Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by baking early and freezing Christmas cookies. Each Santa-special treat freezes for up to three months.

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    Giant Ginger Cookies

    These cookies are huge! Extra chewy and full of ginger flavor, these giants make a great edible gift for the holidays -- just be sure to save one for Santa! These big cookies stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months.

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    Peanut Butter Blossoms

    Peanut butter and chocolate work together like Santa and his elves. This easy recipe makes 54 cookies -- eat some fresh out of the oven, then freeze the rest for up to three months.

     

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    Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

    These bright red bars are ready to party! Rich red velvet cheesecake with a drizzle of milk chocolate makes for a delicious and festive holiday treat. Prepare and freeze these beautiful bars up to three months ahead of time.

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    Jelly-of-the-Month Cookies

    These cookies are inspired by a classic Christmas movie. Use your favorite flavor of jelly to customize the taste, and finish with a white chocolate drizzle. Clark Griswold would approve.

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    Easy Sugar Cookies

    These are no ordinary sugar cookies. The cookie recipe can be customized seven different delicious ways, so there's sure to be a flavor for everyone. Every variation can be frozen for up to three months. White chocolate and pistachio, anyone?

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    Red-Plaid Cookies

    These adorable checkered cookies will add a pop of color to your cookie plate -- and your freezer! Whether they're fresh out of the oven or have been tucked away in the cold for three months, these cookies will disappear in a hurry.

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    Giant Double-Mint Cookies

    Mint and chocolate are the perfect flavors for the holiday season -- and when together, they're spectacular! An extra coating of dark chocolate on top helps make these cookies extra sweet. Make and freeze these minty delights up to three months ahead of time.

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    Cherry-Walnut Balls

    With a coating of powdered sugar and sparkly edible glitter, these festive cookies are the perfect sweet snack over the holidays. Filled with maraschino cherries and toasted walnuts, the cute cookies will be gone in a flash.

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    7-Layer Bars

    In addition to all the sugary sweets, the holidays need a few healthy treats. Guests will still feel like they're indulging after tasting the orange, coconut, and cranberry flavors in these bars.

     

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    Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies

    Giant gingerbread cookies are the perfect size for Santa's reindeer -- and your hungry family. The soft and chewy cookies get their spice from ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

     

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    Strawberry Shortbread

    The pretty color of this strawberry icing makes strawberry shortbread cookies a Christmastime favorite. Freeze the rest to enjoy again in a few months. Who would have thought you could get ahead on baking during the holidays?

     

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    Caramel Apple Cookies

    These chewy cookies give you all the flavor of gooey caramel apples but without the mess. Freeze them, let them thaw, then top them with sweet caramel icing and toasted nuts.

    Editor's Tip: To toast nuts, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until nuts are slightly golden; cool.

     

     

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    Milk Chocolate and Cherry Cookies

    Guests will take bites of these milk chocolate cookies -- and find a sweet cherry surprise in the middle. After you discover the cherry center? Well, then, you'll just want another.

     

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    Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

    No other flavor says holidays quite like pumpkin. You'll be extra impressed by these mouthwatering made-with-canned-pumpkin cookies that stay soft -- even after you freeze them.

     

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    Triple-Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Two classic cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter) combine in these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside cookies. Honey-roasted peanuts and mini peanut butter cups take them to the next level.

     

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    Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

    Press together two red-swirled sugar cookies around a DIY peppermint filling. It's Christmas in sandwich form.

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    Salted-Peanut Blossoms

    The batter is packed with peanut butter, each center is crowded by a candy bar, and you can freeze them. This just might be your new favorite Christmas cookie.

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    The Best Sugar Cookies

    Take a note from Santa and serve these sugary cookies with big glasses of milk. These treats are soft, moist, and chewy -- not crispy.

     

     

     

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    How to Mail Cookies

    Distance keeping you from spending the holidays with everyone you care about? Mail cookies to friends and family to spread some Christmas cheer.

     

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    Gone Bananas Biscotti

    Cranberries and pomegranates may get the usual Christmas love, but here's a case for bananas. Crispy, fruity, and chocolaty, these freezer-friendly biscotti challenge seasonal bias.

