Royal icing being piped onto a cookie by a young girl being helped by her mother, surrounded by jars of sprinkles, cookie cutters, and wooden spoons.

Royal Icing

Whether your knack for cookie-decorating leans toward fancy schmancy or basic buttons on gingerbread people, you need a foolproof royal icing. Look no more.

Make-ahead cinnamon coffee cake in a large rectangular pan, with two squares cut out, beside two cups of coffee and a bowl of drizzle with a spoon.

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Coffee Cake

No need to get up hours ahead to produce a cinnamon-y sweet coffee cake, still warm from the oven. Mix it all ahead and pop it in the oven when you wake up. It’s that easy, ya’ll!

Almond roca in a green bowl, broken layers of chocolate, caramel, and sliced almonds, on striped fabric

Almond Roca

Studded with almonds and coated in silky chocolate, this roca—essentially toffee—is utterly impossible to resist. Give it as a holiday gift.

Gingerbread cookies, both molasses and honey, in a circle on top of a gingerbread cheesecake, beside cups of latte and spoons.

Gingerbread Cookies

Dark, hearty molasses gingerbread cookies or pale, sweet honey gingerbread cookies? Your choice. (Hint: You can’t go wrong.)

Christmas sugar cookies being rolled out and placed on a sheet pan, with cookie cutters, a rolling pin, sprinkles, and flour nearby.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas eating is mostly about the cookies, we think. Pull out your favorite cookie cutters and sparkliest sprinkles because it’s that time of year!

A pile of crescent-shaped cookies on a platter with greenery and Christmas ornaments on the side

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city’s fancier pastries as our fave.

Pain d'Épices Cookies stacked in a pile of five glazed and garnished with candied orange peel.

Pain d’Épice Cookies

There’s a bit of France in these cookies, which evoke all the familiar flavors of the traditional pain d’epice bread in a far more festive form.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake cut into six pieces on a piece of parchment paper, with a serving knife nearby.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake

A terrifically tasty cake, one that’s reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodle cookies. What are you waiting for? Your new favorite awaits!

Key lime pie bars, cut into squares and garnished with whipped cream, lime zest, slices of lime, and chopped almonds.

Key Lime Pie Bars

Craving a little tropical vibe as the days get shorter and your socks get thicker? These easy-as-pie Key lime bars will get you there.