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Foods to Keep You Calm This Holiday Season

Foods to Keep You Calm This Holiday Season



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That whole “Keep Calm, and Carry On” mantra is fine most of the year, but don’t tell that to the person shopping, cooking dinner, or assembling bicycles at midnight on Christmas Eve. The stress of the holidays can cause your mood to change from joyful to melancholy in no time, spoiling the festivities with family and friends.

Click here for the Fight Holiday Stress with Superfoods slideshow.

This year, prevent the holiday blues by eating your way to a less stressful celebration. Yes, some foods can reduce stress in a healthy way, not the eating-cake-over-the-sink-so-no-one-sees way.

Foods high in vitamin C, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and complex carbohydrates lower stress levels by bolstering your immune system and reducing blood pressure. This might not sound like your typical comfort foods, but that’s because true stress-relieving foods do more than raise serotonin levels, like that gooey and fattening mac and cheese might.

We asked, Keri Gans, RDN and author of The Small Change Diet, to weigh in on a few foods commonly touted as “stress-reducing” for a little more information on why these foods alleviate stress and what pitfalls to avoid when diving in for another bite.


Avocados contain B vitamins and folic acid, which may help to alleviate stress. Keep in mind though that one serving of avocado is around a quarter of the avocado. If you eat a lot more than one serving at a time you will be consuming more calories than you should which in itself can be stress inducing!


There has been some research to suggest that the antioxidant polyphenol found in chocolate may help decrease stress. However, with chocolate more is not better, as the calories from fat and sugar can easily add up.


Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory compound, which research has shown may decrease depression and possibly anxiety in healthy individuals.


Almonds contain the antioxidant vitamin E that may help boost your immune system, which is important during stressful times. You can enjoy almonds with a piece of fruit, tossed in your oatmeal, yogurt, or a smoothie, or on the go in a KIND Nuts & Spices Carmel Almond and Sea Salt Bar.


Drinking tea has been shown to help reduce stress; however, which particular compounds found in tea is responsible for this is still uncertain. It has also been shown that the ritual of making and drinking tea unto itself can be the reason for a decrease in stress.


The following slideshow is provided by special contributor, Julie Ruggirello.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.


5 easy Christmas cookies to make, and then eat entirely on your own this holiday season

Guide to last-minute Christmas gifts

Skip and Alison Bedell share their holiday favorites on ‘Fox &amp Friends.’

Are you hesitant to bake an entire batch of Christmas cookies because you’re expecting fewer guests (or no guests) for this year’s holiday festivities? Well, don’t be! We both know you’re entirely capable of polishing off an entire tray on your own.

To that end, we’ve scoured the Internet’s best food blogs to provide you with a smattering of the sweetest recipes of the season. From shortbreads to a twist on the traditional "blossom" cookie, there’s something here for anyone’s taste . if you do plan on sharing whatever meager crumbs are left after you’ve snacked.

Keep reading for a few ideas, then run to the grocery store and grab some milk. You’re gonna need it.

Holiday Shortbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Holiday Shortbread Cookies With Royal Icing (Cooking Classy)

Forget about Royal Dansk. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy has a butter cookie that’s equally neat and sweet, and can be topped with royal icing, chocolate, sprinkles — or all of the above. Click here for the recipe.

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms

Coconut Macaroon Blossoms (Mom On Timeout)

A twist on more traditional "blossom" cookies, this recipe coconut macaroon blossoms, courtesy of Trish from Mom On Timeout, blend two of her most popular recipes. "Chewy on the inside with perfectly toasted coconut on the outside, they really are unbelievably delicious," she writes.

Butter ‘Snowballs’

Butter ‘Snowballs’ (Kristine's Kitchen)

Passed down from her great-grandmother, this recipe for "snowballs" is still a family favorite every Christmas, according to Kristine at Kristine’s Kitchen. The cookies also call for walnuts or pecans (your choice) for a distinctly nutty flavor — and an appropriate one for an appropriately nutty year.

Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Icing

Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing (IHeartNaptime)

Jamielynn of IHeartNaptime admits that "eggnog is one of those flavors that you either love or hate," but claims that her eggnog-hating friend "LOVED" this recipe, and even asked for it after tasking one of the cookies.

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)

Yes, we’ve come full-circle back to shortbread. But when a recipe calls for dried cranberries and orange, it just seems like something that could win the Signature Challenge on "The Great British Baking Show." Click here to learn how they’re made.