Martha Stewart's chocolate chunk shortbread cookies, more

Martha Stewart shares her simple recipes for holiday cookies – delicious treats that are guaranteed to impress guests. Try your hand at peppermint-chocolate sugar cookies and sugar-dusted macaroon trees this holiday season.

Chocolate-chunk shortbread
Servings:

Makes 32 bars

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
    • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Cutout cookie dough
Servings:

Makes about 1 dozen cookies

Ingredients

    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) plus more for work surface
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • Green, red and yellow food coloring

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Peppermint-chocolate sugar cookies
Servings:

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/4–1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    • 3–5 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 12 round peppermint candies, crushed, for decorating

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Sugar-dusted macaroon trees
Servings:

Makes 18 trees

Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
    • 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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