Our Favorite Christmas Sugar Cookies

Turn a simple sugar cookie into a masterpiece this Christmas. We found the best-ever sugar cookie recipe, but also tried fun flavors -- like pistachio, almond, thyme, and coconut-lime. Whether you like your sugar cookies soft or crisp, simply decorated, or frosted with intricate designs, these sugar cookie recipes are sure to sweeten up your holiday season.

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    Sugar Cookies, 7 Ways

    Holiday baking just got a lot easier. One simple dough yields seven flavorful variations, including chai-clementine, lemon-poppy seed, and vanilla bean. But here's the best part: Each cookie variety can be frozen up to 3 months in advance.

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    Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

    These tall cookie bars call for only 30 minutes of prep but look like they take a lot longer. Green food coloring adds holiday cheer to an airy cream cheese frosting, while a sprinkle of crushed pistachios adds crunch. 

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    Sugar Cookie Cups

    These easy-to-bake cookie cups are filled with a variety of fillings -- such as cherry-almond, chocolate-peppermint mousse, and caramel-cashew -- that are guaranteed to please any palate.

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    Roly-Poly Santas

    Re-create your favorite Christmas character with these scrumptious Santa-shape cookies. Use our snowy frosting recipe for his fluffy white beard and a cinnamon candy for his cherry-red nose.

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    Pretty Package Almond Sugar Cookies

    A surprise is wrapped up in every bite of these pretty Christmas sugar cookie packages: warm and nutty toasted almonds. With just a few simple frosting techniques, you can easily wow any guest with these mini Christmas gifts.

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    Almond Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

    Let these sweet sugar cookies stand apart from the crowd with a delicate snowflake design. Your Christmas cookie exchange friends will be begging for this simple recipe.

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    3-D Sugar Cookie Trees

    Turn your favorite sugar cookies into 3-D works of art with easy-to-make cookie stands. To make 3-D stands, simply use frosting to attach small triangle-shape cookie wedges to a round sugar cookie base. Attach frosted cookie trees to the round cookie using the triangle cookie as a prop to hold it up.


    Christmas Sugar Cookie Tip:
    For your Christmas tree's gold star, top a small star-shape cookie with gold leaf and attach with frosting.

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    The Best Christmas Sugar Cookies

    Royal icing is the real star when it comes to decorating Christmas sugar cookies. Use a variety of food colorings and mini candies to make fun designs that give each cookie a festive look.

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    Christmas Cookie How-To: Rolled-Out Sugar Cookies

    Sugar cookies are a must during the Christmas season. Make your best-ever sugar cookies using our tips on how to roll out dough and use cookie cutters, and what to do with leftover cookie dough scraps.

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    Coconut-Lime Sugar Cookie Bars

    We know you're already dreaming of warmer weather, so give your taste buds the same tropical treatment with these coconut-lime sugar cookie bars. Coconut extract is baked into the dough, while lime zest and juice star in the five-ingredient frosting.  

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    Glitter Reindeer Sugar Cookie Cutouts

    Deck out Santa's reindeer with just a bit of glitz and sparkle for this showstopping sugar cookie recipe. Just brush with a thin layer of royal icing, then pipe an elegant design. A shake of extra-fine edible glitter on piped embellishments adds just the right amount of holiday shimmer.

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    Orange Cream Sugar Cookie Bars

    Vanilla bean paste gives these cookie bars a pure flavor, while orange zest adds a citrus zing. Finished with a fluffy white chocolate frosting, the bars are soft to the bite. 

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    Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees

    Gather family, friends, and frosting to trim a sweeter tree this Christmas. For extra glamour, use festive shades of edible glitter, jimmies, and nonpareils. These sugar cookie trees will be twinkling in no time.

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    Christmas Thyme Cookies

    With only six ingredients and three simple steps, these thyme-infused sugar cookies will be your new Christmas cookie favorite.

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    Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

    Want the ultimate Christmas sugar cookie? Simply mix together two Christmas powerhouses: rich, smooth eggnog and crunchy-sweet sugar cookies. For extra irresistible flavor, top with coarse sugar for a glimmer of holiday sparkle.

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    Christmas Cookie How-To: Decorate Cookies with Icing

    With our secrets to decorating success, you can use a few simple techniques to make a dazzling impression with your sugary Christmas cookies.

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    Chai Spice Girl Cookies

    Sugar, spice, and everything nice make these adorable girl cookie cutouts a holiday hit. Two bags of chai tea, pumpkin pie spice, and molasses flavor spice up this sugar cookie recipe.

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    Raspberry Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

    Santa will be delighted when he sees  these sugar cookies left by the tree. Tangy raspberry preserves sandwiched between sweet vanilla sugar cookies create a heavenly dessert that looks gorgeous and tastes delicious.

  • Next Slideshow Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday cookie bar recipes--including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies--make delicious gifts and holiday 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 dessert recipes to try first.
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