12 Days of Holiday Sweets: Chocolate-Almond Cookies

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

These traditional crumbly cookies from the Basilicata region of Italy are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur. See the RecipeLandon Nordeman

Smart home cooks who find themselves in the frantic throes of holiday baking turn to the basics when they need a surefire hit. Christmas office party right around the corner? A plate of cookies never fails to please. These crispy, crumbly chocolate-almond cookies get their rich flavor from a good ½ cup of sweet, anise-flavored Galliano liqueur and more than a touch of coffee. Even better, the texture of these cookies resembles biscotti, so if you're finishing dinner with a glass of red wine, give one of these cookies a little dip in your glass, and savor at least one moment of calm during this hectic season. —The Editors