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    Star Mint Meringues

    Something this light and dreamy -- from your freezer? You bet! Meringues get together with the season's favorite flavor in this make-ahead Christmas cookie.

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    Chocolate-Espresso Coins

    Despite their size, these adorable little cookies pack big espresso flavor. Before serving, drizzle them with melted chocolate for even more sweetness!

     

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    Milk Chocolate Truffle Brownies

    Some days, we just nail it -- and the day these truffle brownies came out of the oven was one of them. Consider it: A homemade brownie base topped with broken squares of truffle-filled milk chocolate. Yum!

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    Mint-Chocolate Cookies

    Go ahead and reap the praises for these ridiculously easy andadorable-looking cookies. Nab the green candy disks in your grocer's baking aisle or at a hobby store.

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    Lemon Ladyfinger Sandwich Cookies

    Lemon and ladyfingers should have met a long time ago. They're natural dance partners in these sandwich cookies that rely on subtlety over sweetness.

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    Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

    Hello, citrus! Orange peel and a complementary ginger zest add the zing in these crunchy freeze-and-forget cookies.

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    Chocomint Blossoms

    Festive red-and-white-stripe candies are the finishing touch atop these jaunty chocolate cookies. Consider them the Christmas redo of peanut butter blossoms.

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    Twixy Shortbread Bars

    These three layers play together nicely: Dulche de leche and semisweet chocolate are set atop a crunchy sugar cookie base. Oh, and they freeze nicely, too.

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    No-Bake Lemon Drops

    These lemony, no-bake delights couldn't be simpler. Seven ingredients, three steps, and 30 minutes yields 36 cookies. And yep, they freeze like a dream. Pucker up!

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    Tangerine Butter Cookies

    Shredded tangerine peel and orange extract mark the spot in thecenters of these bright butter cookies.

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    Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

    Well, hello there, Frosty! From their peanut butter cup hats to their sprinkle noses, these adorable melty snowmen cookies will earn an honored spot in your Christmas recipe repertoire.

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    Chocolate-Mint Thins

    Here's our take on those addictive Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy the shortbreadlike texture and mint-chocolate flavor in a crunchy, thin package. Go the extra mile after thawing with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.

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    Honey Coins

    These really couldn't get any easier. Make dough, roll it into a log, wrap, and freeze. As many as three months later, the honey-infused sandies are ready for the cookie tray.

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    Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

    Perk up your platter with these cherry-topped cuties. The scalloped edges are a must (yes, it's worth nabbing a new cookie cutter), but the hardest work is handled by your favorite fruit. There are chopped cherries in the batter, cherry liqueur in the frosting, and full-bodied beauties dotting the tops.

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    Mint Meringue Kisses

    Kissed by mint and charmed by chocolate, this freezer-happy meringue hits all the right refreshing notes.

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    Salted Chocolate-Caramel Rounds

    A gooey chocolate-caramel center is the surprise in these cookies; the caramel glaze and sprinkled coarse sea salt are the eye-catchers. Keep your counter mess-free by drizzling the cookies over a piece of waxed paper.

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    Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

    Transform a breakfast favorite into a slice-and-bake cookie made for munching any time of day. The chopped nut topping is optional, but c'mon -- crunch is everything.

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    Pistachio and Vanilla Bean Cookies

    Salty-sweet treats are having a moment. Celebrate the counterbalance with salted dry-roasted pistachios atop ubersweet white chocolate. Vanilla beans dot the cookie batter.

     

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    Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

    Creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet, humble yet hearty. Yep -- these thumbprints check all the boxes. Vanilla caramels, finely chopped hazelnuts, and two kinds of chocolate infuse the freezer-ready cookies with favorite flavors of the season.

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    White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread

    Pretty up buttery shortbread with chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate. Earn presentation points for a roll in nonpareils or red edible glitter. See how!

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    Fat Molasses Cookies

    These easy-freeze molasses cookies are likely to become a Christmas staple. Basic ingredients match wits with ground ginger, cider vinegar, and molasses for a cookie with real depth.

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    Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Slices

    Opt for a Meyer lemon when you make these sweet-savory cookies. The lemon-orange hybrid goes to work in these just-tart treats. Fresh rosemary makes the transition from savory to sweet in this dessert.

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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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