With classic sugar cookies, cherry-filled macarons, tassies, shortbread, and more, these gorgeous and delicious Christmas cookies are sure to impress your friends and family. Bonus: Every Christmas cookie recipe here is a snap to make -- they'll only think you spent hours baking.
Ready to win the Christmas cookie exchange? Just bring a platter of these sweet snowmen. Rich from cream cheese, bright from orange zest, and delightfully cute any way you decorate them (we give three adorable options!), these frosty fellas will steal the show.
We're baking in a winter wonderland! Create gorgeous snowflake cookies from easy-to-whip-up almond cookie dough and a few simple decorations. Ice and stack them, or bedeck them with chocolate curls and candy pearls -- your choice!
Meet Santa's new favorite cookie. Sun-kissed citrus brightens the frosty-white batter, while candied ginger packs a rich holiday punch. Don't forget the milk for dunking!
You don't have to tell anyone that the base of this cherry-topped sweet treat is a store-bought cookie. Enhance the flavor with cherry preserves mixed with chocolate frosting and optional cherry-flavor brandy.
Impressive-looking Christmas cookies don't have to be time-consuming. These brightly-colored flowers start with balls of refrigerated cookie dough that we snipped with scissors to form pretty petals.
Craving candy canes? We've got you covered. Split vanilla cookie dough into two parts: one plain, one rosy red. (Thanks, food coloring!) Bring the cookies together with a cool smear of peppermint filling.
Have a heart -- make an adorable Rudolph cookie to share at your cookie exhange. Royal icing provides his fur and antler coloring, and chocolate-coated candy pieces work great for his eager eyes and famous nose.
Not all that glitters is gold, but these sparkling cookies sure are! Our simple cutout cookies -- slathered with icing and decked in edible sparkles -- will be a starry-eyed surprise among exhange-goers.
Salty-sweet, nutty, and rich with vanilla flavor (we double it up with extract and a scraped vanilla bean), these special-occasion cookies outshine any shortbread bought in stores. Sprinkle brightly colored pistachios over the cookies' still-wet white chocolate coating for edible holiday greenery.
These mini tarts' rich, gooey filling gets its boozy edge from a dose of raspberry liqueur.
Sandwich homemade cherry buttercream inside lightly crisped almond-flavor macarons for a delectable mini bite.
Six whimsical snowmen are better than one! With a snowflake-shape cookie cutter, you can make quick work of sugar cookies that celebrate your love for the season's frosty fellows.
If you're a fan of traditional crescent-shape Christmas cookies, you'll love this decadent twist. Lightly spiced browned butter frosting and creamy macadamia nuts make these quarter-moon cookies irresistible.
Bring a campfire favorite to your next holiday party! Chocolate wafer cookies take the place of graham crackers, but ooey-gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate make a familiar appearance in these s'more bars.
As the name implies, seven delicious ingredients go to work in these so-easy bars. You'll hit fruity notes, creamy white chocolate, and crunchy nuts in each bite.