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These gorgeous and delicious Christmas cookies will impress your friends and family. Bonus: Every recipe here is a snap to make -- they'll only think you spent hours baking.


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Snowball Trees

    Got sprinkles? Then you've likely got everything you need in your kitchen for this eight-ingredient cookie. Balled up to look like a Christmas tree, it's the perfect addition to your cookie platter.

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Raspberry Sugar Cookie

    Sandwich raspberry preserves between sweet vanilla-sugar cookies for a dessert that's both pretty and tasty.

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Black Forest Cookies

    You don't have to tell anyone that the base of this cherry-topped sweet treat is a store-bought cookie. You enhance the flavor with cherry preserves mixed with chocolate frosting and optional cherry-flavor brandy.

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Petite Peppermint Sandwiches

    Think itty-bitty when it comes to sharing Christmas cookies. These peppermint delights are just larger than the hard candy that inspired them.

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Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

    A crunchy-sweet swirl of mixed nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon dresses up basic cookie dough. Vanilla glaze adds a festive holiday touch.

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Chocolate Crinkles

    A sprinkling of sugar tops these simple-to-make chocolate cookies. Prep takes just 30 minutes, and each batch bakes for just eight minutes.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Tassies

    The rich, gooey filling in these tarts has a hit of raspberry liqueur.

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Almond Icebox Rounds

    Cream cheese gives these almond-studded, slice-and-bake cookies moistness and richness.

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Vanilla and Mocha Angel Wings

    These buttery, powdered sugar-dusted crescents feature delicate vanilla flavor.

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Almond-Cinnamon Cookies

    A browned-butter drizzle takes these super-simple cookies to the next level.

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Mexican Chipotle Chocolate Bites

    These little cookie sandwiches perfectly balance spicy and sweet. Basic cookie dough is spiked with chipotle chili pepper, while a fluffy chocolate filling adds sweetness.

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Espresso Shots

    Press balls of espresso cookie dough into mini muffin cups, then fill with luscious spiced chocolate. A decadent espresso-chocolate ganache makes a festive finishing touch.

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Catch-All Bars

    Dark chocolate, toffee, coconut, and pecans fill these chewy bar cookies.

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Spritz Blossoms

    These dainty cookies, decorated with powdered sugar icing and silver dragees, are always a hit at cookie exchange parties -- and they make beautiful gifts.

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Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks

    Love the zing of Red Hots? Crushed and mixed with sugar, they become a crunchy topper for these biscotti-like cookies.

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Nut Rings

    Edible glitter and a swirl of frosting turn these simple cookies into a favorite holiday treat.

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Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

    Coarse sugar gives these lightly spiced cookies a touch of holiday sparkle.

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Honey-Ginger Bites

    In this modern spin on pfeffernuesse, white pepper adds subtle zip, while ginger and honey keep things sweet. It makes the perfect baked gift!

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Chocolate Bonbon Pops

    To make these lovely no-bake treats, freeze the dough balls on sticks, then dip them in a melted chocolate mixture.

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Christmas Sandies

    Dried cranberries and lemon peel add zing to these festive little cookies.

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Almond Spritz

    Customize these buttery almond cookies with icing and small candies.

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Eggnog Spritz

    These buttery cookies feature all the delicious flavors of the popular Christmas cocktail. Melted white chocolate and a dusting of nutmeg make a pretty finishing touch.

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Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

    Melted white chocolate and crushed pistachio nuts dress up simple shortbread cookies.

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Gingersnaps

    You can't go wrong with this classic Christmas cookie. Sprinkle on coarse sugar for a bit of holiday cheer.

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Fruitcake Macaroons

    Featuring the delicious flavors of two classic holiday desserts, this crowd-pleasing cookie makes an ideal gift.

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Mint Crinkles

    Layered chocolate-mint candies add pizzazz to this classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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Creamy Peanut Butter Bites

    Chocolate-covered peanut butter cups nestle inside peanut butter cookies for a happy surprise. A sprinkling of cocoa powder adds extra chocolaty goodness.

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Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Cups

    Put a spicy surprise into holiday baking with a cornmeal cookie base and a filling that packs heat as well as sweet.

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Brown Sugar Shortbreads

    A pretty flower pattern dresses up these easy-to-make, pumpkin-spiced cookies.

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Salty-Sweet Butterscotch Cookies

    Dry-roasted cashews add a salty spin to classic butterscotch-chip cookies.

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Alfajores

    These traditional Argentine sandwich cookies feature a creamy dulce de leche filling.

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Caramel-Cashew Cookies

    These sophisticated treats feature a cashew shortbread base and a luscious caramel filling.

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Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons

    Topped with grated nutmeg and finely chopped macadamia nuts, these pretty cookies are a treat to eat.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Drops

    These moist cookies combine three favorites -- chocolate, peanut butter, and banana -- and they use just four ingredients. Add an extra festive touch by decorating them with red coarse sugar.

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Butter Mint Cookies

    Powdered sugar makes a simple topping for these tender, minty butter cookies.

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Coconut Macaroons

    Wrap four or five of these simple macaroons in red cellophane, tie each bundle with silver ribbon, and give them out as gifts.

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Cran-Crazy Cookies

    Lemon peel adds fresh flavor to these whole wheat cranberry cookies.

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Almond Breton Biscuits

    Red coarse sugar jazzes up these almond-filled, sugary sliced cookies.

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