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10 Festive Treats to
Make for the Holidays

These sweet treats are perfect for sharing with friends–or eating all by yourself!

December 19, 2017

Holiday treats take on many different sizes, shapes, and colors, but they bring families together across the globe. Whether you’re making Great Grandma’s secret chocolate chip cookies, that famous Mexican hot chocolate, or beloved German pfeffernuesse, you’re left with a certain joy that only homemade treats can provide. Baja Arizona has its own variety of holiday treats–brightened with citrus, held together by mesquite and Sonoran white wheat flours, and given a little extra crunch with local pistachios and pecans. Indulge in the Sonoran Desert’s harvest with this collection of 10 festive treats to make for the holidays!

  1. Soft Meyer Lemon Cookies: Soft, tender sugar cookies that are sweetened with local raw honey, brightened with seasonal Meyer lemons, and drizzled with a creamy glaze.
    Soft Meyer Lemon Cookies and local milk

    Image credit: Shelby Thompson

  2. Lemon Pistachio Shortbread Cookies: Simple shortbread cookies are given a little extra pizazz with the addition of local pistachios and fresh lemon zest. These cookies are the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea!
    Lemon Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

    Image credit: Jackie Alpers

  3. Chocolate and Double Nut Cookies: Like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies–with the addition of acorn flour and pecans!
    Chocolate and Double Nut Cookies.

    Image credit: Bill Steen

  4. Date-Stuffed Cookies: Lightly sweetened mesquite cookie dough is stuffed with a rich paste made of dates, figs, nuts, and warm holiday spices. Baked and sliced, these Date-Stuffed Cookies make a beautiful addition to the dessert table.
    date-stuffed cookies

    Image credit: Kat Davis

  5. Meyer Lemon French Macaron Cookies: Adding Meyer lemon to these macarons is the perfect way to make them a little less French and a little more Baja Arizona.
    Meyer lemon french macarons

    Image credit: Shelby Thompson

  6. Extra Spicy Gingersnap Cookies: Okay, there aren’t any locally sourced ingredients in these cookies. But the holidays just aren’t the same without a batch of spicy ginger cookies.
    Extra Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

    Image credit: An Mal

  7. Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies: Still have a leftover pumpkin or squash from a few weeks back? Sweeten it up by adding it to a batch of these tender snickerdoodles!
    Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Image credit: Shelby Thompson

  8. Mexican Hot Chocolate and Spicy Marshmallows: Is it even winter if you don’t take the time to enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa, filled to the brim with fluffy marshmallows? Ditch the packaged stuff and dive head-on into a mug of this chocolate-y homemade hot chocolate–it’s perfectly spicy and will warm you to the core.
    Mexican hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows

    Image credit: Kat Davis

  9. Secret Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies: The secret in these Secret Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies? Sweet potato! These healthier chocolate chip cookies will leave you with a satisfied sweet tooth and a happy belly.
    mesquite chocolate chip cookies

    Image credit: Shelley Kirkwood

  10. Red and Green Cookies: These naturally sweetened cookies are studded with red cranberries and green pistachios. One bite will have you feeling merry and bright!
    cookies with cranberries and pistachios

    Image credit: Kat Davis

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