Christmas Checkerboard Cookies
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These Christmas Checkerboard Cookies are some of my favorite cookies to make for the holidays. UsuallTasty Little Christmas Giftsy, they’re made with chocolate and vanilla dough, but I like to spice things up a bit: my checkerboard cookies are colorful and feature unique, adventurous flavors. For beautiful cookies that look like miniature Christmas gifts, I like to pipe on a little icing bow. They are so cute!
How to Make Checkerboard Cookie Dough
At first glance, these festive cookies might look a little tricky, but don’t get discouraged: this checkerboard cookie recipe is easy. You’ll start by making a vanilla dough and dividing it into four pieces. This is when things get exciting!
The red checker is flavored with maraschino cherries, the green one is made with finely chopped pistachios, and for the white one I like to use orange zest and leave the dough a neutral color. The best part is the brown checker: cocoa powder and Kahlúa come together for a rich, adult flavor that everyone will devour.
How to Assemble the Checkerboard Cookies—Tips and Tricks
Here’s a tip: anyone can do this! To make a seamless checkerboard, all four flavors of dough are combined to make a log. Just roll each dough quarter out into a long strip and stack them in pairs to make one big log. Here’s another tip: refrigerate the dough after you assemble the log for perfect checkers. It’s too soft to slice at room temperature. When the log is firm, you can slice, bake and serve!