Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing says "Christmas" quite like gingerbread cookies. This incredibly delicious and classic recipe uses butter instead of shortening and corn syrup, which allows the ginger flavor to really shine through for fresher-tasting cookies. They aren't supersweet, so feel free to be generous with your icing decorations. If you want something a bit different, add both cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate to the gingerbread dough. Or else try making sandwich cookies with a creamy mascarpone filling. Whether you're a gingerbread traditionalist or want to riff on this holiday staple, Food & Wine's guide has all the recipes you need.

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Spiced Gingerbread Cookies
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Julianne Jones’s wonderfully zingy gingerbread cookies have a tender and cakey texture, yet they’re sturdy enough to decorate. As an alternative to the icing here, you can sprinkle the tops of the cookies with demerara sugar (a coarse, raw cane sugar) before baking for a nice crunch. Slideshow: Amazing Christmas CookiesRecipe from Food & Wine America's Greatest New Cooks