Gorgeous Christmas Cookies from a Mix

To save time with your holiday cookie baking, start with a cookie mix or store-bought cookie dough, then add your own creative touches.

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Cornmeal-Sage Thumbprints
Cornmeal-Sage Thumbprints

    Dried sage leaves and orange marmalade add flair to tender thumbprint cookies.

Cranberry-Date Bars

    These easy crowd-pleasers start with a biscuit mix and take just 15 minutes of prep time.

Crispy Chocolate Chewies

    Topped with toasted coconut and coconut-pecan frosting, these crisp cookies start with a German chocolate cake mix.

Toffee-Coffee Brownie

    Coffee crystals give brownies-from-a-box rich, chocolaty flavor. A touch of Irish liqueur adds pizzazz to store-bought vanilla frosting, while toffee pieces make a yummy topper.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Bars

    With just six ingredients, including a peanut butter cookie mix, you can whip up this irresistible holiday treat.

Peanut Butter and Caramel Chip Cookies

    This snazzier twist on peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies starts with biscuit mix and features caramel-swirled chocolate chips and a drizzling of melted chocolate.

Gingerbread-Espresso Spirals

    With just five ingredients -- including sugar cookie and gingerbread dough -- these cookies are simple to make.

Chocolate Chip Kisses

    Chocolate chip cookie dough adds a fun twist to this classic Christmas favorite.

Chocolaty Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

    A classic flavor pairing -- chocolate and peanut butter -- comes together to make these irresistible Christmas cookies. A dusting of coarse sugar adds a festive touch.

Pumpkin-Spiced Star Cookies

    Buttery icing adds a festive touch to these simple cutout cookies. Serve them with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Hazelnut and Eggnog Cookie Sandwiches

    A creamy eggnog filling jazzes up traditional butter cookie sandwiches topped with festive coarse sugar.

Cherry-Almond Chews

    With only three ingredients -- gingerbread cookie dough, dried cherries, and chopped almonds -- these cookies take just 10 minutes to whip up.

Butterscotch-Toffee Bars

    For a quick yet holiday-worthy dessert, try these 6-ingredient bar cookies. They're ready in 30 minutes.

Carrot Cake Bars

    Inspired by a beloved cake, this cookie recipe is ideal for a holiday open house -- and it whips up from a mix.

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Bars

    Filled with crunchy walnuts and melty chocolate pieces, this chewy bar cookie couldn't be more simple to make -- it starts with a German chocolate cake mix.

Gooey Mixed-Nut Bars

    Featuring all the delicious flavors of pecan pie, this bar cookie is a snap to make with the help of a cake mix.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

    With a rich layer of devil's food cake, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a fudgy topping, these easy bar cookies are a chocoholic's dream.

Apricot-Fig Meringue Bars

    A crisp oatmeal crust is topped with a layer of tart fruit and fluffy meringue.

Cherry Crumb Bars

    Tart cherries balanced with a sweet powdered sugar icing make these moist bar cookies hard to resist.

Easy Flower Cookies on Sticks

    For a pretty, edible party centerpiece, try this homemade cookie bouquet that starts with a mix.

Cranberry-Pear Bars with Orange Frosting

    With a delectable mix of winter fruits and luscious frosting, these cinnamon-spiced cookies make an elegant dinner-party dessert.

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