15 Fancy Cookie Recipes
Although delicious, cookies can sometimes be the more homely of the dessert options. If you want your next batch to be impressive, both for the eyes and stomach, then try one of these fancy cookie recipes, which feature beautiful designs and colorful doughs. These wow-worthy cookies taste as good as they look.
Salted Chocolate Cookies
"The addition of sea salt takes these big, soft, chocolaty, fudgy cookies to another level," says recipe creator Yoly. "Chocolate lovers will find these cookies irresistible." Use flaky sea salt for an eye-catching presentation.
Just a few drops of food coloring can transform this classic cookie into a stunning dessert. Best eaten on the same day, they're excellent for serving to guests with tea or after dinner.
Spring Lime Tea Cookies
A little glaze and bright green lime zest make for wow-worthy cookies. "These are light, buttery tea cookies bursting with citrus flavor," says recipe creator Christina Pierson.
Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies
Can't decide between cookies or cheesecake? This handy recipe doesn't make you choose! Each bite is bursting with sweet cream cheese and ripe berries.
Baileys® Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're craving chocolate chip cookies, but want to take them up a notch, opt for this recipe. A splash of Baileys adds depth and a little extra fun to the classic cookie.
These eye-catching cookies aren't nearly as complicated as they appear. Frozen puff pastry is spread with a buttery cinnamon sugar mixture, rolled, and sliced before baking.
A quick coating of confectioner's sugar gives these chocolate cookies a great contrast right out of the oven. "These cookies were a delight to make. They were simple, moist and delicious," says reviewer TRAVELER30.
These Italian cookies aren't baked but are instead cooked in a special device to give them their signature design. "This recipe calls for a batter-like dough and is baked on a pizzelle iron," says Marianne Jungels. "Powdered sugar adds an elegant touch."
Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
"This shortbread cookie is a traditional Scottish recipe," says Marcie. "These are round cookies sandwiched with jam and topped off with a delicious icing and a cherry." No maraschino cherries on hand? Some people swap in gum drops for a more colorful cookie.
Rich with almond paste, butter, and chocolate, you'll have a hard time keeping leftovers of these rainbow cookies. The three distinctive layers represent the Italian flag, though occasionally the color profile is changed for certain holidays or celebrations.
Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Matcha adds an earthy flavor and beautiful green hue to this unique chocolate chip cookie recipe. White chocolate chips balance things out with a creamy sweetness.
Chef John's Almond Biscotti
In the cookie world, it's hard to get fancier than biscotti, served alongside coffee or tea. Customize them to your heart's content. "You can add hazelnuts, pistachios, and any type of dried fruit. Or dip them in dark chocolate," says Chef John.
Ma'amoul (Lebanese Date Cookies)
Traditional Lebanese ingredients, like orange blossom water, date paste, and ground mahlab (a spice made from cherry seeds) flavor these beloved cookies. Their eye-catching shape is made from wooden ma'amoul molds.
Italian Cookies with Anise
With both the cookie dough and glaze flavored with anise, these treats taste distinctly Italian. Serve as-is with their twisted presentation, or add a bit of pizzazz with some sprinkles.