This selection of recipes hit all the requisite holiday cookie flavors -- molasses, ginger, sugar, spice. And also we made sure they're doable for anything from a cookie swap to a mega baking session. In other words, all the doughs can be made in advance, all can be frozen (except the meringues), and all are easy to gift.
In fact, they're all able to hold up in the mail -- we recommend wrapping them in paper in a cookie box and then placing the cookie box in a shipping container -- with the exception of the lace cooke and the meringues, which are best within a few days of being baked.
From tried-and-true crowd pleasers to creative twists, gluten free and vegan to classics remade, here are more than twenty cookies that are so worth the effort!
Photo by Pavel Gramatikov