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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
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.

Raspberry Sugar Cookie

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chocolate-Raspberry Tassies

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

Almond Icebox Rounds

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

Vanilla and Mocha Angel Wings

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

Almond-Cinnamon Cookies

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

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.

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.

Catch-All Bars

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

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.

Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks

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

Nut Rings

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

Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

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

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!

Chocolate Bonbon Pops

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

Christmas Sandies

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

Almond Spritz

    Customize these buttery almond cookies with icing and small candies.

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.

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

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


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

Fruitcake Macaroons

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

Mint Crinkles

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

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.

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.

Brown Sugar Shortbreads

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

Salty-Sweet Butterscotch Cookies

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


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

Caramel-Cashew Cookies

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

Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons

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

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.

Butter Mint Cookies

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

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.

Cran-Crazy Cookies

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

Almond Breton Biscuits

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

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