Christmas Cookie Recipes

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.

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    Cute Homemade Christmas Cookie Recipes

    Get ready for the holidays with this collection of cookie recipes perfect for Christmas. Our simple Christmas cookie recipes will make this year's baking a breeze!

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    Basic Thumbprint Cookies

    These simple yet versatile cookies are great for when kids want to help out in the kitchen! Involve younger chefs by using their thumbprint in the sugar cookie dough, or ask them to choose their favorite jam and sprinkle topping.

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    Salted Chocolate-Caramel Rounds

    These caramel-coated confections boast a sweet surprise when you bite into them: more chocolate-covered caramel! A sprinkling of coarse salt offsets the sweet layering of chocolate and candy for a holiday treat that everyone will indulge in.

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    Bell-Shape Reindeer Cookies

    These Rudolph-inspired treats are a sweet addition to any reindeer games. Bell-shape cookies are decorated with chocolate frosting, candy coated antlers, and a bright red jelly bean. With the ability to easily customize each reindeer from Donner to Dasher, you'll be the one shouting out with glee!

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    Chocolate-Mint Thins

    Girl Scout cookies are in the off-season, but these chocolate-mint thins are a delicious substitute that Santa will love just as much. Use cocoa and mint extract to infuse cookie dough that you twist together, then slice and bake. It yields 60 cookies -- more than enough for you and Santa to share.

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    Holiday Snowmen Cookies

    Store-bought cookie dough can be easily molded into this traditional snowman shape. After baking the cookies for 10 minutes, these snowmen are ready to cool. Frost the cookies with royal icing, then decorate with candies of your choice. In true Frosty fashion, these cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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    Glazed Bizcochito Stars

    This homemade dough combines vanilla beans, anise seeds, and lemon peel for a tasty shortbread. Use a star cookie cutter to shape the sweets -- or your favorite holiday shape -- then top the cookies with cinnamon sugar. After baked, drizzle the cookies with a lemon glaze to draw out the citrus flavor more fully.

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    Mint-Chocolate Trees

    Bake a chipper batch of these itty-bitty Christmas tree cookies in just four easy steps using homemade dough, food coloring, and pecan halves.

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    3-D Gingerbread Trees

    Every homemade gingerbread house deserves a dazzling display of Christmas trees. Decorate these wonderland-worthy gingerbread cookie trees to your heart's desire with our quick icing recipe, powdered sugar, and pastel candies.

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    Roly-Poly Santas

    Roll your way to big-bellied Santa cookies complete with chocolate-dotted coat buttons. Pipe snow frosting for his fluffy white beard, and add a cinnamon candy for his cherry-red nose.

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    Round Snowflake Cookies

    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.

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    Partridge-in-a-Pear-Tree Cookies

    Get ready for the first day of Christmas with these fruit-flavored confections. Apricot preserves are pressed between pear-shape cookies, while a dusting of powdered sugar emphasizes the festive partirdge cutout.

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    Hang a Cookie from a Glass of Milk!

    Add a little Christmas magic to your cookie platter by serving these gravity-defying sweets. We'll show you how.

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    Peppermint Penguins

    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.

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    Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

    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.

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    Chocolate-Marshmallow Cookies

    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.

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    Snowball Trees

    Roll and pack homemade dough into snowball-like cookie trees. String them with sweet vanilla icing, then add fun pops of color using decorative candies for lights.

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    Cherry Pinwheels

    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.

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    Browned Butter Pecan Sandies

    Presentation counts, and this tasty Christmas cookie recipe looks gorgeous when finished with coarse sugar and a molasses drizzle. A pecan half hints at what's inside.

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    Blondie Sticks

    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 striped sticks for a cute lollipop look.

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    Piped Reindeer Cookies

    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.

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    Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies

    With layers of raspberry preserves, white chocolate, and mascarpone, these decadent holiday cookie sandwiches are irresistible.

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    White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

    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!)

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    Brown Sugar and Spice Wedges

    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.

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    Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

    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 3 months.

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    Brown Sugar S'more Drops

    You've heard of Christmas in July; we think turnabout is fair play. Chunks of graham cracker and swirls of marshmallow creme set these chocolate-studded drops apart from the cookie exchange crowd.

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    Eggnog-Nut Thumbprints

    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.

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    Chocolate-Dipped Trail Bites

    There's no wrong way to present these pretty Christmas cookies: Enjoy the cranberry shortbread as is; dip half of the cookie in lush melted chocolate; sprinkle with sea salt; or top with a candied orange slice.

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    French Pistachio Creamwiches

    These mini party-perfect treats are filled with brandy-flavored buttercream and rolled in pistachios for sweet-salty crunch and a festive hint of green.

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    Star Mint Meringues

    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 piping on stripes of red food coloring.

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    Mint-Chocolate and Vanilla Wreaths

    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.

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    Christmas Thyme Cookies

    Put a fresh spin on been-there-done-that butter cookies with tart lemon and fragrant thyme. Dust these upgraded Christmas cookies with glittering green sugar before popping them in the oven.

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    Lime Meringue Wreaths

    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.

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    Almond Breton Biscuits

    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.

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    Chocolate-Dipped Almond Thins

    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.

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    Toasty Coconut Wedges

    Make a play on pie with coconut-crusted cookie wedges. Coarse green sugar provides an elegant edge.

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    Mint Meringue Kisses

    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!

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    Chocolate Puffs with Mascarpone Cream

    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.

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    Chocolate Palmiers

    A hint of hazelnut takes these rolled-dough palmiers beyond typical chocolate cookies. The distinctive look comes from shaping the flattened dough into spirals.

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    Tangerine Butter Cookies

    A distinctive X in the center of these cookies makes them stand apart from basic butter cookies -- and so does the finely shredded tangerine peel, which adds a refreshing citrus bite to these sugar-topped treats.

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    Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

    Dive into the nutty-sweet goodness of chocolate thumbprint cookies. Their gooey caramel-hazelnut garnishes are sure to be the main attraction of any Christmas cookie exchange.

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    Triple-Decker Decadence

    A pretty swirl of ganache adds a special twist to these chocolaty holiday cookies, while dark brown sugar makes them extra rich.

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    Cherry-Pistachio Cremes

    These pretty Christmas cookies offer a creamy cherry-flavor mixture, crushed pistachio nuts, and a maraschino cherry on top.

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    Lemon-Cream Icebox Sandwiches

    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 for looks and a sweet-tart crunch.

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    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.
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