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7 Holiday Cookie Recipes From Beloved Bakeshops Across Canada

We asked our readers which local bakeries serve up the best holiday cookies, then asked the bakeries if they’d be willing to share the details. Here, seven beloved recipes—from vegan chocolate crinkle to glazed gingerbread—from seven beloved bakeshops across Canada.

A paper-art cut out version of a holiday home, cut out of white paper, with six cookies in the post all behind the windows, on a blue background

Produced by Radiyah Chowdhury, Irene Ngo and Aimee Nishitoba; photography by Erik Putz; food styling by Michelle Rabin; Paper art by Ali Harrison of Light + Paper

A plate with three mint chip cookies—dark brown and drizzled with a chocolate drizzle

Crave Cupcakes’ Mint Chip Cookies

“Our dark chocolate cookie is an original recipe we started baking at our first Crave location 17 years ago. This version has a hint of mint and is decorated with a fun green chocolate drizzle and mini chocolate chips. For the classic dark chocolate cookie found in our stores, omit the mint extract.” —Carolyne Jackson, co-founder, Calgary. Get Crave Cupcakes’ Mint Chip Cookies recipe here.

a brown butter holiday confetti cookie with red and green sprinkles in the centre of a cut-out paper ornament

Nutmeg Bakeshop’s Brown Butter Holiday Confetti Cookies

“This recipe is special to us, as it started on our menu when we were vendors at the Aurora Farmers’ Market—before we even opened our doors. It’s our spin on a holiday sugar cookie. At Nutmeg Bakeshop, we believe that the browned butter, as well as a generous amount of both salt and vanilla, give it some added depth. It’s also a great base recipe to mix in whatever sprinkles and ingredients you like.” —Megan Fisher, owner, Newmarket, Ont. Get Nutmeg Bakeshop’s Brown Butter Holiday Confetti Cookies recipe here.

Dutch Bakery & Diner's Chocolate-Dipped Star Cookies

Dutch Bakery & Diner’s Chocolate-Dipped Star Cookies

“When our family started the Dutch Bakery & Diner 65 years ago, they never would’ve imagined their shortbread cookie recipe would be featured in a magazine! This is our Dutch take on the classic Canadian shortbread—we hope you have fun baking them.” —Michele Byrne, manager, Victoria. Get Dutch Bakery & Diner’s Chocolate-Dipped Star Cookies recipe here.

Duchess Bake Shop's Cardamom Orange Sablés Bretons

Duchess Bake Shop’s Cardamom Orange Sablés Bretons

“These traditional French butter cookies are a snap to make. They positively melt in your mouth and make a great addition to any holiday cookie lineup. The cardamom-and- orange combination is perfect for the holidays, but if you aren’t a fan, you could simply omit those flavourings and add a bit more vanilla.”—Giselle Courteau, co-owner, Duchess Bake Shop, Edmonton. Get Duchess Bake Shop’s Cardamom Orange Sablés Bretons recipe here.

Sable Shortbread Cherry Pistachio Shortbread

Sable Shortbread’s Cherry Pistachio Shortbread

“Cherries and pistachios make a wonderful Christmas combo in this delightful shortbread cookie. Roasting your pistachios ahead of time and using the best-quality maraschino cherries you can find (we like Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino Cherries) really makes these cookies sing!”—Lorraine Pike, co-owner, Sable Shortbread, Kentville, N.S. Get Sable Shortbread’s Cherry Pistachio Shortbread recipe here.

Whisk and Sugar Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Whisk and Sugar’s Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

“One of my best memories growing up was making holiday cookies with my family—now I get to pass that tradition to my own kids. These soft and fudgy vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are a classic holiday cookie that’s perfect for any party or cookie exchange. They’re sure to please even the pickiest cookie or chocolate lover.” —Courtney Van Horne, owner, Charlottetown (now closed, sadly). Get Whisk and Sugar’s Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe here.

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