Holiday cookie recipes from our readers, tested in Sunset's kitchen

Frosted Ginger Cookies

Nancy Bolton-Rawles, Eagle Point, OR
“This recipe was in a collection given to me by my mother,” Bolton-Rawles writes. We love the cookies’ soft texture and bright spice flavor.

Chocolate Hazelnut Domes

Jayna Teisinger, Fresno, CA
Teisinger created these nut-rich cookies with daughter Emily. Dusted with powdered sugar, they look like snow-capped mountains.

Florentine Bars

Marisa DeSimone, Pasadena, CA
“I make these every year as Christmas gifts,” DeSimone says. “The one year I didn’t, I never heard the end of it!”

Cornmeal-Fennel Cookies

Louise Pariani, Novato, CA
Cornmeal gives these tender cookies a pleasing texture and slightly nutty taste.