Cookie to cop: Eggnog shortbread (nutmeg and mace sweetened shortbread spiked with brandy)
Eggnog isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got a palate for the polarizing potion, why not infuse the holiday spirit into your Christmas cookies? Laurie Ellen, a former head pastry chef at San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery (which just opened a new location in Los Angeles), first sent her shortbreads to family and friends around the world—demand quickly grew, and, lucky us, they’re now available to the masses. Laurie loves shortbread for its ability to “age beautifully,” and she notes that its flavors actually improve over time. Consider these the fine wine—or fine eggnog—of cookies.
When it comes to baking the best Christmas cookies, not everyone is a star baker (no matter how many episodes of The Great British Baking Show you binge). So when it comes to wielding a rolling pin or adding the right amount of tartar to a batch, some of us could use a helping hand. The good news? You can order holiday cookies straight from the professionals.
Sure, ordering Christmas cookies online is a little bit of a shortcut. But it takes serious skill to bake shortbread with the perfect amount of spice, and a seriously steady hand to flood a design with the correct amount of royal icing—sometimes it’s best to let pro bakers do what they do best. Before this year’s cookie exchange, poke around this list for sweet treats (oh, and order some chocolates while you're at it) that’ll wow your friends and fam. We’re sure these Christmas cookies will be a holiday hit... and they'll leave way less mess in your kitchen, too.
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