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Cookies with Magical Middles

Behold a sweet surprise inside these three new recipes. You’ll love how each one’s easier than the next.

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We’re all about simple desserts, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. These cookies with secret (magical!) centers are part of our collection of nine new Christmas cookies, which also include Showstopping Sandwiches and Wintry Whites. Find even more seasonal entertaining ideas in our 2013 Holiday Lookbook.


Gingerbread-Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Give the classic turtle a seasonal twist with our famous gingerbread cookie dough. Then fill the thumbprints with dulce de leche or caramel sauce for an instant classic.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Get cozy with easy-to-make cookie cups that take a cue from a minty mug of hot cocoa. Best served warm after sledding or snowman-building.

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Cranberry-Stuffed Eggnog Cookies

Cranberry + eggnog? It’s a match made in holiday-flavor heaven. Whip up a batch for neighborhood holiday parties, red-cheeked carolers or just because!

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Get a grip on scooping. Pillsbury food editor Madison Mayberry recommends a good-quality metal scoop to ensure even-handed dough dollops. “Trust me, you’ll never bother with two spoons again,” she says.

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