these New York City bakeries to nab sugary delights, including ninja gingerbread men, quince-and-pomegranate thumbprints and pecan sandies.

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