Sweet Summer Cookie Recipes Worth Turning on the Oven For slideshow

You won’t even care about beating the heat after baking these tasty recipes

Chocolate Balsamic Macaroon Recipe

Lori Yates

The chocolate and balsamic in these cookies play so well off of each other, and the coconut just adds a little nuttiness.

-Emily Jacobs

Sweet Summer Cookie Recipes Worth Turning on the Oven For

Jackie Alpers

Cookies are magical desserts that have the power to transport us back in time. Who doesn’t remember a beloved cookie that Grandma baked every year or a recipe that reminds them of their favorite holiday? Cookies are so special that they’re well worth sweating over.

You’ll be excited to crank on the oven when you get a look at these seasonal recipes. If you’re looking for something to serve at a backyard soirée, check out our selections that have summery citrus flavors and hints of berry. Indulge with recipes like Linzer heart cookies or be creative with a crunchy tortilla cookie topped with avocado frosting. Get ready to sweat for some delicious sweets — we promise it will be worth it. 

Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Macaroon Recipe

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You can change this recipe to suit your tastes — just keep the proportion of dry ingredients the same. For instance, if you don’t like coconut, add more cereal.

-Emily Jacobs

Crunchy Tortilla Cookie with Avocado Frosting

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Distinctive, light, and perfect alongside other summer party foods, this cookie is a unique and delicious dessert to serve at your next gathering.

Embroidered Sugar Cookie Recipe

Jackie Alpers

Now’s your chance to take your "embroidery" and baking skills to the next level with this twist on a sugar cookie classic. What better compliment could a stitching artist receive than to have her work devoured by a hungry public?

-Emily Jacobs

Lemon Cornmeal Cookies

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Add cornmeal to these lemon cookies for a twist on a classic thumbprint cookie filled with lemon curd.

-The International Culinary Center

Linzer Heart Cookies

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These decorative cookies make beautiful and tasty gifts. An important tip: be sure to chop the nuts and chocolate very fine in a food processor or the dough will be too rough-textured to roll out smoothly. You need a graduated set of heart-shaped cookie cutters to make these.

-Tate’s Bake Shop

Orange Stir 'n' Drop Cookies

Lucy Shaeffer

A recipe so simple that it makes the perfect first project for kids who want to start baking. Stamping the cookies with a glass is a task even the tiniest hands can accomplish.

-Emily Jacobs

White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

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White chocolate and raspberries feel like delicacies, especially in the middle of summer, and these luxurious cookies pair perfectly with that flute of Champagne in your hand.

-Big Girls, Small Kitchen

White Sesame Cookies

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Sprinkled with white sesame seeds, these cookies are light and nutty.

-The International Culinary Center