The holidays just wouldn't be the holidays with out cookie swaps, platters of bars and cookie treats and a freezer stocked with sweet treats for parties, open houses and quick gifts baskets for teachers, friends and family. So for this month's FBC Recipe Roundup, we are all about great holiday bar and cookie recipes. Today we've got 20 delectable recipes for you to try in part 1 of our roundup. On Thursday, we'll be back with 20 more recipes for you to pour over and plan your cookie trays! So get a big glass of milk and get to it!
Let's start at the beginning - planning your Christmas cookie assortment is serious business! Candy at Dessert by Candy has some tips with her post on How To Plan Your Holiday Cookie Assortment to help get you underway before you start baking.
Shortbread is a holiday classic. Michelle at The Tiffin Box shares her twist on shortbread with this recipe for Lemon Scented Shortbread Cookies:
We love these very fun Compost Crunch Bars from Carole at The Yum Yum Factor - full of good things and a pop of colour!
You cannot go wrong with ginger in a holiday cookie. Angie at Friday Night is Cake Night has these big, soft gingerbread cookies that go great with a tall, cold glass of milk!
Oooey Gooey Butterscotch Bars! This little bit of decadence comes from Sarah at My Nana's Kitchen!
Biscotti makes a really easy cookie gift - it keeps longer and it's simple to make with lots of flavour combos. Mama B at My Edible Journey shares her recipe for seasonally appropriate Gingersnap Biscotti.
Citrus is a perfect seasonal add to a cookie - like these Key Lime Coconut Chocolate Cookies from Suganya at Relish The Bite.
Not only are these Pinwheel Spice Cookies from Julia at Swirls & Spice pretty but, what a great packaging idea for a cookie swap!
Jammers, thumbprints, drop cookies - they all scream holiday cookies! We love these Cranberry Orange Christmas Jammers from Korena at Korena in the Kitchen.
Kim at Tales of a Ranting Ginger has these Layered Minty Fudge bars to add a little festive colour to your holiday assortment!
Crinkle cookies are another holiday cookie swap staple. Regina at LeelaLicious shares her Minty Crinkle Cookies.
Nothing beats a classic. And these Classic Glazed Sugar Cookies from Kristy at She Eats are fun because you can dress the up however you like!
Gingerbread is another great blank canvas for decorated holiday cookies. Lauren from Hot For Food has a vegan version with these Vegan Gingerbread Snowflakes.
You simply cannot go wrong with red and green sprinkles at Christmas. Add them to these Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies that Jessica at She Bakes Here has whipped up for you to try.
Shortbread is a Christmas staple - where it comes in Shortbread Cookie format like Jen at Edible Life in YYC shared with us or...
...whether it comes in bar form like these Wholegrain Walnut Shortbread bars that Bridget at Bridget’s Green Kitchen whipped up!
Cranberries and Pistachios are another duo that make a great pairing at Christmas. Monica at Older Mommy, Stilly Yummy made a pile of this Cranberry Pistachio Bark to share.
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti is another great way to use this combo. Heather at The Culinary Chase has the perfect recipe to try it out with. T
And last but not least in the fruit and nut department, Kathyrn at All Food Thoughts shared fruit and nut holiday crostini Holiday Treats for both Christmas and Hanukkah.
And finally... how can you possibly go wrong with these gorgeous Fudgy Mint Chocolate No-Bake Cookies from Ashley at The Recipe Rebel? Answer? You can't!
A big thank you to all our participating bloggers this month. But wait! That's not all! We have another 20 or so delicious bar and cookie recipes coming your way on Thursday in part 2 so be sure to stop by the site and get even more inspired with your Christmas baking!