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.
Store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough mixes with cocoa powder for an irresistible treat. The trick to this cookie is dipping the balls in milk and rolling in sprinkles before baking. Finish them off with a dark chocolate kiss!
These bite-size gingersnaps are spiced with cardamom, pepper, and molasses, then topped with crystallized ginger. The easily shareable treats can be frozen for up to three months -- so make enough to last the whole winter.
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.
These snow globes shake up any Christmas cookie exchange. Achieve wonderland-worthy landscapes with the help of sprinkles, edible glitter, and small candies. Our favorite decorating trick? When you lightly press holiday cookie cutters into the dough before baking, icing is as easy as coloring inside the lines.
With just 35 minutes of prep time, these snickerdoodles mix crushed graham crackers, cinnamon chips, and white baking pieces. This crowd-pleasing cookie is sweet and flavorful -- definitely one you'll want to keep on the nice list year-round!
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.
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 exchange. 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 exchange-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 a 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.