Our Best Christmas Cookie Ideas

Whether it's bars, sandwich cookies, or biscotti, amaze family and friends with these show stopping Christmas cookies.

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    Christmas Cookie Gift Box

    Filled with classic holiday flavors, colors, and shapes, this Christmas cookie collection provides impressive sweets to show off this season. We've included a great mix of rich chocolate cookies, minty meringues, cherry-filled macaroons, and other gorgeous holiday favorites. Together they make a fun gift box, but separately they'll still steal the show. Continue on to find individual cookie recipes from the collection.

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    Lemony Star Sandwiches

    Lemon curd and mascarpone cheese come together in these star-shape sandwich cookies. The cookies are soft in the center with golden brown crunch on the edges.

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    Holiday 7-Layer Bars

    These festive bars celebrate the colors and flavors of the season with dried fruits and nuts. Cut them into 24 generous bars for a holiday dessert or office-party snack.

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    Roly-Poly Santas

    Create Santas, trees, and other holiday-shape cookies with our simple five-ingredient cookie dough. Turn the dough balls into works of art using food coloring, our quick icing recipe, and mini chocolate chips for embellishments.

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    How to Make Icing for Cookies

    Make your own icing for your most gorgeous Christmas cookies ever!

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    Mint Meringue Kisses

    Chocolate-and-mint fans will rejoice over this minty meringue cookie. Get perfect meringue peaks with a pastry bag and a star tip. Melted chocolate holds the mini meringue stars together

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    Filled Cherry Macaroons

    These cheery Christmas macaroons are bursting with cherry buttercream filling. Holiday guests will love the flavors of the sweet almond cookies and maraschino cherry pieces.

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    Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies

    A scalloped cookie cutter gives this dark-chocolate-and-cinnamon sandwich cookie a picturesque shape, while a small center cutout reveals the sweet dulce de leche cream inside.

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    How to Check a Cookie for Doneness

    Simple tips on how to test a cookie for doneness.

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    Star Anise Crescents

    Vanilla bean, Chinese five-spice powder, and ground almonds flavor these delicate crescent-shape cookies. A dusting of powdered sugar completes the snowy look.

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    Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

    This tender and cakelike biscotti gains holiday spirit from red dried cranberries and green pistachios. The colorful cookie recipe makes enough to share with friends and coworkers.

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    Cherry Surprise Crinkles

    Maraschino cherry chunks dot this sweet chocolate-filled cookie. For cherry lovers, use cherry cordial kisses instead of dark chocolate kisses.

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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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