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These Christmas cookie recipes are sure to dazzle any crowd. Whether you're short on time and looking for easy Christmas cookie recipes, or you need to prepare fun Christmas cookie recipes for kids, these homemade treats are perfect for you and yours to celebrate the holiday season.
With brisk, minty flavor and dashing good looks, these penguin cookies will get all the attention at a holiday potluck or exchange. For gift-giving, package them in clear cellophane bags to elicit instant smiles.
Presenting your new signature holiday treat: Decadent drop cookies filled with fluffy marshmallow creme and crowned with indulgent dollops of chocolate. Don't be surprised when friends ask for them yearly.
Let our jam-packed cherry pinwheels sweep you off your feet. We bake these buttery cookies with a scoop of sour cream to create their supersoft texture. Unwrap them for a luscious, cherry-licious surprise.
Sneaking cookies for breakfast is easy when they're shaped like waffles. Break out the waffle maker but forget the syrup -- these goods call for a rich chocolate glaze and a sweet dunking in crushed candy canes.
Here's a golden cookie idea: Pair brown sugar with pumpkin pie spice. These two holiday essentials mingle perfectly in light and crisp cookie wedges. Smear with caramel topping for sweet bakery appeal.
Christmas is the time for all things coconut, and these cloudlike cookies are no exception. A crisp outer shell conceals a light interior accented with chocolate and toasted coconut. Feel free to make these crowd-pleasers ahead of time; they freeze beautifully for up to three months.
Thanks to homemade rum filling, every lush bite of these nutmeg thumbprints is melt-in-your-mouth good. Roll the gooey batter in chopped walnuts before baking.
Add fashion-forward style to your Christmas cookie decorating. Cut out a reindeer, then pipe frosting from darkest to lightest to create an ombre-inspired design. We used five shades to make our craveworthy cookie.
Share some holiday cheer by sending snazzy wreaths to your friends' and family's front doors. In our Christmas cookie version, we alternate vanilla and peppermint-chocolate doughs for a minty-sweet treat.
No tricky cookie cutters needed here -- a circle will do! These Frosty-approved snowflakes start with plain sugar cookies -- store-bought or homemade -- and finish with toothpick-swirled icing designs.
With just 20 minutes and five ingredients, you can have a twirly peppermint treat that's straight out of the storybooks. Get the candy cane look by brushing stripes of red food coloring onto your piping bag.
Bundle up fresh blondie bars in warm coats of white and dark chocolate as a sweet way to wish friends Merry Christmas. Bedazzle them in nuts, toffee, and sprinkles, then pop them onto red-and-white sticks for a cute lollipop look.
Ooh la la! We adore these scrumptious French cookies. After all, they're made with smooth butter and rich ground almonds. Roll the dough in red and white sprinkles before slicing and baking to add holiday sophistication.
These shortbread Christmas classics go from traditional to fabulous when dipped in melted white chocolate and rolled in nonpareils and edible glitter. (They're one of our best Christmas cookie recipes, too!)
Love chocolaty cookies but hate the calories? Bake a batch of these pronto. At less than 70 calories apiece, these crisp, nutty cookies are a sensible holiday treat, and a dark chocolate coating makes them undeniably decadent.
These winter-citrus cookies are formed by rolling logs of dough, then slicing, baking, and filling with lemony cream cheese frosting. A second rolling -- in crushed lemon drops -- is just for looks and sweet-tart crunch.
A splash of lime juice gives our light-as-air meringue cookies a fresh zip that's perfect for livening up your holiday traditions. Make these crisp cookies ultraglamorous by sprinkling on green-color sugar and red-hot candies.
Make light-as-ever meringues kissed with mint. For the ultimate bite, sandwich semisweet chocolate between two crisp meringues. Be sure to have your green food coloring handy while baking -- things are about to get festive!
Just try to resist this chocolate Christmas cookie: Chocolaty cream puffs sandwich a rose syrup-infused mascarpone filling. For serving to a crowd, skip the chocolate drizzle, or provide some bittersweet chocolate and melting instructions in a cute container to make the ultimate food gift.
Forget fruitcake -- these biscotti are fun to dip in coffee or enjoy with a cup of tea. Dried apricots, golden raisins, and pistachios provide the colorful freckles at the heart of the treats. (This is one of our favorite Italian Christmas cookie recipes!)